The annual Irish EdTech conference was held in UCD last week drawing 230 participants. This was one of the highest attendances ever despite it simultaneously clashing with #Excited in Dublin castle. Interest in educational technology and research into how it can benefit learning seems to be at an all-time high. Importantly however for myself and for others in the EdTech professional space, the EdTech conference is a great event and opportunity to meet up with others more often seen and heard in social media spaces of Twitter, Google Plus and LinkedIn.
EdTech really gets is right with its welcoming approachable atmosphere. At EdTech I felt part of a community that is about learning and that is curious for more. Presenters at the conference are fearless about trying out new things, participants ask questions of others, and people openly share information and new knowledge. EdTech embraces open-content, open-source, reusability and sharing; all qualities of the contemporary technology and information driven world we live in today. At this year’s EdTech conference there was a huge understanding that ‘connections’ are the new knowledge and that participating at EdTech enables us to make new connections, deepen our working relationships, enabling collaboration. At EdTech meaning is made through this collaborative networked space. We are very lucky in Ireland to have this open-sharing-collaborative space that also reaches out and links to the rest of the globe.
A huge thanks must be extended to the core team of EdTech, Paul Gormley, Catherine Bruen, Laura Widger and others who relentlessly work towards EdTech each year. Long live Edtech!