uLearn Conference 2016
This year the "ulearn conference" was held on the 4-7 October 2016 at the Rotorua Events Centre, a superb venue for such a conference. There were over 1500 delegates and 400 exhibitors working on 160 stands.
Mishnah arrived on Tuesday 4th and set up the IPL display with the help of Teresa, complete with posters, banners, brochures and video bumper. The give-aways proved to be in high demand, the drink bottles, phone card holders, pens and pads were all very popular. We became a little sneaky and handed out a brochure with every give-away, to ensure our message was out there! Unfortunately our lolly bowl was not of great interest until Mishnah started putting lollipops in the phone card holders and suddenly they were very popular.
Charles and Gaynor did a tag team and supported Mishnah onsite on different days.
Every session had a huge number of workshops available and delegates were ferried to and from hotel conference rooms by a fleet of buses. This seemed to work really well as there was a 15 minute break between sessions.
There were four key note sessions and Gaynor was lucky enough to be able to attend Michael Fullan’s key note titled New Pedagogies for Deep Learning. Deep learning is good for all, but especially those that are underserved, as it authentic, involves trust relationships, has a culture of high expectations and provides support systems.
A surprise element of the key note presentations was the large poster being developed as the speaker was presenting. This was in the form of text and cartoon images. Gaynor was fascinated by the skill of the recorder.
IPL was represented by Leigh Hynes, Jan- Marie Kellow and Barbara Reid, all of whom presented workshops over the course of three days.
There was continual interest in our stand and the messages we were conveying. Consequently there were over 300 PLD requests to follow up on last week. Interest ranged from Invercargill to Northland and many places in-between.
Our presence at these sorts of events is important as we are able to showcase IPL to a vast audience and the informal chats often lead to possible work for us.
We look forward to next year when the conference is at Claudelands in Hamilton, 11th -13th October 2017.