Sunday, October 22, 2006
More Details on the Sydney Event
As I mentioned in the previous post, Thursday was the New South Wales Elearning 2006 meeting at the Randwick Racecourse. I have never been to a conference at a racetrack. Pretty cool. In the morning I looked at all the NSW LearnScope poster sessions and mini presentations. The highlight was a conversation with two wonderful women (pictures to the right - I need to find my notes with their names. I apologize!) who told amazing stories about how they were using online tools and processes to support all of the state outreach programs. Amazing stuff. What was so beautiful was the way they told the stories free of the techno jargon and a clear focus on community needs, not “start with the technology.” (I have not checked the podcast file yet).
At noon I did they keynote, this time with a totally different spin. Alex Hayes, a young techno-wizard from NSW LearnScope set up a group SMS system. We sent questions to every registrant’s mobile phone, they answered then we used the freshly compiled data in the presentation (again, framed around the Three Tensions theme). We also used questions DURING the presentation, including asking if folks learned something or made a useful contact in the discussion sessions, so I was on the spot. One person messaged from the toilet!
Afterwards Larry and Bronwyn picked me up for some R&R. We cruised down to the beach, starting at Bondi then taking the shoreline trail for a few kilometers south. Beautiful. We then went to see “The Gap” and finally ribs back in Bondi. Then off to the airport for the flight to Canberra. Well, more airport foo. There had been a security breach and the entire airport was evacuated. The whole hall was a giant set of snaking lines to go back through security. Needless to say, our flight was late.