A kids ICT conference: Why Not?

I came across this post in my technorati link list today about a kids conference for ICT.

Simon (the author) says:

Flaxmere is having a kids conference, where the children will have opportunity to share some of the things they have been doing this year with the interactive whiteboards, skype, wikis, blogs, digital movie making, etc etc. Not sure who the keynote speakers will be for that, but again you’ll know when I know.

I think this is a great idea. And I think that the kids should be the keynote.

What if we had a conference where kids from around the country from really exciting classrooms could skype in or come in and present about the technologies that really help them learn?

What if the teachers listened and saw what the kids see?

What if we sat back and listened instead of spoke for a change?

I sat back today and watched with some of my students “play” with my new whiteboard. They got so excited but I came up with 1001 new uses for my whiteboard.

Simon says “Let the kids teach!” I agree.

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4 thoughts on “A kids ICT conference: Why Not?

  1. Was it the beleagured Whitney Houston who sang, “I believe that children are the future…”? In our church I tell people over and over that they are the present

  2. LOVE this idea! The truth that we miss is often spoken from the mouths of babes. Someone should jump on this idea. It could be education-changing! I want a front row seat (virtually speaking of course).

    Danita
    danitarussell.edublogs.org

  3. I think that it is a wonderful idea to allow kids the opportunity to present at an early age. I helped organize a Students in Technology Conference in our community. Over 400 kids from grades 3-12 particiapated about various forms of technology. Kids love to showcase what they know. Companies are thrilled to donate tech. prizes to such a cause. I agree that this could be national. What a better way to learn than from our kids!

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