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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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Karyn Romeis March 8, 2007 - 10:52 pm

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

SMUHSD Tech Professional Development March 9, 2007 - 2:14 am

If you get this together… count us in!

Kyle Brumbaugh
Capuchino High School
San Bruno, CA

Drussell March 9, 2007 - 2:28 am

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).


Molly Munson-Dryer March 9, 2007 - 4:42 pm

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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