After working with Staff at WGHS for 18 Months introducing ICT into the classroom, an opportunity arose for me to attend a Google Apps for Education Conference (ZAGAFE2013). About 6 weeks before the conference they put out a call for local presenters and feeling brave I decided to volunteer. I was really into Google Forms at the time and wanted to show other teachers how easy it was to make a formative assessment tool at no cost, that greatly resembled the clicker systems being sold at the time. I enjoyed the process of presenting, but a far bigger highlight was being able to meet fellow presenters especially those on the EdTechTeam. The depth of conversation and pedagogical rigour was something I had not experienced before, but i really liked!! It felt like this was a group worth staying connected to. It also felt like the journey they were on in terms of reforming Education was something I wanted to be a part of. Two presenters who I was fortunate enough to spend time chatting to at the presenters dinner were Rushton Hurley and Chris Betcher. I was struck by how open they were about sharing their knowledge. It was a real breath of fresh air in terms of the openness of conversation. I definitely walked away from those conversations with a sense of possibility for my career as an Educator.
My original Presentation – which hasn’t aged well (: