2019 EdTechSA State Conference Reports
The EdTechSA 2019 Conference was held at Immanuel College on 17 & 18 July 2019.
Five teachers were sponsored by the Teachers Registration Board to participate in the conference. This sponsorship also included a 12-month membership to EdTechSA which allows the teachers to attend professional learning with EdTEchSA at a reduced price for 12 months.
They subsequently provided the Board with reports detailing their conference experience. Click on a name to read the full report.
“The quality workshops provided Digital Technology curriculum aligned activities, excellent resources and broadened professional networks. These activities and resources can be incorporated easily into classroom lessons and have already been shared with colleagues and specialist teachers at Allenby Gardens Primary School.”
“With the aim of gaining as much as possible from my participation in the Conference, I read the program session descriptions carefully. All the sessions seemed very interesting but finally I chose sessions dealing with: (i) areas where I had experienced challenges (promoting and maintaining student engagement); curriculum development; areas outside my experience to date (Unity software and robotics); and online safety.”
“For me, one of the highlights of the conference was meeting and engaging with other educators who are passionate about learning more about technologies and improving their practice. There was a huge variety of teachers and discussing new and old ideas with them was interesting and further developed my understanding of what it means to be an effective technologies teacher.
The keynote speakers on both days were highly interesting, as they analysed current practice and proposed new-to-me ideas for consideration. The keynote speakers, as well as Helen Connolly, the Commissioner for Children and Young People, spoke about the importance of joint decision making between young people and adults.”
“Elizabeth Shorter, Electronics Robotics and Coding was by far the most informative and useful workshop of the entire conference. The presenter was excellent and even role modelled her techniques to deliver concepts to the students. The equipment was available for everyone to use and there were excellent explanations of how the activities related to the curriculum and most of all I really liked the way there was a focus on getting to the grass roots of programming and robotics whereby children made and programmed their own robots instead of schools spending lots of money on equipment since there isn’t usually the funding available."
“The opportunity to attend the recent EdTechSA conference entitled ‘Thinking Technologically’ was an extremely beneficial experience. As a Temporary Relief Teacher, I am aware of the need to maintain my professional learning so that I am able to understand new developments within the schools where I teach. This is particularly important in the case of digital technologies as change occurs rapidly. I particularly connected with several of the sessions across the duration of the conference. Jocelyne Brewer’s work regarding ‘Digital Nutrition’, Anna Kinnane’s sessions on digital portfolios and Digital Technologies in the Curriculum with Paula Christophersen and Ilana Shelton’s demonstration of the Prowise Presenter software were some of the sessions that I found particularly helpful and will apply in my future experiences.”