Tipperary to host Voices in Education Conference

Limerick Institute of Technology Thurles to host Voices in Education Conference on Saturday 28th April.

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Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) Thurles will host the Voices in Education Conference, aimed at developing the clever usage of information and communications technologies (ICT), on Saturday 28th April.

The conference is part of the annual ICT in Education Conference series, with its purpose to help identify effective methods for teachers, educators, lecturers and practitioners to use to enhance the learning experience of students.

A decade of past conference material appears on the conference website, with many of the workshops, slide decks and interviews free for anybody to repurpose in their own work. “These educational ICT tools improve the way we learn because they lead to improved teaching methods,” explains Clonmel’s Jack Allen, a third year student at LIT.

The 2018 Voices in Education Conference will host two keynote speakers, Barney Brown from Cambridge University and Joanna Norton from University of Arts in London. Both will discuss how they work and how they create content to reach a global audience. "We want to enable educators from all walks of life to discuss and engage one another so that they may share their own thoughts, ideas and methods for best practice in the classroom,” conference organiser Pam O’Brien from Nenagh says.

The conference schedule will allow ample time for networking and conversation with fellow participants, conference exhibitors and special guests. Teachers attending the conference will demonstrate how to take advantage of technological platforms and how to integrate them into their classrooms. An afternoon of workshops will present materials in hands-on, user-friendly methods. Both augmented reality and virtual reality sessions will appear on the programme, along with deep dives into software that enhances learning through creativity.

Microsoft's Education Division plans to bring the company's VR headset, which is a first for an education conference. And throughout the programme, secondary school students on the Youth Media Team from County Tipperary will interview conference participants for podcasts available at YMT.fm.

Before the classroom sessions begin, teachers, lecturers and students will mingle in gazebos erected along the main hallway of LIT Thurles. Experts from different schools and education centres will explain how to use some of the tech tools that help spark student engagement. A miniature BB-8 will explore the perimeter of one gazebo. Another gazebo will feature various types of inexpensive VR goggles that teachers can use to see video clips that students have created on the Clonmel campus.

You can find details of event by searching for ‘Voices in Education Thurles’ on Google or Facebook. You can register on the  website or through the Eventbrite app. Follow the event on Twitter @ictedu. 

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