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To borrow a phrase from and idea from Chris Lehmann. Sydney, despite its size often seems to struggle to gather educational technology innovators in a bus shelter, let alone a cross sector event – that costs nothing.

I am pleased to announce that Macquarie University will host a free, cross sector event on 22nd September 2010 in the new Arts faculty (old film and television school) in several theatres and workshop rooms.

The theme and aim is about transition, sharing ideas and stories of how educational technology is changing the way we learn and teach, often faster than we think.

There are four strands to the day and I hope something for everyone to enjoy and share. For those who can’t attend in person, presentations with be streamed in a webinar and several sessions held in Second Life.

Best of all, the aim is to get students to share some of the amazing work they are doing to a wide audience. Aside from the scheduled sessions, there is an unconference, where anyone is free to present and share ideas.

There will also be workshops on using technologies, including virtual worlds and games care of our friends Jo Kay and Debbie Evans at Macquarie ICT innovations.

Speakers include Ben Jones, Steve Collis, Lucy Barrow, Roger Pryor, Matt Bower, Pip Cleaves, Sue Gregory, Judy O’Connell and student showcases from all sectors are in the line-up.

More info will be out next week on the event website, with free registrations. We hope to seeleaders, teachers, student, academics and anyone interested in educational technology.

Space is limted to 250, so I hope you’ll make a date in your diary now. We particularly invite student teachers to come, and find out the very real innovation in school, tafe and higher education for yourself. There is no doubt that technology has changed education – this day is all about showing that and giving a roadmap on what works. We are past the why? And into the how … I hope you’ll pass the message on to others and hassle the boss-leader for a big day out.

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