Here’s what the organisers need to do for 2012 ACEC wherever it will be held.
Five things not to do.
- Don’t assume that importing international speakers at a cost will actually be better than locals. I find that a brain-missing idea.
- Don’t worry if LESS people come because of it – this is not a ‘show’ or an ‘event’ it is real life, deal with local issues and solutions.
- Don’t charge presenters to present. Make it free and even pay some of the cost.
- Don’t allow anyone to present messages of blood, sweat, tears and dark cloud messages (we know what the problem is).
- Don’t assume that Steve Collis will stream all your sessions for you.
Five things to do
- Ensure that you have official in-world options and stop thinking of it as niche – the evidence says that view is just ignorant these days. Once again @jokay saved the day – for FREE.
- Use in-world and online-relays/webinars for back-channels – supported by people to HELP newcomers with technical issues (pay people who can do it for you if you can’t)
- Invite the Minister of Education to the keynote sessions and publish their response. There should be some minion from government invited to EVERY session – after all it’s their education system not ours.
- Automate and archive the recording of sessions so those who can’t afford the cost/time can still benefit
- Consider an un-confernence day for the ‘experts’ who have heard about blogs and wikis a million times
(some of this online can of course be funded by the money you are not spending on International flights and expenses).
To me, the conference missed a real opportunity to take sessions virtual – and engage more teachers in the dialogue. The Tweet Stream was the same old faces (love ’em all).