Wednesday, June 27, 2012

ISTE12 Conference Closing Keynote

The closing keynote was by Dr. Willie Smits from DeforestACTION together with Liza Heavener and  Chris Gauthier about "global collaborative projects with, for, and by students around the world". Dr. Smits talked about some of the projects that they've been involved in, and some of the work of the foundation.

It wasn't particularly technology-focused, but it was somewhat interesting and applicable to education. It was good to hear about some of the things they are doing, and the tool Earthwatchers that crowdsources students to analyse satellite photos and watch for logging and other related activities to make a difference in the world.

There were many comments on Twitter that this should have been the opening keynote rather than the closing one. Unfortunately, as is often the case, many people had left the conference by the time the keynote started. I suppose the advantage was that there was more seating space and the Wi-Fi worked much better than at other keynote events this week.

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