1st annual conference provides much-needed forum for discussing ICT in the classroom
Networking, idea sharing and engaging lectures - the itslearning Swedish User Conference had all this and more. And Kristina Lidén, conference organizer and Marketing Manager at itslearning Sweden, has no doubt about what made the conference such a success.
"It´s thanks to the participants that the conference was so successful. They were really satisfied with the conference. Ninety per cent of participants said they wanted to return next year, while 10 per cent said they might return," she said.
Snapshots from itslearning´s Swedish User Conference held in Stockholm.
Day 1 of the conference, which was held in Stockholm April 25-26, featured seminars from six itslearning users representing primary, high school and adult education. The presenters, who were principals, school IT managers or teachers, shared how their schools use itslearning and opened the floor for discussion following their presentations. "People were really satisfied with that part of the conference. I think people were really engaged and enthusiastic," Lidén said.
Day 1 concluded with participants gathering at Gondolen, one of Stockholm´s best restaurants that has unbeatable panorama views of the Venice of the North.
The focus on Day 2 of the conference shifted from the user experience to the platform itself with technical sessions about integrations and partner applications. In the last session of the conference a Swedish professor discussed the results of recent investments made by many Swedish municipalities in 1:1 programs (equipping all students with a computer).
In total, 85 people attended the first annual conference, which was fully-booked a month in advance. Not a bad start, and an indication of the need for a forum to discuss the use of ICT in the classroom in Sweden. We´re already looking forward to next year’s conference!
Posted on Mon, May 6, 2013
by Mark Macdonald