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​​Teachers who follow @ictedu on social networks know the annual ICT in Education Conference always reframes ideas about teaching and learning in very interesting ways.

On Saturday the 23rd of April, the focus of the 2016 event spotlights “Students as Co-Creators” with second and third level students presenting workshops on how they find creative spaces, the creative workflow they’ve adopted while innovating and sharing.

Both the keynote speaker, Professor Steve Wheeler, and the capstone speaker, Mary Carty, will share their perspectives of effective collaboration with conference attendees. Steve Wheeler’s long-standing appreciation of immersive learning with electronic tools has influenced a generation of teachers. Mary Carty’s passion for experiential entrepreneurship connects directly to processes of ideation and prototyping that several of the student-led workshops will demonstrate. Mary’s hands-on passion for STEM and start-ups will show students and teachers how good ideas can germinate into new business ideas.

In the months preceding the 2016 ICT in Education Conference, 36 third level students will create animations, short videos and short stories that offer a glimpse of what the day-long conference will showcase. Students will master important elements of Design Thinking while producing captivating pieces of content for both online promotion of @ictedu and on display screens during the main event. Teachers attending the conference can take away Design Thinking worksheets that could complement their own teaching practices.

As expected during any event organized by Pamela O’Brien, red-shirted members of the Youth Media Team (YMT) will be on site to interview dozens of attendees. The YMT teens are interested in sharing short audio interviews in a flow of blog posts that capture how teachers create, collaborate and share. Throughout the conference, the YTM interviews appear on the YMT.fm iTunes podcast feed and on the YMT.fm website. This year, team members will explain their creative process, the technology they use and how collaboration is an inherent part of the workflow used in a live setting.

Continuing an important @ictedu tradition, a pre-conference Maker Meet takes place on Friday April 22nd. This fast-paced event is run by Mags Amond, a leading advocate of sharing interesting technology and creativity. Maker Meets often involve colourful record cards, exotic fruit, pasta shapes, electronic slot machines and alligator clips. To stay informed about the 2016 ICT in Education Conference, please check out the @ictedu hashtag on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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