IRELAND'S ICT in Education Conference pointed a laser at the fabric of future classrooms during a series of presenations and workshops. But I think many of the educators watching the day's events in Thurles could easily have missed what several prognosticators were saying about trends involving hardware and software.
Selfie from MakerMeet.
The light came on for me during the pre-event MakerMeet when Mags Amond pinned a glowing LED onto me. We need only a few lines of code and a little chunk of silicon to make the dumb LED smart. The specifics on how to accomplish this kind of work bubbled up during the Friday MakerMeet with Mags Amond and Bianca Ní Ghrógáin, on the main stage with Steve Bunce, during several Saturday workshops (like Steve Holmes') and in the #ictedu capstone presentation by Mary Loftus.