THE 2022 ICT IN EDUCATION CONFERENCE returns to Thurles on Saturday, May 14, 2022. I'm posting the idea here only as a diary reference since several people have asked about the 2022 plans.
We need to leverage the talents from a group of students in order to cobble together this major event. This means several web content management students will cut code inside WordPress as they tweak the ictedu website during the next four weeks. Expect to find some broken links on the website as the process gets underway.
I'm curious to see and hear the hallway dynamic where the law of two feet is operative. It will feel strange to overhear conversations bouncing off walls after being restricted to virtual settings for the past two years.
Back in April 2014, I explained to readers, "the Law of Two Feet states simply, if at any time you find yourself in any situation where you are neither learning nor contributing, use you two feet and move to some place more to you liking. Such a place might be another group, or even outside into the sunshine. No matter what, don’t sit there feeling miserable." In Zoomland, you simply dropped the connection or squelched video and audio as you made a cup of tea. But in the ruthless world of in-person conferences, organiser Pam O'Brien will need to get compelling panelists and workshop facilitators. In the face-to-face world of in-person meetings, participants need to make their way into physical rooms. On the stairs or in a long corridor, they may bump into someone they haven't seen in more than two years. And then forget about the timetable when they just reverse track and head for some of the free coffee on offer throughout the day.
If you've made the journey to Thurles for #ictedu before, I recommend you turn on an active search for #ictedu right now. You'll see some of the images in the above screencap from @pamelaaobrien and will also start getting a steady feed of news about the conference as speakers and workshop facilitators commit to the day-long event on the TUS-Thurles campus. With a little luck, the traditional MakerMeet will run the night before. If you're a teacher, you'll want to be in Thurles from Friday evening the 13th of May through Saturday afternoon May 14, 2022 to renew friendships in person with like-minded creatives.