I attended the Sydney ITSC Conference (hosted by Apple) recently and Chris Betcher delivered the Keynote address on the topic “This is NOT Amazing”. It struck a real chord with me and I couldn’t agree more with the sentiment – it’s something that has bugged me ever since I began my teaching career.
I mentioned this idea at a recent guest lecture I gave at the University of Canberra, and promised the students that I’d direct them to more information when it came to hand. So, to keep my promise to those students, I’ve posted links to the relevant posts from Chris, as well as an audio grab from his lecture.
I missed his introduction, but the guts of the lecture is still there. He’s also indicated he’ll post a version of it up himself after he delivers the final keynote at the last ITSC on May 23, so a better quality version will be available at his site around then.
Chris’ Blog post – http://chrisbetcher.com/2009/11/this-is-not-amazing/ (he also makes a recent post on his blog – http://chrisbetcher.com/ – where he reflects on the ITSC conferences and the way they operate).
In Chris’ Keynote, he refers to his daughter and her Virtual Busking project. If you’re interested in checking out more info about that, you’ll find it here – http://chrisbetcher.com/2009/04/425/