[Offtopic] Re: Workshop: Conceptual Understanding of Computing

McDonald, Debra A1 mcdonald.debra.a1 at edumail.vic.gov.au
Thu Jul 26 22:51:44 EST 2007

would of loved to be a part of it but was involved in a motovehicle accident a month ago and will be layer up for the next month and will not be able to return to work till next year but if you decide to do one of these via the net or as part of a conference system I would love to help out.  so if I was one of those people that replied please take me off the attendance list.
Debra McDonald
Network Manager
Lyndhurst Secondary College
(03) 5996 0144


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Subject: [Offtopic] Re: Workshop: Conceptual Understanding of Computing

Colleagues  (and apologies for cross-posting) 

The following e-mail was sent out at the very end of last term, and I have had a small number of responses. 

I'd welcome further people registering their interest by Friday July 27. 

There will then be a small group with whom I will e-mail to establish a suitable time and location in mid August. 

Kind regards, 

From:   Dr Paul Chandler  
Subject:        Workshop: Conceptual Understanding of Computing 

Hello Colleagues (an apologies for cross-posting) 

During 2006, I circulated a few e-mail on this lists related to "conceptual understandings of computing".  As a following stage in my thinking through the ideas, I presented at the VITTA Conference in 2006 on this.  After introducing the general thrust of what I meant by this (of which this site is a summary: http://pdchandler.wikispaces.com/ <http://pdchandler.wikispaces.com/> ), those of us who were there spent a few moments starting to investigate the "big ideas" which are present within an apparently simple topic such as "logging in"; we used a grid similar to http://www.ied.edu.hk/apfslt/v4_issue2/mulhall/mulhall8.htm#appendixa <http://www.ied.edu.hk/apfslt/v4_issue2/mulhall/mulhall8.htm#appendixa>  to help us.

Between now and the VITTA conference, I would like to organise one or more "workshops" to flesh out some of the "big ideas" related to ICT topics, and present an update at the conference.

This e-mail is basically to garner some interest in a workshop. 

This is the sort of thing that I am thinking of: 6 to 8 ICT teachers sitting down over a large piece of butcher's paper (or some IT equivalent :-) ) brainstorming and sharing ideas for maybe 2 hours or so.  Certainly not me pontificating - very interactive.  At the VITTA conference, we found that in the 20 minutes or so that we had for this activity, there were too many ideas and insufficient time, but it was certainly one of the best discussions that I have been part of.

So, if you are willing and interested in being part of a "workshop", could you please let me know?  I have no preconceived ideas of location, day of the week etc at this stage, but would co-ordinate a time with interested folk.  I'm hoping to get something together in the first half of term 3.

Kind regards, 


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