Monday 12th & Tuesday 13th August saw Wallan SC's IT Support Staff and an IT teacher, represent the school at the Annual VITTA (Victorian Information Technology Teachers Association Inc.) Conference held at Caulfield Racecourse.
This event is put on by VITTA for IT teachers, technicians, managers and leaders of all branches in IT across the Education sector, from State Schools to Catholic and Independent Schools. Staff are provided with information on current ICT trends across education and many schools share their ICT journeys for others to gain information to take back to their schools.
I attended sessions on Monday relating to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), Apple Software Development, iPads and tablets in schools and a very informative session regarding Selling ICT to schools, presented by Michael Eggenhuizen who is the Director of ICT at The King's School Parramatta & Tudor House School Moss Vale. In this highlighted session, Michael spoke about the importance of IT Technicians working in harmony with IT Teachers and working "in line" with the School Curriculum. In my journey as an IT Technician, to my current position as IT Manager here at Wallan SC, it has been interesting to see the roles of IT technicians develop, with many schools using some form of ICT in almost every session that is taught to students. The sessions I attended on Monday gave some insight into possible future directions for our school, which I will present to our ICT Operations Team when considering the options that can be incorporated in the future.
On Tuesday, Mr Brewer joined me at the Conference to attend some Technical Sessions, hearing from our colleagues at other schools regadring their Technical Journeys and looking at some great pieces of software available to schools to assist with device management, 1 to 1, Bring Your Own Devices etc. This information will be very valuable to Wallan Secondary College.
Tuesday afternoon, provided an hour of social networking with competitions from various vendors. Mr Brewer and I both came away lucky, thanks to D-Link!
Mr Camilleri - IT Manager.