Post Paper

I delivered my paper Caught in the Web this morning. I think it was well received. I decided not to read it, but to take Keynote for a spin with a presentation that was heavy on visuals and light on text. I wanted the presentation to focus on several of the key themes my paper developed, and which have been coming off the floor and the podium for the last day or so of the conference.

I think it was well received, because I got some nice feedback afterwards. It was hard to tell what kind of response was happening during the presentation. It’s a big dark room and there’s no way of checking body language or facial expression, so I found myself in the odd position of not knowing whether I was hitting the mark or missing. Presenters really do depend on reading the signs during communication; it’s second nature for me by now.

So it’s over for me for now; the conference proceedings are in, I can relax a bit, and take stock of the presentation in hindsight. What can I develop from this? Given the hot topics at the conference, and the feedback I’ve received, I’m going to develop some of these themes further: Gen Y and the so-called ‘digital native’ issue; the time-poor and imagination-rich academic; and continue to develop my own portfolio of projects using Web 2.0 technologies. Colleagues probably most enjoyed my sharing of the podcasts and blogs I’ve used in my teaching and learning. And the verdict on Keynote 08 … sweet! Ooh, and I loved the huge screen behind me … shades of Steve Jobs’ Keynotes at Apple World.

This morning’s dynamic Keynote was delivered by one very savvy marketing IT guy … Michael Ossipoff, Telstra Australia’s Director of Capability … what a marvellous job description! The presentation had lots of ‘WOW factor’ all over it. In fact, it was all a bit overwhelming in its scope … revealing the treasure trove of possibilities for teaching and learning, with the rollout of new bandwidth and new handsets. By the way, these are no longer mere mobile or cellphones … they are now ‘the fourth screen’ from which we will draw what we need, when we need it etc. etc. Sound familiar? A couple of curly questions about equity … access in the regions, cost … were graciously fielded by Telstra’s man, but like most in the room, I remain very cautiously optimistic about the big bandwidth bang, access, reliability, and the design of the ‘fourth screen.’ By the way the first screen was cinema, the second television, the third the PC, and now … . And Gen-Y (now 20% of the workforce and growing fast) are addicted to their phones, apparently. Lucky old Telstra!

Now I wonder whether Australia’s biggest telco is planning a deal with a certain company for a certain much-anticipated phone? I guess we will have to wait and see.






One response to “Post Paper”

  1. Anonymous Avatar

    Hi Kate

    I concur with your comments about Telstra and their moves to capture the next generation. A very interesting perspective…I wonder if they are aware of the “culture eats strategy” viewpoint. Maybe not if they are the ones setting the cultural standards. (40Mbps)

    I also attended your presentation this morning and was impressed with you steps to engage your students using technology. It will be interesting to see how the uptake grows and when it becomes the standard.

    I’d like to add to your point about resistance with an appropriate quote I came across that “Most people are not resistant to change but are resistant to BEING changed”

    Thanks for an insight into the results of opening up technology to students gently rather than forcing it upon them.

    Fiona Stroud
    IT Trainer
    University of Queensland

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