By Jørund Høie Skaug, Senior Advisor at The Norwegian Centre for ICT in Education
The Norwegian Centre for ICT in Education hosted a two-day conference in Bergen on 27-28 October 2015 on coding and computer games and learning. Nearly 250 attendees, most of them teachers and teacher educators, came to hear international keynote speakers such as James Paul Gee, Ian Livingstone, and BBC Learning. But the keynote speakers were just step one, we want to inspire innovative use of ICT through hands-on experiences with technology.
Over the last year, we have travelled to several conferences with our mobile version of the Future Classroom Lab, and on this conference we took it with us from Oslo, scaled it up over two days, with about half of the 30 sessions being practical workshops. The mobile FCL consists of laptops, tablets, and build-your-own-drone/Arduino/Raspberry Pi kits. Teachers from our FCL network did a great job with workshops with MinecraftEdu/Computercraft, games on PCs and tablets, Scratch, and several technologies for coding and programming. A huge team effort!
Media students from Nordahl Grieg upper secondary school covered the conference with a live stream, interviews and articles. Many interviews and presentations are in English, they are available on
NGV Medias YouTube-channel. People have been in particular happy with the presentation and workshop from Carrie Ann Philbin (Raspberry Pi Foundation),