Many schools have been using student blogs to give students an authentic platform to share their learning with a global audience. Some schools use Blogger, EduBlogs or some blogging feature of an LMS. These tend to provide the structure and control that schools want, but are so locked-down and walled-off from the rest of students’ social media identity that they really have zero chance of being valued by students.
The idea is that traditional conferences are big and people’s goals varied. For those of us looking to do the difficult work of dramatically re-imagining an ICT program or writing curriculum, we need a much smaller group that can meet several times in the year. These people must come from schools with similar challenges and similar goals.