It is always the way with conferences, overload. You try to fit so much into a small space in time. I don't work in an Apple Mac school but I work on one at home. I wanted some way that I could use mobile phones as part of my teaching and with what I have learnt yesterday about pod-casting I have put together my first piece and have it sent ready to be played by my students when I will be absent from school tomorrow. Wow.
I wasn't the oldest there. A whole range of age groups are attending (which is a relief). Some of the younger teachers are talking about attending the conference in 2042. I don't think I will make that one!
The conference is being held in The Queensland Academy for Creative Industries. This is a Senior High School catering for students from year 10 through 12. Any student can apply, they have to submit a folio of work and take part in a one on one interview. If they are accepted they have access to the most wonderful resources. (This was the top performing high school in the state on year 12 results in 2007.)
The difference between a school like this is not just the talents that these students bring with them, it is the desire to do well. The desire and motivation to excel, in my experience, will always out do just academic ability. But, having said that put the two together and the gifted academic student will usually leave their teachers wishing they had this kind of talent.
I wish I worked in this kind of space with these wonderful resources. Most of us have to make do, buying requirements for our students they can't afford from our own pockets.