@kristianstill and @hamblecollege provide a recap of their 1st day at #mootuk10

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This post was provided by Kristian Still and Craig Sumner, two guest writers on location at the 2010 Moodle Moot UK at ULCC.  Their notes are interspersed with the Twitter entries as they were occurring during and corresponded to the sessions.

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We were gathered in the Senate House, which provided a grand backdrop to this sold out event in Central London. Moodle Moot UK 2010 #mootuk10 was opened by Professor Geoffrey Crossick, Warden of Goldsmiths, and Vice Chancellor Elect of the University of London.  Once kicked off, he introduced the ever personable Philip Butler, ULCC’s Senior e-learning Advisor for the morning’s first keynote.

It is important to reconize the warm round of applause given to Sean Keogh in recognition of the many years he has organized and led the event.

With 10 o’clock fast approaching so the anticipation heightened and memories of yesteryear were being recalled.

@digitalmaverick “Incredible to think that #mootuk10 has grown to this extent as I recall @beardiesean‘s1st Moot in Oxford with about 40 people at it”

With delegates from as far abroad as Israel, Australia, Lebanon, Trinidad, the pulling power of this Moodle Moot is quite impressive.

A formal introduction from ULCC proceeded Professor Sugata Mitra’s inspiring “Hole in the wall” keynote, which summarized the power of computers when left in the most unusual settings and at the disposal of the children in those setting.

@roamingltEverywhere on Earth, there are places where, for various reasons, good teachers do not want to, or cannot, go. #mootuk10

Professor Mitra’s insightful study demonstrated the power of self motivated learning and left the teachers in the room reflecting on their role.

@BrianTDM “#mootuk10 http://www.hole-in-the-wall.com/Beginnings.html What do kids do with PCs when the teachers not there?”

Even tweeters from outside the conference were getting a feel for the keynote,

@jamesmichie “unable to see live pres but I think the project is gr8 – exemplifies the fact that learning does not have to take place in the classroom, in fact it might go as far as to suggest that the classroom is not the right place to foster learning!”

The keynote left the audience in admiration for Mitra’s research, especially when replicated successfully in a Tyneside Primary School, with students correctly answering GCSE questions with just the aid of a computer.

Workshop sessions followed coffee and the break sessions were equally worthwhile.  The competing JISC and mootuk10 conferences had attending tweeters in a digital tweet-arms race.

@mattlingard “How many delegates at #jisc10 ? Rumour has it that earlier #mootuk10 was out-tweeting #jisc10 per delegate…”

The Open University impressed in the first of the afternoon keynote.  The sheer scope and investment of it’s Moodle installation, which hosts168,000 users–2-3000 concurrently!–was a stark contrast to our meager 1100 users at school.  Considering the viewpoint a VLE is never finished, the OU continues to develop and share Moodle with the community.

It’s next step? Moving to the cloud.

The first comprehensive review of Moodle and we hope not the last.

More workshops preceded a more pedagogical presentation from Philip Badman, Vice Principal at Newham College.  This session brought us to the end of day one at Moodle Moot UK 2010.

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