Heading to the Computer Based Math conference in London, England

So I just got confirmation (and have paid for registration and my airfare AND found a place to stay – mostly) that I get to attend the Computer Based Math conference happening London, England on November 10th and 11th. I’m very excited about it!

I’m flying out of Vancouver on Tuesday, November 8th (after being in workshops all day with my colleagues), and arriving in London midday on the 9th. I’m at the conference on the 10th and 11th, and flying to Toronto on Sunday, November 13th, where I’ll be attending the Mindshare Learning Canadian Edtech conference on Monday, November 14th.

I have a place to stay arranged for my time in London (actually many offers of places to stay) but I could use a place to stay for the Sunday night I’ll be in Toronto. I’m trying to make this trip more economical for my school (since they are footing the bill) by staying with friends.

My hope is to find out more about how different people are using technology in math education specifically at the Computer Based Math conference, and to be part of the team trying to build a curriculum for math based on the assumption that students have computation devices with them whenever they need them. The big questions I have are, what does that kind of curriculum look like, and would it be effective for teaching math?

It will be strange to be at these conferences as it will be the first time in 2 years that I’ve attended a conference, and not presented. Maybe I’ll find a way to get to talk about some of what I do at one of these conferences anyway… even if I’m not officially on the schedule to present.

I’m posting this to let the people in my PLN know, and I’d love to connect with anyone else heading to these conferences that I’ve met via Twitter.

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6 Comments

  • I’m jealous, but I’m glad you are going because I know you’ll share out all of the good stuff.

  • David Wees wrote:

    I will definitely share as much as I can from this conference. I’m also hoping to meet up with some of the people I’ve been chatting with online who live in London, which is part of the reason I posted what I’m up to.

  • Hi David,
    If you will be in UK already, you my want to compare the level of tech. equipment in British schools and ours in BC. I mean, everything: smart boards, computers, learning platforms…

  • David Wees wrote:

    It’s a good idea. I worked in London for 2 years, in a small private school, and the level of technology in the classroom was good, although we didn’t have laptops (I think at the time, laptops were pretty expensive). I suspect that school has improved it’s use of technology significantly.

  • http://globalonlineacademy.org is currently offering a high school class titled "Math for Computer Science." I wonder how much it overlaps with what you learned in London. We have one student at our school taking the course.

    Richard

  • David Wees wrote:

    Hrmmm. I wonder what the overlap, if any, is.

    Update: I checked out their website. I’d like to check out that course… I’ve ready about that stuff, but haven’t really worked with it enough.

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