Interactive Technology in Education (ITK) –conference is the largest conference in Finland about information- and communication technology in educational use. This year the theme is Carpe Diem – create the future. There are some interesting presentations including several blogging related presentations this year. I’m also sitting with representatives from the finnish media in the Web 2.0 keynote panel on thursday evening.
Last year I blogged about Graham Attwell. There I talked to several people how nice it would be if such contributions in the social web were visible to other conference participants. This is all about turning the static conference site into a live and dynamic one. I decided to do something about it this year and the conference manager Jarmo Viteli was very open to my ideas. My insporation has been Les Blogs from France. Here is a picture from that conference:
I will be blogging there and a few of my friends will join me. It’s the first conference in Finland which acknowledges the presence of participants from the social web. For this reason I incorporated a feed aggregator as part of the conference website. Participants have the ability to register their own blog in the service to make their own writings about the conference visible on the conference site. Flickr and del.icio.us services can be used with the tag itk06 to display images and weblinks to other participants.
I look forward to incorporate similar features to other conferences as well. If you are planning to run a conference and would like to make it more interesting to participants by utilizing the possibilities of the social web, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
I’m most likely writing in english but during the event my blog might also include finnish blog posts (for example podcasts) or finnish translations of my writings. I was wondering if I should start a new blog only in finnish, but I decided to write in english anyway to stick to what I’ve been doing so far.
We’ll see you at ITK’06, on 5th – 7th of April 2006 at Hotel Aulanko, Hämeenlinna, Finland!