ILT2012 Conference update – 12th April 2012

We hope that you enjoyed the Easter break! Here’s what has been happening since our last update.

App Smackdown! Day Two, Thursday 24th May

Collect your lunch then bring it along to this fast-paced App Smackdown session to kick off at 12.45pm. What is it?? It’s a chance for you to have two minutes of fame and share your favourite app with everyone else in the room. You have two minutes to step up, and use your iPad to project and demonstrate the app/apps you love. Just two minutes to tell all gathered why you love using that app in your classroom, therapy sessions, lectures, at home or just for your own enjoyment! Two minutes will go quickly but it means you will also have the chance to see many other ideas and thoughts re cool apps.

An online Google Doc compiling the apps presented and their links in the App Store will be built live as the session progresses – ready to be shared with all conference delegates and with all following the conference online via Twitter, Facebook, Scoop.It or Pinterest! If you have many apps to share, that’s fine too. Just line up again for another go after your two minutes are up! Join us – this will be fun!

Early bird prize awarded – we have a winner!

The early bird conference registration prize was randomly drawn on Tuesday – it sure was a big draw with over 900 delegates in the pool!

A big congratulations to Kathy Johns of Queensland! She is the lucky winner of the dinner vouchers valued at $200. Enjoy Kathy and see you at the conference!

Reserved seats at lunch for parents and carers | QIAT Listers

We are setting aside some tables in the lunch pavilion for two separate meetings on Day One of the conference, Wednesday 23rd May. One set of tables will be reserved for parents and carers, the others setup for QIAT Listserve members. We hope this will give you all an opportunity to get together and catch up!

Let us know at conference@spectronicsinoz.com if you’d like a seat reserved at either of these meetings and we’ll add this date to your personalised itinerary.

At-a-glance overview of the conference program highlights

Program highlights

Accommodation at Jupiters Gold Coast Hotel | An important update

Special delegate accommodation rates at Jupiters Gold Coast Hotel have been negotiated for conference participants – however, the hotel has advised that they are now almost fully booked. ALL accommodation needs to be booked directly with the hotel on 07 5592 8366 or international +61 7 5592 8366 (let them know you are with the Inclusive Learning Technologies Conference 2012) – if there are any rooms available for the nights you require they will be able to assist you. If it is more convenient you can also email the Group Reservation agent at jgcgroups@echoent.com.au.

#ILT2012 Conversations starting on Twitter

If you are on Twitter, you may have noticed some chat starting up about the conference there. To follow, just search for messages with the #ILT2012 hashtag included. To contribute to the chat, just add #ILT2012 to the text of your tweets about the conference or of interest to other delegates attending. You should also follow the conference on Twitter. Search for our Twitter Name of @ILT2012 and click follow. We have added a listing of all Tweeters attending the conference on the conference Facebook Group. Please go in and add your details if not already listed there.

If you are not on Twitter, it is easy to create an account at https://twitter.com. If it is all too confusing, and we totally get that, all of the conference team will be available to help you out if you want to give Twitter a trial while onsite at the conference. Charlene Cullen (from Spectronics) and David Harraway (from ComTEC in Melbourne) will be able to help out too in their 90 minute presentation titled “OK I get that I need to use Social Media Tools. But HOW do I do it?” – scheduled for after lunch on Day One of the conference (Wednesday 23rd May).

ILT2012 Conference Facebook community

Our Facebook community is steadily growing – it’s great to see the new members since our last update. Welcome!

Don’t forget to actively invite your Facebook friends/colleagues/family who would like to be part of this fun forum! The Conference Committee also posts informative updates as they come to hand, so it is a useful tool to keep up-to-the-minute-up-to-date!

Travelling from overseas?

Visas are required by all visitors travelling to Australia, except for New Zealand passport holders.

If you are planning a holiday or a short business trip to Australia, you will need to apply for either a visa or an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority). An ETA will let you spend up to three months in Australia. Further information on ETA eligible countries can be found online, click here.

European Union and some other European passport holders are eligible to apply individually for an eVisitor visa to travel to and enter Australia. Further information on eVistor eligible countries can be found on the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website. eVisitor applications can be made online. For more information contact the Australian Embassy in your country or visit the Australian Electronic Travel Authority.

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