One Year To Go – Inclusive Learning Technologies Conference 2012

It is hard to believe that the Inclusive Learning Technologies Conference 2012 is only a little over a year away! Even with a year to go we are very excited and the conference committee has A LOT of exciting news to share with you now.

First up – we have just completed a fantastic new conference brochure. This will give you a great picture of what to expect at the conference next year – on top of the five Keynote Speakers we now also have four Featured Presenters locked in! Check out each of their backgrounds on pages 4 and 5 of the brochure. You can also get a feel for the program structure with the final program to be completed and ready for you towards the end of the year.

You can download a copy of the conference brochure now from the conference home page, or if you’d prefer, I am happy to mail you a hard copy – just let me know and I’ll pop one in the mail for you. If you need more than one – of course I’ll send as many as you need to help spread the word!

WIN a trip to attend the ATIA conference in the USA!

Caribe Royale Orlando Hotel aerial photo

AbleNet, our fabulous Gold Sponsor are very generously giving all Inclusive Learning Technologies Conference 2012 delegates the chance to win a fully-funded trip to the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) Conference in the USA in January 2013.

This fabulous prize includes all of the following!

  • Return airfares from Australia or New Zealand to Orlando, Florida, USA 
  • Full registration fees for the ATIA Conference and Pre-Conference Workshop day
  • Accommodation for six nights at the Caribe Royale Orlando Hotel (where the conference is held)
  • Daily allowance for meals and expenses

Want to be the lucky winner?! Entry to the competition is simple – just register for the Inclusive Learning Technologies Conference 2012 and show us how you are using AbleNet technologies in the classroom, within your organisation or at home. Submit a presentation (in any format) to tell your story and to share with other Inclusive Learning Technologies Conference delegates over the days of our event. You will have until Friday 4th May 2012 to submit your entry online! Watch the conference website for more details.

Opportunities for Hands-on-Mac experiences growing every week!

We are very excited to have confirmed a hands-on Mac Laptop Lab and iPad/Mobile Devices Lab – EACH seating 90 participants! AND you will have FULL access to Apple’s Distinguished Educators (travelling from the USA and across Australia) in the dedicated Apple Learning Lounge! The final piece of exciting Apple news (for now at least) is that we have confirmed Mark Coppin as one of our Featured Presenters. Mark is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a RESNA Certified Assistive Technology Professional who manages the Assistive Technology Service of the Anne Carlsen Center in the USA. He will be joining the Australian team in the Apple Learning Lounge and will be leading some exciting hands-on sessions in the Macs and the iPad labs along with presentations in the main program.

Windows Hands-on Lab in the Works

We are currently in the process of securing a Windows Laptop Lab for the conference (another 90 participant hands-on lab) and are working with a number of our industry contacts to confirm this. We are still negotiating at this stage – so for those of you who may have any connections who might be interested in showcasing their laptops in the dedicated Windows Laptop Lab at the conference, please let me know! I can be contacted via phone on 07 3808 6833, or email It is a fantastic opportunity to get in front of 1,000 tech-savvy delegates!

Reminders about Registration and Call for Papers

Registration for the conference is now open – you can register online now to book your place! PLUS we have secured an Early Bird Conference Registration Prize from Jupiters. Register before Monday 9th April 2012 and you may be the lucky winner of a fantastic dinner and show package for two, valued at $198! See the conference website for more information.

A reminder too that the Call for Papers is also open – submit your abstracts online via the conference website by Wednesday 31st August 2011. As per previous years, successful applicants will again be eligible for one FREE three-day Inclusive Learning Technologies Conference 2012 registration valued at $750!

Feedback from the last conference in 2010

Spectronics Conference 2006 changed my teaching practices and now 2008 /2010 has revolutionised my classroom. This is because topics are relevant and research based. Practical application in the classroom can start the day you return. For this, I thank you.

Please be in touch if you have any questions at all about the conference – I am happy to help!

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