When I consider what value the Hardie Fellowship has had beyond myself there are a few key things that come to mind:
- I was able to share my experience and insight regarding running a hackathon for high school students to Peter Mahony, who is the Education & Digital Learning Manager at the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences in Sydney which encompasses the Powerhouse Museum. This came as a result of being involved in a VR hachathon mini, which I blogged about here.
- I have supported a local business in Tasmania set up after school clubs that focus on technology use as the vehicle for young people to get together and explore so much more. I blogged about this here, here and here. This has now grown and I have stepped away. The link to follow the journey will be added here soon.
- I have had the awesome opportunity to help out with the TERpodcast and share my learning at their birthday celebrations last year.
- I was able to share my learnings at the recent HEIA Tas meeting, which was a joy as not only was I sharing but I was catching up with colleagues I have not seen for some time.
- I have been provided the opportunity to support teachers internationally via the Microsoft Education site as a guest speaker. This came about due to the strong connections I have in the Minecraft space and being invited to the Minecraft LA Summit. This kicked off the direction that Microsoft has taken with regard to education and Minecraft.
- Completed my dissertation that provides and interesting insight into understanding the impact of a rotation curation Twitter account on the guest tweeter.
- I was provided the opportunity to share my learning and understanding regarding minecraft as a learning tool or learning community at the STEAM conference in Hobart.
So when I think about it, there has been value provided back to the community. The value may not be directed in the space of my current job, but I am actively supporting the broader community.