60/365 March 5: Suntec Convention Center

This week, iCTLT, International Conference on Teaching and Learning with Technology, was held in Singapore at Suntec Convention Center.  I have been to the convention center before, but it was during a tech expo and so crowded I really didn’t see the center.  This time the participants were a more manageable size so I was able to see what a nice center it is.

Equally or even more important was how well the conference was planned.  There were many, well-labeled registration counters so lines were short.  The keynote lectures were in a wide room. The speaker was centered along the long front of the room.  To either side was another data projector so that even those of us far over on the edge had a clear view of the state and the speaker’s slides.

Next, I headed upstairs. As I rode the escalator I could see this view as I looked through the ground level’s glass ceiling.

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Looking over the other side is this great area for people to gather and work.  I’ve never seen such a nice one available to the public at a convention. 

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In the sessions, there were plenty of chairs.  Sound was good. Projection was good.  Sessions started and ended on time. There were plenty of signs to clearly direct us to our next session.

Lunch logistics of feeding 1000 people were impressive. There were at least four, possibly more, main buffet lines, all identical, to shorten the lines.  Drinks, salads and desserts were at separate islands, further distributing the crowd.  

I didn’t snap a picture since my hands were full, but each dish was labeled so you would know the main ingredients.  That is a helpful consideration.  However, I laughed to see the label that said, “Homemade breads in basket.”  As if we couldn’t tell where they were since we were standing next to them.

Round tables filled the room. Each had an orchid centerpiece. There were many different styles. All were lovely. 

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While we dined, various talented students performed. First we heard a string quartet.  Next was a group playing this stringed instrument we recently saw in Vietnam. 

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Good job MoE, ISTE and Singapore!

 

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