I went to the Teacher Education Policy in Europe conference in Helsinki, Finland in May 2013. It was a thrilling experience. Finland was warm and I was greeted by many welcoming people when I arrived at the conference. I went to the opening session on Thursday regarding education and educational policies across Europe.
I had read a lot of papers by Professor Hannele Niemi previously and her take on Educational Technology in the classroom. It was interesting to hear her opening address on the policies across Europe and her positive insight into how we are gathered in a conference to express our ideas of the future and research that may take on a proactive role in the classroom.
I met with other academics from across Europe, from Spain and England who were presenting the following day on areas such as virtual learning and social media. We left the conference after our teas and coffees until the following day.
It was a great experience and I hope to attend many more like this!