University of Iceland, School of Education.
9th – 11th August 2012
Almost 200 participants from more than 17 countries attended this very successful conference held over three days in the University of Iceland. The Dean of the School of Education, Jón Torfi Jónsson, was the first keynote speaker and also welcomed us very warmly to his university. The facilities provided included a comfortable lecture theatre and a large number of adjacent breakout rooms for the wide variety of topics covered by the presenters. The four keynote speakers were carefully selected to demonstrate a varied professional background to the Storyline approach and they achieved this while presenting a rich tapestry of experience and personal views. The illustrated lectures and workshops offered stimulated much interest and discussion while the subject areas ranged from second language teaching to biology, literature, mathematics, arts, and science. The presenters told of their use of the Storyline approach in working with kindergarten children, primary / secondary school pupils and adult students at college and university.
Many delegates spoke highly of the generous hospitality they received on the opening evening, when, after a very pleasant reception with music, ‘tasty-bites’, and chocolates, groups of international visitors were welcomed into Icelandic homes in order to enjoy a typical Icelandic meal and get to know each other.
The organising team listed below and led by good friends Bjorg Eiriksdottir and Gudmundur Kristmundsson have to be congratulated on their efficient and thoughtful planning. Everything went so well and it was obvious that many hours of hard work had gone into the organising of the event.
It is hoped that papers from the conference can be collected and published so that the rich experience of the presenters can be shared with a wider audience.
Many, many thanks to all those involved.
Sallie Harkness & Steve Bell, Storyline Scotland.
Maria Steingrimsdottir, University of Akureyri.
Rosa Eggerstdottir, University of Akureyri.
Gretar Halldórsson, Karsnesskoli, Kopavogur.
Ester Höskuldsdóttir, Kársnesskóli, Kopavogur
Gerður Magnúsdóttir, Eco-schools, Landvernd
Rannveig Hafberg, teacher, Áslandskóli, Hafnarfjörður
Hrund Hlöðversdóttir, Hrafnagilisskóli
Hlin Helga Pálsdóttir, Háteigsskóli and the University of Iceland
Soley AEgisdottir, Kársnesskóli, Kopavogur
Óskar Níelsson designed the logo for the programme
Magnus Olafsson was host to visiting spouses.
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