KEYNOTE: Learning Through Tinkering
Tom Cools is a developer without borders, both geographically and technically. Active as a consultant with a focus on Java technologies. Next to that, he is a trainer and mentor who loves to share not only knowledge but also passion for our craft. He does this through mentorships (codingcoach.io), guiding students at his alma mater or just helping strangers on Twitter and StackOverflow. Currently active as a Software Consultant @ Info Support (Belgium).
While we are in school, our teachers guide us in exploring the IT world. They introduce us to new books and blogs to read when they think we are ready for them.
As soon as we graduate, that guidance disappears and we are left to figure out this “Life Long Learning” by ourselves.
With the flood of new technologies (and ever changing existing technologies!), it can become very overwhelming… a sentiment I see with many of my colleagues and friends within the sector.
I truly believe that “learning how to learn” is an important aspect of our lives… but many people just don’t know where to start.
In this keynote, I discuss some helpful theoretical concepts I learned during my Teachers Degree (graduated as High School teacher before I got into IT!), mix them in with some technical hobby projects I created myself as examples and the end result: A fun, active and informative session which will make you think about how you approach Life Long Learning.