Last Friday night I found myself at my first TeachMeet at BETT. This is widely acknowledged to be the largest TeachMeet in the world with the 2014 event having 650 attendees. A TeachMeet is an informal meeting of educators to share best practice, ideas and innovation in teaching. We were reminded of the rules at the start by the MCs Kate (@KateRussell) and Ian (@iusher)
Russel Tarr (@RusselTarr) kicked off the Meet with a 7 minute presentation in which we heard about classtools.net, a website with lots of resources including the random name generator which was used on he night to decide who was presenting and when.
Next up was Chris Waugh (@Edutronic_Net) telling us about how technology can transform teaching and blogging with his school at edutronic.net …
Then it was the turn of Alex Warner (@EducationAlex), Graham Wilmott and James Turner to tell us about HOTSkills.me, a website to assist learners
Cecilia Christiansen (@cematematik) then told us about the MatchBox Equations, an app designed to help with learning the fundamentals of algebra
Next up was Kathryn Evans (@KathrynWiki) telling us about how Google drives her classroom
Then it was the turn of Mark Anderson (@ICTEvangelist) to tell us about Tech tools for IMPACT in your lesson
Some of the resources shared by Mark …
Next came Julian Wood (@Ideas_Factory) telling us to be the purple cow!
Leon Cych (eyebeams) then told spoke about CPD TV
The Aurasma Augmented Reality app was shared by Alessio Bernardelli (@asober)
Alex Isaachsen (@AlexIsaachsen) then shared “speed geeking”, a means of sharing short sharp bursts of tech in a school. 12 geeks 7 minutes each (a little like the TeachMeet :))
Then Steve Bunce (@stevebunce) shared the ‘Thomas was alone’ BAFTA award winning game about friendship, jumping and so much more.
Jon Tait (@teamtait) shared his thoughts on using Social Media to create a global audience for student work
Kurt Soser (@kurtsoeser) spoke about 21st Century Maths
We then heard about @batttuk (bring a teacher to twitter) from Stephen Lockyer (@StephenLockyer) and Ben Waldram (@MrWaldram)
Stephen stayed on stage to be joined by Sarah Findlater (@MsFindlater) to tell us about Igniting change through @SLTchat
Next up was Miles Berry (@mberry) who gave a very enjoyable demonstration of recursion using the TouchDevelop app
Oliver Quinlan (@oliverquinlan) reminded us that we need doers but we also need thinkers too … He also shared the Education Endowment Foundation website.
Mar Dixon (@mardixon) gave her presentation complete with Google Glass …
Then came Andy Field to share his bring your own browser presentation
The second last presentation was given by Catherine Steel (@TaffTykeC)
Rachel Jones (@rlj1981) closed proceedings with a very entertaining presentation on ICT Wins for Non ICT Geeks
As you may have guessed at this stage I absolutely loved the live capture of the TeachMeet by the amazingly talented people at Creative Connection.