Sunday, April 05, 2009

Teachmeet After Thoughts and Uploads 1

This week Havering and Redbridge hosted Teachmeet, North East London @ the CEME centre. A wonderfully futuristic building off the A13, once you get over the scary drive there!!. Dave, Nick, Terry and myself were keen to restore the main purpose behind Teachmeet, which was and is, inspiration - and this achieved through good quality teachers sharing what they are doing in class. We also wanted a bit longer to hear from those who are doing good stuff in their field. The limit of 7 minutes or 2, is sometimes too little and leaves you wanting more. So the mini-note was born -15 minutes of informal sharing, with no hurling of a stuffed toy or random name generator.

On the whole it worked, as those who stayed to the end left feeling full of free food and buzzing with ideas. There was a good mixture of presentations both from the front and in the smaller 'break-out' rooms. I am so grateful to everyone that made the event possible, so many people contributed and many of our speakers gave up their time to prepare high quality talks.

Aside from the time listening to speakers, a long break in the middle meant we all had a decent amount of time for networking with both the audience and the small team of trusted sponsors. During one of the breaks I caught up with Ollie Bray, a Teachmeet veteran and Microsoft Innovative Teacher award Winner , to ask him what he thought of the event.

Much of the event was filmed by Leon Cynch and will soon be appearing on Blip.TV. But I also filmed (Very Badly at times) some of the talks using mys trusty FLIP, and over the next few days I hope to embed these clips here. The first offering is of Daniel Needlstone, who shared his 'Revision Songs' in one of the Breakout Rooms.

Can I add to the administrators of Google video that the music I have used is Creative Commons Licensed.


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