TeachMeet East Lancs As It Happened

Last night saw the first #TMELancs at St Mary’s CHS in Astley.  It was a hot one, but we still had a turn out of over 50 people who shared some amazing classroom practice.  Firstly, thanks to everyone involved.

One word of advice, don’t apply for internal vacancies and organise a teachmeet at the same time! By 3.30 pm I’d been put through the interview process and was feeling more than a little frazzled, however, it was time to get set up.  Our student leaders were brilliant, organising drinks, guiding people in from the car parks and generally being a credit to themselves and the school.  The pies arrived and went down very well, despite the temperature of 27 degrees plus.

We videoed the event, and I’ve included the footage of the presentations here.  However, it was a very hot evening and we had a lot of fans in the room, which gave a lot of background noise.  I’ve done my best with the sound, but there were a couple that were inaudible. So apologies to Amanda Bennett & Chris Cox, but your videos just didn’t turn out.  It will be better next time, promise!

Julia Skinner – Improving writing using blogging & 100 word challenge

Then it was on to the presentations.  First up was Julia Skinner (@theheadsoffice) talking about 100 word challenge, blogging and how to engage pupils with a real world audience.  Her presentation can be found here. She also shared her site collating lots of school blogs.

Lee Parkinson – 1 second every day

Next was Lee Parkinson (@ICT_MrP) who played the master stroke of showing video of his kids (triplets – sir I salute you).  He also reminded us of the importance of reflection and how you can use technology to capture 1 second per day (a la Cesar Kuriyama) of your ‘moment’ as a reminder, whether that be as an educator or as a parent. Here’s his blog on the subject, complete with one of the video he showed.

Kate Davies – Demonstrating Progress

Kate shared lots of great images from her school of how staff are using displays to demonstrate pupil progress. Some fab examples that you can see here.

Frank Farrell – 3D Images


Frank (@FrankFarrell) gave out his 3D glasses (about £1 per pair) and talked about how he used freely available 3D images on the web to stimulate writing and discussion. His resources are here.

Emma Barnes – Socrative, Triptico & Twitter by a non geek.

Emma (@MerryEmB) began with a recurring theme of the evening – the transformative nature of Twitter on her classroom practice.  She then set a live Socrative quiz about the previous presentations, broke the wi-fi, and showed us Triptico, which she used to draw the raffle prizes. Her presentation is here.

Julie Bentley & Vish Kaplia – The Virtual Teacher

Julie (@julie_bentley) & Vish kicked off the second half by showing us examples of how they had created linked, differentiated and scaled lesson resources for pupils to access independently.  Their resources are here.

Graham Simms – Stories From Scandinavia

2013-07-09 18.34.38Graham (@GrahamRSimms) presented a really thoughtful piece based on his experiences of visiting schools in Scandinavia in the school holidays. He focused on the design of the learning spaces and the trust placed in the learners by their teachers.  His presentation provoked this tweet from @mattpearson:

Amanda Bennett – iTechno Club

Amanda shared her experiences of using Google Maps with learners to enable them to create an interactive map of their lives.  She also touched on the brilliance of digital leader programmes in schools.

Rosey Earl – Disguising Differentiation

Rosey (@EarlMiss) talked about her strategies for differentiated grouping with 6th form, and getting students to focus on the  ‘how’ not the ‘why’. Her slides and great ‘celebrity family’ group resources are here.

Alex Turner – How to get your school in the local paper

Next up, Alex (@alexicographer) gave us some useful advice about how to target certain papers and format news stories to ensure maximum coverage.  His resources are here.

David May – Y5 in SPAAACE

Possibly the most enthusiastic man in the room, David (mm_2312) told us about how Twitter helped him (his Y5 class were involved too, but I’m not sure who was more excited) send a science experiment into space. He’s definitely not looking for a new job though……. 😉

Chris Cox – Zondle

Chris (@MsCoxEnglish) gave us a demo of Zondle, an online quiz creator and showed us how she has been using it in English lessons.  A really nice focus on literacy and similar to MyMaths in the way that it tracks progress. Her slides are here.

Alayne Levy – Talking Tom Does Times Tables

Alayne (@typingadvice) finished the night off by giving us a great demo of how she uses the Talking Tom and Aurasma apps to teach multiplication. One simple question, and lots of ways to practice with built in interactivity.

By that time, it was hot and sticky, but people were still really positive. I think that’s a testament to the enthusiam generated by the presenters.  I had a presentation on standby in case we ran short, but we didn’.  If  you’re interested, it’s here.  I loved the wide range of techy and non techy tips on offer, and had a great night. I think people got a lot out of it, as shown here:

I’ve tried to cover as much as possible, but you can see all the #TMELancs tweets below. Enjoy! I did!