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  • kvnmcl 12:00 pm on January 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: #TMBETT2010, #TMtakeover, BETT2010, teachmeet   

    What did I get from BETT2010? 


    I went with an open mind to the BETT show yesterday. I knew that it would be big, bold and brash but I had not realised how big, bold and brash it would be until I walked in through the front door into the main hall. I can safely say it was very noisy and very busy. The whole place is pictured very well by Roger Neilson’s post ‘Swimming with sharks or a village market‘. There are many other blog’s posting about BETT (Jan Webb’s ‘A Big BETT2010 day out‘ for example) that brilliantly describe the day’s events. I want to concentrate on what I got from it.

    • BETT is a showcase filled to bursting – it needs to diet not gorge out next year
    • The Teachmeet Takeover was brilliant – a successful mix of inspirational teachers demonstrating the effective use of free tools in the classroom
    • Teachmeet BETT2010 was outstanding
    • Meeting teachers from my Twitter PLN was the single most important part of my day
    • I had great conversations, exchanged many ideas, learned about new tools and left refreshed and energised!

    You walk around BETT, like many others, with a face of non-compliance. You window shop and occasionally chat to the sellers about products that have no place in the classroom; 3D tech wins the most pointless tool award.

    What made BETT worthwhile for me? The sharing of ideas with genuinely inspirational teachers and educators.

    Tweeting at TeachMeet (Photo by Mr Ush blur added by myself)

    • Roger Neilson 12:16 pm on January 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      One of my biggest regrets was the fact that I met so few of my PLN. That’s partly down to the sheer mass of people that makes everyone quite anonymous, the inability to easily ‘badge’ yourself, the sheer frantic pace of it all. The evening events were a great idea, sadly I only made the Ted one and was so relieved just to be sitting down I stayed pretty stationary – though did meet one or two, including the legendary Dawnhallybone! If I make next year (not a given) I think we twitterers should get a bit more organised so we can actually stand out from the crowd.
      Massive Kudus to all those (they know who they are) who organized the evenings, and those who presented on stand takeovers (too many names to mention but you know who you are) – maybe its just my age but I found the numbering of stands less than logical this year and missed almost everything be being in the wrong place at the right time, or the right place at the wrong time

    • Phil Bagge @baggiepr 12:40 pm on January 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I couldn’t agree more with all that you have written.
      My first Teachmeet, but I am sure not my last.
      Great to meet some of Twitter PLN
      Picked up some great ideas

    • Dan Stucke 5:02 pm on January 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Gee thanks for picking that picture!!!!

      • kvnmclaughlin 6:16 pm on January 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’ve tinkered with the photo slightly 😉

    • Oliver Quinlan 5:15 pm on January 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      My first TeachMeet too, and was also great to meet some people but I agree with Roger, we need some way of identifying people from our PLNs. Could we take inspiration from @digitalmaverick’s attire and choose avatars to dress like?

      • kvnmclaughlin 6:16 pm on January 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Imagine that!

    • jan webb 8:32 pm on January 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Great comments! I completely agree. I always know if I’ve gone on a worthwhile cpd opportunity because I can take something back to try out in school – it’s our colleagues who give their time and energy that do that for us. And I completely agree with the previous comments about us needing to make it easier to touch base with fellow PLN members

  • kvnmcl 5:02 pm on December 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: #TMETRU, edtechroundup, ETRU, teachmeet   

    #TMETRU09 – Using a green screen effect in iMovie 09 

    Teachmeet’s are a fantastic opportunity for those that know about using tech in education to demonstrate their uses to others. The EdTechRoundUp TeachMeet edition (#TMETRU09) is special in that it will be entirely online – through a flash meeting and video presentations that will be streamed on justintv.

    My presentation is about using the green screen effect in iMovie09 for a Mac. Unfortunately this may mean that many other teachers may not be able to use this as they don’t have a Mac. But for those that do I’m sure you will find my presentation useful and perhaps give you ideas how to use it with your class.  It’s a mere 2 minutes. Let me know what you think.

    [blip.tv ?posts_id=2950288&dest=-1]

  • kvnmcl 9:02 pm on June 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , teachmeet   



    (I’m looking for participants to pre record a presentation that I could use during #tmgc09? Let me know if you’re keen on Twitter @kvnmcl or my contact me page)

    I have been organising a ‘TeachMeet‘ to be held here in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria next week 11th June. A TeachMeet is a place where like minded teachers can get together and find out about the use of new technologies being used in the classroom. I attended TeachMeet Midlands using FlashMeeting and I was excited and inspired enough to try to recreate or at least try to put together a TeachMeet here in Gran Canaria. It hasn’t really been easy but it hasn’t put me off and the event will be held next Thursday from 6pm to 8pm in the comfort of my own flat next to the sea!

    Unfortunately due to bandwidth issues I will not be able to hold a FlashMeeting during the event but I do promise to keep everyone informed through Twitter, video highlights, and by posting back here (or hopefully through the TeachMeet  pbworks pages).

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