Tag Archives: Teachmeets

Teachmeet presentation by proxy

TMStratford video presentation

Offered a chance to attend a Teachmeet but it’s too far away…is there a solution. These days a variety of options come to mind. You can: follow the #hashtag during the event to comment on or follow the stream of messages. Some events are live streamed so you can watch the presentations as they happen subject to technology and weblinks. Others may video the presentations so you can watch them later.

Asked to or want to present? Make a presentation and send it, or a weblink to it, to the organisers if this is acceptable to them. Video presentations can be made in many forms using a variety of software or apps. I have used iMovies to capture images / screenshots and added a VoiceOver. For TMStratford (upon – Avon) this week I used Haiku Deck for my Slideshow for the first time. I then added a VoiceOver using Knovio iApp which is free, however once the 5 presentations used up there is an in- App purchase to make more presentations – but I admit I like the product.

If the link works correctly let me know what you think… This links to my two Twitter network interests:
– apps and web applications for @gasigict
– solotaxonomy advocacy and sharing ideas @globalsolo

Thanks to recent views.

The last three weeks as January saw a return to school have seen little or no posts. Life seems to be on fast forward a lot of the time. It is great to see that a few visitors have read some of my older posts and it has been very satisfying to have been recommended on Twitter by several people for my posts on the Solo taxonomy.

So, why so busy? Next week is my big treat and adventure – a work day at BETT 13. I usually attend on the Saturday in my own time, however this year I applied for leave of absence back in October. So, what do I do there? The last few years I’ve collected details of resources that may prove useful to colleagues which I’ve passed on in the following fortnight. I’ve kept a record of the responses received – it’s nice to open people’s eyes to new opportunities. In 2012 I’d discovered Twitter and managed to meet up with friends face to face, some for the first time.

2013, what’s different? After a year where I’ve got much more involved in Teachmeets I’ve secured a ticket for the biggie – the BETT Teachmeet. I’ve signed up to possibly present if selected by the random fruit technique. I’m helping to organise the raffle after an enjoyable evening in November helping with this at TMiPad with Anthony Evans in Redbridge. Meet a few people and wander around? Well yes, but also signed upto present two Teachmeettakeovers. One with Dawn Hallybone about geography apps ( a follow up to TMiPad and a link to my role on the Geographical Association ICT group). The second with Sheli Blackburn on Digital leaders, we met up at the RaspberryJam Teachmeet at Cambridge in July and decided we’d try to combine together at some point in promoting the development of the Digital Leader Network.

Other people to visit: Caroline Wright at BESA who has offered me some opportunities that I have been unable to take up so far; Andrea Carr and the Rising Stars team with Switched on ICT; Promethean to see which of the team who I work with as an Activadvocate; Stone computers whose stand involve talks from – Dave Smith from Havering SIS, Lady Lumley school, York on secondary digital leaders and more. Many twitter friends are planning to be there and I am looking forward to meeting them in person. It’s going to be a full on day and evening with the Teachmeet and teacheat and one I shall be talking about to colleagues for weeks or months.

So I envisage a rush of blogs soon.



Teachmeets – who hasn’t heard of them?


I expect that most blog readers are amongst the educators that have heard of or attended or presented at Teachmeets. I maybe wrong – please comment. An informal gathering for those that seek their own CPD often and are connected with other educators.

This week I had an opportunity to present at Teachmeetipad (#tmipad or #teachmeetipad). It was organised by Anthony Evans of St Aidan’s Primary, Seven Kings, Ilford. He had run the first TM I attended 4 years ago when I sat in awe of the ideas and presenters.

#Tmipad was great as about 70 educators working across education from Reception to HE shared ideas with commercial organisations / sponsors ( not usually a TM feature). The iPad focus meant that many app ideas were shared but also how technology linked to lessons under Ofsted and the importance of pre-planning before purchasing equipment.

On a personal note it was great to meet people whose work online I’d read or followed their exploits on Twitter. There was also a tie-in with TMBrum organised by Daniel Harvey on the same evening, timing at both ends meant this did not come off – to my knowledge. However, two presentations of mine with speaker notes provided we represented inBirmingham while I sat in the hall in Ilford.

Nick Novak took a great pic as I was speaking which became my new profile picture onTwitter (see below)the badge links to my posts about Digital Leaders.


Why the advert for Teachmeet Essex at the start of the post? Therein lies another post – getting involved in Teachmeet organisation. ( to post soon).