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Teachmeet at the Education Show #tmedshow15
Tuesday, February 03rd, 2015 | Author:

Are you planning to go to the Education Show in March? It is held at the NEC in Birmingham and on the Saturday, I have been given the Leader Summit Theatre to host a Teachmeet. For those that don’t already know, a Teachmeet is an event where etachers come together and share ideas. The presentations are short and range from 2-7minutes in length on a range of practical, classroom ideas.

This Teachmeet will start at around 1:30pm and last until 4pm. There will be plenty of time for networking, sharing ideas and meeting teachers too.

Also, as I have the Leader Summit Theatre for the day, I am currently trying to arrange some exciting presentations for the morning…so watch this space.

Sign-up to attend the Teachmeet by following this link.

I would love to see lots of you there. If you are not going, please share this with someone that might live nearby!


Sunday, December 07th, 2014 | Author:

It’s that time of year again, BETT is only a few weeks away so it’s time to start getting organised. Once again Teachmeet Takeover is there as an avenue for teachers to hijack stands and share ideas. Each year we have some very generous companies and exhibitors who give up part of their stand to teachers who then give presentations about what is happening in their classroom. This can be on anything, the main point being that it is an idea that can be taken away and adapted for other schools and settings.

I have created the Wiki for this year’s Takeover and that can be found here:

Firstly, we need some exhibitors to volunteer part of their timetable. So if you know anyone, please show them this wiki and get them to add their details. Once we have some confirmed times, then teachers can start adding presentations.

Please use the #tmtakeover2015 hashtag too.

If you have any questions, please do get in touch.

PS: I can’t answer any questions about the “proper” Teachmeet in the evening. Please wait for information.

Messing About with Photos #tmpompey
Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 | Author:

At last night’s #tmpompey, I shared a few different ways of using photos including photo editing tools. I think my favourite is clipping magic, feel free to have a look and see what you think.


Autumn CPD
Monday, August 26th, 2013 | Author:

The term hasn’t even begun yet and I have got 3 events in the calendar where I can meet with other teachers and share ideas. I thought I’d share them in one place to make it easier to find the links:

#tmpompey – Teachmeet Pompey

Tuesday 17th September 6-9pm

Teachmeet Pompey is always different from other Teachmeets. It isn’t the biggest Teachmeet at all, but it’s growing. The first one was in David Rogers’ classroom with about 12 people and the last one had 50+ at the Dockyards. It’s different because there is a game of Laser Quest afterwards that you can join in with if you like, it is not compulsory, but definitely a lot of fun!

This Teachmeet also has a keynote speaker this time in the shape of Tim Rylands. Tim is amazing and always full of great ideas making this well worth attending.


Tim RylandsSign-up here

Wednesday 18th September

This is a separate event from the Teachmeet above, this is Tim Rylands working with a school to help inspire their teachers and their learners. As part of Tim’s time with the school, he is holding an after-school CPD session for teachers from other schools to attend. This will be a great chance to see a fantastic presenter sharing some ideas that can be used in the classroom straight away.


#tmsussex – Teachmeet Sussex

Thursday 10th October 5-7pm

This Teachmeet is exciting because it’s a new one. Jo (@mrspteach) and Ben (@iteachYrR) have set-up a website to take care of the bookings. They have also sorted out prizes 🙂  The great thing is that there will be lots of new teachers that might not have had the chance to attend a Teachmeet before. I hope enough people attend to make it a regular event.


Worthing Teacher Meetup

Date to be arranged

This is an informal gathering of teachers in the Worthing area. This will probably be a meal and a drink or two one Thursday evening and will be a good chance to talk to other teachers, share ideas or maybe even not talk about school-stuff…


Teachmeet Hants

Details are here.

Tuesday 15th October

There is also a #tmhants event added by Naomi Ward at the Petersfield School. This is the first event held in Petersfield and hopefully there will be at least a small number of teachers attending this event.


If you have trouble signing up for any of these, give me a shout and I will add your name to the list.

Spreading the word
Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 | Author:

As you may be aware, there is a Teachmeet happening in Hampshire in 2 weeks time. If you are aware then you might have seen it in one of the following places:

  • Here on this blog
  • On the Teachmeet Hants blog
  • On the Hampshire BLT page
  • Via Twitter
  • By being my friend on Facebook
  • Through the Hampshire ICT Primary mailing list

So far those are all online forms of communication. They also all require the teachers to be proactive and to either follow me/@hantsblt on Twitter, be my friend or look through the blogs. Even the mailing list isn’t a compulsory thing. This is a list aimed at ICT Coordinators that anyone can sign-up to. I have then posted a few emails out too. So after two weeks of multiple posts and tweets…how many people do we have attending? 28.

If I wrote this post 24 hours ago it would be 21. Why did 7 people sign-up today? My latest post on the mailing list mentioned freebies, prizes and cake. Maybe that helped to convince them!

So how do we get beyond the techy-teachers? How do we reach the amazing teachers that haven’t joined Twitter or been to a Teachmeet before? One answer might be using mail. Paper-based mail.

We have created a flyer and then through the wonders of the Hampshire website, I have copied and pasted the addresses of 196 schools from the East Hampshire, Havant, Fareham, Gosport and Winchester areas of Hampshire and stuck them onto labels. We then spent an hour with our nieces stuffing envelopes, labelling them up and getting them ready to post on Monday morning. Luckily in Hampshire we have a free internal mail system so I can pop the envelopes into that and hope they arrive in schools by Friday. But then what?

Without a named contact for the school, will the flyer even get past the gatekeepers? The office staff. Well we have written a cheeky note to “the wonderful person who opened this letter” asking them to pass it to the head, deputy, ICT coordinator or anyone that might be interested in attending. Alternatively just post it in the staffroom and see what happens.

Teachmeets tend to attract ICT coordinators but maybe this is due to the techy nature of the advertising – through wikis, Twitters and blogs for example. Maybe this paper-based approach will work. Also on the flyer we have asked people to sign-up to the Hampshire BLT mailing list so that we can email them directly in future if there are more events.

A few times throughout the process of making the flyers, going to the shop in the rain to buy envelopes, copying and pasting the 200 addresses and stuffing the envelopes, I did ask myself the question of why. Why are we doing this? Why have we spent 5+ hours on marketing a free event? I think the answer is that we have had our eyes opened to the great world of sharing that exists beyond the classroom through blogs and Twitter and we hope that by having this event, more people will see that too. Maybe I should do a Twitter talk as my presentation?

Anyways….see you all in two weeks for the next Teachmeet.

Programming in the Classroom
Monday, October 29th, 2012 | Author:

Back in July, I wrote about an appearance on Brazilian TV where I would be discussing the use of Scratch to help with programming in school. I have just been sent the video and I thought I would share it on here. The video is mainly in Portuguese and we appear around 6:55 for 4 minutes or so. The video is mainly about the use of the Raspberry Pi, but our segment focusses on Scratch.

Ana Abar was the interviewer and she said:

“The feature was finally aired last week by Globo News (Brazil) and attracted a lot of attention. It was the programme with the highest audience of the week.”

Feel free to watch the video and let me know what you think.

The video is here.

#tmhants is back
Monday, October 29th, 2012 | Author:

The first Teachmeet of this academic year is to be held at Titchfield Primary School, Fareham, on Thursday 15th November. We will aim to kick-off at 4:30pm and will finish around 6pm. There will also be the chance to go for food afterwards too. Arrival is welcome from 4pm when drinks and nibbles will be served.

Titchfield Primary School is here: Southampton Road  Fareham PO14 4AU

So that’s the important bits…but what is a Teachmeet? Well it’s a meeting of teachers where they come together and share ideas. If you haven’t got any ideas or don’t want to share, that is fine. Come along and listen. It is an event organised by teachers to look at some great things that are happening in local schools. So, if you want to attend, fill in the form below.

Oh…it’s free too!

Prizes on offer: Subscription to Springboard Stories

Free stuff for everyone! – Trial of Busy Things until Easter 2013 (worth £50). Purple Mash for 3 months (worth £150)

For details on the presentations, please visit:

My First Scratch
Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 | Author:

I know that this will shock many people but until about 24 hours ago, I’d never used Scratch. Never. I have seen Miles Berry present on it twice and have also worked with many others (Pete Stuart, Simon Hunt etc) who have talked about it, but I have never sat down and actually had a play. Until this morning. The reason? We were due to appear on Brazilian TV.

I got an email a few weeks back asking if I knew of any schools near London that were coding and teaching game design with primary children. I didn’t, but after a while it was decided that we were near enough London and the camera crew were coming in. On the last Tuesday afternoon of term. Hhhmmm. They were due to have a short interview with me about programming – the normal sorts of questions including:

  • Why do we teach programming?
  • Why is it important?
  • Will the Raspberry Pi change anything?
And so on. We do have a progression of skills throughout our school starting with simple Roamer/on-screen Roamer style tools to teach instructions and sequences and this then feeds into 2Do It Yourself which is an excellent tool for the basics of game design (along with Simon Widdowsden’s excellent 2DIY Archive for more advanced use including elements of coding) and then the plan is to include Scratch and Kodu for older children too. That’s the plan, but we’ve never got round to doing that bit until today.
I thought about using 2DIY with the children this afternoon but as the video was going to be shown in Brazil, and I wasn’t sure of 2Simple’s influence in South America, I thought I’d stick with a freebie program that could be available anywhere. Also, it would be great to see what my children could come up with in an hour on a tool they had never used before. Turns out that they were amazing.
We started with the video of the fish tank from Miles Berry and then we set out to replicate that. My thinking was that if we could all manage to create a fish tank with two fish in it that moved of their own accord, as well as a predator that would eat them, then we would know the basics. Then they could move on and explore further on their own. We made the fish tank in about 45minutes and then the children started adding text boxes, speech and other sorts of characters to make it more interesting and varied.

So why have I written this post? I just wanted to say that it isn’t wrong if you haven’t tried every piece of software in the world (I’ve only just started using Storybird and have never used Voicethread…in fact my first use of Sketch-up was only last year). This is normal. But these tools aren’t scary, they are simple to pick up and as I said in my interview, don’t worry if the children know more than you do. It’s great not being the expert in the classroom. Today was my first experience of that for ages and I loved having two Year 5 pupils on hand for some Scratch tips, they’d been shown it once at their secondary school transfer day last week and have since downloaded it and played with it constantly. So give it a go, watch the video below and let me know how you get on. The final piece for TV will be available in a few weeks and I will post it when I have a copy.

Miles Berry’s video is here: and Simon Hunt’s (@smnhunt) website about Scratch is here: