Monthly Archives: February 2014

TeachMeetHerts #TMHerts 6 February – National TeachMeet Day 2014

A huge thank you to all who came to our TeachMeet #TMHerts!

It was good to see teachers, TAs, Headteachers, IT advisers, educational specialists, Year 6 Digital Leaders and a university lecturer come together for #TMHerts! Our event also linked into National TeachMeet Day 2014, which saw approximately 1000 people gather at 18 venues across the UK to promote and celebrate TeachMeets.

TeachMeets are all about CPD and networking – sharing ideas and best practice, with no charge to attend. We had promoted the event via the LA (thank you to Shelagh Mackenzie and Sue Collins – Computing/ICT Curriculum Advisers for primary schools in Hertfordshire – for your help via the HGfL), IAPS and GSA networks as well as Twitter and attendees came from across north London, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Essex, Surrey and Kent. Two thirds of the 65 attendees had never been to a TeachMeet before so that was very positive too.

Our focus was on primary education, 4 – 13 and it was fundamentally important to us that the event should be inclusive of all and we were delighted that early years, infant, junior, middle school, secondary and higher education staff from state maintained, academies, free schools, independent schools and a university came to the event.

65 attendees was a very encouraging number, especially given the weather. Many drove/’canoed’ through floods to be there and coped with very heavy traffic due to an accident in the area, as well as increased road traffic related to the Underground strike. Even local journeys of 20 minutes turned into one and a half – two hour crawls, yet people persevered and made it!

The evening including a keynote presentation from @mberry former Naace Chair and Principal Lecturer at Roehampton Uni.exploring the primary PoS for the new curriculum The new curriculum

Five of the Year 6 Digital Leaders at Wheathampstead House, the Prep School of ST Albans High School for Girls, explained how they are contribution to ICT developments at the school; showing links and example videos.

@ICTmagic shared A brief history of TeachMeets and later in the evening Resources to bring the outside, inside (the classroom)

Videos were shared by @ThisIsLiamM Windows for displays and @mrlockyer Drop everything and read

@neiljones spoke about Education for Social Responsibility

‏@DepHeadPrep shared a range of online resources, including Voki and Google Earth.

@IETFaraday shared about the IET Faraday programme which has been developed by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, to promote engineering in schools through resources, challenge days and various programmes.

@PrepSchHead spoke about green screening and shared a video produced by children using this technique.

@Starbucks very kindly contributed the refreshments at the event and these were appreciated greatly by all, as well as the prizes! Thank you to Starbucks for keeping everyone’s energy levels up! Thank you to Ola the Manager from Chiswell Green and her colleague Megan, who came with the St Albans Store manager Jelina to serve the refreshments! We really appreciated your time and support, especially after your challenging journey!

‘Party bags’ were made up for everyone to take home, with leaflets, flyers, and/or discount vouchers from the educational sponsors and a box of biscuits from @BahlsenBiscuits which were a real hit!

We are very grateful to all our #TMHerts sponsors @BahlsenBiscuits @Starbucks and Frog @ClareBull_Frog and a surprise prize gift from PTA Social, plus the national sponsors for their support and the range of prizes they provided. A good number of schools now have new resources/services to aid teaching and learning and a significant number of practitioners, across all sectors of education, have become aware of products, resources and services that they may not have known about before. A huge thank you to: @twinklresources @zondle @CrownHousePub @edgymusicals @OneDayCreative and @YesProgramme For more information about the national sponsors please view http://wp.me/p4b8Ht-1e

Tweets from the evening can be viewed via #TMHerts and @TeachMeetHerts and for the National TeachMeet Day as a whole via #TMUK. Links to presentations from other #TMUK events can be viewed via Presentations on National TeachMeet Day 2014

A special thanks to @ICTmagic for his support and encouragement to me to ‘go for the event’ and for being MC on the evening. Martin we appreciate all you do on-going to support teachers, schools and all in education! Thank you to my colleagues at school, in particular Sarah and Jon for all you contributed, for your support generally and specifically your support and time with our Digital Leaders and to Sarah and Luke, for the setting up the IT technical side of things needed for the event.

The feedback on the day and since has been very positive indeed regarding the CPD, networking, refreshments and prizes. We are considering a future event next year. Thank you again to all who contributed to the success of the event!

Gill Bradnam
@PrepSchHead