I was hugely honoured when Steve Bunce invited me to run a BrainPOP UK POPTeach workshop at an event he was planning, all about the power of digital storytelling.
Steve has long been a fan of BrainPOP UK, and he was one of the first people to convince me (despite his furious punning!) that twitter was a powerful CPD tool.
What I am trying to say is that I said “Yes” to Steve, without really thinking too hard about what I was agreeing to. He did tell me it would be called ‘StoryTyne’. I did not know when it would be, who else was speaking, who would be coming. I just trusted Steve to make it a special day.
Steve works for Vital CPD, an organisation supporting professional development and ICT, that we partnered with to run Fishbowl events. By combining with Northern Grid for Learning, and getting some rather wonderful people involved, Steve managed to set up an event that had thousands of teachers wishing they were in Newcastle (not an everyday occasion!).
But, as the date got closer I found out that the big pull for the day was Tim Rylands – www.timrylands.com – whose legendary status as a transformative agent in education needs no introduction. The briefest search on the web will bring up evidence of his ability to inspire kids and teachers to do something amazing with the school day. There is no doubt that Tim’s involvement in the day made this a very special event!
However, that was not all, the attendees, from all over the North East, were also treated to workshops and presentations from some other wonderful speakers, including Bill Lord, Bill Boyd, Alan (not called Bill!) Yeoman from 2Simple, and a wealth of other presenters.To find out more – read the blog posts here:
I made a short vid featuring a glipse of those who I saw speak – and managed to film.