We are keen supporters of TeachMeet Takeovers at BETT. We actually hosted the very first one by Tom Barrett in 2010 and, frankly, it was such a blast, we couldn’t wait to volunteer our stand for 2012.
This year we were lucky enough to have three teachers take over our stand, each of whom, in the spirit of TeachMeet, were more than happy to share their presentations with us so we could share them with you. What a wonderful world!
1. Mark Anderson (a.k.a. @ICTevangelist) kicked off with a crowded session on Thursday where he shared the “cornerstones” of his classroom: Web 2.0 tools you can use straight away. He managed to cram an unbelievable amount into just 15 minutes and told us about the following, to name just a few:
- Popplet, a mindmapping tool that works on the iPad
- A free online presentation tool, SlideRocket
- SpicyNodes – a mindmapping tool which teachers can even use to write schemes of work
- VisuWords – an online graphical dictionary
- Format Factory – a free tool for converting mediatypes
- And offered good tips and tricks for using YouTube in school
2. On Friday, we were delighted to have Julia Skinner (a.k.a. @TheHeadsOffice) “let loose” [her own words] on the stand and tell us all about the 100 word challenge, a creative writing challenge which aims to spark the imagination of potentially reluctant writers. It’s truly awe-inspiring to see what kids have written and shared with a worldwide blogging (and tweeting) community.
3. And finally on Friday we had Phil Bagge (a.k.a. Baggiepr) take over the stand with an animated and engaging presentation about how easy and effective it is to blog in schools using an iPod Touch and Posterous.
You can find a full list of other takeovers from the four days here: TeachMeet Takeover BETT 2012