• 12 Jan
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    WOW! Have we got a PACKED schedule at BETT 2015!

    BETT Show 2015 logo

    We’ve been exhibiting at BETT since 2009, from a tiny stand up in the gods at Olympia, to a grand (though still cosy) space at ExCel. You can find us where we were last year, stand B200.

    BETT is a remarkable exhibition. A place to see and try educational technology, both new and proven. To energise your practice through the professional development seminars and workshops (and the TeachMeet Takeovers/TeachMeet). And of course, to network with other like-minded souls, from all areas of education.

    What’s happening on the BrainPOP stand?

    The BrainPOPpers will be demonstrating all our resources, showing you first hand how you can blend BrainPOP into your practice to raise attainment. Plus we’re doing a special 30-day free trial for anyone that takes a demo.

    Customer schools will be able to collect their free fresh-off-the-printing-press login posters, designed to help spread the BrainPOP word in your school. They’re really rather awesome and will add colour to any staffroom, classroom, or notice board. Don’t forget to pick up some new Moby badges while you’re there.

    BrainPOP UK login poster

    And, of course, Moby will be there, ready to high five and provide the best selfie opportunity of the show.

    Moby at BETT

    Friday 23rd Jan is Takeover day on the BrainPOP stand!

    • 11am-11:30am – Tim Handley & digital leaders present “Technology beyond computing – Our top 5 ways to use technology in class”. Tim and his pupils have been regular presenters at the BrainPOP stand (and at the BETT Arena itself!), and always provide a keen kids eye view of educational technology. Last year they were a big hit with their “Top 20 pupil approved apps for mobile learning“. Seriously, find 15 mins to sit down and see these guys in action, you will get loads of ideas.
    • 13:30pm-2pm – Julia Skinner “100 Word Challenge“. If you’ve not met Julia, or taken part in her hugely successful weekly creative writing challenge for children under 16, then we simply INSIST you come to Julia’s talk. You will learn how your school and students can join in, what they will get from it, and how to contribute as an educator.
    • 2pm-2:30pm – Mark Anderson “Creative tools to give your classrooms a learning boost!”. Mark is nothing less than an ICT phenomenon, as anyone who has benefitted from his generous wisdom and technology know-how. In his own words, he has a “…knack of being able to tie together pedagogy to technology”. Coming straight after Julia and the 100WC challenge it’s a learning technology 1-2 knock out blow.

    We hope you can come and see all the teachers and students that have kindly given up their time to share their ideas and work, not just on our stand but any stand that supports grassroots CPD at BETT. Check them all out on the TeachMeet Takeover wiki for BETT 2015.

    How else can I experience BrainPOP?

    E2BN/Think IT -Each day on the BrainPOP stand E2BN will be demonstrating Think IT “…a new way for schools, colleges and universities to buy the latest educational software, learning content, hardware, mobile devices and network products and services as one complete solution“. BrainPOP is a partner on this exciting new cloud based framework and this will be an opportunity to see it in action.

    When: BrainPOP B200, 11:45am-12pm every day

    Google – Piers Casimir-Mrowczynski, Head of Computer Science at Beechwood Park school, will be presenting BrainPOP and Google Apps for Education at the Google Teacher Theatre. A Google Apps certified trainer, see how Piers’ school combines BrainPOP and Google apps so successfully.

    When: Google E240, Wednesday 21st Jan 16:00pm-16:20pm

    RM Unify – BrainPOP UK is a Unify partner, the new single sign on platform for schools. To get a demo and see how BrainPOP can be seamlessly accessed via Unify visit RM’s stand.

    When: RM C250, every day

    Samsung – On the Samsung stand you’ll find the BrainPOP UK, ESL, and Jr apps being enthusiastically demonstrated on the new Samsung Galaxy Tabs. Samsung’s doing some amazing stuff with the ‘Connected Classroom‘ initiative and we think time spent hearing all about it would be time well spent.

    When: Samsung B358, BrainPOP pod, every day

    BrainPOP at the Samsung stand BETT 2014

    Moby at the Samsung stand at BETT 2014

    BETT Awards – Last year our Featured movie app was a finalist in the 2014 BETT Awards. This time it’s the website’s turn. We’re up for an award in the ‘Digital resources and collections‘ category. Wish us luck 🙂

    Looking forward once again to meeting old friends and making new ones! See you at BETT!

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  • 26 Jan
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    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!

    TeachMeet Takeover

    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

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  • 18 Jan
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    There’s no shortage of post-BETT chatter clogging up the internet super highway this week and most folks can sum up their time far more eloquently than us, plus we were kind of tied to our stand for the duration, so we’ll keep this debrief…brief. Our highs, lows, and everything in between…

    1. VIBs and a girl named Phoebe

    For the past few years, we’ve invited VIBs (Very Important BrainPOPpers – expert BrainPOP Educators) to help us out on our stand. We figure it’s better for teachers to hear from teachers about BrainPOP than just a demo from us*. So a round of applause and huge thank you to Dawn Hallybone (@dawnhallybone), Charlie Deane (@charliedeane) and Ian Addison (@ianaddison) who all rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in for BrainPOP.

    Special mention must go to an honorary VIB, who operated the stylus on the IWB for us when we showed BrainPOP movies on the Saturday afternoon, like only a 10 year old history fan can. She worked the board as competently as any dyed in the wool classroom teacher.

    Phoebe watches Cleopatra

    Phoebe watches the Cleopatra movie

    Phoebe, we salute your laid back style and whiteboard skills. And you’ve got great taste in movies: Black DeathQueen Elizabeth I and Cleopatra to name but a few.

    *Please note: we don’t actually pitch, that’s not how we roll.

    2. TeachMeet Takeovers

    Having been the host to the first ever TeachMeet Takeover in 2010, we were keen to offer up our stand once again. On Thursday we watched Mark Anderson (@ictevangelist) present on Web 2.0 tools you can use straight away, followed by Friday appearances from Julia Skinner (@TheHeadsOffice) who kindly shared what she’s been up to with her 100 word challenge, and Phil Bagge (@Baggiepr) who talked about using Posterous on the iPod touch. We’ll be doing a post shortly showcasing all of their presentations – there’s too much to fit in here – so stay tuned and watch this space!

    It wasn’t a Takeover but we also welcomed Mr Handley’s class who presented a masterclass in BrainPOP. They were incredible and a real highlight of the show for us. This presentation deserves a full blog post to itself so look out for that. In the meantime see the post they wrote up on their BETT visit.

    Mr Handleys class meets Moby at BETT 2012

    Mr Handley's class meets Moby at BETT 2012

    3. The heart-stopping moment when your wi-fi fails

    We were so excited about our “media counter“. We were finally going to be able to show off just how flexible BrainPOP is: For use at school, home, and on the go. BrainPOP can be accessed via the Sony PS3, various flash-enabled tablet devices, and also our free app for iPad, iPod touch and iPhone. We were also keen to hear Dawn Hallybone’s top 5 educational apps.

    However, none of this is possible if your wi-fi connection fails. And fail it did!

    It’s fair to say we were pretty devastated about both of the above but have learnt a good lesson for forthcoming years. Do not rely on wi-fi at BETT.

    4. Are you using iPads, iPod touch or iPhones in school?

    A question we asked everyone we spoke to. And it seemed for every teacher with access to iPods or iPads in school, there were another three who were visiting BETT to help them make a decision: Is there enough content available to justify the spend on such devices?

    While we can’t speak for other suppliers, we are well aware of the growing multitude of helpful apps and tools available for mobile devices which can be used in schools. As we’ve mentioned many times now, we’ve got a free app you can download from iTunes and start using it today. You’ll find top tips for classroom use available on our Mobile page.

    BrainPOP App screenshot and App button

    5. The goodies, the goodies!

    As ever, BrainPOP goodies seemed to go down a storm. But, when we’re surrounded by suppliers who seem to be offering less and less giveaways on their stands each year, we’ve got to wonder whether it’s truly worthwhile having them.

    A sample of BrainPOP giveaways

    What do you think? As a teacher, does it make any difference whether you get something to take away and share with your class? Or, does it all end up in the bin at the end of the day anyway? We implore you to let us know.

    6. Evaluate BrainPOP? No bother

    Dear Tim & Moby letter from BETTy

    If you spoke to any of the BrainPOP team at BETT you’ll know that this year we opted to set up a generic free trial for the event. This meant that anyone could walk away and log in to BrainPOP as soon as they liked; no messing with emails and activation links and all that jazz.

    Not only did we make the free trial process as simple as can be, we created evaluation booklets, each with a photocopiable topic sheet so your class could complete an evaluation of BrainPOP for you. Download the PDF here if you didn’t manage to grab a copy last week:

    Topic Evaluation Sheet

    Click image to download

    7. Moby does the robot

    Erm, there are no words?

    (iPod touch, iPhone and iPad are all trademarks of Apple Inc.)

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  • 26 Sep
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    Tweet from @catmill "Do we need sponsorship at TeachMeets?"We’re extremely proud to have sponsored, supported and enjoyed TeachMeets, of all flavours, for over 2 years.

    But now the time has come to withdraw our TeachMeet sponsorship package, as graciously as we can.

    There’s a number of reasons for this, and it’s not a decision we make lightly or on impulse. But before we explain how we’ve reached this point it’s worth reflecting on how we got here.

    The first TM we sponsored was TeachMeet SLF September 2009, on request of Ollie Bray (who was a keen BrainPOP user himself). At the time there wasn’t a visual way of explaining the core concepts of TeachMeet. Ollie knew that a bespoke BrainPOP movie might be just the ticket to explaining TeachMeet to those teachers who were unfamiliar with it.

    We sat nervously in the audience at the TeachMeet at the BBC center in Glasgow and waited for our animation to play, burning with embarrassment and anticipation as to how it would go down. Luckily it was well recieved (even with a little ripple of applause!) and we could get on with enjoying the TeachMeet.

    This approach proved popular; REALLY popular. We had so many sponsorship requests that we formalised a TeachMeet sponsorship package which included a bespoke movie to help publicise the event, TM badges, a prize of a subscription for any raffle and free trial cards to help that happen – a pick and mix approach. This simple up front method really helped us and the TM organisers. In return we only asked for our logo on the wiki and a link back. If the event organiser did their own thing or requested more involvement on the night that was up to them.

    We’ve always been clear that our help was more about promotion of the event. The TM movie was often played to kick off proceedings, for TM newbies and to re-emphasise the aims of the gathering (but as TMs often attract as many old hands as new, it could be seen to have become rather over familiar). We’ve met and formed friendships with 100’s of TM attendees & organisers. We sometimes “lurked” but NEVER presented, and joined in only when invited. We tried to offer our support in the spirit of TeachMeets (as tricky as that may be to define, and probably means different things to different people) and we’d like to think we’ve been advocates of TeachMeets, rather than simply “sponsors”.

    So why are we withdrawing our sponsorship?

    • If it’s come to pass that sponsoring a TeachMeet could make us look worse than if we didn’t (partly due to our ubiquity & partly due to the increasingly vocal disavowal and confusion over corporate involvement), then it’s time to step away.
    • If trying to balance a sponsor’s involvement with the “ethos” of TeachMeets can actually lead to upseting people , then it’s time to step away.
    • If sponsorship has simply become a box ticking exercise, then it’s time to step away.

    We too find sales pitches in TMs to be distasteful and commercial needs “muscling in” disappointing. As Ian Addison, one of the organisers at BETT 2011, said to a presenter who was stretching to breaking point the boundaries of ‘classroom practice vs sales’ demo: “Yes, thank you, but we can all use Google to find resources“. The open source nature of the format has been key to its wild and explosive growth, which, by definition, will also bring growing pains.

    • Do you need a “sponsor” (or commercial involvement) to host a TeachMeet? No, of course you don’t.
    • Can you host a valuable and enjoyable TeachMeet with sponsorship? Of course you can (as has been proved time and again).
    • Is there such a thing as a “perfect Teachmeet”? No, no more than there is a perfect way to teach or learn.

    But, leaving aside the ethical debate (for truth be told it’s not our business how TMs should or shouldn’t work), the main reason for this choice is having seen 2 years of TeachMeet development we question is there a need for sponsorship at all? Look at Iain Hallahan’s new “TeachMeet 365” project for inspiration. His initiative has made this decision easier.

    Perhaps, ultimately, “sponsor” is the wrong word to use when dealing with commercial parties and creates certain connotations that aren’t acceptable or applicable to a TeachMeet. What you’re actually seeking are “benefactors”, “patrons” or possibly “collaborators”.

    TeachMeets are amazing in any form, size, complexity or ambition – go to one if you get the chance.

    There’s still 10’s of 1000’s of teachers who have never heard of TeachMeet, and we’ll continue to support and evangelise the TeachMeet model where we can.

    But to be clear – from this point forward, unless we can deliver real value e.g. the new wave of TeachMeets in Australia or TM Takeovers, we will no longer be offering sponsorship.

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  • 20 Jun
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    Hello! It’s Jude again – your friendly Northern BrainPOPper, giving you the lowdown on the goings on oop north.

    Over the past couple of months, I’ve attended a couple of TeachMeets. Partly to see what they were all about, and partly in my role as official ambassador to his Moby-ness. We sponsor a fair number, you see.

    I found TeachMeets inspirational. Not just for the amazing & creative ideas the teachers share with each other, but due to the simple fact that these educators are so passionate about what they do. They gather together in their own spare time to enthuse and help each other.

    Last week I attended the first ever Kidsmeet in Blackpool. The website describes it as an event “…looking for learners to do the talking. To share the things that have made a difference to them, to talk through projects that have inspired them or to recount a moment that changed their approach to learning” but as this is a KIDSmeet I’ll let them do the talking.

    Kidsmeet from Hawes Side school on Vimeo.

    If the idea of teachers being excited enough about teaching to get together is ground breaking, the idea of kids being excited enough about their learning, to get together to share with other kids, is…universe breaking (is there such a thing?).

    On the day we saw 12 presentations given by kids from Yr 1 to Yr 6, on a range of topics from warm-up drama games to Twitter.  Most schools spoke as groups of 4-5 although one very brave young lady did a presentation all on her own.

    One of the highlights for me was Greenpark Primary talking about Google Apps. They said it was “great…because you don’t have to use a pencil” and “you can have a partner to work with without having to sit next to them”.

    Lots of schools enthusiastically talked about blogging . One student said “I think Blogging is as easy as opening a packet of crisps”. Another said “Blogging is good for your brain”.

    Some of the resources mentioned were:

    • Aviary (photo editing)
    • Writing Frames (literacy skills)
    • Popplet (website to collect your ideas together)
    • Voki (create speaking avatars to embed on a  webpage)
    • Glogster (create interactive posts from your media)

    All the kids who spoke were incredibly brave as there was an audience of around 150 people and all the presentations were interesting .

    But I can’t deny the presentation I was looking forward to most was “Digital Film Making and Orange Robots” from Staining Primary. As the event progressed I kept looking around at the Staining Primary kids. They had been chosen to speak last, and I wondered if the tension might be getting to them?

    No…cool as cucumbers.

    Finally they got to speak about a mini horror movie they’d made when they entered one of our competitions, with Tim & Moby as the main characters. They talked about how they learned to edit, act, script write, direct and lots more.

    They delivered their presentation clearly and confidently, and, might I add, got the biggest laughs of the day!

    Everything was soooo professionally done from the title credits to the presentation slides. Watching the Staining Tim and Moby Movie on the big screen made it look even better. Everyone should be incredibly proud of themselves. You can see their movie below:

    The day ended in with the young BrainPOPpers (and Mr Maloney) accosting me and taking all my Moby badges. But that’s OK –  you guys definitely earned them.

    Your bravery and enthusiasm will hopefully inspire other kids around the world to run their own Kidsmeets.

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  • 20 Jan
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    Much like the Edinburgh festival many of the more interesting activities at the BETT show happen on the fringe. Although with Learning Without Frontiers, TEDX, Collabor8 4 Change and the TeachMeet being sold out it seems what was the fringe a few years ago is now challenging the mainstream for why teachers throng to London in mid January.

    One of the most exciting of these developments is the TeachMeet Takeovers, where a commercial supplier gives their stand over to a classroom practitioner to present on a free tool, service or learning experience that they want to share. We really like this idea as it appeals to the BrainPOP ethos that places, above all else, the learner at the heart of things. And it feels deliciously rebellious too 😉

    We had 4 teachers present their Takeovers – Dan Roberts, Alessio Bernardelli, Ian Guest and Bill Lord. Each one of them was erudite, interesting and entertaining. We uploaded some recordings of them below. We really do recommend you take the time to watch them, you will walk away enriched with practical ideas to take into your classroom.

    Dan Roberts aka @chickensaltash “35 Free Tech Tools in 6 Mins and 40 secs”

    This is the Slideshare which contains all the links:

    Chicken pecha kucha 20×20 free tech tools

    Bill Lord, aka @Joga5, talking about his Year 1 “Giraffeclass” in which he employed Twitter as a tool for literacy:

    Ian Guest aka @ianinsheffield gives a TeachMeet Takeover entitled “Poll Dancing – Using online tools for formative assessment, eliciting opinion & stimulating discussion”. He recommends some really excellent free Poll tools and best practice on how to use them in the classroom.

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  • 06 Jan
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    This will be BrainPOP UK’s 3rd year at BETT and this time we’re turning it up to 11.

    At BETT 2009/10 we were “up in the Gods”, on the gallery section overlooking the Grand Hall. A sweet spot, but not too easy to find and not much space for Moby to bust out his moves.

    Moby on our old 2010 BETT stand

    Moby on our old 2010 BETT stand

    For 2011 we’ve graduated to the ground floor of the Grand Hall, stand No.B60, right in the middle next to the stairs and the RM stand. It’s a modest sized space compared to some of the monolithic structures that surround us but we promise it will be one of the most social and fun stands you visit.

    Each day we’ll be meeting lots of current and future BrainPOP Educators and demoing ALL the BrainPOP products and features, including BrainPOP ESL and BrainPOP Jr. Of course there will also be a scintillating array of BrainPOP goodies for you to take back to school to show off.

    Here’s a few more reasons you should come and visit our stand:

    • We’ll be joined by a number of VIBs – BrainPOP teachers (including Dawn Hallybone, Ian Addison, Tim Handley, Adina Popa, Tom Sale and James Mahoney) who have kindly given up a few hours to show how they effectively use BrainPOP in their classrooms, both 1-2-1 and presenting on our Interactive Whiteboard. They will have their own special VIB tshirts – keep an eye out for them as not only are they passionate about BrainPOP, they are great exponents of relevant and modern ICT practice.
    • We’re hosting TeachMeet Takeovers at 2pm on Thurs/Fri (maybe Saturday too). This is when we hand the stand over to a real teacher who gives a presentation about free tools and services that they’ve used in the classroom. We’re honoured and priviliged to have the inspiring Alessio Bernardelli and Dan Roberts doing a tag team Takeover on Thursday about “Using Livestream to create and broadcast pupils work as a TV Show & Chicken Pecha Kucha 20×20 free tech tools” and the fantastic Bill Lord (who is a wonderfully infectious speaker) talking about “Amazing free tools to fire up literacy learners“. You do NOT want to miss these.
    • Moby’s Photobooth – come and get a Polaroid portrait picture taken with the big orange fella himself, to treasure forever. His Photobooth will be open most of the show, except when he needs a break to oil his sprockets.
    • BrainPOP Spotters! If you visit the BrainPOP stand, get a demo and pick up a special Moby shoulder bag make sure you proudly display it when you’re wandering around the exhibition. Why? Because at 2pm each day Moby will be wandering the exhibition hall looking for a BrainPOP bag. If he “spots” yours then you’ve won a full year’s subscription to the BrainPOP product of your choice. Woot!

    BrainPOPpers will also be attending these events:

    • Learning Without Frontiers (Drinks reception sponsor and general hob-nobbing – please grab a BrainPOPper if you see one and say hola).
    • Collabor8 4 Change – Sponsor, Keynote and round table lead.
    • TeachMeet BETT 2011 – Generally kicking back with lots of old (and hopefully new!) friends at this highlight of the educational calendar.

    Find us where the little red box is:

    The location of the BrainPOP stand at Bett 2011

    The location of the BrainPOP stand at Bett 2011

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  • 22 Dec
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    BrainPOP UK are part of a very special new evening event at BETT 2011 – Collabor8 4 Change

    Collabor8 4 Change

    BrainPOP UK have long been fans of the unconference / BarCamp model of event, such as TeachMeets and Fishbowling.

    This year we were kindly asked to join Merlin John , Apple, Rising Stars & Dave Smith of the Havering ICT team to create a new type of event for teachers.

    Collabor8 4 Change is the result – an unconference focused on School Leaders.

    So what is it?

    • Share best-practice ideas that you can take away and implement in your school
    • Collabor8 with like-minded, award-winning ICT innovators that are willing to share
    • Join discussion sessions that will challenge thinking and inspire change

    What would I get from it?

    All attendees will benefit from the experience and conversation with leading ICT practitioners as they openly share best practice use of hardware and software, with an emphasis on the impact on pupil outcomes and making effective use of existing ICT resources.

    With an impressive, thought-provoking, mixture of exciting table-based sessions and focused mini-note presentations from ICT experts such as:

    • Hannah Jones (Former Special Projects Director at NCSL)
    • Steve Bunce (CPD Leader at VITAL)
    • Bob Harrison (Consultant with BECTA and the NCSL)
    • Adina Popa (Educator, VSTE Innovator of the Year, Staff Developer, #globaled10 Regional Chair, Speaker, Writer)

    And it’s completely FREE!

    So, what are you waiting for? Follow any of these links to find out more:

    Date: Thursday 13th January 2011

    Time: 6:00pm- 9:00pm

    Venue: The Apex Room, BETT, Olympia, London

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  • 13 Dec
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    We sponsor many TeachMeet style events up and down the UK but there had never been one in our home town of Oxford. Until last week.

    James Bird introduces TeachMeet Oxon

    James Bird at TeachMeet Oxon

    One of the organisers, an Oxford teacher called Matt Lovegrove, kindly asked us to sponsor. We didn’t hesitate to sign up and created one of our special Tim & Moby movies to help him promote the event and support those who have never been to a TeachMeet before understand more about its purpose.

    We’re based in Oxford and, as this was also Oxfordshire’s first official TeachMeet, I decided to contribute. I gave a 2 min nano-presentation about a personal idea I have been brewing with Doug Belshaw called ” #positiveparent ” which, though not ready for full release, was clear enough to share in an unconference setting. Thanks especially to Nicki Wise and Sheenagh Broadbent who were full of ideas and constructive support for ways forward on this afterwards.

    Doug Belshaw, unable to make it from the North East to Oxford, instead created an awesome video for the night called “Models of Learning” which discusses the Puentedura’s SAMR model (Substitution – Augmentation – Modification – Redefinition) and Boyer’s model of scholarship. This fascinating presentation captures why he is one of the most authentic, valuable and challenging voices in my learning network. It’s really worth a watch and I’ve embedded it below:

    We’ve posted our pictures from the night on Flickr, you can see a listing and some thoughts from the BrainPOP UK subscription prize winner in Brian Sharland’s “Reflection on TeachMeet Oxon” post and, for those that wished they were there, and you can see a complete recording of the whole night.

    Brian Sharland winning a BrainPOP UK subscription

    Brian Sharland winning a BrainPOP UK subscription

    We look forward to more local TeachMeets!

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  • 26 Nov
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    Last week I gave my Keynote talk at the Global Education Conference.

    The conference is a collaborative and world-wide community effort to significantly increase opportunities for globally-connecting education activities

    I was honoured when Adina Popa, an award winning teacher, nominated me to give one of the keynotes at this incredible online event.

    But I was nervous of accepting, given the value of some of the other names on the schedule – including one of my favourite voices in edtech,  Ewan McIntosh .

    But fortune favours the brave so I said yes for two reasons:

    1. I felt I had something I wanted to share and contribute to the global discussion
    2. I wanted to get a reaction/feedback to those idea/thoughts

    My talk was titled “Global Resources for Global Citizens – Teachers as Guides” and its essence was about the power of TeachMeets to break through many of the cultural and professional barriers that prevent 21st Century Teaching and Learning. This is how it was summarised, hopefully to get people interested enough to join in!

    “In this short presentation, Eylan will demonstrate how BrainPOP’s experience of learning, in a range of global settings, languages and settings, has shown that there are key behaviours and lessons that can be shared to improve best practice for all 21st Century Educators. In the networks that BrainPOP takes part in, whether it be BrainPOPEducators, TeachMeets, BrainPOP Maestros, or in our PLNs, they talk to and understand the work that some of the most effective teachers are engaged in –using BrainPOP as the contextual hub. Eylan hopes to provide time and stimulus for debate – especially around the overuse of the word ‘Creativity’!”

    Two other BrainPOPpers, from the US team, also contributed talks: Allisyn Levy (Director BrainPOP Educators) on The Value of Online Communities for Educators and Kari Stubbs (Vice President 21st Century Learning at BrainPOP) on Lessons Learned from the Chilean Miner Rescue .

    I would urge you to listen to some of the other amazing speakers – the full listing of which can be found here. Thanks to all those who joined in at the time, and those that have watched since and for their kind comments.

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