Friday, 13 February 2009

Teachmeet North-East London

On March the 31st Havering (and Redbridge) ICT teams will be hosting Teachmeet NEL 2.

For those of you have never been to one of these event then read the description below and visit the wiki site of last years event here.

What is Teachmeet then?
Teachmeet NEL is an exciting unconference event organised by colleagues @ Havering and Redbridge. The event is a chance for anyone interested in Educational Technology to share good practise. Delegates can come to either share what they are doing through means of a mini (7 minutes) or nano (2 minutes) presentation or to just listen to what others are doing. Last year there was a very wide range of subjects covered, these included a focus on the latest ed tech gadgets, an Nintendo Project and how a violin teacher used a VLE. There was a raffle on the evening where delegates could win a top of the range visualiser or plasma screen TV.

The other side of Teachmeet is the networking, friend sourcing and meeting up with all those contacts you have been twittering and blogging with over the last year.

Teachmeet, is about teachers sharing that which they find effective and exciting in their classrooms. It is not sales pitches or long abstract talks about blue sky projects that leave you cold. We want people to be inspired and excited, we want them to come along to hear people that will make them remember why they went into teaching in the first place.
As well as randomly selected 2 and 7 minute presentations, there is also a category called a mini note, a short 15 minute presentation by the following confirmed guests:

Tom Barrett - Inspiring ICT in his Primary Classroom
Drew Buddie - Good stuff from the man who coined the phrase 'Twitter is like googling people'
Max Wainwright - teacher and software developer on zen, simplicity and cup cakes
One more TBA

We still want lots of 7 minute and 2 minute presenters please - so please go to the wiki site and add your name as a speaker or 'lurker' - if you can't work out how to do this, then email me your name and I'll do it for you. We also recognise that we need our sponsors and though we wouldn't want them to sell from the front, we do, in this current climate need to give them a reason to attend. Therefore you will see our sponsors put to work around the central atrium in the CEME centre, they will each be serving themed refreshments, we therefore look forward to the cup cake stall, the bar and the more civilised Teas and coffees.

Teachmeet North East London will take place at the he state of the art Ceme Centre in Dagenham. Yes I know it is a long way but there is a free minibus from the station and I promise it will be worth your while!

So please sign up now - trust me if you go to one ICT Conference event thingy this year, make sure its this one - it will be brilliant.

If you are not convinced yet, try the video below, courtesy of Antony Evans at Redbridge (thanks to him for most of the content of this post, too.)

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