We hope that a good night was had by all at TMNE09 last night; more comedy club than conference but some great ideas shared! Please sign up to the ning as a way of sharing resources and ideas further and creating a network of link minded educationalists.
The entire evening was videoed in Flashmeeting so you can re-watch the first presentations here and the final presentations here. There was also an etherpad of the evening here. This document is still editable so if you have anything to add, please do! To find any twitter feeds and also flickr streams use the tag #tmne09.
The night started with a presentation from Holli Maguire and Mike Tait from the Tyneside cinema who showed us ways in which we could use short film in the classroom as well as talking about possibilities of bringing students to the cinema and even the opportunities for teachers to do evening courses in film making and animation. All information can be found here.
I then struggled with technology demonstrating the use of Wordle and Goanimate. The presentation was made using Prezi a non-linear presentation software which is free! The prezi can be found here and the goanimate of tmne09 can be found here. The whole thing can be found at Chris’ blog www.chrisharte.typepad.com .
Régine Schneider then gave an excellent presentation of different presentation tools. Her presentation will be uploaded here as soon as I get my hands on it!
After a quick chat and a drink, Steve Bunce (@stevebunce) demonstrated the neural impulse actuator – playing pong with his eyebrows – very clever stuff and brilliantly presented. You have to watch the flashmeeting to get the full effect!
Dominic McGladdery (@dominic_mcg) then took us through the pros and cons of early entry GCSE giving some thought provoking ideas.
Helena Butterfield (@langwitch) did a great presentation on the potential for e-twinning not only in languages but across the curriculum. You can find out more about e-twinning through Helena’s blog www.helenabutterfield.net .
Darren Mead (@dkmead) followed with a brilliantly simple look at how an activity can be given a real pedagogical purpose. Again it is really worth watching the flashmeeting to get a detailed understanding of a powerful approach.
After another rowdy, chatty, wine soaked chat session, Ian Hardy (@ianisnotat) gave us a great presentation on the use of Glogster as a tool for being creative and using comments as a form of AfL and peer assessment. If you want to find Ian on Glogster, his pseudonym is tigerprawn.
If you watch Mark Clarkson’s (@mwclarkson) presentation back on Flashmeeting, you may well need to put it on slow play because I have never seen man, woman nor beast move and talk at such a speed as Mark. The amazing thing was that he succinctly, enthusiastically and powerfully put across his point on collaborative learning through technology. Mark’s presentation can be found on his websitehttp://mwclarkson.co.uk . A real tour de force in the application of technology and learning.
Our final presenter, a certain Fergus Hegarty, presented a brilliant argument for independent learning. How do you really shift control of learning from the teacher to the student. In Fergus’ case the answer is through a lot of preliminary hard work followed by a very successful self-directed half-term planner. To truly appreciate Fergus’ ideas, nay genius, you really have to watch him on the Flashmeeting part 2. I am working on subtitling the bits where his cockney/Irish drawl mixed with booze makes him incomprehensible but when you do figure out what he is talking about it is pure guiness.
After the presentations there were a number of pre-planned and ad hoc learning conversations ranging from ICT budgeting, content and language integrated learning, e-twinning and the big question –when is the next teachmeetne? A big shout out to Mark Simpson, Sue Balmer, Helena Butterfield and Doug Belshaw (@dajbelshaw) for their contributions to this! Also a massive thanks to Graeme, Ferg, Daz, Si, Mark, Scott, Jen, Mike, Holli and all of the staff at the Tyneside Cinema and our sponsors; TEEP, The Teaching Awards, Smart Assess and Frog who made the evening such a success.
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