Teachmeet Cardiff

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December 17, 2012 by dragonflytraining

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On December 10th, Teachmeet made it’s way to Kings Monkton School, Cardiff where there were over 90 eager teachers in attendance.

A TeachMeet is an informal gathering for those of us who are enthusiastic about teaching and who are keen to share ideas. Everyone is invited to share approaches they have trialled in their classrooms, examples of good practice, to ask questions or simply to soak up all the ideas and atmosphere.

The main point of a TeachMeet is to hear stories about learning from teachers and other education professionals. It is about being engaged and inspired by our immediate colleagues and gaining a whole bucket load of networking to boot!

The event’s keynote speaker was Julia Skinner (@TheHeadsOffice) who delivered a powerful presentation with her 100 Word Challenge concept which is designed to encourage creative writing for young people. Julia’s efforts have seen her work endorsed by BrainPop UK, Rising Stars and The Night Zoo Keeper.

100WC is a weekly creative writing challenge for children under 16 years of age. Each week a prompt is given, which can be a picture or a series of individual words and the children can use up to 100 words to write a creative piece. This should be posted on a class blog and then linked to the 100 Word Challenge blog. The link is usually open from midnight on Wednesdays until midnight the following Tuesdays.

Another fantastic presentation was delivered by Gavin Smart (@gavinsmart) a Science teacher from North Somerset who’s idea to use his grandad in a video to explain Acid Rain proved to be a major hit and even got some Twitter traction by the TES. This video was used to show Gavin’s Year 7 class after he Skyped his Grandad to see what he knew about Acid rain after his career as a hydrologist.

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In one week Gavin’s video had seen over 10,000 views across various mediums and just to add to the occasion, Gavin also won the Dragonfly Training Prize of the critically acclaimed book ‘Spoon Feed No More: Improving Classroom Performance’ for most #TMCardiff tweets.

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An additionally great performance was provided by Alessio Bernardelli (@asober) a TES Science Adviser (@tesscience) and member of the Institute of Physics, who’s ‘Death by Prezi, or how to use Prezi creatively’ went down a storm and really conveyed some high quality resources. Another wonderful resource he included to illustrate the Solar System using Prezi was very well received by the Cardiff crowd and has also seen a huge influx in traffic since the meet.The ‘Tribute to Existence’ prezi is now available to view on the TES.

There were also interesting ideas by Matt Ferriday (@ferridaym) who’s Hackasaurus & Popcorn Webmaker – Science in the media also saw some real twitter attention along with Fiona Thomas (@RichardFiona) who’s uses for Google Apps were ingenious.

The meet also saw a guest appearance from the Digital Leaders at Barry Island Primary (@atbarryisland) who won IT School of Britain along with Leaders from Cadoxton Primary (@CadoxtonPS). The Cadoxton and Barry Island digital leaders had to speak for 5 minutes.  They  shared with teachers some of the work they have been doing in their own school, their roles as digital leaders, the work they have done in other schools and also the sharing of ideas they have undertaken with teachers from all over the UK.  They also made an iMovie trailer to present to an audience full of teachers!

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The event proved to be a huge success and all those involved left the meet with a huge variety of useful resources that are sure to be implemented in future lessons. A big thanks to Cerian Angharad at ASE for organising the meet and to Kings Monkton School (@kings_monkton) for providing a fantastic venue and wonderful refreshments. We look forward to the next #TMCardiff.

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