The Northern Ireland Edtech Cluster at #BETT2017
Feb12

The Northern Ireland Edtech Cluster at #BETT2017

One of the larger stands I visited at BETT 2017 was the Invest Northern Ireland pavilion. Invest NI was at BETT for the first time to showcase six of the region’s upcoming edtech companies, and to promote trade with Northern Ireland. This included: Go-Berserk Go-Berserk is a multi-award winning company that has developed resources to help teach real code to everyone from eight years old and up. It currently has three hard copy books...

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25 Questions for Suppliers of Interactive Devices
Jan23

25 Questions for Suppliers of Interactive Devices

Are you in the market for interactive devices for your classrooms? With Bett and several other conferences coming up, guest contributor Terry Freedman has produced a checklist of questions you may find useful. You may wish to amend some or discard some as appropriate in your circumstances. What is the make and model of the product? (These are obvious questions, but are intended to remind you to write down the answers.) Does this...

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My BETT 2016 Roundup
Feb04

My BETT 2016 Roundup

BETT 2016 was different for me this year since I was spending most of the time working on the Prowise stand offering IWB Masterclasses. This meant I didn’t get as much time as usual to wander around the show and look at new products. I spent more time talking to people about whiteboards and pointing at screens! But I still got to see a few things, plus catch up with some good friends that I only ever seem to meet at BETT once a...

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Creative Use of ICT in Science : ASE Conference Talk 2016
Jan10

Creative Use of ICT in Science : ASE Conference Talk 2016

This weekend I gave a talk at the ASE Conference in Birmingham. The subject was the creative use of ICT in Science. You can download a pdf version of the presentation here. Here are the main tools, and articles mentioned in the talk: Collaborative Tools Padlet Digital Storytelling Tools “Digital storytelling” is simply using computer-based tools to tell a story. There are many different ways to do this – from making movies, recording...

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The World Teach In STEM CPD Event : Nov 2015
Sep02

The World Teach In STEM CPD Event : Nov 2015

World Teach In is a 2 day CPD event in London aimed at sharing the very best ideas for teaching Science and Technology. The event will provide a range of practical lessons and projects, along with full lesson plans and equipment to take away to  teach with on Monday morning! There are two 2 Events – one for Secondary on Friday 20th Nov, and one for Primary on the Saturday 21st. Secondary: Stem for Schools STEM for Schools 2015...

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Learning Without Frontiers 2012 #lwf2012
Jan28

Learning Without Frontiers 2012 #lwf2012

This week I had the opportunity to attend the Learning Without Frontiers conference in London. I’ve wanted to go to this before but it’s clashed with other things. It’s always a little too close to BETT for my liking, I’d prefer a little bit of breathing space between the two, to be honest. I arrived early, thanks to an invitation to attend the launch of a new book by Charles Leadbeater “Innovation in...

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BETT Show 2012 Roundup Part 2
Jan17

BETT Show 2012 Roundup Part 2

Here’s the second part of my BETT 2012 roundup, taking a look at the things that caught my eye in addition to the Interactive Whiteboards which I talked about in Part 1. Here’s a quick summary of some of the things I saw: BrainPop UK : BrainPop were showing their excellent range of videos which are perfect for the classroom. Moby was there for photo opportunities as always. They were also demonstrating the various new ways...

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BETT Show 2012 Roundup Part 1
Jan16

BETT Show 2012 Roundup Part 1

So last week saw the annual trip to the BETT Show – one of the biggest educational technology shows in the world, for the last time at the Kensington Olympia venue. As always anyone who is anyone in the world of educational technology was here, showing off their latest products. You can see my photos from the show here. Like last year I was slightly underwhelmed by some aspects of the show. There was very little that was totally...

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TeachMeet Essex 2012 Announced
Nov15

TeachMeet Essex 2012 Announced

Following on from the successful first Teachmeet Essex in 2010, we’re putting on another free event to showcase the excellent teaching and learning that is taking place the schools in Essex as well as the breakaway people’s republics of Southend and Thurrock. Teachers and friends from other areas are obviously more than welcome too! Please sign up to give a 2 minute talk, or a 7 minute talk, or just to attend and network....

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Collaborate for Change 17th Nov #c84c
Oct07

Collaborate for Change 17th Nov #c84c

Collabor8 4 Change is an innovative ‘unconference’ event with a clear focus on leadership of ICT, use of hardware and software, with an emphasis on the impact on pupil outcomes, making effective use of existing ICT resources – as well as demonstrating innovative products that benefit school improvement through ICT. The format for the evening includes up to 15 concurrent table discussions running for 20 minutes. This will be repeated...

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Oh Canada
Mar14

Oh Canada

Apologies for the lack of updates over the last week. I’m in Canada! I’m talking at the Teacher to Teacher conference in Bow Island, AB. I headed out a week early to check out the skiing in Banff first. Which was rather excellent. I’ll be back in a week, so apologies for the lack of blogging until then....

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Teacher2Teacher Conference 2011
Jan24

Teacher2Teacher Conference 2011

It’s very nearly time for the Teacher2Teacher conference in Bow Island, Alberta again. Like last year I will be heading over to Canada to run several sessions. Last years conference was a blast and I’m really looking forward to going back. I’m taking the advice of the Banff Squirrel and heading to Banff for a weeks skiing before the conference which I’m also quite excited about. This conference is for the...

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