We held a TeachMeet at the CLC on the 11th November with an NQT and PGCE focus, although there was an excellent spread of experience and wisdom on the night. There were approximately 35 attendees, with many new to TeachMeet.

This page will be used to collate any links to presentations from the night, and other useful information.


  1. Graham Hoey, from All Saints Catholic High School in Sheffield,  started us off with some quick tips for using the Interactive Whiteboard (ActivInspire based). These were fantastic, and I’ll see if I can work out a way of sharing the templates (in the meantime e-mail me if you want copies – see below).
  2. John England showed us some examples of using 2Simple software used by primary students to create presentations with multiple choice questions and feedback.
  3. Sam Mitchell, (@MissSMitch) an English teacher from Holgate School in Barnsley, did a nano-presentation (2 minutes) on using CoverItLive to map her students’ learning experience using an app on their phones. You can see examples on her blog here.
  4. Sarah Cross, (@MissSCross) another English teacher from Holgate School, presented her strategy for engaging and inspiring low ability learners using Success Slips. She used a tiered system of red, amber and green slips to ensure all students could achieve some level of succes in her lessons. By the end of the year the students were establishing the criteria for success for each colour.
  5. Tom Barrett, (@tombarrett) a deputy head in a primary school in Nottinghamshire, sent us a video message about the importance of nurturing your networks as a teacher. He also encouraged people to start blogging, either as individuals or with their class. Tom’s blog can be found at www.edte.ch/blog/ and it is well worth reading. You can also see his series of  “Interesting Ways to Use…” at this site, with ideas from educationalists all over the world on how to to use different technologies in the classroom. His presentation is here.
  6. Julian Wood, (@Ideas_Factory) deputy head at a secondary school in Sheffield, showed a vast number of fantastic sites with collections of links to resources. He has collated them using Linkbunch into a single link: http://linkbun.ch/0ndcs and you can see his presentation here (due to technical issues on the night he was cut short – sorry Julian!)
  7. Mark Purves, (@markpurves) primary languages teacher and consultant, got us all singing to demonstrate the wonderful ways of using songs to support learning in the classroom. He finds tracks at Audio Network or uses Mixcraft to create backing tracks. He also recommended Ken Robinson’s book  “The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything”.
  8. Ian Guest, (@IaninSheffield) ICT Development Manager in a Sheffield secondary school talked about developing your PLN (personal/professional learning network) as a teacher, to support professional development when it’s needed most, through use of Delicious (for saving useful weblinks and seeing what other people are bookmarking), Twitter, podcast, TED talks and blogs. See the comments on this page for more links relating to his presentation, and his own blog with some thoughts on the evening here.
  9. Jamie Portman, (@JamiePortman) Assistant Head at Campsmount Technology College in Doncaster, began by showing footage of the fire that destroyed large parts of the college last year and went on to talk about how this has guided his thinking on certain ways of working. Using Dropbox for saving work;  Facebook and Twitter to aid communication with parents and students; Google Docs for teacher collaboration; handheld cameras (e.g. Flips) for documenting good work; CoverItLive embedded on the school website for live coverage of events (and advertised to parents on Twitter and Facebook).
  10. Vicky Harrison, (@Vickycarl) teaches at an infant school in Sheffield, and bravely voluntereed to do a presentation ad hoc about her Year 2 class blog. She documents what her class have been up to and this has been really popular with parents and pupils, with the latter adding comments in their own time – some of these were really impressive. She also uses tools such as Kizoa to create slideshows that are embedded on the blog with excellent effects such as adding animated raindrops.
  11. Dave Tidman, (@dptidman) Transforming Learning Manager, in Barnsley, likes to Keep It Simple  and talked about Photostory 3, a free download from Microsoft for creating photo presentations that has been around for a while, but it’s free, simple and effective for telling stories.
  12. Lois Lindemann, (@MoreThanMaths) is a maths teacher at a secondary school in Dronfield. She spoke about Mouse Mischief – a free add-in for PowerPoint (only in 2007 and 2010 versions). It enables multiple wireless mice to work on one presentation, and you create slides with Yes/No answers, multiple choice or drawing options on them. Lois demonstrated some excellent examples of how it can be used. Looks like a brilliant, free alternative to voting systems on the IWB. She also made some notes on the TeachMeet which you can read here.
  13. Catherine Elliott, (@catherinelliott) Training Manager at Sheffield South City Learning Centre (that’s me!). I ran both of my presentations together due to time constraints. The first was to talk about Wallwisher, a free tool to create pinboards which can be used for collaborative work or providing feedback. I created a wall here, for attendees to add useful tools. There have been some rumours about its demise, but fingers crossed it’ll stay with us for a while. I then looked at Ten Things you Should Bear in Mind When Using ICT in the Classroom – you can see my presentation here, created at Prezi, which is an alternative presentation tool. I mentioned the E-Safety resources at ThinkUKnow, and the excellent Angry Technician’s blog for some light reading.
  14. Sue Finnigan, (@Cityfan1uk) Assistant Manager at Sheffield East City Learning Centre gave a presentation about using ICT in Literacy. She demonstrated some great tools and project ideas –  Animoto for creating slick presentations using still photos (make sure you sign up for an education account); Voicethread for providing class feedback on documents, videos, photographs etc; Audacity for editing audio; Glogster for creating multimedia posters (NB this doesn’t run very well through YHGfL broadband filters, particularly any video); PhotoStory 3 (see  above).
  15. Ian Addison, (@ianaddison) a primary school teacher in Hampshire, kindly sent us a video presentation on how to use Google to search, using the Wonder wheel, timeline and Google Squared. Really simple tools but very effective for refining searches. You can see it in full here.
  16. Ian Guest provided a good finish to the TeachMeet with a nano-presentation on creating Haikus using spreadsheets on Google Docs. See the comments for a link to the presentation.

Huge thanks to all of the presenters, and to the attendees from far and wide. Thanks also to our sponsors:

Stripey Design from Sheffield, who created the wonderful Anithings creativity tool, and provided a Flip camera as a raffle prize.

Vital, a professional development programme for teachers to encourage use of ICT, who sponsored the food.

Primary Technology, who provide ICT support services to Primary Schools,  and gave attendees a chance to win a year’s subscription to Primary Pad.

If  you want more information about any of the resources or presentations you saw on the night, e-mail Catherine Elliott at celliott@ssclc.net, twitter id @catherinelliott.

2 Responses to TeachMeet

  1. LiveBinder containing all the resources from my presentation (plus lots of extras) can be found here, the first presentation is here (though it’s not too helpful with out the narration!)and the nano is here (perhaps I’ll add a narration to that!).

    Brief feedback from four attendees can be found here

  2. Andrea says:

    By accident, on twitter, I started watching the Unstream and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Well done to the presenters who gave so much info in shorts amount of time. I am a primary teacher in New Zealand. Again thank you.

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