I did a presentation last week at the World ORT Wingate Seminar which included a 15 minute piece on why Twitter is a great tool for teachers and educators. I’ll add the video and information in a separate post when it is ready.

One of the old Twitter tricks to show how Twitter is useful is to ask your followers to say hi, where they are from and answer a question. I asked my followers to say hi and tell us a great resource. I wasn’t specific about the resource as I wanted to show the people I was presenting to the range of people and resources out there. As always I was astounded by the replies which I have embedded below.

If you (PC) Hold Ctrl + click on the names you should be able to get directly to each person’s twitter account in a new tab on your browser.

Many thanks to @mrshgm @mr_mclaughlin @bredano @monprof @antheald @mark_dubois @kristianstill @redmenace56 @h1moodle @cbrannon @langwitches @dan_bowen @yvonneosborn @gvibe @carolskyring @islayian @relativism @dwsm for their help.

All are welcome to watch the live stream of the World ORT Wingate Seminar on Digital Content Creation for learning.

You can watch at



Monday 10th January

11:00-12:30 Keynote: Digital Media in Education
Jonathan Drori, Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation, UK

14:00-15:30 IWB Workshop, “Essential Digital Resources for Your Classroom”
Danny Nicholson, IWB Consultant and Teacher Trainer, UK

15:45-17:15 Particpant Presentations
15:45 – Barbora Pechová – Lauder Schools of Prague ,Czech Republic
16:00 Christine Cook – Lycee ORT Strasbourg, France
16:15 Aliza Weingarten, Nesher Junior High School, Israel
16:30 Rebeca Rochman – CIM-ORT School, Mexico
16:45 Dr. Olga Tuzova – ORT De Gunzburg, St Petersburg, Russia

Tuesday 11th January

09:15-10:45 Flash Animation Workshop
Sadler Johnson, Website Developer, World ORT, UK

11:00-12:30 Participant Presentations
11:00 Jimena Fernanda Castellión & Claudia Ruth Tujschinaider, School 2.0: Real-World Projects in the Virtual Age – ORT High School, Argentina (30mins)
11:30 Nadia Maria Petriccioli – Milan, Italy
11:45 Rani Ben-Zeev, Student Created Content – Western Galilee Maaravi High School, Israel
12:00 Teresa Segalien?, Shifting Teachers’ Role: Constructionism and SmartBoard Workflow Experience – Vilnius Sholom Aleichem Jewish School, Lithuania

14:00-15:30 Enhancing Learning through Good Design
Professor Tom Boyle and Carl Smith, London Metropolitan University, UK

15:45-17:15 Participant Presentations
15:45 Olga Trupp – ORT-“Mishpahteinu”, Kazan, Russia
16:00 Martin Kalenberg, Learning Through the News – ORT University, Uruguay
16:30 Pennit Amarel, Assessment in your Palm – Rogozin Junior B School, Kiryat Ata, Israel
17:00 Dr. Nir Yehuda – Eynot Yarden Comprehensive School, Israel

Wednesday 12th January

09:15-10:45 Collaborative resource banks
Andy Smith, Head of Resources, TSL, Times Educational Supplement

11:00-12:30 Finding Digital Content
Theo Kuechel, Researcher and Consultant, University of Hull, UK

14:00-15:30 Participant Presentations
14:00 Maryna Gezalova –Jewish Gymnasium, ORT “Aleph”, Ukraine
14:15 Philippe Balais – ORT Lyon, France
14:30 Megan Lawless – Geared for Life Program, ORT South Africa
14:45 Dovale Lanir – Anna Frank High School, Sasa, Israel

Thursday 13th January: No streaming – visits to local school and BETT.

Friday 14th January

09:15-10:45 Online Tools for Creating Content (workshop)
Daniel Needlestone, Educational Development Manager, World ORT, UK

As part of my work at World ORT I’m organising a seminar next week which will be attended by 18 teachers from abroad. As part of the seminar we are spending an afternoon at BETT, a large educational technology exhibition with hundreds of exhibitors displaying their wares.

It can be a rather imtimidating place for a newbie and it’s sometimes hard to know what to do when you arrive. I wanted to make the participants a few recommendations to get them on their way. Again it was hard to know where to start so I thought I would get the exhibitors to do the work for me, if they want me to recommend them then they should tell me why I should visit. I created a Google Form here and sent a few messages on twitter asking for exhibitors to fill in the form. A couple of weeks later and I had 25 sets of information which can be viewed in their raw form here.

A quick mail merge and a bit of tidying up later and I’ve  got booklet with all the information in.

You can view and download the booklet here via Google Docs, to download click the link, the file menu and select download.

Or you can download it directly via this link: Please come and visit us at BETT 2011

If you would like an editable version just get in touch.

I hope you find it useful

For some general advice on visiting BETT I recommend this post

It’s time for BETT again. Despite the tightening belts in UK education it’s still the place to be for everything edtech. Some go to see specific products and services, some to collect free pens, some to network and some to just see what’s new.

For those that want to network, learn and be inspired there are a number of fringe events going on that I would recommend.

In order of date rather than importance and starting with the Learning Without Frontiers Fringe Events rather than the BETT ones…

Sunday 9th January
Mirandamod Unconference LWF, 15:00-17:30, “Why do I need a school now I use mobile technology? …and why do I need a teacher when I have the Internet?”
Teachmeet LWF, 17:30-19:30

Wednesday 12th January
MirandaMod 15:30 -17:00 Which Web 2.0 tools develop teaching and learning effectively?
TedXOrenda at BETT

Thursday 13th January
MirandaMod 15:30 -17:00 How can teachers get the most in the classroom from today’s ICT tools?
Collabor8 4 Change at BETT 18:00

Friday 14th January
MirandaMod 15:30 -17:00 How can digital technologies … be implemented to increase achievement for all?
Teachmeet at BETT 18:00

Everyday at BETT
Teachmeet Takeover at BETT, 12th-15th January

I’m yet to decide how many I can make but regrettably it will only be 2 or 3. They are all slightly different, I won’t explain each format or event, take a look at their webpages to find out more. If you go and see me there please say hi!

Last Tuesday I ran a session at Limmud conference on E-tools for education and community building at Limmud Conference UK.

As promised I am including links to all the resources discussed here, this post also gives me a chance to thank all the people who helped me put the session together.

You can watch the session replayed via Flashmeeting here http://flashmeeting.e2bn.net/fm/fmm.php?pwd=6091f7-11930&jt=00:19:52
It’s all taken via a laptop webcam so no great quality but if you listen with headphones you should be able to hear the audio fine and I will link to the presentation below.

During the presentation I explained 4 main tools, Flashmeeting, Twitter, Voicethread and Google Apps as well as passing references to Wallwisher and blogging via posterous.

You can see the voicethread I created below or via this direct link

Thanks to the following people who participated, many of whom have excellent blogs and websites that are linked to via their twitter profiles.

Allanah King @allanahk
Drew Thomson @mrthomson
Peter Eckstein @redmenace56
Mark Carls @mcarls
Judy Mckenzie @judykmck
Chris @infernaldepart who also linked to his blog post on using twitter here

Thanks to the 5 Flashmeeting contributors including the following who left their twitter names.
Caren @jlearn20
Peter @redmenace56
Adena @PELIE_org

For those that don’t know Flashmeeting it’s a great and really simple tool for online meetings and discussion, I usually use the E2BN server at www.flashmeeting.e2bn.net which is free for UK Educators, an alternative is the Open University Open Learn server which seems to be open to all as long as you are happy for your meeting to be syndicated.

A couple of online participants mentioned the open Google Document “Useful Web 2.0 Tools for Jewish Educators and Staff Developers” – it is a a quickly growing and already large resource listing so many great web tools but also with links to tutorials and examples of each tool being used in education, a great resource for anyone in education.

Another list is one I compiled last year for a similar presentation where I asked people to submit their favourite tool via a Google Form, you can see the results at this link.

And an example use of wallwisher to compile yet more tools is here

Finally a link to my presentation from the session here also embedded below – it’s not a standalone presentation but maybe if you watch it alongside the flashmeeting linked to above it will make sense!