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!

I’m currently at the Mirandamod Conference on “Teachers as Bloggers” - click here for the “Teachers as Bloggers” page with information and also links to communal mindmaps that are being created.

We’ve been discussing blogging all day. One point of many that resonated was how long it can take to write a blog post. So I’m taking a few minutes to see if I can write a quick post about something that has impressed me – and I’m going to go a little off topic. The conversation about blogging has been superb, the collaborative mindmap has been great fun but I’m so impressed as to how well the videoconferencing is working.

In the room at the IOE we’re all sitting around a table and at one end of a room is a projector showing a display of a flashmeeting videoconference. Currently there are 19 people joined to the flashmeeting and they are very much participants not just online but in the room. We’ve 10 in the face to face meeting and 19 online. Having attended so many presentations and conferences where the technology doesn’t work it’s great to have a solution that just works!

Credit to flashmeeting and credit to Leon Cych for doing the filming here. It’s time to get some videoconferencing working in my school.

  • ps – I got this blog written in about 15 minutes, result or rushed?