Teachmeet Coventry

Prior to now I had never heard of a Teachmeet but having been told about the event it sounded like it would be an interesting way to meet and chat to teachers. The event itself was interesting; there was one school who were having their staff meeting there (which I thought was a genius idea) and some companies promoting workshops they ran as well as other teachers just sharing what they liked to do/use in the classroom.

One of the suggestions was how Twitter could be used to aid CPD and that it was a great way to connect with teachers. I had never considered Twitter to be used for anything more than conversations with celebrities but it intrigued me to see how Twitter could be used in such a fashion. I have since signed up to Twitter although at the moment I am still working out how to use it.

The next thing that was mentioned was Geocaching which is like a modern day treasure hunt. The location of the ‘treasure’ is logged online and when you are searching for them the GPS location is told and the hunt begins. In an educational sense Geocaching can be used to hide things around school as an activity looking for things. As well as this it can increase geographical awareness through trackables such as ‘Geocoins’ or ‘Travel bugs’. Geocoins are unique coins which can be sent on a journey which is then documented on its special webpage. Your school could release a coin into the Geocaching world asking others to send it on and then wait and see how far and where it travels…perhaps it could even reach another school on the other side of the world!

Other interesting things that were shown to us was a tour of a school in 80 photos (which turned out to be 58!). It was interesting to have this insight in the school and to see the relevance of each photo which had been taken. One of the best displays which I saw on this presentation was between 2 classrooms in a year group who were learning about dinosaurs. They had made a 3D dinosaur egg with a dinosaur hatching out of it; half of the display was in classroom 1 .e.g. one leg and half the shell and half in classroom 2 e.g. other leg and tail.

Overall the experience of this Teachmeet was interesting; there were lots of ideas which I am excited to try and although I didn’t quite understand everything that was going on, I am interested in attending another such event in the future.

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