Our first UnTeachMeet will be held at BACA* from 5.00 to 7.00 pm on the 21st June (follow link for address details). You may well be asking “what is an UnTeachMeet” – well, a TeachMeet follows certain rules which allow only teachers to present topics (follow links to our TeachMeet projects to get an idea). We thought it might be quite interesting for teachers if a few of our local businesses were able to do similar presentations, whilst at the same time, still being barred from making a hard sell. This would give the opportunity to see what educational projects are going on locally and possibly offer the opportunity for collaboration, prototyping, work experience etc.
To this end we are proud to present 9 talks – some from DEB members and some from other local establishments. It could well be an entertaining and useful session. If you are interested in coming along, there are still a few places left. Please contact Gill Ditch asap.
Here is a list of the presentations:
Maths Doctor – online maths tutorials
Retenda – Spaced Learning techniques to improve memory retention
Iris Connect – cpd through lesson observation and online community
Vital – professional development programme provided by the Open University
Iamcreative - opportunities for 13-19 year olds to work on live creative briefs from some top brands
Learnlocalfirst – citypedia of Brighton and Hove for and by KS£ students
Maker Fair – free interactive festival of creativity and invention
Locomatrix – developer of smartphone games using gps played outside, in the open air
Pling Toys – bringing objects to life
* Brighton Aldridge Community Academy
Here’s where we have been doing this month
- Travel for Moira to and from Scotland (for the cycling leg)
- Booking of accommodation for the cycling leg (still some to do)
- Identification of all other accommodation for cycling leg
- Preparation of maps (this is an ongoing process – currently preparing better quality OS maps with elevation data – showing participants just how hilly certain bits are)
- Interview and rejection of tech support person
- Building up a list of potential road managers (2 so far)
- Viewing of support vehicle. Have gone off the idea of the horse box. Liking the Swift Kontiki (see below).
From Paul Platts
I thought this might be of interest to some. It came ”through” my mailbox this morning. A very useful QR code site where you can type a 100 character message which is read out. Could be used next to students work that is on display?
From Paul Platts
I stumbled across this fantastic website last weekend.
Under Ten Minutes is a collection of short videos designed to show you how to use technology quickly.
The videos are created and uploaded by teachers or educationalists with an interest in digital technologies and address the issue that many of us have of short attention spans.
Here is a sample video from Miles Berry on how to use Scratch.
From Paul Platts
If you are looking for a free source of music for your work then give the Audio Network a try.
“The Audio Network music service for schools has just been updated bringing twice the music, more on-line tools and a schools licence for you to use the music in the classroom and with the school community.
Purchased for you by SEGfL through the National Education Network and hosted by London Grid for Learning it is free-for-users in schools that are part of the National Education Network.
The SEGfL’s licence with AudioNetwork allows teachers and students to download any of the music files free of charge with only two conditions
- users must be on a machine connected to SEGfL to get free downloads
- the downloaded files must not be used for any commercial purposes”
South East Grid for Learning 2011
When used in conjunction with software such as Audacity, children are able to create professional sounding podcasts.