TeachMeet SP7: Your guide

The aim of the TeachMeet this year is the spoil your mind, from the moment you arrive until the last 7 minute talk, we hope you’ll be inspired. 

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Here is a mini guide to getting the best out of the TeachMeet, whether it’s your first one or you are a seasoned attendee. It’s an exciting time for education and the landscape is changing and changing fast. Innovations in pedagogy and advancements in neurology form the central focus for an underlying theme of ‘connectivism’. We look to the big ideas from 2017 which are research backed and gaze forward at some of the bigger ideas due to sweep through the educational landscape next year. 

During the event we will be running a live twitter feed #teachmeetsp7

After the event we will be uploading a blog daily for 10 days about each of the 7 minute talks and links to research and ideas so you can explore them further. 

Arrive early

Try and escape from school as close to 3pm as possible and get your groove on. We open the doors at 4.30pm and there is an epic welcome hall to navigate with raffles, activities, displays, snacks and freebies. It will take you about 20 minutes to enjoy it all so aim to arrive for 4.30pm. You’ll receive a wifi log in when you sign in. No need to print tickets, the events sold out and we have your name. 

The Main Event 

The first 7 minute talk starts at 5pm on the dot. We plan to raffle off some prizes between speakers and there are 10 x 7 minute presentations in total. Here is a little insight into the main theme or idea

SOLO TaxonomyJoe Burkmar

As learning progresses it becomes more complex. SOLO, which stands for the Structure of the Observed Learning Outcome, is a means of classifying learning outcomes in terms of their complexity, enabling us to assess students’ work in terms of its quality not of how many bits of this and of that they have got right.

Flipped & Blended Learning Alex More

Teachers are choosing to ‘flip their classrooms’ in increasing numbers. How we use technology and blend interaction between the classroom in real time and learning at home is the crux of this issue. A research perspective sharing insights and current thinking.

STEAM  Rhona Phelps

Was STEM traditionally but recently saw the addition of Art to the existing Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Rhona Phelps has an engineering degree and a PhD in biomechanics and runs graphic science. The talk will focus on how you can inspire communities and families through the power of STEAM work and make the impact truly cross-curricular.

Staff Well Being Helen Finch 

Staff well being seems to be at the forefront of teachers minds. How is your HYGGE? A unique way to view the ‘wellness of you’ and some ideas to support teacher well being will always be popular. We hope by the time you get to the end of this talk you’ll feel inspired and valued. 

Google Classroom

An epic platform that makes it easy for learners and teachers to connect. Free and forward thinking Google Classroom is easy to set up, costs zero money, saves time and paper (better for the planet!), helps you organise learning and work and really enhances communication and feedback. It’s a game changer! 

Collaborative Learning – Josh Gardiner 

In a world of escalating populations, working as a team and the wisdom of the crowd has never been more important. Josh suggests some amazing ways to embed this in the classroom with pros and cons to help you navigate the tricky art of collaboration. 

Digital Literacy – Adam Morland 

Adam works in the tech industry and will be giving you direct insight into how important digital literacy is in a fast evolving digital landscape. What skills and dispositions will our learners need to thrive and survive? An interesting talk, get ready to embrace your digital natives and survive impostor syndrome! 

Brain Based Learning which is really Educational Neuroscience – Nige Armitstead

We have no idea what Nige will be presenting on but we know it’s always engaging, current and linked to his vast knowledge of the mind and how it works. Be prepared to take away new thinking about learning, cognition and how to relate it to your classrooms. 

Gamification – James Mosely 

James will be enlightening us about a new player in town, gamification. What is it? How can we embrace it in the classroom and how can we shape our lessons to appeal to the digital natives? All good questions … 

In Utopia 

If you could create the perfect school, what would it look like? The final talk focuses on this very issue and how we might prepare an education for a 2032 child. 

Estimated finish time: 6.30 pm. We will raffle off prizes between talks so the event will close after the last talk. 

How to get involved socially? 

During the event we will be running a live twitter feed #teachmeetsp7

After the event we will be uploading a blog daily for 10 days about each of the 7 minute talks and links to research and ideas so you can explore them further. 

See you on Wednesday! 

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