I went to Teach Meet live stream at Plymouth University last night and found many innovating ideas from educators.

Tom Barrett talked about the use of AFL and Google Docs. He suggested that Google Docs leads to

–       Classroom implementation and experimentation.

–       MA module on school-based enquiry.

–       Sharing experiences via blog or twitter.

–       Researching other people’s experiences.

–       Targeted support and intervention – live marketing or quiet marking.

–       Coincides with face-to-face discussion and feedback.

Teacher, peer and self-assessment

–       A shared and supportive learning experience.

–       Oliver Quailan: “Sustained Conversations about the effectiveness of their writing – the independent approach

Tom Barret also talked about Teacher assessment, as you can see below.

Synchronous                                    Peer Assessment                             Editing
Differentated/focused         Learner and Google Docs              Safe Assessment

Scaffolding                           Collaboration



By the time the child leaves school children should be able to make apps. You can use scratch or MIT to make the apps. The children will not need to collect the resources to put on the canvas and can be used with Lego Mindstorms and can make your Android a controller.

Claire Lotreit, who is a year six teacher specialising in ICT, did a presentation on super science in seven minutes. Why do we need to develop thinking skills. She argued that “Imagination is more important than science”, which is a famous quote by Albert Instine. She suggested the Bright Idea Slot, odd one out, positive minus interesting, concept cartoons, big questions and also that the children come up with their own big questions.  Odd one out is where there are three objects or pictures – the children have to think then talk in groups. In this there is no wrong answers and increases the children’s reasoning skills. Own big questions is where you put post-stick notes and a pen and let them go up. You work out the answer to the question and base the science lessons on answering the questions the children made up. It gets them to think of bigger questions.

Focused recording

2 Hours with only 20 mins recording of the experiment should be use. Only write up one aspect of an investigation each time. Every lesson should be an investigation. Get the children to work in teams/groups and use an A3 sheet of paper for the write up so everyone gets to write notes on it. The children get to apply their own knowledge and to a context/real life, for example, teacher’s they know.

Andy Hoang talked about postcard to keep in contact on placement for PGSE Art specialist students. Some were 2-D and some were 3-D. It was discreet and private and it allowed them to enjoy art again.

Social Media Postal Media
Quick Slow and Considered reflection
Many Unique messages
Information Overload Better than Bills
Future Skill Atrophying Skillset
Public Presence Private
Here Today Gone Tomorrow


David Wilmot – Free Software Disk – has own websites ‘Freesoftwareforstudents’

Emerging, evolving, developing. Children had work to do at home but no means of doing it. Open office was used and he burned onto a disk. Parents of students were not impressed because they believed that it could not be free and had to be copyrighted. He created a label and stuck them on the disk and the parents believed it. Got curriculum software such as Alice and Scratch but they required permission.

Here is David Wilmot talking at last years Teachmeet

Mary Farmer – The future is now – Animation

–       Children with Special Education Needs in mainstream school is 21%.

–       Traditionally Literacy is written.

–       Creates powerful multimedia stories.

–       Different ways to tell stories/have literacy lessons with a difference – video recording, animation – builds confidence and children with SEN gave up their playtime to do it.

–       They know it’s better than their writing.

Digital Literacy

Is Wikipedia unreliable because of user-gernated content? Even though books are user-generated. One way of finding out how reliable Wikipedia is to find out:

–       How many people are watching the page?

–       Who is interested?

Hyperlinks to other pages for more information.

–       Page ratings

–       Citations

–       Compare English Wikipedia to other countries Wikipedia.

–       Particular subject for history and educational issues

Wikipedia’s pages also need to be neutral but why?

On the Ipad Angry Birds could be used in schools for estimation.

Paul Hudson came up with the Night Zookeeper. He is based in Fulham and is a teachmeet for children (children meet up from different schools to do interactive activities and seminars).


David Wilmott, Teachmeet 2011, [online video] Accessed 1st Febuary 2012

Google Docs Information [Online] Accessed 1st Febuary 2012

Google Docs Homepage [Online] Accessed 1st Febuary 2012

TeachMeet Image [Online] Accessed 1st Febuary 2012