Having sworn blind I’d never attend another BETT, I couldn’t resist going to TeachMeet 08 there on Friday. And what a treat it was. Short presentations from lots of people knew of, or knew online, but had never met.
My favourite presentation was Doug Dickinson promoting the free ICT support from IctOpus. Ignoring all the technology on offer, he leapt from one side of the stage to the other holding up keyword flashcards, in complete silence. The old ways, sometimes, really are the best. Photo left; lots more event photos on Flickr.
Highlight of the evening though was the argument I got into with top educational blogger Doug Belshaw, as we enjoyed pizza after the meeting. My ideal school contain only 200 pupils, and run right through from 5 to 18. Rather than try to base subject experts in the school, I would use technology to link them to the students. Meanwhile, the (generalist) teachers who are permanently based there have a chance to really get to know each student. Doug thought this was bonkers. Of course, he’s a teacher, and I’m not – but then again, perhaps he is too close to current practice to see the alternatives?
Whose side would you be on?