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TeachMeet The Abbey

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

It was great to be back at The Abbey, Reading, for another Teachmeet. Over 18 months of organising Teachmeet events, i’m really pleased that the format has developed with someone for everyone – from the biggest technophobe

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to the cutting-edge ICT teacher. Here follows a quick summary of the evening for those that missed out and some further links where possible. Edward Upton (me) – Teachable A quick reminder that we are still looking for contributors of excellent resources – you can find out more here. If you missed the discount voucher code we gave out, send me an email or add a comment below and we can forward that on.

          Heike Bruton – University of Reading Heike talked to us about her work organising Professional Development Consortium in Modern Foreign Languages: The Professional Development Consortium is offering FREE workshops to language teachers. The project is run by secondary MFL teachers and researchers from Oxford and Reading Universities. It uses teaching and learning principles based on research evidence to bring about effective language learning in lessons, and thus raise attainment. You can download and pass on the flyer about this CPD scheme to your MFL department or see more on their website. Ros Johnson – Head of Science, The Abbey school Ros showed us how she is building a facts collection about medical school admission on a wiki, updated by the sixth formers as they came back from interview. This means important details, like UCAS cut-off scores and interview procedure, can be passed on to the next year’s entries.   Peter Forest-Biggs, Farnborough Hill Peter has run the Think Tank programme for Farnborough Hill, aimed at getting interesting speakers and events for G&T pupils. You can see some of the speakers they secured for almost no fees, especially with the House of Lords Peers in Schools scheme and an EU debate with speakers and good EU teaching resources provided by Civitas   Breakout – demonstration of Texas Instruments’ 3D visualisation trial at the Abbey Impossible to describe unless you’ve seen it, but there’s a few pictures of the action! Mark Ives – St. Gabriel’s Classics that works! Mark introduced himself as a low-tech teacher with a Year 9 classical civilisation set, struggling to keep their interest. Some of these students who got 11% in their year 8 exams – they are the real strugglers! There are two simple lesson ideas to inspire: Ancient communications – how did a message from Troy reach the Greek mainland that the city had fallen, with no mobiles and no internet? Answer: beacons. Students discover how an equivalent message can be passed by hand signals all around the school in only 6 seconds, and challenges their view of the role of modern communications. ‘Modern Pentathlon’ – paper plane throwing, long-reach (how far can you reach across the floor using only one hand to support), coin flicking, arm wrestling. Teach about the Olympic discipline without it feeling like a chore! Nisha Kaura, The Abbey Nisha took us through a range of strategies to faciliate 21st century learning at The Abbey, including theme days, wikis and podcasting. The full presentation is available to download here. Katja Sass, Head of RE, Heathfield School Katja gets her students to live their life by Kant’s philosophy for a week. Real experiential learning for Religious Education ethics module and getting away from the myth that RE is all about colouring and bible verses! Hopefully we’ll have this guide up on Teachable soon.   Gideon Williams, Perrin’s School Gideon took us on a whistle-stop tour of fun educational widgets and software: Class Dojo – rewards based learning, Piktochart – infographics, ScreencastOMatic – create free screen graphs, Quipper – make money from making educational apps, Socrative – revision tool, Three Ring – allows teachers to capture student’s work in an app, Planner Live – free homework tool You can see it all in more detail on Gideon’s Scoopit page    
Angela Long, The Abbey Last but not least, Angela explained how the highly successful ‘speed dating’ concept was extended to running a fun, fast INSET day. The full presentation is available to download here.

Be inspired at TeachMeet Reading, 15 May

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

After last year’s successful teacher sharing event we are pleased to announce that we are again holding a TeachMeet @ the Abbey School, Reading.

Please join us on Tuesday 15 May 2012, from 5pm, for a twilight teaching and learning session that will see a mix of teachers presenting on what works for their classes to engage and inspire. You won’t disappointed!

If you have not attended a TeachMeet before there’s no pressure on you to present at the meeting (although we would always welcome anyone to give a short 2 or 7 minute presentation), just come along and take the opportunity to network with fellow teaching professionals, listen to people share ideas and have a drink and some nibbles.   These are a great free CPD style of event that many people have come to and enjoyed. This is the second time the Abbey School will open its doors to everyone!

Please share this information with your colleagues and spread the word about the event. The more people that attend and present, the more everyone will get from the evening. Email me at if you wish to make a short presentation. Details of some of the other events and a few examples of what has been  presented can be found on the Teachable blog.

Share this event on Facebook and Twitter or follow @Ally_Tweets for updates.

Register using the ‘Attend Event’ button. It only takes 2 minutes.

TeachMeet for Science Week 6 March 2012

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

For those of you who couldn’t make it to our TeachMeet for Science Week this March, we’ve gathered key highlights from the event along with powerpoints so you can get a  taste of what went on.

Our first speaker, Professor John Stein, presented us with three areas of his research:

  1. Stimulating parts of the brain continously (100 pulses per second). According to the Professor, brain pulse simulation has been shown to help Parkinsons disease sufferers return to a -more or less- normal life.
  2. Working with children who have visual dyslexia.
  3. Cod liver oil omega 3 fatty acids -Hugh Sinclair was the first to initiate the research-. Mr. Stein discussed the research on prosiners and disadvantaged children in East London.

Our second speaker, Dr. Ellie Dommett from The Institute of the Mind, OU, talked to us about motivations teachers can use in order to help children learn, and removing the ceiling of belief in children by teaching them neuroscience.  Download her presentation:
Developing an wareness of the learning brain in the classroom: improving students’ motivation to learn 

Dr. Angela Long from the Abbey School, Reading, was our third speaker. She introduced  the audience to the strawberries and slime’ themed learning with other departments. Download her presentation:
Strawberries and Slime 

The fourth speaker of our TeachMeet was‘s Edward Upton who explained the kind of teaching resources Teachable has on offer, new look changes to the website and how and why you can become a contributor.

Our fifth speaker, Kat Lygate from Cherwell School, presented us with an analysis of how teachers can use jing to give mock feedback revision aids to year-11 students.  Download her presentation:
Use of jing and other elearning strategies to support independent learning in science

Ian Yorston, our sixth speaker, discussed how the use of technologies -and particularly i-pads- can be used in the classroom to make learning easier, faster and more fun.

Last but not least, Samantha Barry from Oxford Brooks, introduced the audience to the CSI: Oxfordshire’ biotechnology loan kit scheme for schools. Download her presentation:
CSI: Oxfordshire

We look forward to seeing you at the next TeachMeet we organize…watch this space!

TeachMeet for Science Week

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Pencil in 6 March 2012 – this TeachMeet is one with a difference!TeachMeet For Science Week

Where: Summer Common Room, Magdalen College, High Street Oxford OX1 4AU
When: 6th March 2012
Times: 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Cost: Free!
Register now!

Enjoy a relaxed evening listening to teachers from around Oxfordshire share Science-specific examples of inspirational learning and classroom practice. Learn something you never knew before, never thought you could do, or never thought possible in your school. This is an informal gathering – come along and be inspired!

Last year we had some fantastic presentation from Prof John Stein from Magdalen College and Dr Ian Devonshire from the Institure of the Future on the Mind which were very eagerly requested for this years event by those that missed out last year.

The aim of the TeachMeet is to learn through example, provide access to inspirational

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educators … with a great networking opportunity thrown in. Drinks and nibbles will be provided, along with freebies kindly provided by our sponsors.

We welcome anyone to give a 2 or 7 minute presentation on something that works well in your school. You don’t have to be an ICT guru to present.

If you wish to present we would LOVE to hear from you; email me at if you wish to add your name to the speakers list.

For all that attended last year – please tell your friends what they missed out on! This years event is set to be bigger and better and we hope you and your colleagues and friends can join us. Register now to attend!

We hope you can make it!

Teach Meet @ Perins School 1 November

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Perins School in Winchester will be hosting its first TeamMeet on Tuesday 1st November from 5.00pm – 7.30pm.

The event, kindly supported by Teachable, will start at 5.00pm with nibbles, drink and chat with presentations from 5.30pm – 7.30pm. For those

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interested in staying on there is also a TeachEat organised at the award winning Shapla Indian Restaurant (buffet if we have numbers) which is only 2 minutes walk away.

The TeachMeet will have a “Supporting, Enhancing and Transforming Learning through Technology” focus and contributions are invited by anyone who would like to share their ideas on how they have used different tools, software, projects in their classroom.

You can either present a 2 minute talk or go for the longer 7 minute one but beware that the Hampshire Hog may make an appearance for those straying beyond this time or going completely off topic (Gideon!).

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to email Gideon Williams at or myself, or via twitter @gideonwilliams or use the link below to sign up now!

To attend or offer to present please sign up via this Google Form link.

Hope to see you there!

TeacherMeetup @ Winchester College

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

On Tuesday night – 5 July 2011 – we were very fortunate to be able to let TeacherMeetup members see behind the doors of Winchester College. The evening was a chance to hear how Winchester College has been engaging their boys with Poetry, IT, Art, and new technologies.

The calibre of the presentations heard was

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first class and we hope our members took some great examples home with them. Thank you again to our speakers for taking the time to attend and present.

If you missed out on the evening here’s your chance to see what happened :-)

We have video footage of the night which you can view below,

Teacher Meetup Winchester July 2011 from Edward Upton on Vimeo.

We enjoyed a selection of presentations from Winchester college tutors, and teaching professionals from the Winchester area including a presentation of engaging classes with the use of Flip videos to record assessments (which is what our recordings for the evening were made from). Gideon Williams and Laurence Guymer also gave some wonderful presentations which were not just of benefit to our teaching professionals. I learnt a few things too!

We also have uploaded a selection of the presentations for you to take and use. See below.
If you wish to have them sent to you, or need further information please email me at

Please do register on our Teacher Meetup page to keep abreast of new events taking place after the summer breaks, or for any information/resources/examples that is being passed between members.

Enjoy your summer holidays and see you at a TeacherMeetup in the Autumn term,


If you wish to receive updates on any of our forthcoming TeacherMeetups please email me at

LAURENCE Guymer_-_presentation_for_Teacher_Meetup_5_July_2011

Teacher Meetup @ Winchester College

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

After a very successful Teacher Meetup at Magdalen College, we are again organising another meeting in July! Teacher Meetup @ Winchester College Time: 5:00 – 7:30pm Date: Tuesday 5 July 2011 Venue: Winchester College, College Street, Winchester, SO23 9NA The Cost: FREE TeacherMeetup’s are the new way of

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helping share examples of inspirational learning and classroom practice spreading across the country. The aim of the TeacherMeetup events (like a TeachMeet) is to learn through example, provide access to inspirational educators and provide an informal setting to network. By providing a relaxed environment you can discover new technologies without disruption to your school day. Learn something you never knew before, never thought you could do, or never thought possible in your school. The focus of the TeacherMeetup @ Winchester College will (loosely) be about upper primary school learning, but like all TeacherMeetups there are sure to be usable examples presented on the night that can be used across all age groups and disciplines. Come along and see how the college works, with examples on the evening from a few college presenters and a selection of other like-minded Teachers from around Hampshire sharing their success stories. No pressurised learning, no pushy sales people. This is an informal gathering of Teaching professionals that have an interest in keeping their classroom activities fresh and innovative. Would you like to get involved? If you have an example that you want to share on something that works well in your school then we would love to invite you to make a presentation. You don’t have to be an ICT guru to present. Just tell us if you would like a 2 or 7 minute presentation slot and the subject of your presentation/talk/ demonstration and you can share your success story to help fellow teaching professionals. Please register at: WWW.MEETUP.COM/TEACHER-MEETUP or email us to register or present at the event –

Teacher Meetup 4 Science Week – 16 March 2011

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

After a very successful Teacher Meetup on 1 March 2011, we are organising another to coincide with Science Week. Teacher Meetup 4 Science Week is being held in Magdalen College, 16 March 2011 from 5pm.

If you’ve never heard of them before, Teacher Meetup’s are a fabulous way to share examples of inspirational learning and classroom practice. The aim is to learn through example, provide access to inspirational educators … with a great networking opportunity thrown in.

The twilight session from 5pm til 7pm allows our attendees a chance to wind down after a busy days teaching by listening to fellow Teachers from around Oxfordshire and surrounding counties share their teaching ideas. The focus of this event is the field of science as it coincides with science week, but many of the ideas presented can be transferred across all teaching disciplines, particularly those relating to ICT.

The evening offers an informal, relaxed atmosphere with a chance to network. Drinks and nibbles will be nkindly provided by our sponsors.

We welcome anyone to give a 2 or 7 minute presentation on something that works well in your school. You don’t have to be an ICT guru to present, just a great idea that has helped engage pupils or answered a need in your school.

Details at a glance

Time: 5-7pm

Date: Wednesday 16 March 2011

Venue: Magdalen College, Oxford, OX1 4AU

The Cost: FREE

Please register at:


Teacher Meetup – 1 March 2011

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

If you’ve never heard of them before, they are a fabulous way to share examples of inspirational learning and classroom practice. The aim of the TeacherMeetup events (like a TeachMeet) is to learn through example, provide access to inspirational educators … with a great networking opportunity thrown in.

In the Abbey School, Reading from 5pm til 7pm we are organising a relaxed evening where you can listen to fellow Teachers from around Berkshire share their ideas. Learn something you never knew before, never thought you could do, or never thought possible in your school. Come along and be inspired!

Drinks and nibbles will be provided, along with freebies kindly provided by our sponsors.

We welcome anyone to give a 2 or 7 minute presentation on something that works well in your school. You don’t have to be an ICT guru to present.

Details at a glance
Time: 5-7pm
Date: Tuesday 1 March 2011
Venue: The Abbey School, Kendrick Road, Reading, RG1 5DZ
Cost: FREE

Please register at: