|Teachmeet at BETT 2010|
Lost in Space / School of Duty
|FPP - derived from dsc_0113.jpg by metacheetr under a Creative Commons license.|
After Duke Nukem.
Due to the nature of BETT - a four day exhibition/trade fair with 700 exhibitors, its more than 30,000 attendees making it more than twice the size of NECC /ISTE in the US, there's a sense of enormous cabin fever or Lost In Space which arises from being there for more than a few hours. Such an environment means that there are more than a few issues faced by a Teachmeet set at BETT. For a start, a Teachmeet is about sharing practice – classroom practice, work being done with learners now – rather than theoretical “in the future there will be robots” presentations or sales pitches. BETT is by and large like an immersive first person pitch-em-up game (FPP?) – you’re dropped into an alien environment, populated mainly by people you don’t understand, with a mission that you’re not clear on, with a cast of characters who don’t always behave or communicate in ways you’re familiar with as a teacher – unless you are on the receiving end of a lot of sales phone calls I guess.
This are accentuated by the current cloud of issues around the role of ICT in education – the confiscation of Harnessing Technology funding to support the controversial Free Schools programme, the closure of Becta and the apparent absence of a role for ICT in the Education White Paper - all of which make for an extremely rarefied atmosphere in which schools attempting to use technology to support learning, school improvement and engaging with their school community might find the DfE unsympathetic with their aims.
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|TeachMeet at BETT 2010|
In order to mitigate against that we're proposing a slightly different method of registering for the Friday evening Teachmeet at BETT 2011. We'll be using the Eventbrite service (which fits with the TeachMeet ethos, as it's a free service to those organising free events), and releasing the tickets in three batches:
- teachers/LA/RBC consultants (those who are employed and work directly in schools on a full-time basis);
- independent consultants (those who work in schools subject to contracts etc);
- exhibitors (those who'll be at BETT and are salaried by a commercial company).
As ever, we'll be looking for sponsors (beyond EMAP's sponsorship of the room and AV/ICT support) to cover wifi access for attendees, an extra half hour of security so we don't all get booted out at the end, and some refreshments... so if you're interested in helping the event with a small amount of sponsorship then please get in touch by emailing teachmeetbett2011 [at] gmail [dot] com or follow the instructions on the wiki.
In the meantime you can...
- read the TeachMeet @BETT 2011 page on the TeachMeet wiki;
- sign up now if you're a teacher or LA/RBC consultant - and soon if you're an independent consultant or exhibitor - via the Eventbrite page;
- consider presenting - either a seven minute micropresentation or a two minute nanopresentation.
Whatever your involvement - get stuck in if you can. TeachMeet is about sharing practice and, in the current climate, it must be more relevant than ever. Right?