Friday evening saw the 1st ever TeachMeet in Northern Ireland. To say it was a success would be a major understatement. There were over 70 Teachers from across Northern Ireland who took time out of the personal lives to share in this unique Educational event. Along with those in attendance on the night, the event was streamed live through Live Stream where at one point there were 144 concurrent people viewing the live event. The live stream tweets from #tmbelfast were shown in real time using Visible Tweets which added a really fun interactivity to the night. You can find all of the presentation from the evening HERE. One of the highlights was when we noticed that Tim Rylands was watching and tweeting during the event.
On top of the actual presentations, the organising team also had 8 companies exhibiting throughout the evening during the refreshments and breaks. They were: Momentum (who generously contributed the catering for the night), British Council NI, Synergy Learning, Wholeschool, Digital Circle, Pearson Education, UniCycle (uniform recycling), Omnisoft, and iTeach.
So a HUGE congratulations go out to Barry Corrigan (@MrMalcontent), Dáithí Murray (@dmurray742), Amanda Salt (@Amandasalt), and I apologise to those whose hard work I’ve overlooked (or left off). You can get a flavour of how the evening went from this video from Simon McLoughlin who presented from his home in England. The Random Generator used throughout the night is from Class Tools. You can see all of the videos from the night HERE (even me)
I also want to give A HUGH SHOUTOUT TO BARRY CORRIGAN!!! In case you missed it, Barry was the Edventure of the day on Saturday. The Daily Edventure blog comes from Anthony Salcito, Microsoft Worldwide VP for Education, where he highlights exceptional teachers from around the world and the amazing things they’re doing in the classroom. Congratulations on this massive recognition for what you’re doing with your students every day!!
As my work, travel and visits to schools has shown, NI has the teachers, tools and passion to bring about the change required to meet the needs of 21st Century Learners. If we’re not leading the way already, we sure are trying to move past the pack and become thought and practice leaders in the challenges facing education today. Well done and I can’t wait to see “what’s next”!!