Kristen and Stuart, who run the UK Partners In Learning programme, are hosting the Innovative Education Forum in Manchester on November 30th. It’s a free event with a great line-up of inspirational talks including Sugata Mitra and Michael Furdyk. However, I know that it’s not easy getting days out of school for professional development these days, so they are also going to run a much more informal evening event on Monday 29th November. It’s the first time of running an event like this, so I’ve already marked it in my diary to get there, and learn from it. Would it be useful for you too? Spending an evening amongst enthusiastic teachers, sharing their use of ICT in the curriculum? Is it something for other members of staff in your school?

Here’s the details from Stuart, who’s planning it:

Please join us for drinks and canapés (which I think this is a posh word for crisps) and hot topical debate, with a bit of  fun thrown in, at the Hilton’s vibrant Cloud 23 bar, that provides 360-degree views of Manchester.

If you have been to a TeachMeet or an unconference like event before, you will have a good idea of what to expect at this event. If you haven’t, then you will enjoy the informal nature of this event.

We are looking for volunteers to speak in the following:-

  • Mini -Presentations for 10 mins
  • Nano - Presentations 3mins.

We will also have some Microsoft minute presentations, from our Innovative Teachers highlighting the great free stuff we have to offer.

What to discuss and present

We are not looking for product demos or examples of work, unless they illustrate your issue or theme. We would like presentations on issues that are relevant to teachers and learners.
For example:-

  • How can you possibly learn through playing games?
  • Is the curriculum meeting the needs of 21st century learners?
  • Is twitter really good CPD for teachers? How can we now afford technology?.

Through such topics we hope to spark debate, conversation and inspire some ideas on how to meet such issues.

How do I sign up to attend?

If you are looking to attend pop over to our Teachers blog for details 

We will end the evening with the presentation of awards to this year’s Innovative Teachers, we hope you will join us to celebrate their achievements. There is still time to enter our awards, more details here.

See you there….

Agenda

Mini Presenters - 10 mins

  • Alessio Bernardelli - Why broadcasting your pupil's work is a confidence booster
  • Dawn Hallybone - Why we need to use game-based learning
  • Stuart Ball - Do we need the role of ICT co-ordinator?
  • David Rogers - Guerilla Innovation - does everything need to be planned?
  • Ian Addison - Why we should blog with children

Nano Presenters - 3 mins

  • Alessio Bernardelli - Great learninig involves risk and failure - a Deep Zoom view
  • Mandeep Atwal - Giving Students a voice.
  • Jen Deyenberg - Web 2.0 for learning
  • David Rogers - This is our Geography - Why having a dept vision is important

Find out more on our Teachers blog