Teach Meet BETT 2011

TeachMeet BETT 2011 #tmbett2011

I was very disappointed to be unable to attend due to family illness.

I watched online. The stream was decent (thanks to @eyebeams) and you got a flavour of the atmosphere as well as banter in the ustream chat and links on twitter. I did my best to tweet each presenters blogs or sites as they presented. 50 retweets indicates it is worth getting someone to feed the back channel during a teach meet. Helps everyone to connect and bookmark items for more detailed consumption later.

Highlights for me were @dughall as sonic. Very funny self-confessed teachmeet-a-holic enthused about snow day pupil and teacher blogging across his Local Authority. @bevevans22 talked about her application of audacity in the classroom demonstrating the value of TeachMeets whereby it is not just the tool we are shown but the teacher’s ideas to use that tool in the classroom being applied.


My love of TeachMeets is born from exactly that. There are a thousand tools out there. But you do not often see them being used with pupils. That opportunity (the glimpse of practice) is the catalyst that inspires another teacher to use that tool.

A great night of professional development by teachers for teachers. Many thanks to @iusher, @ianaddison @tomhenzley and @digitalmaverick for organising the event.

Don’t forget @ewanmacintosh‘s rallying call to use the hashtag #tm5 to make a birthday event for TeachMeet 24/05/2011. What can you do? What can I do?

1. Set up a teach meet type event in my school or local area. Local pub with an appropriate room, sympathetic landlord/lady and wifi.

2. Arrange a social event for any teachmeet enthusiasts in your area.

3. Write a blog post with links to your favourite teach meet videos.

4. Send an email to the teachers in your school saying why you like teach meets.

Any other ideas?

submission example

Transforming learning? Moodle peer review assignment

Whilst reading this, think about transforming learning, or going from good to outstanding.

This post is to support my presentation at TeachMeet South West London 2011 (#SWLTM).

Note to all: this was an experiment with 112 pupils rather the polished use of a tried and tested tool.

After unsuccessfully attempting to use the Moodle workshop module to do a peer review assignment, I tweeted about it and received a recommendation from Gideon Williams to try the peer review assignment and received advice from his colleague Helen Bound. She had experienced a lot of niggles using workshop and had installed this plugin assignment from Moodle.org (link to peer review on moodle). Once installed it is available through the activities menu:

activity menu

It wasn’t as hard to set up as workshop. It is restricted to two peers. They must submit before being allowed to review. It operates on a minimum of five submissions before reviewing can begin.

The pupil sees a screen a bit like this when they have to submit (this is actually how it looks after submission):

You can see I set the criteria for marking. Pupils check each box they think applies. I set 2 marks per criterion. They receive 10 points per review. You must consider the weighting in relation to this.

Pupils will see their files to review in a similar way to above, one at a time. I had them submit links to their domo.goanimate movies they were making.

The submission appears in a new window. Moodle cleverly displays the embed and the link from simply pasting the link into the submission (a text editor window). Pops up like this:

submission example

If you thought you might be getting off the marking part, then (like me) you are sadly mistaken. You have to confirm marks before pupils receive notification of final grades. Also, when the peer reviewers have disagreed, you (as the teacher) need to resolve the conflict before a final grade can be allocated. The info is presented like this:

When you click on the review button you are presented with the reviews given by the peers and the tools required to resolve conflicts etc. It looks like this:

You amend the checked boxes on the left, enter a comment if you would like to, and save. (NB: names are hidden at all times to the pupils, but not to me)


Pupil will be pinged via email of their final grade and comments.

More info is available via the earlier Moodle link.

So, what do you think? Transforming learning? A tool to take learning from good to outstanding? Please feedback in the comments.