DigIT Festival & TeachMeet Essex

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Saturday saw the first, and now hopefully annual DigIT festival at KEGS in Chelmsford hosted by the wonderful @headguruteacher. Over 20 different organisations and educational technology groups came together to make the festival possible. It was a chance to meet up with some friends from Twitter, such as @rlj1981, @iTeachRE, @Edutronic_Net, @ICTevangelist and many more who were presenting and attending for the day.

During my first workshop I explored the possibilities of using augmented reality in class with a wonderful SketchUp plugin which can be found at here (http://www.inglobetechnologies.com/en/new_products/arplugin_su/info.php)

In the main presenting space I explored a range of websites for parents and teachers to use with their children. Unfortunately, not all the sites worked on the KEGS computer system, but the full list is below:

http://www.geoguessr.com

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http://www.shatters.net/celestia

http://calculationnation.nctm.org

http://htwins.net/scale2

http://padlet.com

http://classdojo.com

http://sumdog.com

http://rorschmap.com

http://goanimate.com

http://www.mathschamps.co.uk

http://www.nanoogo.com

http://www.safestyle-windows.co.uk/secret-door

http://tools.e2bn.org/pictureteller

http://neave.com/bouncy-balls

http://www.youtube.com/user/SpaceRip/videos

https://realtimeboard.com

http://www.jamwithchrome.com

http://www.kenken.com

http://www.nowykurier.com/toys/gravity/gravity.html

https://www.blendspace.com

http://www.aplusclick.com/index.html

http://www.ddaytovictory.ca

http://www.belugalearning.com

http://www.larkinheather.com/evolution

ImageIn the afternoon I presented and hosted TeachMeet Essex in the ornate Gothic library at KEGS. It was a beautiful setting for sharing ideas and being as geeky as possible at the same time. It was a small gathering for a TeachMeet Essex of around 50. The two previous events, both also held at KEGS, had around 200 attendees. But it was a great crowd with many attending a TeachMeet for the first time. I was very please to have some of my colleagues from Mersea Island School in the audience – @samloureed, @NaomiStears and @SailingTeacher. All the presentations will be archived at http://j.mp/tmessex and my own presentation is at http://prezi.com/jsj8lysmniti/teachmeet-essex/

Thank you for all the support from Tom Sherrington and the staff and students of King Edward VI Grammar School