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:
In 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