I attended my first Teachmeet (in person) on Friday night and I also gave a 2 minute nano presentation looking at my classroom cool wall which seems to have been well recieved.
I really enjoyed the night and feel it was well worth travelling 600 odd mile round trip to attend. One thing about working so far away from the city and in a one man department I've found is that it's important to get out and network with other professionals whenever possible.
While working down in East Lothian the computing teachers would meet up regularly (and in the pub no less) for a networking session. So far this has not happened in Highland that I'm aware of but hopefully other events will come up.
However back to the point of the blog, there were lots of great ideas put forward on Friday night, wikis, Scratch and it's many uses, Animoto, iRiddles (I still want to see more of this David - next time perhaps, some computing examples would be great as well). Lots of great ideas that I'd love to try out in the classroom. I fear for the time being these will need to be added to the list of ideas to try in the future.
I'm now trying to figure out what to send the rest of my department budget on, Scratch boards are an option as well as Flip Minos. Anyone got any advice???
Finally a big thank you to Stuart Meldrum for organising the event and the conversation after during thr teacheat (Carpe Signum - I hope I've got that right)