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Tweetable links and goodies.

Have recently prepped a load of my (and @batttuk’s) more popular links into a ‘tweetable’ form. Lots of good stuff here – not all mine. Take a look.

My TMMidlands presentation – Ben’s Google Tools: Boogle #ukedchat http://bit.ly/1eYOwkF

GTAUK: food for thought and stomach http://bit.ly/19XmeFK

#esafety poster idea (used in anti-bullying week) http://bit.ly/1gRxb2F #ukedchat

Maths: layered learning – an Ofsted like. http://bit.ly/1byjSy1 #ukedchat

#Y3 #tagrugby plans http://bit.ly/1gXqRaZ
#ukedchat

Macbeth resources: a veritable hoard/horde http://bit.ly/1eR7yzq #Y6 #shakespeare #ukedchat

Positive behaviour card http://bit.ly/19mcipF #ukedchat

Circuit training cards with Action Man
http://bit.ly/16UMphw #ukedchat #pe

#Y6 spellings: a collection to use & abuse http://bit.ly/1dgdsW7 #ukedchat

Maths & writing marking policy – a step in the right direction? http://bit.ly/193Mmi0 #ukedchat

Punctuation tally stickers – very useful. Levels 3,4 & 5 http://bit.ly/1fSi0jZ #ukedchat

ICT AUP – acceptable use policy http://bit.ly/19R7f2a #ukedchat

Level 6 grammar resources (not mine – just passing them on) http://bit.ly/1cDplcU #ukedchat

Alice in Numberland – a large problem-solving pack. Can be tailored to suit. http://bit.ly/1kDMPB3 #ukedchat

Who is responsible for the death of King Duncan? http://wp.me/p14oAb-g9 #shakespeare

Adverbial phrases homework http://wp.me/p14oAb-eF #ukedchat

#esafety presentation to parents http://bit.ly/1leM3Yu

Shoved-in-clauses: embedded clauses, a festive take… http://bit.ly/1ec9TPz

Want 20gb of FREE cloud space? A couple of clicks and you’ll be there. COPY is fab. https://copy.com?r=MvTLGC

Using twitter in education. http://wp.me/p31ZCF-6a @ianaddison @ideas_factory

Surviving an EBD school via @njthurly http://wp.me/p31ZCF-5B #ukedchat

Twitter Magic – guest post by @ICTMagic http://bit.ly/1ak4kza

#batttie by @johnmayo http://bit.ly/1ak4kza

#battt week guest posts – old but still great to read. #inspiration http://bit.ly/128DNmx

10 ways to use twitter – a helpful guide. http://bit.ly/128DNmx #ukedchat

Twittering Tweachers @sorrell_km http://bit.ly/NIUpMP #ukedchat

School Twitter Account @basttuk http://bit.ly/Yx5MZQ #ukedchat #bastt

Twitter Tips from @syded06 @mracolley
http://bit.ly/14SQjVF #ukedchat #battt

What the # are hashtags? http://bit.ly/X5Cxg1 #ukedchat

The 10 stages of Twitter: stolen from @syded06 http://bit.ly/Y7gp0Q #ukedchat

Pimpin’ the profile – make yourself ‘followable’ http://bit.ly/X0kEzh #ukedchat #battt

Breaking out of the egg shell – show us who you are. http://bit.ly/UYDvfS #ukedchat #battt

 

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Telephonic observations – new post from a new head.

From my buddy, Mikey. New head.

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Telephonic observations.

I managed to get my friend and new head Michael to pen a few thoughts about beginning the road to headship… BGW

Tell me what it’s like to be a ‘new head’ he said, ok, here goes…

My chair creaked, the way old chairs do, the fake leather chipped and worn by the previous occupant.  I wriggled a little, trying to fit my slender derriere into the two cavernous indentations that had been left behind.  My legs were stretched and crossed underneath a desk so vast that I worried that even I would be unable to cover it completely with paper as I am want to do with every other surface I’ve ever worked at.  The desk, nay my desk, looked exactly like all ‘new head’ teacher’s desks should look.  Lap top and printer perpendicular to each other, A4 ‘grown up’ diary flush to the left hand edge…

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Posted by on September 15, 2013 in BATTTUK, Thoughts & Musings

 

I am the #batttman

Technically, not the #batttman, there are two of us: myself and Stephen Lockyer – a twitter pal that I have befriended recently. We thought about creating an account on twitter called battt and since its birth, has been pretty well received.

I hosted my first ever #ukedchat the other night (Valentine’s Day – madness, I know) and was extremely happy with how it all went. I think the thing that has stunned me more than anything else is just the sheer almost viral spread that has happened since we began. So many people are taking on other battt identities in their countries and are hashtagging battt even without us being mentioned – I mean, that’s pretty big. Great stuff.

I have reposted the #ukedchat post from the battt site here.

Let’s see how else this new project can grow…

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2013 in BATTTUK, Social

 

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#battt chat – #ukedchat

Last Thursday – that’s right, Valentine’s Day was my first stab at hosting #ukedchat. Stephen has hosted before but I was a newbie. We ran it as @battt and it was bonkers. So many tweets in such a short time period just about turned my phone, laptop and fingers into a blurry mess. It was great though, lovely to see so much interaction and enthusiasm from so many educators out there. @ICTmagic has placed the summary HERE in the archives but I thought I’d include it here as well. Double whammy!

Session 138: The Wonders of Twitter for Teachers

“What’s the point of twitter?”

“I haven’t got a smartphone, I can’t use it!”

“Why do I want to follow Stephen Fry and Justin Bieber?”

“I haven’t got time, I’m too busy marking or searching for resources?”

“What do you mean, ‘ask other teachers’?”

Ever heard any of these questions or statements? Ever been the one asking them?

For the uninitiated or unaddicted, Twitter is just another social network for people to lose themselves in; just like Facebook but without the photos of somebody’s dog or precious children. Twitter is so much more than Facebook, so much more than just random people’s streams of consciousness – yes it is that, but it is more.

I signed up my teacher account just over a year ago (with the arrival of my new smartphone) and have been staggered by the help, followers and general networking that I’ve achieved in that time. It was through twitter that I stumbled upon a like-minded educator called Stephen (@mrlockyer) we very soon hit off a bustling bromance and put together an idea called BATTT – Bring A Teacher To Twittter. The principle is very simple, as the twitter bio states: Bring A Teacher To Twitter. It’s simple: invite one of your teacher friends to Twitter, guide them, help them – let them loose.

We set up a twitter account (@batttuk) and a blog and set about trying to engage with teachers, getting them to cajole, interest, bully and tempt fellow colleagues into joining twitter and seeing its impact. I have used it so many times to ask for help, to see if anyone has a wheel so I don’t have to reinvent one myself or to offer help and wheels of my own.

We have been delighted by the success of battt so far; hundreds of people are following @batttuk and are now trying to set up their own versions of battt in their country – see here.

Lots of new teachers have been introduced and are actively engaging in twitter and blogging but we need to keep encouraging them, RT their work, introducing them, helping them – in short, doing all the things we said twitter was great for in the first place.

1: Lead them to water.

2: Get them to drink.

3: Get them coming back to the water to drink themselves.

4: Watch with joy as they lead others to water.

This is the basic principle of any evangelising, which is what we’re doing.

Both Steve and I were really impressed with the chat on Valentine’s night and the amount of people sharing their newbies and helping others. We did feel that the sheer volume of tweets and pace on the night was high – too high for a newbie, possibly mind-blowing. That’s why it is so important to keep coming back to any new teachers we have set up, keep encouraging them and making sure that it doesn’t just become another social network or a digital stream of consciousness but something with purpose.

Some notable tweets – there were so many, to be honest.

Ross Wickens‏@MrWickensPE: @ukedchat @mrlockyer @MrWaldram @batttuk First #ukedchat in ages and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks guys!

@KateBoot#ukedchat I don’t know where I wld b without tweachers so much CPD, great teachers and ideas, sharing of good practice #alwayslearning

‏@MrAColley#ukedchat Twitter makes me up my game. You see what others are doing and think ‘crikey’!

@ThisIsLiamM: Roses are red, Violets are blue. I’m on Twitter, Why aren’t you? @batttuk #BATTT

About the #battt runners:

Ben Waldram is an assistant head at a junior school in Derby, he loves his job and is in charge of ICT; Y6 transfer & transition and SATs arrangements; CPD; AG&T; children’s camps; Y6 business projectsInvestors In Pupils – Jobs; a hundred other things and the Fridge. He has a wife and two (and a half) children and likes tea.

He also eats more kebabs than he should

Stephen Lockyer is a Deputy Head in the south of England, is a father of four and adores innovation, creativity and lifelong learning. He is mastering the ancient art of Timetabling, and sees Technology as important, but not as vital as it may at first be seen. He is distinctly smaller than Ben Waldram, and only met him through Twitter.

He loves a kebab.

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2013 in BATTTUK, Thoughts & Musings

 

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BETT BATTT & TMBETT2013

I attended my first BETT show on Friday and saw so much, it was great to see such passion and enthusiasm for education. Sure, there were stalls trying to sell me bespoke furniture or showing me new and expensive ways of using old and dusty stuff, but, that aside, there was more than enough to enthuse and captivate me.

On the day, my mini-highlight was seeing @ICTevangelist and @ICTmagic facing off to show us a collection of brilliant sites to use. Some of them will be used by my children in the very near future – that, I am certain of.

As good as BETT is, for me the real buzz and learning took place in the evening. As 300 educators piled into the Platinum suite for an evening of presentations, laughs and networking.

The many talks were great, I soon lost track of how many people I needed/wanted to thank, talk to and my notes soon got blurred into a digital pad of ‘to-dos’.

I thoroughly enjoyed my first presentation with @mrlockyer and enjoyed the thrill of amusing people and giving a push to our new venture: battt (bring a teacher to twitter).

If you’ve not seen the site yet, check it here.

One of the strangest things, especially for a BETT newbie, is to meet with people I’ve been tweeting about and to for so long. There is that bizarre feeling of recognition and companionship with people I’d never actually met (well, a few).

For those of you, that I’d met and chatted to, I thank you. You made my first BETT memorable indeed.

I am excited to go and implement some of the things I have seen and to continue tweeting with you.

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2013 in BATTTUK, Social, Thoughts & Musings

 

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