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bMobLe Conference – Education Bradford

Just arrived home and I’m trying to process the masses of information I have absorbed today. Firstly, a BIG thank you to all the Education Bradford Team that organised the event. I only really know James Langley by name so I hope he thanks everyone else that was involved. To all the presenters: WOW! You’ve blown my mind! Thank you!

This conference was the first in a 2 part education plan to develop my knowledge of mobile technology and games based learning. It more than delivered!

I arrived hoping to meet up with some of the people I know from Twitter, moreover to put faces to names! I saw and chatted to someone I already knew fairly well (Nicola Stables) ,then had a brief chat with James Langley, in walked Dughall McCormick so I enjoyed a good 15 minutes catching up. I them met Doug Belshaw for the first time in person and also managed to catch up with Nick Jackson (The LUCKIEST man in the world!) It was great to catch up with all of you.

The buzz in the venue was electric! Everyone I met or I could hear were very excited to hear the Keynote by Tim Rylands and boy were we treated to the best hour to open a conference ever! I was engrosed by the writing opportunities that Tim immersed me in. Myst 3 and the baron landscape really pulled me in and my mind was racing from that point! I was lucky enough to spend quite a bit of time with Tim and Sarah throughout the day and hope we can meet up when they are next in Bolton! I could listen to both of them for days.

My first breakout session was again with Tim and Sarah and again I was spellbound. I loved the work they had done with powerpoint to make a game based on traveling through a school – all done by the pupils! The session was just too short.

My second breakout session was with Smart and they were showcasing Smart Sync. This was a product I had heard nothing about and I didn’t really know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised. I will definitely consider this product when I have bought some netbooks! I particularly liked the simple voting tool and the file transfer tool – very easy to use!

Lunch was enjoyed out on the decking withDoug Belshaw, Dughall McCormick and Nick Jackson. I enjoyed listening to passionate topical debates but the highlight for the lunch hour was sharing Dughall McCormick‘s first part of his Teachmeet presentation!

After lunch we were all treated to a second Keynote led by Carl Faulkner and his pupils. This was just brilliant! Confident Year 6’s booted him off the stage and took over the rest of the presentation showcasing what they had been doing with their PDAs. One thing I took away was that Carl explained that when he was OFSTEDed recently he had to fight to get the recognition and really show the impact of ICT through data! Something I will need to look carefully at my school.

After this session we had a very quick Twitmeet (aptly named Geekmeet by Doug Belshaw!) to put some more faces to twitter names.

The final breakout session was a real double act between Nicola and Dughall. They were great! A real chemistry shone though their presentation and we weren’t dazzled by ICT wizardry, we were however dazzled by insight and an in depth look at the planning stages of how gaming had worked successfully at Nicola’s school!

Tim Rylands then challenged us to the Teachmeet Trike Challenge! Here is Jon Farley giving the Trike a go! Harder than it looks but this was just hilarious!!

Finally, onto the Teachmeet. What can I say…There were some very slick presentations! WOW. I really need to practice more and work on the slickness of my skills. I will pad this section out tomorrow with more content as I can’t process it all at the minute. I just want to thank all the presenters for not only having the guts to present but the content was just sensational! I took so much away – thank you!

A long day of 15 hours but totally worth it!

Watch this space!

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  1. Doug Belshaw
    May 20, 2010 at 10:19 pm #

    Good to meet you too, David! I’m currently on the train back home – won’t get in until after 1am but it’s worth it. Great day! 🙂

  2. Mr Mitchell
    May 20, 2010 at 10:22 pm #

    Safe journey home Doug! Enjoyed chatting today and always great to put a personality to a virtual one!!

  3. James Langley
    May 21, 2010 at 12:11 am #

    Really glad you enjoyed the conference and the TM. I hope the event lived up to your expectations. Other links wrgt are linkbun.ch/y2bz and dajbconf.posterous.com/ and http://www.timrylands.com/blog/2010/05/20/bmoble-conference-2010-bradford #tmgolf game on! 🙂

  4. Dughall McCormick
    May 29, 2010 at 2:40 am #

    I agree, David. It was a brilliant day! You have summed up the conference really well. It was a perfect mixture of inspiration and fun.

    I’m looking forward to our next meeting – hopefully at #tmbpool where I’m sure we will be treated to more great ideas.

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