Edinburgh Coffee Morning or TeachMeet?
This morning there was no Mike, sick at home, but Edinburgh Coffee Morning attracted a new bunch of folk fresh in from the school hols. Closer to a TeachMeet than a regular Ed Coff Morn; you can see for yourself.
Former teacher and now foodblogger journo-turned-social-media-trainer Graham Holliday a.k.a. Noodlepie had come all the way from Toulouse, France, for coffee with us (apparently there was something to do with his family, too ;-). He's going to start whetting our appetites on the Guardian Food Blog soon, and we were swapping tales of woe in the social media training world - give people what they want, or show them something they didn't know about yet?
It was good to catch up with Mark of Coffee Break Spanish fame, and sad to see that Partners in Excellence is now offline until someone somewhere hopefully bangs up some kind of legacy. I was saying how, at the mention of Coffee Break Spanish in Boston there were several nods of recognition: international media moguldom gets closer. Even Jamie subscribes and had a momentary swoon in front of the stardom that beheld him. Most weird event of Coffee Morning goes to Mark, who discovered that MacBooks attract Centotre cutlery, pictured.
Jamie himself gave me a demo of the coolness in the Ubuntu open source operating system (my dodgy MacBook camera filming also available on Google Video). Ubuntu almost makes it worthwhile buying a PC; maybe only a matter of time before the multiple desktop switching he showed me hits your Mac ;-)
Alan, guitar impresario from East Lothian, was fascinated by the possibilities of the latest breed of iPod mics for recording guitar ensembles. Also from East Lothian, it was good to catch up with colleague and WPMU partner in crime David G. We've got a sexy new homepage hitting our schools this autumn term and we were looking at how many great images from around East Lothian there are to illustrate it. We'll need more, with permissions, but with the new blanket sending out of our wiki-ed forms that shouldn't be so hard now. After the amazing reactions and discussion on the post about student voice, I think the new portal for our 15,000 students and 1000 or so staff should empower more to share their views of how education should look in East Lothian.
I chipped in with some of the news about the Scottish Learning Festival and the way Learning and Teaching Scotland will be trying to cover the event and capture all the coverage from you guys on the web. Having just worked out, we think, how to get across an event with something like 160 talks, 6000 attendees, the exhibition, the social spaces, international lounges and 32 Local Authority participations, all with a very small crew, I'll be in for some interesting times trying to do it in practice.
Next week's open Edinburgh Coffee Morning will be the same time, same place; find us on Facebook if you want to enjoy the fun all week long. Well done to Mark who was arguably the earliest out of bed at 5am to make it in from Ayr, even with Graham contending for his place from Toulouse. I propose some kind of prize for the furthest traveled. I'd be in with a chance from Leith, surely.