On Friday I attended the conference for Blackpool and The Fylde College which was held at the Guild Hall in Preston. As we collected our badges, I was astonished to see we were in the ‘corporate guests’ category and as such were treated as VIPs. What a hoot. For the welcome coffee we were sent back stage to a dressing room. Anyway the day was titled ‘ A Grand Day Out’ and I think all the college staff were in attendance. Stephen Heppell did his usual barnstorming, thought provoking stuff as keynote, then I went to workshops on Not School (another Stephen Heppell production), Ellen Lessner from Abingdon and Witney College, did a great job on introducing staff to assistive software.

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However, the highight of the day for me was Tim Rylands who was just so inspiring, creative and funny. He wrote about the day here. He won a Becta teachers award in 2005 for his work in a primary school in the South West using the game Myst. I wish I’d had a teacher like him. So it was after all, A Grand Day Out – well done Blackpool and Fylde College.

When I got home – still no internet connection, now starting to panic.

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