Monday, March 12, 2012

From unconference to teachmeets

Peter Shanks dropped two interesting links into the TALO (Teach and Learn Online) email group today. Two newspaper reports about Teachmeets - unconferencing for teachers:
  1. Daily Telegraph: Australian teachers crazy for their teachmeets
  2. Sydney Morning Herald: Lesson in numbers: TeachMeet aims for a world record
You know it must be something note worthy if it survives as a Wikipedia entry these days:
A TeachMeet is an organised but informal meeting (in the style of an unconference) for teachers to share good practice, practical innovations and personal insights in teaching with technology. These events are often organised to coincide with other educational events like the Scottish Learning Festival and the British Educational Technology and Training Show BETT.
Participants volunteer (via the TeachMeet website) to demonstrate good practice they've delivered over the past year, or discuss a product that enhances classroom practice.
TeachMeet events are open to all and do not charge an entry fee.
Steven Parker then replied in the TALO forum with his experiences in a Teachmeet in Belfast. 
I recently attended a teachmeet in Belfast. A remarkable success, 80 teachers attended face to face with live streaming of the event to around 140 people online. These videos give a taste of the format with a good use of twitter. With each presentation at 2min to 7 minutes interest was maintained and alot of people got to speak. Here is an animation explaining the format.

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