Hmm, I searched my blog and have >100 posts for #TeachMeet
This @athole quote is pretty great
Along with avoiding @ewanmcintosh’s “keynote-speaker-sponsor-driven” & keeping to
@magsamond’s “non-hierarchical, open, peer-to-peer” I think early #teachmeet principals of everyone being willing to participate & serendipity of random were interesting ways to change dynamics.
Over a decade ago, a few Scottish educators got together in a pub for a meetup. This spawned something that is still going to this day: the TeachMeet. I’ve been to a fair few in my time and, particularly in the early days, found them the perfect mix of camaraderie and professional learning.
Doug quotes How to Host or Attend a “Tiny” Conference
eight pointers for running a successful ‘Tiny Conf’:
- Keep it ‘tiny’
- Make it application and invite-only
I think I agree totally about the value of small. Not so sure about invite-only might miss some serendipity…
There have only been a few TeachMeets in scotland recently, I wonder if it is worth keeping TeachMeet.scot going?
@athole nails the feeling that TeachMeet started with. A move away from professional development being done to us to being done by us. It is clear teachers need help from experts, research and leaders from both inside and outside the classroom but TeachMeet was started to provide a different sort of space. It is worth trying to keep it that way.
Over the years I’ve enjoyed being part of Teach Meet. This new site aims to help promote TeachMeets in Scotland TeachMeet.scot.
From pretty much the start TeachMeets have been organised on the TeachMeet wiki. This can at times get a little messy. There has been various attempts to tidy it up, some breakaway sites. I even worked on an attempt inspired by Ewan to make an alternative international site. That last came to naught.
Very much in my opinion the wiki site does not function well: the front page was huge, with large graphics, spam was getting out of hand too. A couple of years ago I’d spent some time deleting spam comment, and suggested a reduction in logo size on the front page. This didn’t have any impact and I am sure that many folk are quite happy with the wiki.
They had set up tmscot.wordpress.com in an attempt to reboot TeachMeet and Scotland and make organising & publicising TeachMeets a little simpler in Scotland. I was interesting in making something a little bit more usable than the pbwiki site.
TeachMeet.scot is the result. It was ‘soft’ launched last year and has been used to organise a few TeachMeets.
It is a work in progress, the aim to be a simple, easy to navigate site. It is open to anyone to use. Currently you can add a TeachMeet in a couple of ways: you can fill in a form and someone will add it for you or you can request an account and add as many as you like. How you organise a meet is up to you, you could use a contact form on the post, an embedded google form, link to eventbright or whatever you like to get folk to sign up1.
It could be used instead of or as well as the TeachMeet Wiki site. We are hoping it will be useful rather than exclusive. There is no axes being ground, no profits being made. I organise the hosting and own the domain, but I consider it held in trust for TeachMeet rather than owned.
If you are organising a TeachMeet in Scotland please have a look and consider using the site. There are plenty of folk who will help you get started if you need a hand. How to use this site – TeachMeet.scot
1. Longer term it is hope to have a booking system built into the sire as another alternative. ↩
These are some note from/for the Pedagoo Muckle event. I’ll update this with a few more details over the next few days.
Supported by SCEL and with a slightly different format, #PedagooMuckle aims to support, challenge and encourage participants to go forth and organise their own Pedagoo events, TeachMeets and other collaborative, sharing opportunities for educators.
I was asked to talk about how to broadcast and share your event. I am very much an enthusiastic amateur in this field. This is a quick romp through some of the available tools from a quick and dirty point of view.
The premise is that these events are worth sharing and folk can get value from attending virtually or catching up later.
Is is possible to either record for posterity, broadcast live or both.
Both give different affordances, recording shares across space and time, live broadcast may allow distant listeners to participate via twitter.
Short snippets may provide more value than recording whole events. Instead of recording a whole presentation or workshop 3-5 minutes with the presenter can be useful, or record a conversation between two or more presenters or attendees.
What have you got in the way of equipment and more importantly space? How much effort will it be for what sort of size of audience? What you equipment will the results be watchable or audible?
Who is going to do the broadcast. Have they any other jobs.
Personally I prefer audio, less to go wrong or get right. Audio can also be listened to while the audience are washing the dishes or driving.
Don’t forget text might be better, can be easier to give multiple viewpoints. Twitter is the easiest currently for live text.
These are towards the quick and dirty end of spectrum.
Mic types (Mostly I am just glad to have a mic)
Smart Phone/ video camera for watching later. Simple. Audio is important so consider adding a mic to the camera or your phone.
Use a stand.
Try to test the light, field of view and sound before the event starts.
YouTube, the set up has recently changes, see When it’s Your Googopoly Game, You Can Flip the Board in the Air Anytime for details.
TL:DR Youtube streaming has got a little more complex. Best to go for the simplest options:
Go to YouTube and log in
Or schedule an event and share the link to the watch page ahead of time.
Periscope iOS and android app, integrated with twitter. Works really well. Can save to camera roll.
Ustream apps for live streaming with chat.
All smart phones have some sort of recorder built in. This will work fine for archiving. Get the phone as near to the speaker as possible if you do not have an external mic.
There are a host of better audio recorders, you can borrow some from Edutalk, including a Zoom H4n which is a nice piece of kit.
Audacity or GarageBand, again an external mic is a good idea.
AudioBoom is very useful for recording and sharing short pieces of audio, conversations etc. Add the hashtag #edutalk to auto post to http://edutalk.cc
Edutalk, we use a icecast server and are happy to share the account. There are apps to stream to icecast servers on all platforms. A bit more of a learning curve but we are happy to share.
You want it to be as easy as possible for as many people as possible to view or listen to the recordings.
Edit or Not?
Bonus sign up forms’ e.g. google forms eventbrite etc?
http://activitywalls.com or other tweet displays if you have a second monitor
This move from Susan Ward looks like continuing the re-boot of TeachMeet in Scotland.
On Wednesday 21st September, we are launching TeachMeet Connect, a series of TeachMeets happening across Scotland on the same day, where teachers will get together and share what they do. Coinciding with the Scottish Learning Festival, this will be a celebration of all the good things happening in classrooms across Scotland and a chance to explore how TeachMeets can support professional development.
Whether you’ve been to loads of TeachMeets before or this will be your first, this is your chance to get connected to other teachers in Scotland who want to share too. We’d love you to get involved and hold a TeachMeet Connect of your own. There’s loads of info here about how to set up and run a TeachMeet and it’s entirely up to you how fancy you go- you could promote your event and have people sign up to come along and share, or you could just arrange a coffee with half a dozen colleagues where everyone talks about something that’s worked for them.
On the TeachMeet front it was good to read David, for a bit of nostalgia: EdCompBlog: TeachMeet – What’s in a name?, I got the name wrong the first time round, but I don’t think I am wrong in thinking that this new blossoming of TeachMeet in Scotland is going to be great.
Last night I went along to TeachMeet Glasgow.
As Athole wrote:
Why unplugged? We want everyone to be prepared with something to share. And not to worry too much about the tech and their PPT slides.
He referenced the original ScotEduBloggers meetup (the grandparent of TeachMeet) as a indication of casualness and said:
However, clearly with a better balance of men, women and youth!
More about the idea behind on Athole’s post: TeachMeet Glasgow (unplugged) in six steps which I’ve read a few time now and enjoyed each read:
We may be talking about ‘the tech’ but can we challenge ourselves not to hide in front of our PPT slides, tablets and media? The face to face interaction bit is crucial.
Also, we need more people to take up the mantle of organising informal teacher events, whether they be TeachMeets, Pedagoos or something else. These can be in pubs, coffee shops, schools or someone’s living room. I’m not sure the example of large chat show style events with TV production values are really within everyone’s grasp.
But that’s just my opinion. There really are no rules.
I made a quick #tmglasgow (with images, tweets) Storify that doesn’t give a complete picture (I removed the swimsuit girls that hopped onto the hashtag).
As was pointed out at the meet, I am old enough to have been at the first TM (grey headed even then). I’ve disliked some of the directions that TM has gone, this one felt that it was on a great path. There was a quite a few folk I’ve met at TMs over the years but there were many I had not. A lot of these ‘newcommers’ brought a buzz of younger energy in the room. Athole managed not only to unplug TM but to give it a bit of a reboot too.
The Featured image on this post is a montage of some of the photos tweeted during the event. Since twitter does not support licenses I am assuming I can use them. I’ve credited each to the account that posted it…