The Educator's PLN

The personal learning network for educators

A growing CPD opportunity is spreading across the globe. It has gained momentum through twitter as users advertise meetings for educators in towns and cities around the world.


Teachmeet grew out of people’s desire to share technology to support learning. Two minute and
seven minute presentations allow ‘enthusiastic lurkers’ and fellow presenters
to gain so much CPD in one evening that you would be hard pressed not to allow
it to impact positively back at base! The evenings are advertised online and people sign up
via a wiki, which grows as more people add their presentation titles to the
list. On the evening itself
presenters are selected randomly from the wiki and present to an appreciative
audience who may be presenters themselves or ‘enthusiastic lurkers’ who don't want to present but attend
to gain practical ideas and inspiration to use back in their own settings.


A recent teachmeet in Blackpool saw a number of first time presenters and lurkers gain a great
deal from this unconventional form of professional development. It inspired staff to go back into
their own school and try out new ideas and approaches – something traditional
courses and training often fail to do.


TeachMeet as an ‘unconference’ phenomenon came from a meeting of minds around some French food
in Edinburgh, during the spring of 2005′ (source: edublogs). Since that initial
meeting where @ewanmcintosh and a group of online friends brought educational
opportunity and dialogue into a new, more relevant and accessible format,
teachmeets can be found occurring across the world providing teachers with
personal, effective and exciting CPD.


Teachmeets also sort the wheat from the chaff. Teachers aren’t usually directed to attend as the
sessions fall outside the school day on many occasions, meaning you’re getting
a bunch of truly committed practitioners, prepared to give up a fair chunk of
their own time to develop their learning and practice without being
directed to.

It’s a powerful vehicle for continuing professional development, which is gaining much
attention, attracting professionals who are passionate about their work and are
always looking at opportunities to give learners the best experiences possible. Teachmeet is the CPD of choice for many 21st educators.

Views: 4

Tags: CPD, development, edchat, education, educators, learning, pln, professional, teaching, teachmeet, More…training, twitter

Comment

You need to be a member of The Educator's PLN to add comments!

Join The Educator's PLN

Comment by Michael Shepherd on March 16, 2010 at 3:42pm
Thanks Drew. Hope things take off in a similar way where you are. We have one in Blackpool tonight and are hosting another at school in June. It's certainly gathering momentum.
Comment by Drew McAllister on March 13, 2010 at 3:50pm
Michael,
Thanks for the concise description of TeachMeet, something I've been hearing about through the EDUtalk podcast I try to catch up on every once in a while. I've found these quick snippets from teachers to be quite informative and interesting, and I hope to pass along those stories to the teachers with whom I work here in the States.

About

Thomas Whitby created this Ning Network.

Latest Activity

John Marsh posted a blog post

Why Must I Learn Math?

What is this essay about?Every subject contains information necessary to become a knowledgeable and functional member of our society. As we become more technologically dependent, technical reasoning is needed for survival. Mathematics is no longer just a subject taken by the elite. Now it has rightfully become a staple in our educational systems even though it is not appreciated by many people until it is needed. I decided to write this essay to help people become open to learning math by…See More
6 hours ago
Douglas Timm updated their profile
14 hours ago
Brooke Martin updated their profile
15 hours ago
Profile IconKADIJAH KEMP, Basma Shaheen, Kytte Burke and 3 more joined The Educator's PLN
19 hours ago
Oscar Marin posted videos
yesterday
Oscar Marin posted a discussion

Which Backyard Games Your Kids Love to Play

Bring out the outdoor adventurer hiding inside every kid! Make your child's time outdoors educational and fun. The Vine Learning Center suggests some amazing outdoor activities to get your kids off the couch and on their feet. What's your favorite backyard games for your kids. …See More
yesterday
Oscar Marin and Shari Duddy are now friends
yesterday
David Chiles posted a status
"Internet Etiquette is a subset of Netiquette for using proper forms of the alphabet, Netiquette Words. http://www.NetworkEtiquette.net"
yesterday

Awards And Nominations

© 2014   Created by Thomas Whitby.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service