it can’t be a bad thing …..
A month ago, whilst listening to Henrietta Miller present at the 2011 Reform Symposium, an idea was born. Okay, not a new idea but a version of an old one. In the Elluminate (on-line conference) room there were three Melbourne based educators who were inspired by the ideas presented by Henrietta of face to face meetings of like-minded educators. Through the ‘chat’ @Mr_Mitch_Hughes, @Aimee_Gale and I created the Melbourne version. #TMMelb as a Twitter hashtag was born. Mitch Hughes then very quickly started a wiki and that was the catalyst for the rest.
We already have a fair few interested members (could do with some more!) We have a date set for our first event (Fri 7 Oct – Pascoe Vale Primary School) and we have a few people who have expressed interest ……
We are in our infancy, but every good thing started somewhere. As far as I see it the benefits are enormous, including the obvious stated here :
- face to face meetings of people who have previously only connected via virtual means (Twitter, blogs etc)
- sharing of ideas amongst teachers from amazingly varied contexts – primary, secondary, class teachers, specialists, leaders etc
- an opportunity to view different learning spaces (Thanks to Margo Edgar from Pascoe Vale Primary for TM No 1)
- teachers who are pro-actively taking control of their own professional learning and embracing a philosophy that relies on the sharing of ideas
- evolving and allowing contributions from anyone who cares to contribute – for example, one teacher who happened upon this #TMMelb and has experienced similar ventures previously and is already offering wonderful perspectives such as the following video
So …. what’s next ? ….. I don’t know …. but I am happy to be along on the ride …..
4 thoughts on “TeachMeet, TweetMeet – whatever you call it ….”
What a great idea Celia. It would be wonderful to put faces to twitter names and share ideas in more than 140 characters and links.
As always you are leading the way in the ICT world and inspiring fellow educators.
It’s already been a great experience getting the #TMMelb up and running with you and Aimee at the helm. I’m really enjoying working with enthusiastic and innovative teachers ready to give things a go.
I’ve also not got much of idea exactly where we’re heading with this, but I reckon it’s going to be a great journey!
Hi Celia, This sounds like a fantastic idea and one I will watch with interest. You are always leading the way in ICT education and have a strong understanding of pedagogy and the bell curve of skill and knowledge for teachers, being empathic to teachers as they are on their ICT journey, including myself.
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