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Spreading the word
Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 | Author:

As you may be aware, there is a Teachmeet happening in Hampshire in 2 weeks time. If you are aware then you might have seen it in one of the following places:

  • Here on this blog
  • On the Teachmeet Hants blog
  • On the Hampshire BLT page
  • Via Twitter
  • By being my friend on Facebook
  • Through the Hampshire ICT Primary mailing list

So far those are all online forms of communication. They also all require the teachers to be proactive and to either follow me/@hantsblt on Twitter, be my friend or look through the blogs. Even the mailing list isn’t a compulsory thing. This is a list aimed at ICT Coordinators that anyone can sign-up to. I have then posted a few emails out too. So after two weeks of multiple posts and tweets…how many people do we have attending? 28.

If I wrote this post 24 hours ago it would be 21. Why did 7 people sign-up today? My latest post on the mailing list mentioned freebies, prizes and cake. Maybe that helped to convince them!

So how do we get beyond the techy-teachers? How do we reach the amazing teachers that haven’t joined Twitter or been to a Teachmeet before? One answer might be using mail. Paper-based mail.

We have created a flyer and then through the wonders of the Hampshire website, I have copied and pasted the addresses of 196 schools from the East Hampshire, Havant, Fareham, Gosport and Winchester areas of Hampshire and stuck them onto labels. We then spent an hour with our nieces stuffing envelopes, labelling them up and getting them ready to post on Monday morning. Luckily in Hampshire we have a free internal mail system so I can pop the envelopes into that and hope they arrive in schools by Friday. But then what?

Without a named contact for the school, will the flyer even get past the gatekeepers? The office staff. Well we have written a cheeky note to “the wonderful person who opened this letter” asking them to pass it to the head, deputy, ICT coordinator or anyone that might be interested in attending. Alternatively just post it in the staffroom and see what happens.

Teachmeets tend to attract ICT coordinators but maybe this is due to the techy nature of the advertising – through wikis, Twitters and blogs for example. Maybe this paper-based approach will work. Also on the flyer we have asked people to sign-up to the Hampshire BLT mailing list so that we can email them directly in future if there are more events.

A few times throughout the process of making the flyers, going to the shop in the rain to buy envelopes, copying and pasting the 200 addresses and stuffing the envelopes, I did ask myself the question of why. Why are we doing this? Why have we spent 5+ hours on marketing a free event? I think the answer is that we have had our eyes opened to the great world of sharing that exists beyond the classroom through blogs and Twitter and we hope that by having this event, more people will see that too. Maybe I should do a Twitter talk as my presentation?

Anyways….see you all in two weeks for the next Teachmeet.

#tmhants is back
Monday, October 29th, 2012 | Author:

The first Teachmeet of this academic year is to be held at Titchfield Primary School, Fareham, on Thursday 15th November. We will aim to kick-off at 4:30pm and will finish around 6pm. There will also be the chance to go for food afterwards too. Arrival is welcome from 4pm when drinks and nibbles will be served.

Titchfield Primary School is here: Southampton Road  Fareham PO14 4AU

So that’s the important bits…but what is a Teachmeet? Well it’s a meeting of teachers where they come together and share ideas. If you haven’t got any ideas or don’t want to share, that is fine. Come along and listen. It is an event organised by teachers to look at some great things that are happening in local schools. So, if you want to attend, fill in the form below.

Oh…it’s free too!

Prizes on offer: Subscription to Springboard Stories

Free stuff for everyone! – Trial of Busy Things until Easter 2013 (worth £50). Purple Mash for 3 months (worth £150)

For details on the presentations, please visit: www.teachmeethants.co.uk

tmhants @ Priory
Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 | Author:

I’ve just got back from the latest Teachmeet Hampshire event, this was the second to carry the name and the hash tag but was far removed from the grand affair that we had with 90-odd people at St Mary’s Stadium just over a year ago.

To start with there were 15 people. Now you might look at this as a low turn out, but this was kind of the point. The point is that we wanted the teachmet to be on a small scale so that anyone can take on the idea and use it within their own school. Ok, so this one was hosted by the legendary David Rogers (@daviderogers) but it didn’t need to be. In terms of venue and hosting we had a classroom, some drinks and some (wonderful) sandwiches and cake. Perfect for the end of the day. It doesn’t have to be big!

It was a nice event with opportunity to chat to each other, catch up with some colleagues etc but there were a couple of things that I think will need improving for next time. This isn’t to take anything away from the event but just things to be careful of as we move forwards in the ‘little events but held often’ approach.

1 – There is a danger of the same people attending the events. Out of the 15, 4 or 5 were from David’s school (which is great) and 6ish had been to the last Teachmeet a few months back in Winchester.  Obviously the same people attending isn’t a bad thing per se, but if the same people present, then there is a bit of pressure to keep choosing new topics every time.

2 – When there is a small group, there is the worry about primary and secondary. I know there were some ideas that could transfer from one to the other (like @geodebs brilliant little people thing) I do think that maybe we could/should label these events as primary, secondary, geography whatever so that people are aware of what they’re getting themselves in for. Maybe I’m wrong. I don’t know. I did feel a little silly showing Poisson Rouge to a group of secondary teachers!!!

It was a nice event, small, intimate, great food, good chat and home in time for the apprentice. Teachmeet doesn’t need to be a massive thing and tonight was a great example of a small event working well.

Next stop? New Milton on 29th September.

Teachmeet Hants
Saturday, May 28th, 2011 | Author:

I’ve been thinking about Teachmeets in Hampshire (and beyond). I love the format but I want to make it easier for people to organise and share their Teachmeets events. The current TM wiki can be complicated to use for some people and I wanted to provide a platform for anyone to share their events. In fairness, I know there are plans to change the TM wiki soon and provide a new platform for Teachmeets but I wanted to provide something for the teachers in Hampshire.

So this blog post is to launch www.teachmeethants.co.uk

The site has been set-up using WordPress and contains information to give an insight into what a Teachmeet is, how to organise your own one and will also share resources, blog posts and videos from Teachmeets throughout Hampshire.

I have spoken to a few people about this project and it isn’t about breaking away from the other Teachmeets,  but it is about organising something on a local level.