So…how do you organise a Teachmeet? Firstly, you get some teachers together and secondly, you share some ideas. That’s it really. This could be over dinner, in the pub or at an event. It can be small or huge, it’s totally up to you. If it is a dinner or pub meeting, then you can organise that with little help. If you are thinking of an event, then here are some things to think about.
What do you need to think about?
- Participants – Who is coming? Will it be teachers from a wide area or could it be a staff meeting between a couple of schools?
- Venue – Do you have enough space for everyone? What is your limit? Can people park easily enough?
- Refreshments – Not essential, but teachers will appreciate it, especially after a long day at school
- Equipment – You will almost certainly need a laptop to present from but will you need a projector too or is there one at the venue? Is the wifi available for people to connect to?
- Host – Teachmeets work well with a host to introduce the format, manage problems and answer questions. They can also link between presentations throughout the event
- Sponsorship – Definitely not essential, but if there are costs to cover (wifi, food etc) then it may be possible to speak to a commercial company to help with these
A full how-to guide can be found here: How to organise a Teachmeet
If you have any comments or suggestions, please send them to us. If you are thinking of hosting a Teachmeet, please do get in touch and we will help where we can.
We are lucky enough to have had three companies so far that have offered to help with sponsorship. If you do need a small amount to cover costs (or tea and biscuits!) then please email Ian Addison (firstname.lastname@example.org) and he will put you in touch with the relevant people. Thanks again to Rising Stars, Scholastic and Agile ICT