This time next week, TeachMeet09 will be drawing to a close and about 60 people will be descending on PizzaExpress to carry on the networking and discussions. And I can't wait!
As Drew Buddie has put it so eloquently on his blog, I'll leave it to him to explain -
The TeachMeet model is one which encourages anyone with something of interest regarding the use of technology in the classroom to talk about, to speak to a gathered audience of people who (in a nutshell)want to be inspired. It makes for an excellent antidote to the BETT Show which is effectively a showcase for hundreds of companies trying to sell teachers their products. This is because you know that the people talking are genuinely talking about THEIR classroom practice, as opposed to a salesman peddling their latest tool or software package.
Last year I went to BETT for the first time and must say that I got far more out of TeachMeet than I did from BETT. I love the fact that each presentation is short - 2 or 7 minutes - and that everything is based on classroom practice! And because presenters are chosen by random generator from the list of volunteers, you're neer sure what's coming next.
Last year, I watched in awe of everyone, rather like a rabbit in headlights. One year on, I'm helping to organise the event and have volunteered to speak - name is down for 7 minutes as I was told by several people that there was no way I would be able to limit myself to 2 minutes!! And that's what I'm going to talk abut - how I got from one to the other!
So, if you're coming to BETT next Friday, sign up on the wiki - it's free!
And if you can't be in London, why not join in virtually? As Drew also points out, there are Facebook , Twitter & Flickr groups and a Ustream feed already set up for the event as well as a Flashmeeting providing a backchannel which will run throughout the event so that attendees all around the world can participate in the event, and there are plans afoot to have all videos hosted on a TEDTalks-like portal so that the talks can be used to inspire others once the event is over.
There are lots more details on the wiki - well worth a look to find out what's going on. And I'll try and blog as much as I can!