I wrote this piece for a blog on first time experiences at BETT. The format has changed to an interview, so thought I would publish it here.
Last weekend marked my first TeachMeet, having previously dipped into
a few events virtually using their flashmeetings. From seeing the kind
of ideas sharing that goes on at these events I expected to be
inspired by what I saw, and I was not disappointed. What really struck
was the power of the twitter and TeachMeet network, as there were over
200 people attending, and 3 hours of ideas which managed to be both
inspiring and very achievable at the same time. This is a community
fueled by ideas, something of a contrast to the main hall of the BETT
show where it took place.
What struck me after the event was the power of real world
relationships. I was already involved with the twitter community
before TeachMeet, but actually attending and talking at this event
seems to have put me in touch with even more inspiring people, and I
am humbled that I seem to have inspired a few to try class blogging
myself. It just goes to show teaching is all about relationships and
ideas, and that whilst twitter is a fantastic tool for networking, you
also cannot beat the power old fashioned face to face connections.
Ideas and relationships, supported by technology but not consumed by
it; that’s where it’s at.