Professional Development Part II

On the 22nd June, I went to my first TeachMeet Melbourne. This one was held at Scienceworks and hosted by Simon Keily (@aus_teach). I stumbled across this fantastic program on Twitter, investigated further on the wiki site and signed myself up. Since then I have been involved in some fantastic collaborations and connections. For the full details Roland Gesthuizen (@rgesthuizen) put together this Storify on the afternoon complete with links and photos. But here are my impressions;

A TeachMeet is a PD program for teachers run and hosted by teachers. It originally started in Scotland in 2006 and has now spread worldwide. They are free, everyone can contribute and the number of attendees is steadily growing. The presentations are 2 or 7 minutes long, so it’s like speed PD. As a result you are treated to a dynamic snapshot of things teachers are using in the classroom and potential programs schools can get involved in with further investigation to be done if you are interested. Personally, I was particularly interested in Infographics for displaying student work, examples on visual.ly, the free NASA app, Spacecraft 3D, which allows you to project an image of any NASA spacecraft on your desk with a complete 3D view using Augmented Reality and QR Codes such as this one I made for the TiS website.

TiS Home Page QR

TiS Home Page QR

As this TeachMeet was held at ScienceWorks we were also treated to a viewing of the new show, Ticket to the Universe, in the upgraded Melbourne Planetarium. The new show takes you through the Solar System and into the observed Universe. Spectacular and wonderful to see the new and bright Planetarium up and running.

The next TeachMeet is on the 30th November at The Huddle, North Melbourne Football Club and I highly recommend attending and maybe even share an exciting activity you do in your classroom. I will be there talking about Telescopes in Schools and am looking forward to hearing the response from other teachers. It is a great way to quickly pick up some fantacstic ideas to use in the classroom and connect with enthusiastic educators from all areas of education. If you can’t make it, follow #tmmelb on Twitter.

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