#TMETRU09 was a fantastic evening. To my knowledge, it was not only the first-ever EdTechRoundUp TeachMeet, but the first one done solely online! Go to http://edtechroundup.wikispaces.com/TMETRU09 for all of the links and resources related to the event.
Some people have asked how we did organized a completely-online TeachMeet. Here’s a brief overview:
Well before the TeachMeet
- Discussed the who? what? when? where? why? questions as a group.
- Set up a wiki page on the TeachMeet wiki
- Assign roles (overview, setting up accounts, etc.)
- Thought up a hashtag (in this case #TMETRU09) and used it in tweets from then on
- Encouraged people to sign up to record a presentation or do one live.
- Set up a Diigo account to collate links.
Just before the TeachMeet
- Booked FlashMeeting.
- Signed up for Justin.tv for live stream.
- Tidied up the wiki page.
- Reminded those who hadn’t recorded presentations to do so.
- Sent out tweets building up anticipation.
- Tested using SoundFlower and CamTwist (Mac-only?) to stream out FlashMeeting and presentations.
- Discussed roles on the evening (who to host, introduce videos, etc.)
- Sent presenters private link to FlashMeeting.
- Made sure instructions for those viewing were clear on the wiki.
Evening of the TeachMeet
- Hosts arrive early to FlashMeeting, check everything is working OK.
- Last minute changes/preparations sorted.
- Videos checked to make sure they’re working.
- Barrage of tweets with hashtag sent out (add ‘Please RT!’)
- Press both ‘Broadcast’ and ‘Record’ at Justin.tv.
- Keep things light-hearted and be prepared for things to go wrong…