So, yesterday saw almost 100 teachers cram into the gun deck of HMS Victory for wine before heading to the adjacent National Naval Museum for an evening of learning from teachers. Considering that TeachMeet Portsmouth began a couple of years ago in a classroom, with around 8 teachers (3 of whom were from my geography department and my deputy head), is amazing so thank you for the support out there. The resources will be posted over at Jo’s blog. The fantastic Tim Rylands closed the evening with a lightening keynote that had people gasping, laughing out loud and wondering how to get into social knitworking. Tim kindly provided all of the links he talked about here and provided am ‘almost’ blow-by-blow account of the evening here.
We finished off with the now traditional Laser Quest and food at the nearby Gunwharf. I’m really pleased that we are starting to draw a top collection of regulars, and have always attracted new speakers and those that have never been to a TeachMeet before. Every #tmpompey so far has had at least one virgin TM speaker. I’m also relieved that we managed to keep it uncommercial and relaxed. The challenge is to keep these aspects as we move forward (although there are already plans involving aircraft carriers and planks…..) and we need to make a few tweaks, especially with the food. We also plan to video presentations, possibly with a dedicated #tmpompey blog.
If you’re interested in helping to sponsor the next event, probably in April, I’d love to hear from you.
Finally, a huge thank you to all of the presenters – you all kept to time and shared such wonderful ideas that are simple to implement yet effective. There wasn’t anything that you couldn’t pick up and use teh next day. Thank you also to Phil, the team at Action Stations and my right hand woman Jo.