Jeff sits down with Kyle Calderwood, Adam Taylor Allen Martin, and William King to discuss TeachMeet, and the many ways for instructors and participants to prepare for professional development conferences.
Topics of Discussion
- Origins of TeachMeet
- The Growth of TeachMeet
- Planning your PD Presentation
- Great Names for Conference Presentations
- Ways to prepare presentations and PD as a speaker
- Approaching Teachers to help them learn
- The Rule of Two Feet
- Starting a TeachMeet yourself
Kyle Calderwood is a faculty/staff help desk technician at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. He recently graduated from Stockton with a Masters in Instructional Technology. For his capstone project he created the online educational iPad apps database Apps4ed.com. This database is community driven where teachers and administrators can add apps to the database while also rate and reviewing them. He is currently busy planning TeachMeetNJ and chasing his 1 year old son around.
Adam Taylor is am a family man with a wonderful wife and three great kids. He teaches hiigh school biology, zoology, and physical science at John Overton High School in Nashville TN. Adam’s passion for science and working with youth is what drew him to teaching.
He loves using instructional technology to engage students.
Twitter has been a valuable tool to connect students with scientists and has resulted in the start of #scistuchat - www.sg.sg/scistuchat1. It is a monthly Twitter discussion between scientists and high school students about current science topics. Adam is also the lead coordinator for Teachmeet Nashville every June www.teachmeetnashville.com. You can find Adam on Twitter @2footgiraffe or on my blog www.2footgiraffe.wordpress.com. By the way – Using Twitter to connect with other educators is the best professional development tool ever!!
William King has spent over 10 years as an educator. He began his career as a social studies teacher at Bowling Green High School in Bowling Green, KY. After five successful years in the classroom he was hired as the Literacy and Curriculum coach at Bowling Green High. Three years later he was promoted to Assistant Principal over the ninth grade and has invested a great deal of time researching and implementing about a BYOD (Bring your own devices) initiative throughout his district. He is the co-organizer of TeachMeet Nashville, TeachMeet Kentucky, and is currently working to start TeachMeets in several other states. Other credentials include: Microsoft Innovative Educator and Edmodo Certified trainer.
Allen Martin has spent over 20 years as an educator. He began his career in Butler County, Kentucky as a social studies and computer applications teacher where he also coached football and basketball. After a very successful time in Butler County, he left and became an Assistant Principal in Franklin, Kentucky where he served as safe schools coordinator and athletic director. His passion for technology education took him to Bowling Green Independent Schools where he is currently the District Technology Resource Teacher. Other credentials include: Google Certified Teacher, Microsoft Innovative Educator, Distinguished Educator with Turning Technologies, Edmodo Certified and more. He is passionate about helping educators integrate technology into the classroom and travels regularly to bring quality professional development opportunities. His work as co-founder of Teachmeet KY has proven to be one of his most proud and successful endeavors.