Lead-up to the inaugural #TMWA_LeadMeet 2016

Background information about TeachMeetWA:

TeachMeetWA (TMWA) is for educators keen to connect, collaborate and inspire each other through teacher driven professional learning. TeachMeets are short and sharp Pecha Kucha style free, informal and highly engaging professional learning sessions. TeachMeetWA sessions are open to ALL teachers from all sectors and are FREE. New graduates, pre-service teachers are also encouraged to attend, learn and participate. This is a chance for teachers to connect as professionals from all sectors of education in WA to network, share ideas and, learn from each other. All participants are encouraged to participate and share an idea, a tool or a website that they have used with their students. Alternatively, they can discuss a strategy or product that they believe enhances their classroom practice. TMWA aims to provide teachers with opportunities to share good practice, practical ideas and personal insights into teaching today’s learners. The idea is to hear stories about teaching and learning from our colleagues. TMWA intends to develop a community of connected educators who continue to engage in professional conversations and provide support well after the event, especially via the vehicle of social media. Over 80 TMWA events have been hosted in WA since the inaugural event in September 2013. The closed online community on Facebook is the only one of its kind with over 5500 educators connecting, collaborating and communicating in a supportive environment. We advocate the use of Twitter as a global PLN and use @WAPLN and #TMWA to bring the community together. Recently, a YouTube channel has been started up, #TMWAreach, so we can bridge the gap between our remote and regional teachers. We are gradually uploading presentations and hosting live Hangouts for teachers to join in. We have a generous community of educators who give up their time to support others.

 What’s Next:

We aim to build capacity of WA educators and informally connect aspirants to inspirational leaders, mentors and coaches. We want our teachers to hear the stories of successes and failures and to have channels to discuss, ask questions and seek guidance without judgement. We also want to empower existing leaders by building a community around them and giving them a place to flourish and learn. This inaugural LEADMEET has the blessings of some amazing people in our community. Thank you to everyone who willingly offered to present their stories and share their infinite wisdom with others. The theme of the TMWA_LeadMeet will follow the Conference theme – Stop, Collaborate & Listen – Leading for the Future.

The list of presenters is as below:

Bhavneet Singh, TeachMeet Coordinator

Allan Blagaich, Chief Executive Officer, SCSA

Jeanette Gee, President, WASSEA

Joseph Banks Secondary College Team

– Eleanor Hughes, Principal

– Liz Lasscock, Associate Principal

Kate Reitzenstein, President, Modern Language Teachers Association WA

Kim Flintoff, Acting Director, Learning Futures, Curtin University

Paul Whitehead, Principal, Bold Park Community School

Gabrielle Trinca, Digital Learning Consultant, Catholic Education WA

Shenton College Team

– Janet Silburn Barker Head of Learning and Community

– Gary Green, Head of Learning and Community

– Drew Mayhills, Technology Innovation Coordinator

Catherine Baron, Deputy Principal, Lynwood Senior High School


We hosted the first Student-Led TeachMeet in 2015 and are hosting one in September 2016. In the future, we foresee WA students organising and hosting events for teachers. We will keep working on building student voice in our events and work towards a bigger brighter future for our students.

#TMWA is a Starfish

I have been asked similar questions before so I thought I’d share my thinking. Here’s what people say to me often,

“Why do you do all this extra work with TeachMeets for free. You should make it a business, you already have the reputation.”

That has never been my intention or any of us who made it happen.

We wanted to make a difference in the education landscape of WA. We wanted to coordinate free pl for teachers by teachers for all sectors. We wanted teachers to find support within our profession locally and encourage global connections.

I derive pure satisfaction out of inspiring teachers to take risks, keeping them informed, continually questioning them and giving opportunities to reflect and have healthy conversations about where our teaching need to head given that the future for our students is uncertain.

There are some core beliefs I have and I continually share them with you.

TeachMeets are not built to promote one person or another, the reason we started TeachMeets was to empower teachers to take control over their own pl, personalized pln. I am pleased to say, WA has hosted nearly 50 TMWA events of which most are to sold out crowds, have so many Twitter followers and Facebook group members, many organic relationships have formed as a result of TMWA.

TMWA core drivers at this stage are Maree Whiteley​, Gabrielle Trinca​ and I but I am sure as we go through the journey this may change and there may be new drivers. TMWA is not reliant on one or the other. You all own it, you can all run with it. TMWA is compared to the starfish model in comparison to the spider model. It is self sustainable. You are all TMWA.

So I don’t know if I actually answered that question but I hope I’ve shared my passion for it.

TeachMeet WA Stats

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TMWA logo 2

Isn’t it interesting how good ideas spread so quickly. TeachMeetWA started in September 2013 and it is August 2015. www.teachmeetwa.com.au and has experienced a phenomenal growth.

Number of events held:          ~50

Largest event attended by:    ~200

Number of people who have attended events: ~2500

TeachMeet WA Facebook Group members:  ~3300

@WAPLN Twitter Followers: ~1200

https://www.smore.com/bhrb-teachmeet-wa views: 10138

Tickets sold via Eventbrite

Tweets: ~2450

TMWA YouTube Videos: Growing

Google Hangouts used for live broadcasts: 8 events

Connect from the comfort of your couch



We are the only generation that can boast about having seen the huge transformation the world is going through at the moment. At times you feel like you’ve landed on a different planet where you are surrounded by intelligent younglings attached to handheld touch devices, they wear earphones as accessories and have a rather unique way of communicating and connecting. Their seductive worlds behind whispering touch screens are used for hangouts, coordinating virtual meetings, collaborating on passion projects with global friends, voicing their opinions or problem solving across the world. They are always online and always available in digital landscapes.

How is it even possible to effectively lead learning if we are speaking different languages, and existing in completely different worlds, and continue to alienate ourselves further and further from the future? Even though we find it a challenge to immerse ourselves into their worlds, admittedly these are exciting times to be in educational leadership. 

In my professional journey, social media has been particularly beneficial for my professional practice. Global, expert or resource connections  have inspired, challenged, supported and coached me over the years. My professional learning network is star studded and continues to expand as I connect with inspiring educators and educational thought leaders like Prof John Hattie, Pasi Sahelberg, Dr Ken Robinson, Prof Stephen Heppell, Ewan MacIntosh, Robert Marzano, Alec and George Couros, and home grown heroes like Stephen Harris, Tony Bryant, John Goh, Ray Boyd, Liz Smith, just to name a few. It is my virtual staffroom where I connect, communicate and collaborate with a network well beyond my reach otherwise. If Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest etc are all foreign words to you then I hope to convince you to join a few of them and see how you go. 

In 2005 FaceBook brought me long lost family and friends. Few years later I discovered its potential as a platform for professional sharing, connecting people and celebrating successes. I now own a few groups and pages and have encouraged others to build their own following. I started TeachMeet WA Facebook group in 2013 and now it has ~3,300 members. I promote the idea that every school should have a FaceBook Page to make announcements, promotions and to celebrate successes, post the school’s athletic victories, spotlight student work, and promote functions like parent nights and performances. Share photographs from school events and links to local newspaper articles, videos, and resources connected to student learning. Stakeholders can access information on computers or hand held devices.

One of my personal favourites in social media is Twitter. I experienced exponential professional growth after joining Twittersphere. For the first time my professional learning was differentiated. Twitter makes it easy to post brief 140 character public, text-based messages to the Web—messages that any interested follower can see and respond to. The idea of crowdsourcing has never been so quick and easy. TeachMeet WA exisits because of Twitter. Check out @WAPLN and #TMWA and @Bhavneetsingh12We as educational leaders, must identify how applications like Twitter can facilitate professional growth, collaboration and enhance teaching and learning programs. Digital opportunities to connect with new content and communities can accelerate learning and have so many positive benefits for student learning too.

Department of Education WA is promoting digital communIcation and collaboration and is investing in the development of Connect. It is a great starting point for the technophobes who are scared of diving in the deep end as it is a controlled environment.

Everyone including institutions needs a LinkedIn profile. Its not so much a social networking tool, but a professional networking tool. When was the last time you googled someone? Undoubtedly, you’ve been googled too. Best to leave a well thought out digital presence that acts as your CV or the face for your institution.

If you do have an online existence and you have a digital crumbs everywhere like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, blogposts, Flickr, Instagram, Slidshare etc, like I do then you will love About.me. It brought my entire online existence, that I wanted to share with everyone, to a single webpage profile in a simple and easy way. All I need now is the About.me link on my e-business cards or my Twitter handle.

Gazing into the crystal ball I can only say that this awesome generation of kids we educate like to work together as a team and they love challenges. Their world will be so different that they will have to be flexible life-long learners. We need to up-skill and demonstrate that we are life long-learners and we collaborate globally. For the first time we can actually do things never before possible, for and with educators across the world. We cannot rely on old roadmaps anymore because our path might be between the stars.

Ipad Work Flow Frustration

Everyday technology challenges us and takes us to places not possible before.

Today, I felt extremely frustrated and challenged because I knew there had to be a way to perform this task. The task was simple.

I had a Powerpoint presentation that I had created on a PC and two videos that I had edited with Moviemaker also on the PC.

All I wanted to do was take the Powerpoint across to Keynote on my ipad and embed the videos into the Keynote. Sounds simple yeah.

Forst thing I did was upload everything to Google Drive and then open presentation with with Keynote. That worked.

The issue I had was with the videos.

I started off on the wrong journey with them. I connected ipad to itunes, saved the videos to the films and they would only show in the video app. Tried Google solutions for hours to tranfer video from Videos app to Camera Roll. Arrrggghhhh!!!

Simple Workflow-

Video should be saved so it can be used on the ipad

Upload to Dropbox

Open Dropbox on iPad

Save Video

That saves to Camera Roll

Embed away.