TeachMeet Update: 02/16/2010

Last time I wrote up an official update about the status of TeachMeet was January 23, 2010. Luckily, in the last two weeks, things have really started to look up. The main concern in the last update was money. We had only $650 and we needed at least $1000 for the venue alone. Thankfully, Techsmith and Promethean have agreed to donate $1000 each, bringing our total in pledged cash donations to $2950. Our total donation list is as follows:

  • Techsmith, makers of Jing and Camtasia Studio, have agreed to donate $1000 and 5 copies of Camtasia Studio.
  • Promethean, makers of interactive whiteboards and other great interactive hardware, has agreed to donate $1000.
  • ABC-Clio has agreed to donate $150.
  • Ingram Library Services has agreed to donate $500.
  • Soundzabound has agreed to donate $150 and several free subscriptions to one of their royalty free music databases.
  • Camcor has agreed to donate $150.
  • Gordon Food Service has agreed to donate the meat for 1 day and give us a discount on lunch.

I have tentatively reserved the Nashville Public Library for April 1-2, from 9-4. 9-9:30 is setup, with doors open to participants at 9:30 and events starting at 10 both days. I have also begun discussions with an amazing group to do the keynote. The details are being worked out now and I should have the information /settled Thursday night. About $1000 of our $3000 is going into expenses to bring this group down (travel costs – there is no payment for presenters); I feel they are worth the expense and will make a positive difference at the conference.

The schedule of events is looking like it should be interesting and I think it is getting closer to it final state. Check the wiki at http://teachmeetnashville.wikispaces.com. We are still actively seeking both presenters and sponsors. For sponsors, I have reached out to Glogster, Ning, Edmodo, Voicethread, and Wikispaces this week. Glogster isn’t able to help at the moment. Ning and Edmodo asked for more information and are considering it; Scholastic is still considering helping as well.

The main area of focus has to now shift to marketing. We need to find ways to get teachers involved. I know of several individuals from diverse places coming, but we really need to find ways to heavily encourage teachers in the big local districts (Nashville, Memphis, Clarksville, Chattanooga, etc…) to come. I think that stressing the dynamic nature of the conference combined with the free cost and free lunch is a good way to go. As always, if you have any suggestions or want to help in any way, please leave a comment.

Thank you for your support as always.

Jason Bedell.

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