This coming Tuesday night (9/30), at 7pm, we are going to hold an organization on-line meeting for a Minnesota Chapter of TI:ME. We will be using Google Hangouts as a platform, which only supports 10 participants. Chances are that the leadership group for the state chapter won't be larger than that; but what we can do is broadcast the meeting and then also offer a Today's Meet for anyone watching the meeting to provide feedback and interact with the video hangout.
If anyone knows a mass online meeting tool that would work better, please let me know.
What we have to determine is: who will be the ten voices in the room. I have received a few e-mails from teachers interested in forming a state chapter (this doesn't mean that anyone is particularly interested in leadership, but simply being involved). I will be contacting them directly. Some people may not be able to meet on Tuesday night but may still want to be involved. Incidentally, a Google Hangout can be published for later viewing as well.
The agenda for the meeting will be:
- Reviewing the National TI:ME Guidelines for forming a Chapter
- Discussion of Chapter boundaries (MN only? North Central?)
- Officially starting a Chapter
- Election of Officers, even if temporary
- Discussion of next steps (events, meetings, schedule, etc.)
For the record, I don't need to be an officer. I do have some things that I would like to see a state chapter do:
- Create a blog that would post offerings from state members. We would ask all state members to post at least one blog on a topic of their choice at least once a year.
- Offer Saturday training sessions at various locations across the state. The Perpich Center used to host and organize these. I would like to see both EdCamp versions (teachers teach teacher) and focused training versions (which would require a registration fee and paying presenters)
- Work with the MMEA to help them with any technology needs–from helping find or filter MMEA Mid-Winter Conference sessions to any other needs they might have. One of the challenges is that TI:ME's National Conference has been linked to TMEA, which is the same weekend as MMEA every year.
- Ultimately, become a state community of like-minded, technology-using music teachers that have a way to interact with each other.
TI:ME was originally organized by members of NAMM with the purpose of encouraging teachers to develop programs where students could be trained for the skills that are needed in non-Classical music. In other words, they wanted an organization that would foster the skills needed for contemportary music and music production. As TI:ME has grown, it has also become a place where music teachers who use technology in more “traditional” settings can connect and support each other.
I am hoping that you will consider joining us in our efforts to form a state chapter! I hope that you will either be able to join us in the Google Hangout, or watch the Google Hangout and interact via Today's Meet. I will post connection information here (techinmusiced.com) on Tuesday night at 6:45pm.