I honestly didn’t think they could do it… truly, I didn’t! There was no way that the #edcampqc group that organized the first EdCamp Queen City at Hawk Ridge Elementary School could possibly outdo themselves. The sequel is NEVER as good as the first, right?
Wrong! I’m a firm believer in giving credit where it’s due and the organizers for #edcampqc are amazing! This team has got it together; everything seemed to run very smoothly and whoa – look at this session board (with collaborative notes) the participants created!
I attended Something Gaming first where I learned more about ClassCraft and shared my 3dGameLab course I have created for my Battle of the Books students. Stepping out of my comfort zone I am considering having students create their own games to show mastery of content. We talked about the resource GameStar Mechanic which looks very exciting! I hope to be able to incorporate this into the media center or with my Battle of the Books team this year.
Following Something Gaming, I hit up the Twitter as a PLN session. It was the very first Twitter session I had ever attended where EVERY SINGLE PERSON was a Connected Educator on Twitter!!! It was awesome; there was so much energy in the room! This allowed us to take the conversation to a new level by discussing an educational revolution and how to pull more people onboard the Twitter train. One idea was to show reluctant peers the difference between twitter for personal use and twitter that is used professionally. Derek McCoy (follow him on Twitter: @mccoyderek) shows the difference using current feeds of two people, like Charlie Sheen vs Steven Weber (follow him on Twitter: @curriculumblog)
The third session had so much goodness packed into 45 minutes that I couldn’t possibly attend all of them, even with the rule of two feet! This is honestly the very first edcamp that I have relied on the collaborative docs to fill me in on the conversations. With topics like Genius Hour, Inquiry-Based Learning, Personalized Learning, Green Screen, Teach Like A Pirate, and a discussion on School News, I was torn. I ended up in Green Screen and walked away with new ideas for this week. Thanks to Megan Mehta (follow her on Twitter: @megan_mehta) we stopped by Starbucks before leaving Charlotte to grab green Starbucks straws and coffee stirrers to use in puppet shows with green screen! GENIUS!!!
Lunch was superb. Ooo-Wee BBQ was soooo delicious & I just had to purchase ice cream from a legit ice cream truck! Being from a small town in the country, I didn’t have ice cream trucks while growing up.
Finally, my last session was Digital Formative Assessment. I signed up to facilitate this session. Many of the teachers in this session learned about Kahoot! in an earlier session, so we did a mini-smackdown of Digital Formative Assessment tools including GoFormative, Kubbu, Plickers, and ThingLink. We also touched on GooseChase, a terrific scavenger hunt app!
As if the day couldn’t get any better – I won an autographed copy of Teach Like A Pirate by Dave Burgess! Thank you, Dave (follow him on Twitter: @burgessdave)
It was an excellent day and I am already looking forward to my next edcamp experience! These things are the best educational rejuvenation! I get to see my fabulous Professional Learning Network (PLN) and I always leave with so many new ideas that I can share with my peers at work and implement in the classroom. I am constantly amazed at the people that I meet and humbled to be considered a member of their PLN. If you’ve never attended an edcamp, you should seriously find the next one coming your way, clear your schedule, and attend! I have never been disappointed! If you are near me – I will even drive you there; no excuses!