Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend an EdCamp event here in Leon County. It was amazing! I was able to connect with other passionate educators and I learned so much from them. I walked away with some great ideas, tools for my classroom, new teacher friends, and...door prizes! But more about the prizes later.
What is EdCamp, anyway? An EdCamp event allows teachers to meet together to share ideas and resources of what works in their classrooms. It's known as an "unconference." It is free, participant-driven professional development for teachers of all grade levels.
This is what I experienced at EdCamp Leon:
I arrived at 8:00 a.m. for early registration and received a goodie bag, t-shirt, and schedule of events. I then mingled with people while enjoying a delicious breakfast brought in by Dunkin' Donuts and a local bagel shop. Yum!
There were over 100 teachers in attendance and we were able to share ideas and network with others for an hour and a half before the sessions really began. There were no "set" sessions when I arrived, so during this "networking" time, people were able to sign up to present. That's the neat thing about EdCamps. You never know what will be presented until you get there and people sign up to share---and, anyone can present! Looking back, I really wish I had presented on Mystery Skype, but I was a little unsure and intimidated. I really shouldn't have been so fearful. This group was very friendly and not at all intimidating. Everyone was willing to listen to others' ideas and they wanted to learn. What a great atmosphere!
Throughout the day I went to four sessions:
1. Cultivating a Culture of Curiosity by Jason Flom
2. Organizing Classroom Resources with MentorMob and Symbaloo by Jessica Titze & Jessica Scully
3. Integrating Technology in the Social Studies Classroom by Gary Davis
4. Using Nearpod and Other Apps in the Classroom by Jacki Takaki
At the end of the day, so many prizes were raffled off, and I won a one-year subscription to flocabulary.com (for my ENTIRE SCHOOL!). Hey, that's the site I mentioned in the Digital Tool Shoutout! My students love flocabulary videos and I love all the resources on the site. There are videos, lesson plans, activities, printables, quizzes, etc. This was a huge gift to me! I also won a t-shirt and a gift card for 1 month of Evernote Premium.
If you'd like to learn more about EdCamp Leon (or see pictures from yesterday's event), CLICK HERE.
I'm already looking forward to next year's event!