There are some amazing things happening for educators. Yesterday I was able to experience EdCampDallas, something I had been reading about through energized educators on Twitter. I’m renaming it – EdCampAmazing!
Amazing things going on – seek and you will find! First of all, it’s created by educators for educators. Everyone there was there by choice and with a desire to share and learn with peers in the field. Everyone there was Real Deal and brought honest experiences, whether strengths or struggles. Everyone there could relate with each other through a topic fashion.
- Edmodo – second time to hear about Quiz features…now will use!
- Skype in the Classroom – I need a web cam! Will investigate more Skype classroom possibilities!
- Blogging and Twitter in the Primary Classroom – student voice, sharing with audiences
- Engaging PD – needs relevance, choice, collaboration, time, support, encouragement
- PBL – Kinder teacher up to advanced HS math examples.
- Smackdown (the wrap-it-up and get-out-the-door time) – the perfect terminology for quick-share, Don’t Miss This! things. Here are a few of my take-aways, too good not to share for anyone who doesn’t yet know!
- By typing in .clean.com in YouTube addresses, it takes away the side views and ads that no one wants to see as you share with a class. Also use Safe Share for classroom-clean YouTube as well. Wow.
- Best $0.99 to spend – Background Eraser App. This has huge story telling and writing possibilities. Must see. Must get.
- On http://www.bie.org website, there’s a Tubric to help in preparing PBL. Use on a paper towel tube for turning and selecting prompts for project choices. Very usable.
I wished I had time to hear more at EdCampDallas aka EdCampAmazing. I wanted to attend Augmented Reality, 1-1 iPad management, Evernote, Genius Hour, QR Codes…. You see what happens when educators choose what they’d like to learn? There’s plenty on the table important to us!
Yes, needless to say, by the end of the day my head was full, and I was feeling tired. Someone asked me what my favorite part was and I could hardly remember prior to my last session! I left with my thoughts still wrapping themselves around everything that had been shared…
The people I met, observed, and talked with are incredible witnesses to the power of Connected Educators. For me (and many others) TWITTER was the start of much of my new learning and incorporating new technology practices in my classroom; educators with relevant ways to connect students’ learning with technology – a perfect match for the 21st century student.
Here’s a look at the EdCamp Tweeps board. Choose some to follow!
Educators are better as we Connect and Share! What’s your Twitter handle? Or who would you add to the Tweeps Board?