This summer I had the pleasure of meeting with teachers all across the world. From an international conference in Australia to school visits in Tennessee, North Carolina, California, and New York, it has been an exciting few months! One of the highlights from my summer was EdCamp Mville. Over the past few years I’ve attended a few different EdCamps, but it was particularly exciting to spend a Saturday at Manhattanville College for their very first EdCamp. The beautiful campus was host to a passionate group of educators who came together to share ideas and their passion for education.
The day started in true EdCamp fashion with an empty board full of session slots. An EdCamp is an unconference, which means there is no fixed schedule for the day and attendees can propose session ideas in the morning. While some educators seek new knowledge from their peers, other educators come with new ideas or favorite tools they want to share. They place a session on the board to secure a space to talk about it.
At EdCamp Mville I shared appoLearning.com’s collection tool which lets users search for favorite resources and create their own shareable collections. I sat in on a session on Bring Your Own Devices where educators shared their experiences using multiple devices with students. One of the fun things about events like EdCamp is the opportunity to get a feel for what types of learning activities teachers are excited about trying out in their classrooms. Nearpod was one tool that came up in conversations with teachers. Even though I’m very familiar with Nearpod, it had been awhile since I used the tool with students in the classroom or with teachers in a professional development session. Hearing the buzz and renewed excited about this online presentation tool inspired me to share it with teachers during a workshop I led in Michigan just a few days later.
EdCamps often have many sponsors and this was true of EdCamp Mville. Their raffle was fantastic and stocked with tons of prizes for attendees. A variety of items were on display, including Tiggly Shapes and free subscriptions to online platforms.
EdCamp Mville was a high-energy event that I’m sure will grow in leaps and bounds over the next few years. To learn more about the EdCamp movement or to find one near you visit their website. If you’re interested in connecting with the folks behind EdCamp Mville check out their Twitter feed.
Monica Burns is an EdTech & Curriculum Consultant and Apple Distinguished Educator. Visit her site ClassTechTips.com for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.
Having the chance to meet kids and teachers all around the world is really cool! And to go to Austrailia?! I want to go there. That’s an big opurrtunity.