Tuesday, February 24, 2015

#EdCampAwesome

Today I'm at the 2nd annual #EdCampAwesome.  I'm so blessed to be an organizer of this event again this year.  We have so much fun getting it ready and so far today it seems like the participants are having fun too!

We started the morning with the Royse City High School drum line.  Wow! Those dudes can play!

I was able to lead a discussion about getting started with Technology Integration. I started off by sharing my philosophy: We have so many things the state expects us to teacher, we don't have time for a 'project'.  We must start with what standard (TEKS) we need students to master or demonstrate mastery of THEN we start looking for a tools.  We started talking about challenges to integration.  We had a great discussion, solving problems and sharing tools.

During lunch I relaxed on a lovely, squishy bean bag in the RCHS.

After lunch, I attended a session on Flipping PD.  Don Jacobs and Julia Robinson lead this discussion.  Don stressed the importance of having a digital presence where the flipped PD lives.  I think this is so important to so that teachers consistently know where to go for help.

I had to head home after that session. My son had his first dance and I was on momma duty! I actually went home, helped him get ready, dropped him off with his friends for some pre-dance fun, picked up with rest of the family, went to my middle son's basketball game, dropped off the family then headed to the dance to chaperone.

This was the 2nd year for #EdCampAwesome and it was just as much fun as last year.  We rained swag down from the 2nd floor.  We put out a huge thing of chips and salsa (what I had for lunch). I missed my favorite part - the prize giveaways - but pictures from Twitter did not disappoint.

What I really love about #EdCampAwesome is the buzz.  Everyone is excited to be learning on a Saturday.  Everyone is ready to learn and share.  There's no hierarchy of experts and attendees.  We are all learning together. Everyone sharing what they know to make each other better.  Celebrating wins big and small.  Making each other's days.

a small group of our awesome organizers!

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