I was worried no teachers from my own school would show up to EdCampPGH but was so pleased to see so many of the Upper School teachers attend the event. It really meant a lot of have them there! I was disappointed more independent school teachers did not attend but was very pleased that Kim Sivick from PAIS (Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools) and one of the original founders of the national EdCamp movement came to show her support. The largest group of teachers represented folks from charter schools in and around Pittsburgh, a few from public education and many informal educators looking to connect with teaches. I would love to see more public education and specifically primary school teachers at our next EdCampPGH. We had folks drive from NJ, WV, and OH. - it was wonderful to get their perspective on learning and education. The food was great, t-shirts a hit, and great company!
In addition, to amazing sessions on blogging, iPads, gamification and edmodo we had discussions about empowering students to be creators through Design Thinking and watched a screening of the Edudoc - If You Build It. This film definitely touched me and many of the other folks in the room. It was about the power of student voice, choice and creation as an authentic and empowering learning experience in the face of adversity. At the end of the screening we did an affinity clustering activity to see what key ideas and themes viewers came away with.
|An Affinity Clustering Activity at EdCampPGH|
After six months of planning, its almost bittersweet for it to be over. Not for long though - after a bit of a break we will begin to plan the next EdCampPGH that will be hosted in October at Propel, Braddock Hills school. Propel Braddock is a school of innovation & design - and the perfect place to host the next EdCampPGH. If you are interested in starting an EdCamp, let me know! I would be happy to give advice and suggestions for planning & running an edcamp. I recently started working with the Edcamp Foundation on the volunteer-run public relations committee and the "50 States Challenge" with the goal of getting an Edcamp into every state in the United States.
Check out some of the other blog posts/tweets from the attendees:
New post at GPS, "My First #EdCamp Experience & Why It Matters" #gtchat #edcampPGH #edchat http://t.co/El2B75Czsm
— Lisa Conrad (@ljconrad) April 6, 2014
Two new tools I learned about at #edcamppgh yesterday @EDpuzzle , @GetKahoot Read more about it here http://t.co/ZXemBFEdEk
— Caitlin Conroy (@EduCait_Tech) April 6, 2014
To all my educator friends, here is a great write up about today's #edcamppgh http://t.co/iMH3nwqc6f By far the best PD experience yet!
— Megan Brophy (@Miss_Brophy) April 6, 2014
Here is a storify of tweets from Dom Salvucci:
edcamp PGH, April 5, 2014 http://t.co/7MnWUGG9xa #storify #edcamppgh #edcampmetrodc
— Dominic Salvucci (@Dsalvucci) April 6, 2014
Michelle King's inspiring Ignite Talk:
Here is the link to @LrningInstigatr talk: http://t.co/AMwnTOBtRW #edcamppgh
— edcampPGH (@edcampPGH) April 6, 2014