#EdcampFLX17 Top 10

Yesterday’s Edcampflx brought almost 100 educator’s from across the Western, New York area together for a morning of personalized professional development. Here are my top 10 moments from the morning:

10. New apps. Can’t wait to play more with Letrecap.com and Mentimeter.com. Both of these look like great feedback and formative assessment tools.

9. Even thought she wasn’t there in person, it was cool to know that Rachel Murat (@mrsmurat) was following us on Hootsuite, liking and retweeting our adventures.

8. A fantastic conversation with Ned Dale (@nedatthegrove) about Digital Citizenship and Leadership. I gained a lot of insight into how a school district goes about giving skills students need, and using non-traditional ways to do it.

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7. Coming early and doing some setup for Katie McFarland (@katiemc827). With coffee and a little tape, I got to see the goings on behind the scenes and learning about the effort it takes to get an Edcamp off the ground.

6. Conversation about Schoology. I had the chance to facilitate a session on Schoology, and I really tried to invite conversation. Many of the teachers in the room were self-described beginners, but as I listened to the work they’re doing, I wouldn’t use the word beginners. In our district, “beginners” are creating quizzes and assessments, delivering Nearpods and other online activities to students, and providing 24/7 access to their course materials. Awesome!

5. I also got to facilitate a talk on student blogging and discussions. It was a far ranging session from using Edublogs, Blogger, Schoology Discussions. But, at the heart, was a great conversation with teachers who want to give their students more choice, voice, and avenues for self-expression.

4. Working with the always positive, hard working model for technology integrators everywhere, Steve Holmes (@kylelaurie).

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3. An empty session board. Oh, the possibilities…With Chromebook in hand (it would have been nice to have the new tablet model our students have in the district), I got lucky and helped to get the physical board into the digital version.

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2. Stepping up. As we built the session board, we had to approach a number of our teachers who came to Edcamp expecting to be a participant. Little did they know that they’d be called upon to facilitate a session. It was cool to see people move from hesitant to excited as they got the opportunity to lead a session on something that they had some knowledge about. Thanks to these folks from Canandaigua who stepped up.

1. A full session board. Oh, the possibilities.

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It was my second year at EdcampFLX, and my third camp overall. Looking forward to more adventures in the future.

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