Today I got to experience my first edcamp. It was a virtual edcamp. EdcampHome 2.0 to be precise. It was organized by 4 really great people. So I send a tremendous thank you to the following people:
David Theriault (@davidtedu)
Karl Lindgren-Stricher (@LS_Karl)
Kelly Kermode (@coachk)
Shawn White (@swpax)
They did an amazing job organizing the event. Almost 300 educators from around the world were able to connect and share ideas, resources, and support.
I, however, felt like a bumbling fool through much of the event. I had done GHOA (Google Hangout-on-Air) before but somehow today I felt totally brain dead. I volunteered to moderate both sessions. My first issue was that I didn’t remember that my computer was connected to the sound system in my classroom. It took me over 10 minutes before I realized that all I needed to do was unplug the headphone jack. The people in my session were gracious and did their best to bring me along. To them I am thankful.
The first session I moderated was about Genius Hour. There were a variety of people in our GHOA. We had representation from the entire k-12 spectrum. We had newbies (like myself) to veterans to those looking to find out what it was all about. It was a great round-table discussion. We each shared and asked questions. I did not realize that I needed to save the chat text. I am really kicking myself for that. There were excellent sites and resources shared. Kirsten Wilson shared a link to her site (https://sites.google.com/a/nisdtx.org/genius-hour/) that is full of resources. I suggested those new to Genius Hour check out Paul Solarz (@PaulSolarz). He shares his students’ projects and provided my students a wealth of examples.
The second session I moderated was Social Media Branding for Ed. I totally blew it on this one. I was waiting for a link to the page with people who signed up for the discussion. Somehow I missed it. It took me better part of the hour to figure out where I needed to go to find the list. I was only able to connect with one other person but she was very gracious about my issues. We had a nice discussion about branding in Education.
I must say, that if I took away the technical glitches I caused myself, I thoroughly enjoyed the conversations. I hope to make more connections in the future. I can’t wait to do this again.