Yesterday

Yesterday I had the privilege of attending Edcamp St. Augustine. I did not attend alone. Julie Dees (@juliedees72), the Culinary Arts teacher at Branford High School traveled with me. We were met there by two students of our students and their mother. They enjoyed Edcamp Branford last month so much they wanted to see it again. Edcamp St. Augustine did not disappoint any of us.

Sean Farnum (@MagicPantsJones), Kristin Harrington (@KristinCHarr) and Katrina Worthington (@mtnsatheart) created an event worthy of educators everywhere. They should be proud of what they and the students at Palencia Elementary School created for us.

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A large variety of conversations were organized before we got started. There were so many wonderful sessions. Determining which conversations I wanted to join was very difficult. I was honored to again be able to facilitate the Twitter 101/PLN conversation with Jerry Blumengarten (@cybraryman1). Being able to talk Flipped Classroom with Michele Burke (@mjburke11) was an awesome experience. Adding to that was Allison Birbal (@mrsbirbal) sharing about Gamification. Those first three sessions have me very excited about spending my summer planning for next year. I facilitated a conversation about Building Your PLN during the last session. The educators that shared with me were incredible people whose passion for the classroom was evident in their desire to build their Professional Learning Networks to increase their own effectiveness in the classroom.

I also had the privilege of meeting many of my twitter friends face to face. Yes, there was a squeal when Maria Mayer (@miamayer) walked into my line of sight. Seeing Chuck Maddox (@cmaddoxjr) was also a huge delight. There were so many incredible educators. It was truly an extraordinary day.

There was conversation at the end of the day about where the next edcamp was. It looked like most of us talking would be evenly split between Edcamp Leon and Edcamp Volusia (both on June 13th). We will be doing a Google Hangout to connect all of Florida that day. I encourage you to join one or the other edcamps. Let’s unite all of Florida!

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