Edcamp Branford 2016 occurred yesterday at Branford High School in Branford, Florida. It was attended by just over 60 educators and students interested in learning, connecting and sharing. It was an awesome day. If you haven’t experienced an edcamp, I encourage you to find one. You can learn more about them here. If there isn’t one in your area, I urge you to start one.
Something new for us this year was a Geo-filter for Snapchat. A geo-filter is a photo/video overlay that is specific to a location. This year we were using Snapchat to create our story. A Snapchat story is a collection of videos and photos taken throughout a twenty-four hour period. The Snapchat story was created by one of our students. She was given very specific instructions and followed them carefully. How do you think she did? (Snapchat Story)
Our event started officially at 8:00 am. However, there were people waiting to check in well before that. Many of the participants had not attended an edcamp before yesterday. Their willingness to try something new fueled my own excitement. Before long the room was full of conversation. Suggestions for sessions started pouring in. It was clear this group came to learn. Even the students got into the action. You can find the session board and links to information shared on the Edcamp Branford website.
Participants came from as far away as Washington DC and as near as a couple of blocks away. One thing that was clear. Everyone in attendance was eager to get started.
From Growing your PLN to Lyrical Lessons to the Student Led sessions, Edcamp Branford was truly an experience created by the participants for the participants. I am excited to see what happens next.