Today I attended what I think is my 22nd edcamp. Today was the second Edcamp EduMatch. It was conducted using the MIT Unhangout service. This service organizes Google Hangouts so people can meet in a virtual arena and share ideas around the world. This particular Edcamp was hosted by the EduMatch Network of educators.
I am honored to be a part of the organizational team. Under the direction of Sarah Thomas (@SarahdaTeechur), along with Amanda Rogers (@The EdsaneT), Shelly Stout (@TheOddCentricT) and Renee Henderson (@MsReneeScience) we were able to bring educators together for a variety of topics. The sessions I attended included Computer Science for All, Edcamps for Students by Students, and a great session on Student Voice. Videos of these sessions are available on YouTube. I’m sure Sarah will have them on a play list soon. (I’ll update this later.)
One of the unique things this particular Edcamp had was a list of challenges. Teachers were challenged to earn their swag. I really liked this idea. In fact, this blog post covers one of those challenges. (I hope I win something cool.)
If you get a chance to experience this type of Edcamp, I hope you take the time to do so. For those of you that don’t want to be recorded, I want to encourage you to overcome that fear. You are an amazing educator. None of us are perfect. But, if you can’t get over it, you can always turn off your camera so we can just hear you. Your input is very important.
I’m off to try to complete some of the other challenges. I hope I see you in the future at another edcamp!