Edcamps and Conferences

I decided to start this page primarily so I could record the activities I’ve done to further my personal learning. I discovered as I get further and further away from the events, they start to merge into one big memory of connecting, reigniting, and refueling my spirit. Each event has added something to my personal journey. I’m listing the most recent first.

Miami Device (Miami, FL) (November 11-13, 2015)

Felix Jacomino and the staff at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School did it again. Miami Device has proven to be an amazing experience for those of us interested in educational technology. This year I was honored to be present during the first session. This conference is guaranteed to be small (350 maximum) but powerful in the connections made. Miami Device is now on a two year rotation. I encourage everyone to check it out.

Edcamp Citrus (Inverness, FL) (September 19, 2015)

This was another great Jerry Swiatek production. Edcamp Citrus is the first Edcamp that ever happened in Florida. Here is my reflection of the day.

Edcamp Leader (Melbourne, FL) (July 13, 2015)

This was one part of a much larger edcamp organization. Edcamp LeaderFL was one of 17 edcamps held around the world (primarily in the USA). It was an incredible day of connections and learning. Many people at this branch site had never participated in an edcamp. It was exciting to see their passion for the edcamp movement.

Edcamp Leon (June 13, 2015)

I was excited to participate in Edcamp Leon. School was out and for me this was a time to reflect over the past year. But, I was amazed to find myself already looking forward to returning to the classroom with all the great ideas I gathered at Edcamp Leon. This edcamp occurred at the same time as Edcamp Volusia. My daughter participated in the Volusia edcamp. During one session we shared the power of the GHO. It was a great day.

Edcamp St. Augustine (May 9, 2015)

Edcamp St. Augustine was an awesome experience. Being close to I-95 it was easier for educators from Florida’s east coast to travel to this edcamp. This meant I got to meet many educators I knew from Twitter. The students that participated were clearly proud of their school.

Edcamp Branford (April 11, 2015) (Lead Organizer)

This was the first edcamp in Suwannee County. We had 45 participants. It was held at Branford High School. Every session was filled with passionate educators. Students were on hand to facilitate sessions. There was even a Student Voice session.

Edcamp Orange (January 24, 2015)

Edcamp Orange occurred immediately after FETC2015 this year. Several of us stayed over and experienced an amazing day of learning and collaboration. Cypress Creek High School is a huge school that is undergoing renovation. It is clear that the teachers at CCHS are ready for the future.

FETC2015 (January 20-23, 2015)

This was my first FETC since returning to the classroom. I had an amazing time. It was also my first time as part of the Press Corps. From meeting a ton of people from my PLN, I also had the opportunity to present my first session. I learned so much on a wide variety of levels. If you have a chance to attend FETC in the future, you should definitely take the opportunity.

Edcamp Manatee (December 6, 2014)

Kristin Goddard and her students at The State College of Florida Collegiate School in Bradenton, FL is an open concept facility. The students were as excited as the educators to learn and grow together.

MiamiDevice 2014 (November 6-7, 2014)

Felix Jacomino and his team provided the participants with a superior conference experience. This event was limited to approximately 350 participants. The speakers were tops in their fields. The intimate setting allowed for a deeper, richer learning experience. This conference was unlike any other for me. Being able to interact with the conference speakers throughout the entire conference drove home the point that the learning and the connections are key.

Edcamp Lake (October 18, 2014)

Jessica Mariany and her team at Eustis High School knew how to get the job done. The entire day was well organized and thought out. I learned a lot from this edcamp. From new resources for my classroom to a new desire to host an edcamp on my campus, this edcamp will always hold a special place in my heart.

Edcamp Citrus 2014 (September 6, 2014)

Jerry Swiatek created an amazing event. There were absolutely tons of great educators there. I got to meet Jerry Blumengarten face to face. The #FLedChat team did a live chat that proved to be the most memorable twitter chat ever for me. “You’re MagicPantsJones!” will forever remind me of the amazing moment when I realized the person in tweeting right in front of me was none other than Sean Farnum!

Edcamp Home 3.0 (July 10, 2014)

There were amazing conversations and I learned so much from the videos. I wish I had been there “live” but illness kept me from participating.

Edcamp Duval (May 31, 2014) (Organizing Committee Member)

Being a part of the organizing committee for this event taught me so much. Allison Hogan, Lindsay Sharp and I worked together to bring the first ever edcamp to Duval county. It was a great event where I was able to make connections with other edcampers from around the state. It really got me thinking about hosting my own but at the time, I was very timid about doing that.

Edcamp Home 2.0 (January 4, 2014)

This was the first event I ever attended just because I wanted to. It was a virtual edcamp. I had never attended an edcamp and doing one virtually seemed like the next best thing to being there. I had a co-worker join me and we spent a day during our Winter Break listening to amazing people from around the country.

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