Last week, over 70 educators from 50+ public and private education institutions, from Kindergarten to School of Education, gathered on a Saturday to explore topics of interest. Participants proposed and led all of the discussions, and all attendees actively participated. U Prep hosted the fourth edition of EdCamp Puget Sound.
I was uniquely impressed with the range and thoughtfulness of sessions. Titles included:
- Teach (blank) Through (blank); Integrating Interests and Project-Based Learning
- Twitter 101
- Lecture-less, Screencast-based Learning in the New Technology classroom
- Painless Failure, Practice, Revision & Creativity
- Learning from and teaching 2E (twice-exceptional) kiddos
- Construct meaning through experience; Service learning & moreSupporting
- Stem & First Robotics: How is Special Ed Suppose to support?
- Not “Mad Men”: Use advertising techniques to communicate like a leader
- Content-area disruption: New school subjects?
- Online Discussions & Journaling
- Mentoring: What does it mean?
- Let’s All Learn About #MysterySkype
- Effective Group Work and Accountable Talk
- Conversation Around Blended Learning
- Teacher Leaders; Teachers of the Year; Tech & Learning
- U Prep Ac. Tech Q&A:Device Program, Comp Sci, Maker Lab (etc.)
- Engaging social justice w/all students (not just the ones who opt in!)
I also benefited from the vast range of perspectives and life experiences present at the conference. EdCamps truly bring together a vibrancy of shared ideas unmatched by other education professional development events.