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EdCamp Sessions Impress Again

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.


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edCampPDX Rocks Again

We hosted the third edCampPDX at Catlin Gabel on Saturday. The vibe and content were both great. Teachers, librarians, technologists, and parents from public schools, independent schools, school districts, and technology companies explored ideas on teaching, learning, information, and technology. Participants created all of the sessions. See below for the list of topics covered.

I personally came away with much appreciation for the diverse perspectives and experience of different education professionals, as well as a grab bag of promising tools that others are using. Most importantly, we are succeeding in creating a new, broadly based professional network in the Portland area.

Delightful Design (Rachel Wente-Chaney)
Design principles for non-designers. One of my favorite books is Robin Williams’s The Non-Designer’s Design Book. Her lessons are useful for all people, but I think especially so for educators.
Link to presentation: http://goo.gl/zfYVZ
Link to Delicious Stack: http://www.delicious.com/stacks/view/Ebvf4P

iPads in the Classroom (Mike Kruse)
I will share best practices from numerous deployments that I have surveyed around the nation.

Smart Search (Colette Cassinelli)
A show-n-tell / discussion around search and how to effectively teach students & teachers to move on the basic Google Search. Some of the session links

Intro to Web 2.0/EdTech Strand (Melissa Lim)
Three of my favorite web 2.0 tools and how I use them in the classroom.__http://bit.ly/edcamppdxweb20__

Why Is School Change Hard? (Richard Kassissieh)
School Change theory, Larry Cuban and David Tyack, systems thinking, mental models of “good” education, industrial model for education and the information age.

Speed Innovation Session (All)
In this session, a large number of participants have 3 (5?) minutes to share a tool, tip, idea, or anything else. The idea is to share out a wide range of ideas very quickly, with suggestions for further reading/resources on each topic.

Literature Circles to Create Content Area Relevancy (Ben Bleckley)
Sharing resources for finding young adult literature relevant to specific content topics, ways to develop student self-directed discussion skills, and assessments. Discussion Links  Talking Points

Leave Your Tech at the Door (Corin Richards)
Let’s have a conversation about student-centered learning and other great teaching practices crossing content and grades levels. Of course, technology MIGHT creep into the conversation. This could be a continuation of Richard’s change theory discussion.

edCampPDX #2

Check out the thoughtful topics discussed at today's edCampPDX (detailed descriptions online). Free professional development, facilitated by participants!

Got Books? Using Technology to promote reading and Children's/YA Literature
Writing Across the Curriculum in the Digital Age
Interactive YouTube videos: Created for the world by kids
Writing and Science and Formative Assessment
Tools for Building Classroom Community
Crank up the Critical Thinking using VoiceThread
Throwing Out the Lesson Plan: A Writing Teacher Goes Rogue
Dream School Commons: A Community-Based Effort to Re-Imagine Education
Teachers Controlling Students: Why autonomy support is better and how to tell the difference
Dream School Realized: Extremes in Child-Centered Pedagogy
Selection Bias v. Self-Selection Bias
How do the connected devices get organized around the campfire?
"Know Thyself" – Valuing Reflection
Meet Common Core State Standards with Visual Thinking and Learning
Online learning roundtable discussion
How does attention blindness affect your teaching and learning?
Instant Formative Assessments: How do we know what they know?