I previously wrote about my experiences attending my first EdCamp back in August at EdCamp Reno. This post is my reflection on EdCamp 123, the first (of hopefully many) Cap CUE Ed Camps in the Sacramento region.
Marie Criste from Roseville and I were the ones were organized this event and it was great that my district of Rocklin Unified stepped up to host the event.
Since EdCamps are organic PD events where the attendees create and pick their sessions we had no idea of what expect. We had the attendees write their ideas of things they could share about things they wanted to learn about.
Once all the attendees were finished, we had our "team" of helper go over these ideas and then try to put some order to them. In the end they came up with 8 different topics - here they are:
Here are some of my takeaways
The Learning! Well… to be honest… running an event makes it hard to participate in the experiences but I was able to bounce around some and spend a few minutes in many of the sessions. Since my district sent a fair amount of the attendees, many of them asked for a session on Schoology. It was interesting to see how the teachers who had already dabbled in Schoology went to the morning session and the later ones were with teachers who have little experience with it.
I spent the most time in Video Making session (kind of one of my passions!) I was able to quickly demo some tools like stop motion and Adobe Voice (iPad only). I did really like the conversation about how many in there felt frustrated that Apple is so far ahead in terms of video; as a Google and Android fan boy wish that there was parity amongst these two platforms but it's just not there yet.
Other sessions in which I bounced into seemed like there were engaging and lively. Several attendees asked me before the day started "so, who is going to do the talking in these sessions? Is it really just all of us?" Well, from what I saw, that is just exactly what did happen. And at the end of the day we asked the attendees to share some of their thoughts from the day and the overarching theme was: "didn't know what to expect and walked away lots of great ideas"
In the afternoon, I did an impromptu audio recording / podcasting session and have about 8 teachers want to learn something new. We talked about both tools (like Spreaker on the phone and Audacity, Blab.im and Sound Trap on a computer) plus ideas like school news and interviews where both teachers and and students can easily use. We even chatted live for a little while with the Nevada CUE which was happening the same time in Las Vegas.
And here are just some of the quotes from that survey I mentioned.
If any of you attended this Ed Camp please leave a comment about your experiences as well.
And one last big Thank You to Marie Criste again for doing so much of the heavy lifting, from planning and organizing to getting tons of sponsors to kick in. You're awesome!