Yesterday I attended my third Educamp, #EducampCentralOtago2, in Queenstown at Remarkables Primary. It ‘twas a morning of new connections, re-connections and collaboration. Those of you who are unaware of what an Educamp need to find out what you are missing and keep an eye open for one happening in your area.
It began with a Smackdown, where each of the attendees took 2-3 minutes to share an App or strategy or website that they thought was useful or sharable and worthy of mention. Click here to get to the link and you will find pearls like the 100 Word Challenge or Padlet and Haiku Deck or Doctorpus and Goobric (If you use Google Apps for Educators then must check it out).
Then based upon stickies indicating skill sets and needs we formed off into an Unconference where you get to vote with your feet and are not tied into a session if you discover it’s not for you. I ran a 45 minute session on classroom blogging and an introduction to twitter and I hope that it was helpful; we swapped emails and I guess that if I get follow up questions through twitter and email I will know if it was effective.
Morning Tea was had afoot as we had a guided tour of Remarkables Primary (Est. 2010) and had their innovative school explained by their Principal and teachers. It might just be the most picturesque school in New Zealand, if not the world.
Educamp: short, punchy and something for all.