I was fortunate enough to attend the event with many of the colleagues I work with. For most teachers, this was their first time attending an edcamp. Here is snapshot of some of the feedback:
What did you like about the Ed Camp model of professional development?As a school we are thinking about adopting aspects of the edcamp model of pro-d for an upcoming professional day. I certainly welcome other suggestions, ideas and reflections.....
- participant driven
- chance to hear from other pracitioners in the field
- It was great having students and parents present
- the success of this model of pro-d is rooted in choice. Teachers choosing to attend on their own time.
- The tech support was very good and essential. The google docs for each session are a great collection of thoughts and ideas
- It was driven by educators’ desire to better themselves (versus the professional speaker and vendor circuit which is often the backbone of big education conferences). Ed. Camp has a very altruistic feel.
- I like the organic nature of ed-camp
- It was a great networking experience
- facilitator preparation often determines the success of a session.
- Maybe fewer but bigger sessions?
- Would this work for a conference where teachers “must” attend instead of choose to attend?
- I wonder how Ed. Camp would fit into the formalized pro-d system we have now for teachers. Somehow I think there would need to be adjustments on both ends (Ed. Camp structure and concept of teacher pro-d) for it to work on a larger scale.
- in order to get full value we must engage in some professional reading/learning on our own
- discussions often did not lead to solutions or next steps since there did not seem to be many "experts". From a practical standpoint I did not walk away with any new learning's we could take to our classrooms
On a personal note, it was great to have some "face time" with some colleagues I primarily interact with on Twitter (this includes a pre-edcamp "get together" the night before). I really appreciate my expanded (and ever expanding) network of colleagues and friends.
I want to thank all the participants who attended and added to the many rich conversations.
Looking forward to my next edcamp already.....