The very first EdCamp Seattle was held at Seattle Pacific University this past Saturday. Not only did I have the pleasure of attending, I was fortunate enough to be a founding organizer with David, Jac, Anthony, Janiess, and Shannon. Initial planning started in late August through a series of tweets, and before long we were hashing out details using Google+ hangouts and shared documents.
|G+ and Doodle made it easy for us to collaborate and plan.|
You can read tweets and see pictures from the event here.
Having never attended an "unconference" before, I wasn't sure what to expect. Remembering my takeaways from ISTE '12, I knew that it was important for me to approach the day with a positive solution-oriented minset and a willingness to step outside my comfort zone. I attended sessions on design thinking and integrating math and literacy, and co-facilitated a conversation with my friend Jake on using Google Apps for Education in an elementary school setting. The day ended with a "smack-down" of resources shared by participants and a raffle in which I won a sweet new Microsoft backpack!
|Winning! Photo courtesy of @mshoughton|
Thank you to all who made the first EdCamp Seattle a smashing success! Perhaps we won't be able to totally change the world, but at least we can try to make our own significant impact.