Monday, November 19, 2012

EdCamp Seattle Recap

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead


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
All in all, it was an incredible day of learning and connecting. I left feeling inspired, motivated, and energized. The conversations I had with others not only broadened my thinking, but encouraged me to deepen my practice and reassured me that there are other educators like me out there.  Like many others, I left wanting more. Even though I'm still trying to process everything, I'm pretty sure that this past Saturday was just the beginning of a really great organization of connected and forward-thinking educators.

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.  

 Photo courtesy of @jcurtis4082

4 comments:

  1. It was definitely a pleasure to attend. Thanks to those of you who coordinated and the other participants who made it an engaging and rewarding experience.
    hoping this can become a regular event that only grows each time.

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    1. It is also my goal to make this a regular event, and we'll keep you posted on future events, for sure. Please let me (or another organizer) If you have any feedback for next time. Looking forward to collaborating again!

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  2. Months of planning and promoting. So glad this was a success! Couldn't attend (out of state), but enjoyed following conversations virtually via the hashtag. Amazed at all you do. You're kind of a big deal, ya know!

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    1. I'm only a big deal because I've been inspired the folks I've met along the way. I really appreciate your kind words. Thank you for reading.

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