Sunday, May 19, 2013

EdCamp PSWA Recap

Back in the fall, I helped organize the first EdCamp Seattle. We had so much fun we decided to do it again, but this time as EdCamp Puget Sound!


Our second event was another incredible day of connecting and learning. I was most impressed by the variety of educators that attended. People trekked from all parts of the Puget Sound region, some coming from as far away as Oregon and British Columbia! Our crew also included pre-service teachers, k-12 educators (public and independent schools), teacher-librarians, instructional coaches, college professors, and app developers. The wide range of experiences offered multiple and unique perspectives throughout the event.

We started off the day in a ball pit:

(we used colored whiffle balls instead)

And then it was time to assemble the board:

 

The rest of my day consisted of helping people get set up on Twitter, learning about motivation, and facilitating a discussion devoted to the New Media Consortium's "Wicked Problems" (more on this in a few weeks). The day ended with a fun smackdown and raffle where everyone walked away a winner!

As an added bonus, I also got to meet my Twitter friend, Karen, face to face! She is an amazing educator and friend. Karen definitely knows her stuff and is someone I continually strive to be. Her enthusiasm is contagious and it was such a wonderful treat to spend time with her.


To get a more detailed account of the incredible amounts of learning that went down, you can read yesterday's Storify.

Despite being physically exhausted from the day, I came home feeling energized from new connections and inspired to keep going these last few weeks of the school year. There are a lot of people doing really cool things in the Puget Sound region, and I'm glad I got to connect with them. Amazing things can happen when passionate and positive people band together and lead the way. I am truly thankful to be a part of the EdCamp movement. 

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