I want to do something a little different this week. Last weekend, two edcamps were held at the same time. One in London (edcampldn) and one in Tilbury (edcampswo). It was a very interesting day in risk taking for the organizers. First, you have to do the math – bring 100 connected teachers together and you’ll need at least capacity for 200 devices. On top of that, a couple of sessions were held collaboratively through Google Hangouts and a Google Document. Both sites appear to have done it successfully. Congratulations to the organizers.
One of the best ways to measure success is to gauge the reaction from the participants. During the event, of course, monitoring the Twitter hashtags is the best way to go.
But, after the event, blogging is the way to go. Even better, when you get new bloggers, you know that you’ve changed the reflective practice of some. In this post, I’d like to identify the blog posts that I found as professional educators share their learning and their thoughts about their learning.
- Managers Get You Into Trouble, Leaders Get Your Out-Highlights From #edcampswo
- EdCampSWO — Life Long Learning
- What CAN I Learn Today? #edCampSWO #edCampLDN
- EdCamp London
- Thoughts from EdCampSWO
- What makes great PD?
- Growth Mindset
- What if we are actually supposed to reinvent the wheel?
- #EdcampSWO Take-Aways: The Morning
- #EdCampSWO – What Makes a Great Leader?
- Uncomfortable in edu is the new norm – A Shot at Stepping out of the Comfort Zone
- My Reflections from edcampSWO
That’s about what I was able to find. If you did blog about either event and I didn’t find you, please let me know below in the comments.
I’ve already added the new bloggers to the Ontario Edubloggers Livebinder. If there are any more new education bloggers, I’d love to add them. Remember, if you want to know about Ontario Education, talk or read an Ontario Educator.
To all those involved, don’t let this be a traditional one shot in the dark event. Keep the conversation and the learning going.
Doug Belshaw shared an interesting link the other day. I’ve been playing with it and it only serves to reinforce just how learning Web Literacy really isn’t a linear process.
This project is based on the Web Literacy Map, essentially a list of skills that one should work at to be web literate. It’s a traditional presentation with categories and specific learnings within the categories. It’s a very good listing and, by itself, should be printed and stuck into any planning documentation for teaching web literacy.
Then, move on to Doug’s work. I’m guessing that you’ll need more than a quick look to completely understand what’s going on.
Each of the categories has two active buttons…
- what should I know?
- what can I learn next?
Before you dig deeply, click on each of them and see what happens. You’ll immediately see what I mean when I indicate that the learning is not linear. I imagined myself working in a web of connections with plenty of overlap and interactions.
Instead of a roadmap, it’s a realistic interactive overview of potential learnings and next steps.
I like the approach – it’s not the sort of thing that lends itself easy for developing lessons, but I really like the concept of empowering the learner with independent research. “I know this”, therefore “I need to learn that”.
If you can’t use that approach with students right away, try it on yourself.