Today I took my mom to her first EdCamp. For those of you who don't know what an EdCamp is let me explain... EdCamps are an "unconference" type of professional development where participants decide what they want to discuss, explore, share, etc. The agenda is made the day of the event and particpants "vote with their feet" which means, if the session is not meeting their needs, no worries, they are free to go to a different session!
If you haven't been to an EdCamp before you should go. Period. They are that good. There is nothing like passionate educators getting together on the weekend talking tech and talking about redefining what teaching and learning should look like. Knowing this, I brought my mom along for her first EdCamp experience. It was awesome to see her dive right in and explore, share, and contribute to the conversations that were taking place. She even helped a teacher open a Twitter account and change her profile picture! Those of you who know my sweet lilttle mamacita know that she is a tiny firecracker. Today she became known as a #techsavvymom! Watching my mom live a piece of the bigger vision that was shared today was priceless. Many times she just turned to me and said, "Wow! Oh my word! This is awesome!" I know Mom. I know.
During #EdCamp605 I attended 3 sessions. The sessions were: Mystery Skype, K-2 Tech Integration, and My Favorite Things. I LOVED these sessions and met some great new friends! I also connected with others in my PLN and my Twitter friends became friends in real life! Some takeaways from today: I can't wait to share about Mystery Skype in #fsdtech and have more classrooms try it out. If anyone is interested, check out https://education.skype.com/mysteryskype and have fun!