I attended another EdCamp and had a blast learning and connecting with educators from all over Missouri and some from other states! EdCamp Leader is an annual event for edu leaders all across the country
Here is a link to the official EdCamp Leadership Twitter. I'll provide a summary of the sessions that I went to and other highlights from the day.
SESSION 1: GET YOUR LEADERSHIP FREAK ON
I have to be honest and say that part of me chose this session primarily because I was interested to see people get their freak on..I wondered if I'd see a break dance contest or a rap battle. What actually occurred was probably a much better use of time and I honestly can say that I learned a lot!
The session started out with a conversation that I have been a part of many times... Educators (teachers, admin, etc) want to make change, but they don't feel they have the freedom to do so! Many suggestions were offered, but here are a few key take-aways from this conversation:
We also discussed different team building ideas. Here are a couple of my favorite ideas that were thrown out:
One of my favorite topics that came up during this session had to do with learning environments and where to start. Here are some key take-aways from this part of the conversation:
During my first session, these two books were tossed out as good reads. Be sure to check them out! Both book covers are linked to Amazon.
SESSION 2: REINFORCING DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP K-12
Anytime I am involved in a conversation about Digital Citizenship, I end up having a soap box moment, similar to my feelings on the term "21st Century Skills." I don't think it's appropriate any more to refer to skills as "21st Century Skills," we're 16 years into the 21st century for crying out loud! At this point, these are necessary life skills that all people should have in order to participate in society, but that's another conversation for another time.
In my opinion, teaching the skills associated with Digital Citizenship is important, but I wonder, at what point in time will we stop separating Digital Citizenship from regular Citizenship? Why are there a separate set of expectations for a person's digital presence from their real-life presence? Obviously there are some key skills that only relate to an online presence, but I wish we could move forward to a point where we realize that these all need to be taught together.
With that being said, here are a few take-away ideas from this conversation:
I got to ride the KC Streetcar for the first time today and it was awesome!
For the third session, we rode the streetcar to River Market for lunch. I know this sounds like it has nothing to do with education, but it did - PROMISE!
As we rode the streetcar up and down the track, we discussed ways to connect students with the city we live in! What resources are available and what places could we bring students to? Check out this collaborative map we created during this session.
IN THE END..This really was an incredible day. I had a lot of fun networking and learning from other educators in KC and beyond. If you've never been to an EdCamp..make it a priority for this coming year! You won't regret it!
Danny Todtfield | Elkhorn Instructional Coach
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