Another wonderful day of FREE PD and networking has taken place. EdCamp Central Nebraska took place at Grand Island High School this past Saturday. About 50 people were in attendance for this very informative and fun day. The Huskers game was followed on twitter using #Huskers. It was nice to see a couple of other ESU7 teachers and even a student in attendance. Craig Badura (@mrbadura) and Heather Callihan (@callihan) did a wonderful job planning this event.
The first part of the morning was spent planning the sessions. If you wanted to present, you could, if not, you could participate. One of the best parts of an EdCamp is the sessions are planned that morning. Another one of the best parts, if you don’t like the session that you are in, get up and go to another one.
I feel that the best sessions to attend are the ones that discussions happen in. For example, I led a session on “Being a Connected Educator”. I started the session by saying what I though a connected educator was and then opened the floor up for more discussion. As it turns out, there was one person in that session that wasn’t on Twitter. He wasn’t sure it was for him, but from the discussion and asking questions he signed up later in the day. The sharing of how, why and all the benefits we see from it convinced him to give it a try. I don’t know that would have happened in a “sit-and-get” session.
Another great part of the day was being able to connect with other EdCamps going on the same day. EdCamp Colorado, EdCamp Minneapolis-St. Paul, and EdCamp Dallas were all joined at some point with a Google Hangout. (Side note: another great way to be a connected educator.)
The networking before sessions started, during the sessions, during breaks, at lunch, and after session had finished is almost as good, if not better than the sessions themselves. (Another side note: Don’t do sit-down on a Husker game day at BW3’s or get lost on the way back to the EdCamp. Sorry those that were riding with me and @edcampcrane.)
I will keep going to as many EdCamps as I can (and my wife will let me) because it is such a valuable learning day. Not just for the content, but as I have stated before, the networking. So, if I am going to an EdCamp and you are going through Columbus or on the way: I will drive!