Edcamp Fort Wayne is excited to officially announce that we will be coming from you live in 2014 from one of the newest additions of the IPFW campus: THE FIELDHOUSE! This innovative space always for great flexibility and provides just the right atmosphere to kick things off and eventually spread our wings to even greater numbers in the future. Can May 3rd get here any quicker?!
I recently read a post about EdcampLA from David Theriault. EdcampLA took place on February 22nd and had some amazing sessions. In Theriault’s post, he threw out some session ideas that I thought would be cool to see make there way to the Midwest in May.
Before/After Car Ride Session:
If you are driving to an edcamp by yourself you are BLOWING it. Many of my best edcamp moments have come while driving with someone else in my car.
So take the initiative and start a movement with those who live near you. Even if they live 30 minutes away have everyone meet in one place and then drive together. There is something about a car conversation that encourages fun and deep thinking.
Fear not friends. I have one word for you: Voxer. Voxer is a phone app that looks like this.
If you are familiar with WhatApp it’s similar except that you do some “walkie-talkie stuff” and let the messages play all in a row while you are driving. Here’s a short feature list:
- You can form groups around subjects or tasks
- You can have quick comments like Twitter
- You can include audio clips, photos, or text.
- The longer Voxes start to feel like micro blogging. It’s really cool.
So download the Voxer app and start a Voxer group to talk before and after the event. It’s better than “insert song here.”
Before or After Meal Session:
Why does Edcamp Fort Wayne have to be limited to what happens during the day of? Plan a pre- or post-Edcamp meal to continue the conversations and extend the connections you made. This is a great chance for you to one of human natures favorite pastimes (EATING) and learning from some awesome new people at the same time.
I had never heard of this before seeing it at EdcampLA. As Theriault puts it, “Probably the punkest session title was created by Scott Bedley of Bedley Brothers Vlogcast fame. Scott created a session that centered around “what do you do in the class that technically you aren’t supposed to do, but you do anyways because it’s good for kids. I wasn’t in this session, but I heard more buzz about this session than any other session. Hit Scott up if you want to learn more. BTW should the 2014 Orange County teacher of the year be running a session on how to subvert the educational process? Yes… yes he should.”
Share Fair Session:
What is wrong with a bunch of people getting together in a room and just sharing ideas? My friend Mike Kaechele did this at the New Tech Conference last Summer and it was sweet! The ideas and lessons we are most passionate about is at the CORE of teaching and what better way to maximize Edcamp Fort Wayne then implementing a Maker Faire mindset.
Photo Walk Session:
Theriault continues, “I wanted to do six things with our photowalk:
- Introduce the idea of a photowalk: showing how fun and educational it can be to go outside and take pictures as a group
- Share the awesome learning space of edcampLA the Center for Early Education. I can’t thank the CEE Head of School (Reveta Bowers) enough. I’ll get back to the facility later in this post.
- Introduce the idea of sharing your learning with the world using photos and photo apps
- Share some photo apps and a few tips and tools
- Talk about using photos as an analogy for various learning experiences and curriculum points.
It was unfortunate that Bill Selak who helped me facilitate the photowalk wasn’t there for the end of the session. Sharing the photos and talking about them and how people edited/manipulated the photos was a highlight for me.”
What a cool idea to introduce a learning strategy and encourage visual thinking.
Design Thinking Session:
Moss Pike facilitated this session and it was one of those sessions where you are tweeting out: “get your donkey in HERE!” If you missed the first ten minutes of the session you missed on how it all ties together. Besides sharing the idea of design thinking, they USED design thinking to attack the problem of increasing time for collaboration. Each time they hit on an “answer” or “question” they asked WHY and dove deeper into the initial question.
Make It Right Club Session:
By far one of my favorite ideas from EdcampLA. How many times do you use a worksheet and think man, I could have done something different with that. The Make It Right Club is at the heart of this idea. Participants take their worksheets and examine how they could be turned into something useful. Re-purposing education for better use. How awesome is that!
Teacher Confession Session:
This was the first time I had ever heard of this, but check out this post on running a teacher confession session.
Instructional Rounds Session:
Sean Ziebarth wasn’t going to facilitate a single session because he just wanted to learn from others. Totally respectable and admirable. He ended up running an instructional rounds session and it looked awesome. What a wonderful opportunity to show Instructional Rounds (IR) in action. David explains, “After a brief introduction he took his entire group to a session or two so they could observe instruction and engagement and then they returned to their classroom/session to debrief and share their observations. Try doing that during a paid conference.”
We are proud to announce that our newest sponsor for Edcamp Fort Wayne 2014 is IPEVO. IPEVO is an innovative company that focuses on making versatile teaching tools instead of specialized “classroom equipment.” As their website states, “We go beyond the usual conventions of classroom technology — large, expensive, specialized and complex — to rethink simple and flexible solutions for interactive teaching in today’s classrooms.”
We welcome IPEVO to the Edcamp Fort Wayne family!
2013 was an exciting and invigorating year for Edcamp Fort Wayne. Not only did it mark the birth of our adventure, but it saw the relationships and ideas developed at EdcampFW flourish. Take a look at the follow-up article by Sherry Slater as we reflect on 2013 and get ready for Edcamp Fort Wayne 2014!
Recently, Katrina Fried of the Huffington Post shared commentary on the shared ideas and principles many of the best educators in the United States have. Here are the twelve rules for teachers to follow she narrowed it down to:
Rule 1: Rules are made to be broken.
“Really good education is all about risk-taking and about making a mess; learning is chaotic, right?”–Michael Goodwin, English teacher at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School in Concord, MA and founder of the experimental interdisciplinary high school program–Rivers and Revolutions
Rule 2: All for one, and one for all.
“On the first day of school I always tell my students that our classroom is their second home and that our class is an extension of their family. I believe this is just as important as creating an exceptional curriculum.”–Alma Suney Park, 6th grade teacher at Eastside College Preparatory in East Palo Alto, CA
Rule 3: Bring your passions into the classroom.
“As a professional spoken-word poet, I try to embody how learning to read and write well serves a purpose beyond the academic. These are critical skills that have the power to open up new worlds of opportunities. My poetry provides an entry point for my students to engage in literature, and empowers them to delve into text when they may have otherwise been hesitant to do so.”–Clint Smith, English teacher at Parkdale High School in Riverdale, MD
Rule 4: Never teach to the test.
“Exceptional test scores, brilliant job applicants, and competitive colleges should simply be by-products of a great education, not the sole purpose of it.”–Josh Anderson, English teacher and debate coach at Olathe Northwest High School in Olathe, KS and 2007 Kansas Teacher of the Year
Rule 5: Keep it real.
“If you’re willing to take a little bit of a risk with some of your curriculum and experiment with more hands-on experiences with the kids, you can develop programs that are so much better adapted to the needs of the particular students you’re teaching, offering them real ways to apply their learning instead of just passively receiving information.”–Daryl Bilandzija, English, ecology, and theater teacher at Odyssey Charter School in Altadena, CA
Rule 6: There is no such thing as an un-teachable child.
“My students are kids just like any other kids. Of course they can learn. Of course they can love school. Of course they can build good relationships. Of course they have a voice. They just need to learn how to use it.”–Julia King, math and reading at DC Prep Edgewood Middle Campus in Washington, DC and 2013 DC Teacher of the Year
Rule 7: Necessity is the mother of all invention.
“So here I was, a first-year teacher, with 250 students and a hundred-dollar budget. My solution was bucket drumming. I had the idea to go to Home Depot and buy a bunch of five-gallon paint buckets to use as drums. The kids loved it . . . . This is my fourth year now, and it’s really taken off. The program has created almost a mini-culture of young drummers roaming around Philadelphia’s public schools.”–Jason Chuong, itinerant music teacher in the School District of Philadelphia, PA
Rule 8: Produce good people, not just good students.
“The greatest challenge I face is to teach my students to be honorable in a dishonorable world. I want them to be decent even though they are growing up in an environment surrounded by indecency and a media that celebrates awful behavior . . . . My job is to show children that there is an alternative way to live one’s life.”–Rafe Esquith, 5th grade teacher at Hobart Boulevard Elementary School in Los Angeles, CA
Rule 9: The future is now.
“Technology has changed my teaching and directly affected my students’ learning. It’s not that I consciously try to plan a lesson that has technology in it. It’s just that it’s woven in. It’s almost invisible.”–Jo-Ann Fox, 4th grade teacher at Reidy Creek Elementary School in Escondido, CA
Rule 10: Be the person you want your students to become.
“In order to expect commitment from my students, I must first demonstrate my own commitment to each of them. I take the time to try to understand each of them personally; I make myself available during lunch hours, free periods, and after school . . . . Through seeing that my motivations lie with their success and not my own track record, the students come to their own conclusions about my sincerity. It is after this realization that I begin to see my students, one by one, meeting me halfway.”–Jane Klir Viau, AP statistics and microeconomics teacher at the Frederick Douglass Academy 1 in New York City, NY
Rule 11: You can’t do it alone.
“Success does not occur in isolation . . . . It’s only because of the teacher next door, the teacher down the hall. It’s because of the secretaries. It’s because of the administration. It’s because of a whole staff working together to try and make good things happen. The magic formula in education is not hiring the right person. It’s hiring the right group of people, who all want to achieve the same goals.”–Jeffrey Charbonneau, physics, chemistry, engineering, and architecture teacher at Zillah High School in Zillah, WA and 2013 National Teacher of the Year
Rule 12: Be a student of your students.
“Teaching reflects you. If you can look at that reflection, you will really learn about yourself. That humbles me and brings me to tears when I talk about it. Because in the beginning, I was scared of what I saw. Kids find the cracks in your armor. It is not that they set out to, they just do. But if you are willing to step back and reflect, you can grow so much. It is a wonderful, unexpected caveat. You think you are going to teach, but boy, do you learn. I have come to understand that, truly, I am my students’ student.” –Jay Hoffman, multimedia, broadcasting, and social media teacher at Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School in South Burlington, VT and 2013 Vermont Teacher of the Year