Skyline High School–beautiful graffiti-style murals, long hallways, factory green paint, that unmistakable high school aroma…
Welcome to edcampsfbay!
We signed in, got our swag bags and checked the session board. Clearly we were in good hands–organized, friendly, diverse. And this was the first time I was meeting Twitter folks face to face–how cool! @Dowbiggin was at check-in, I spied @teachingwithsoul across the room and @McTeach was outside. And then the card trading… oh yeah, I have a business card now. How weird.
Sessions were good but I must highlight the conversation spearheaded by @McTeach called Where are you??!?! She threw out the question–Where are all the teachers? Why aren’t more folks plugged in to edcamp?
It was a great conversation–apathy, full plates, testing pressure, geography, infrastructure, motivation, fear… Lots of ideas around lack of attendance and interest in ed tech. What could be more inviting for educators–quality PD, free, in the neighborhood, not required, lots of choice, collaborative, casual… it seems like the perfect fit. So Where are you?!?!
Tina got us circling around PR… could we piggyback on Fall CUE for the next edcamp? How do we market the project better to reach outside the circle of folks who are already fired up?
No real answers here, but I sure am motivated. Just a few at a time–I’ll take it. Push and pull for a few converts at a time. More training, more support, more hand-holding… It will click one way or another–tools for teachers or tools for students. I’ll take either one as a first step.
On comment is sticking with me (more of a question): How do we move ed tech from substitution for old ways to transformation of the whole teaching/learning model? Maybe this is part of the problem. We present from a substitution point of view and never get to the transformative part. Ideally the conversation would come around to that but it doesn’t. How about starting with transformation? What does that look like?
Thanks @McTeach–all fired up in Petaluma!