We began our Technology Innovation class today by looking at EdCamp and the benefits that this format has, both as a method of professional learning for teachers and as a form of learning within the classroom. This format allows educators to create personalized discussion sessions that are engaging and learner-driven, and allow participants to share their own experiences and expertise.
To experience the EdCamp model ourselves, we were given time during class to choose education-related topics that we felt were relevant. We each then ‘voted’ on our top three topics of interest, and the top four topics were each given a different location in the MacLaurin building. The topic that I chose to attend was Outdoor Environments, which lead to some great conversations about the varied experiences that we each had during our elementary and secondary years across BC, as well as the experiences that we wanted to eventually change or recreate in our own classrooms.
I think that this is a great way to share learning as educators, and I also like that it can be adapted to utilize within the elementary and middle school classroom. Sharing personal expertise and experiences is a great way to learn, and students always love when they can feel like the ‘expert’ in something!