Recently I was lucky enough to attend my second EdCamp in Denver. Some things were different on this go round. First, the initial paper signup sheet was gone, replaced by a google doc. No problem there since it saved a step for the organizers and gave everyone easy access to notes. Secondly I led a session, but in a new way. I tried to be more “guide on the side” and allow for plenty of sharing among the participants.
So, what was my topic? E-portfolios. One of my personal purposes was to find out what other educators were using in terms of platforms and how they were using them to assess student work. It surprised me that many teachers were still searching for platforms and protocols themselves. One revelation was that not everyone was clear on the purpose of e-portfolios. Fortunately, I found a great website that explains the why and how of e-portfolios. If you’re interested in this topic, take a look at the site here. (Not?) Surprisingly there are many quotes from Austin Kleon’s book there. (The connections continue.)
What other topics were discussed that day? Using Video in the Classroom, Blended Learning, Gamification, Personalized Professional Learning, Problem Based Learning, Twitter, Schoology, Google Apps in the Classroom, and Makerspaces, to name a few. Fortunately for all of us, there are extensive notes shared with the world here. Edcamps are great places to hangout, network, learn, share, and you don’t need a sleeping bag 🙂