I just wanted to say thanks to Cindy Dixon and crew for hosting Ed Camp Savannah. I am so excited for Ed Camp Roswell in March. It’s refreshing to hang out with great educators who are doing great things in their classrooms.
Here are a few topics we covered:
Gamification: Marvin Fuller a technology teacher in Savannah shared a great session on gamifying the classroom and the reasons kids respond so well. Even if you don’t want to go full throttle on a gamified classroom, there are some good take-aways that are worth considering.
Adobe Voice - It was presented as focusing on teachers using it in the classroom, but I can see using it as a great resource for quick student visual presentations. (iPad only right now.)
Improving online discussions: This was a round table focusing on improving online engagement. Some of the take-aways:
She focused on Carol Dweck’s research.
All in all, the ed camp was awesome. No administrators with an agenda or checklist. No one was there that didn’t want to be. People came from all over and shared their passions with each other.
This is the way professional development should be. We’ll take a lot of what they did and incorporate it in our upcoming Ed Camp in Roswell.
Scott Kent is an English teacher and technology innovator in Roswell, GA, who is also an avid programmer and technology evangelist. Believing that technology integration in schools should mirror technology use in the world, Scott has focused on helping teachers and students use technology in meaningful and practical applications. In addition to teaching English, Scott has also taught many other classes ranging from tech theatre, adaptive art, yearbook, and most recently AP Computer Science A. Teaching such a variety of courses has given him a unique perspective in how technology can and should be used in schools.
New to the Ed Camp scene, Scott has quickly realized the benefit of providing teachers with opportunities to learn from each other without the formalized setting generally associated with education conferences. Just like students, teachers learn best when they feel invested, see the practical benefit of what they are learning, and have the opportunity to actively participate with the material. Ed Camps seem custom made to meet these goals.