Reflections on EdCampNYC

Sorry this took me almost a week… better late than never!

Having registered for EdCampNYC in June, I had been looking forward to this conference for a very long time.  When we arrived at The School at Columbia (@sarah_ludwig and I), we registered and went to the session board. We really had a hard time deciding which to attend– there were so many awesome choices. I felt like a “knew” so many of the presenters… from Twitter. For the first time ever, this conference’s name tags included Name: and Twitter Name:  There was no “School” or “Title”. @sarah_ludwig and I roamed around the breakfast connecting faces with the twitter names we saw in our PLN every day.  It was GREAT!

Photo Credit: laurahollis525

The first session, Student Research Vision of the Future, with@joycevalenza and @elemenous, was absolutely amazing. Standing room only…. A discussion unfolded about how student research has changed- “Now students need electronic organizers, including collaborative ones”. I thought about how Diigo has changed the way I do research and I completely agree that this is the way students need to conduct their research resulting in greater efficiency and effectiveness.  Joyce also said “It doesn’t matter that the tools will certainly continue to change – they need to learn them now, it will help them learn the next tools”. This is SO true… the more tools you learn, the more flexible you become in learning new ones! Something else from this session really hit home– @mbteach talked about how she tried to teach two tools at once and realized that it was too much. I had the same exact experience… I tried Glogster and Diigo in one day with my Algebra class and then even made the mistake of trying two tools again with Google Docs and Diigo at a writing workshop. DID NOT WORK! So- live and learn! Great advice and a great session! Thanks to everyone who participated. Here are the notes from this session.

The second session, Using Skype in the Classroom, with @dancallahan and @mbteach, was also great. We used a cool model of giving each student a “job” in the skyping session (researcher, note-taker, moderator, librarian, etc.) that way everyone felt like they were a part of the discussion.  In order to make the session “real” and test out our roles, we skyped with #edcampcitrus happening in Central Florida and exchanged questions. So much fun! @joycevalenza had some great advice about not only skyping with famous authors, but other experts in the field. @iPodsibilities shared the way that she uses Skype in her English class– while reading “To Kill a Mockingbird”, the class Skypes a class down south to learn, first hand, about the customs and traditions of the south. Here are the notes from our session.

After a relaxing lunch at Mel’s Burger Bar, the afternoon continue to enlighten. We attended DigiTeen, a global digital citizenship project with @billcamp. It’s amazing what kids can do, having never met each other, from across the globe! Here is a link to the project.

The final session of the day, Going Global, with @asiasocietypgl and @elemenous was an amazing sharing session about global collaborative projects. @elemenos shared her Global Education Collaborative Ning. I joined the ning and I am looking forward to exploring these resources. Take a look at all these resources from the Global Education Conference! Thanks
@elemenous! @donbuckley shared that making a “personal connection” with the organization with which you are trying to collaborate made for successful projects at his school.  Other bits of advice included- keep the technology simple. @asiasocietypgl presented the Asia Society and we discussed what it means for a student to be globally competent. Here is a resource that was shared: Assessing Global Competence .

The day ended in the multipurpose room with so many give aways and raffle prizes. I didn’t actually win anything but felt like a winner for having met so many of my tweeps and for having learned so much. Thanks to the organizers of EdCampNYC. It was fantastic!