I’m back from edcamp Philly feeling rejuvenated and inspired by all the great minds and ideas. I’m ready to begin gathering an organizing team to plan edcamp South Florida. If you are interested, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or send me a tweet @akenuam.
Here’s my presentation from the unconference on audio and video podcasting made easy. If you need a more in depth discussion on the who, what, why, and how of podcasting in education, check out blog 1 and blog 2 of the podcasting series.
My favorite informational edcamp presentation was hosted by Dr. Joyce Valenza (@joycevalenza) and David Jakes (@djakes) about the future of student research including trends, resources, and sample student projects. Check out her library research wiki and be sure to visit her Google search options glogster to get a taste of all the amazing search options Google offers kids for completing more authentic research.
I also learned about the Access My Library gale app which will allow you to research library databases near you, evernote – a more advanced information organizational tool which can be accessed online, on your computer, or via an app, and Project Foundry, an online learning management system. Check them out!
My favorite discussion-based edcamp presentation was hosted by Arron Eyler (@aaron_eyler). This quote from Aaron’s reflections on edcamp best illustrates the discussion – “We create elaborate lesson plans, intricate assignment sheets, and detailed rubrics that prevent the creativity and curiosity we are trying to cultivate.”
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