There are a few professional days each year that I live for. Conferences that I look forward to as anchors to my year--where I go to learn, reconnect with friends, and re-energize. I can't imagine being a teacher without these few events each year. NCTE, the Dublin Literacy Conference, the Literacy Connection, All Write. They have become part of who I am. This week, I added a new anchor to my list--#nerdcampbc. For those of you that missed out on #nerdcampbc, this is the brainchild of Colby Sharp and you can learn more about it on the nerdcamp site.
|Thank goodness Sherry told me about #nerdcamp!|
|Colby and Donalyn at dinner Wednesday night.|
|Alaina explains the board!|
We built the sessions that morning and it was such a hard decision as to which sessions to attend. Travis at 100 Scope Notes has a great post on how the day worked if you've never attended an Edcamp. I must say, the energy in the room was amazing. It was just a huge party of excitement about how it would turn out. It felt like a big game show, with Colby as our host. I loved watching the process as new sessions were added to the board and the program came together. And I love that Colby had this Literacy Edcamp idea at all--the idea of Edcamp with a Literacy focus made it all the more fun to watch unfold.
I attended four great sessions. I learned more about Evernote for record keeping and lesson planning from Cathy Mere, Karen Terlecky Alaina Sharp in Session A2. I learned about Motivating Reading and Writing Through Technology from Donalyn Miller and Suzanne Gibbs in Session B2. In Session 3 I learned about Sister Classrooms from Brian Wyzlic and Jillian Heise. (We also continued the #hatback conversation here..). And in Session 4, I learned about Battle of the Books and One Book, One School from Sherry Gick and Kathy Burnette.
A great thing about #nerdcamp is that all the sessions had a notetaker so you can access the notes of sessions you attended or sessions you could not attend right from the Google Doc/Idea Board. I'm pretty sure I'll be exploring the thinking for weeks. It was a truly great set up for continuing the conversation and it is a great resource for those who could not attend #nerdcamp.
The Twitter hashtag is another great way to join in on the conversation that is still going on (#nerdcampbc).
And then there were prizes!! Such a great way to end a great day!
|The Real Boy!!|
Finally, it was time to say goodbye to Old Friends and New Friends! No one seemed tired as everyone was so happy and energized and already looking forward to next year's #nerdcamp!
#Nerdcampbc is definitely an event I will try to plan my future summers around because I never want to miss it. It was a day that made me happy. So many great new friends. So much great learning. A perfect summer day in my opinion.
THANK YOU, #nerdcampbc Team!
|Thank You, #nerdcampbc Team!|