This past Saturday saw over 120 educators giving up a morning of sleeping in and a day of lounging about to meet at an “unconference” in Murrieta, California. An unconference, for those who don’t know, is a free, participant-driven professional development event. No sessions are planned; no official speakers are hired; no money changes hands. Attendees determine what it is they want to discuss and/or share, and the schedule is created on the spot. See the Edcamp Murrieta site for the quick video explanation of this phenomenon.
Edcamps and other unconferences are becoming all the rage. Why? Simple. Peers sharing best practices, resources, and ideas, and hashing out what it means to be an educator these days is an opportunity most of us won’t pass up. This is about getting together with others equally as passionate about our careers and the kiddos we teach. It’s amazing! I highly recommend it.
For those who missed this awesomely inspiring day, here are some goodies to explore:
- Apps and web resources: AppSlam
- Create an app for your own event: Yapp
- Find interactive lessons for CCSS, share resources with students, etc.: gooru beta
- Still confused about how Twitter works? Mom This is How Twitter Works (site)
- An app for collaborative reading. Haven’t seen it yet? Go now: Subtext
- A recap blog post by one of Edcamp Murrieta’s organizers: Thoughts By Jen
Overall, the day was a hit! I’m super excited to attend another one. I thank all those who worked hard to get this event rolling. I thank all of those educators who came and participated. You inspire me. You inspire others. Keep it up.
And did I mention – they fed us??? Delightful homemade goodies. Ah. The life.