Tech Camp 2015 is in the books, and we had three great days with Michigan educators. We had more than 80 people join us, and I want to take a moment to reflect on the learning and to share some of the resources from presenters.
First up, reflection:
1. Three hour workshops are an excellent way to really dig into a topic and provide opportunities for sharing and practice. Our participants were able to provide perspectives from various grade levels and content areas in ways that both enhanced and challenged others. They also created and explored in the midst of the learning, and many produced products that they can use in the fall.
2. Small group sessions (5-15 people) may be the optimal size for workshops. Individuals could get help when needed, but there were still enough people to create rich discussions.
3. It is crucial to be focused and intentional with tech integration as it is easy to get overwhelmed with all the tech possibilities. Teachers should start by asking what they want to teach and then find the best way(s) to teach it. They shouldn’t start with a tool or platform. That being said, having a general knowledge of what’s available will lead to better decisions on tools and approaches.
Session resources (if links are not present, contact presenter directly for more):
- All Things Google Drive and Google Classroom (from Matt Becker)
- Many Faces of the Flipped Classroom (from Dan Spencer)
- Getting the Most out of Google Forms (from Dave Tchozewski)
- The Google you Didn’t Know About and OER (from Ron Houtman)
- Formative Assessments with Formative and Promoting Learning with Gamification (from Andrew Steinman)
- Internet Orienteering and LMS Smackdown (from Craig Steenstra)
- Cooperative Learning (from Sarah Wood)
- Support/Facilitating Student Projects with Ed Tech (from Nate Langel)
- The Chrome Zone (from Heather Robotham)
- On the Road Again: Making Learning Accessible from Mobile Devices (from Anne Thorp)
- Get S’more from iPad (from Carol Glanville)
- Teach Like a Transformer (from Keith Tramper)
Thanks to everyone who made this event happen. We hope the growth will continue through the summer, into the 2015-16 school year, and beyond.