Sunday, July 19, 2015

One down, one to go—you in for for Day 2 of Edcamp #teachSDA?

***UPDATE*** We didn't end up doing our 2nd day of Edcamp, which is totally fine. (I, for one, was ready to take a day off!) But we do plan on repeating these once a month, so make sure you stay tuned to Twitter and Google+ for updates of when that's happening!

Well, it happened! After a day of preparing, a group of almost 20 Adventist educators got together and did the first grassroots #teachSDA Edcamp! It was a great experience, and I think that most people really got something or another out of it. Here's the report of what went down:

  • At 8:30pm ET / 5:30pm PT, Stephen Bralley and I got onto our amazing, answer-to-prayer Unconference software (thanks to MIT Media Lab for making it possible!) and started video chatting on a Google Hangout. We tested out the software with other attendees and made sure their video chat was working.
  • After around 30 minutes, with around 15 people in the room, we developed some topics that we would be interested in talking about and, after some voting and discussion, separated into two groups: Standards-based Grading and Social Media for Professional Development.
  • After almost 45 minutes of talking, many of us met back in the main Lobby area of the Unconference software to determine some new topics for the second session. While a number of people left (due to it being well past 10pm on the East Coast), a decent number of us hung around and had our own free-flowing second session where we talked briefly about paperless classrooms, technology integration, 1:1 environments, Bring-Your-Own-Device systems (BYOD), and so much more. After a while of talking, we ended the Edcamp #teachSDA unconference, happily and inspired!
So now, the big question is "When is this happening again?". Some people sounded like they'd be excited to do this once a month or so, which I think we're really capable of doing. However, let's set our sights higher—is there any way we can do this again tomorrow?

So here is the big offer—if we can get at least 10 people to sign up for an encore presentation of Edcamp #teachSDA, we'll do this again tomorrow, July 20th, at 9pm ET / 6pm PT, same time, same place. I know there were a number of people who weren't able to make the tech work, and others had things come up. If you're willing and able to take another shot, let's make this a two-day thing!