A fairly common word now in New Zealand education, but one that doesn't lose any of it's stamina as the years go by. This year saw my 5th year of attending Educamps and I love them. It's such an awesome chance to catch up with amazing tweeps, bloggers and educators from around New Zealand.
Christchurch - Burnside High
This year I travelled to Christchurch for their first educamp run by Pauline and Anne. It was great to be surrounded by a new set of faces and people. They are such strong educators who have been pushing through some pretty hard times. It was hard to be in the centre of town and see the devastation that has occurred in Christchurch. Being there was so much more than seeing it on the nightly news. But the educators that were in the room were passionate, keen and had a great sense of humour. The conversations that went on ranged from BYOD, Daily 5 through to iPads and mobile technologies. It was great to finally get to meet awesome edutweeps like Judykmck who has helped me a lot with Daily 5/CAFE understanding and ideas through her sharing. Paulinehendog and many others! I had the chance to take along a educamp newbie from Christchurch Aimee and converted her to the educamp way. She's already looked to sign up her husband and a few others for padcamp in a few weeks time! Find out more and see some more pics about eduCamp Chch here in a post from Anne.
Auckland - Stonefields School
I arrived a bit late and educamp was in full swing. A packed room, in fact so packed that the participants were listening from the outside of the room. It started with a full on smackdown with a list of people to share that got bigger as people were standing up to present. From here we broke off into each of the different areas. It was nice to have a chance to have a look around Stonefields and see a new school. Some nice spaces and areas and a fabulous play area for the kids. We had a great bounce on the bouncey floor in the playground at the end of the day (who said they were made for kids!)
There was another huge array of conversations of offer in Auckland. BYOD, iPads, Daily 5, Minecraft... just to name a small array of topics. For more information check out the shared Google Doc that gets created at each eduCamp to help capture the day.
I had the chance to be involved in another great round of discussion about Daily 5 and CAFE with a bunch of teachers who are already using it and those that are keen to use it. It was great to talk to some other teachers who had been implementing it in their class and look at how they adapt and change elements to work for them. This year Daily 5 has unfolded into different parts in my class and the CAFE element has as well. I've been able to pick the best of the best from last year and am using it to suit the students I have in front of me. One of the great things I love about the management and set up of Daily 5.
The day was another great chance to network and catch up with another round of fabulous bloggers and edutweeps. I had a chance to meet some new ones too and form some new twitter connections. One of the best things about this day is the people. There is something powerful about being in a room full of passionate and keen educators and being a part of those conversations. So, if you are interested... or just curious... check out the educamp wiki to see when the next one near you is happening!
Long live Educamps!
Just a couple of the reasons I go to eduCamp - amazing educators!