The Daring Librarian
Special Guest Blogger for EdCamp
AtlantaTeacher-Librarian, LJ Mover & Shaker, GCT, ISTE Board of Directors, Speaker, Blogger, SL Steampunk, Den★, Xtc Fan, Pop Culture Ho, Cinephile, Geek, & Goofball!
DC Metro · http://thedaringlibrarian.com
EdCamp Atlanta is dedicated to keeping the learning going throughout the year beyond just the one day of EdCamp. We plan on having face to face meetup events as well as Google Hangout events to meet this goal.
We meet up for the first time after EdCamp Atlanta on October 27, 2012 at 11:30 am ET at the Highland Bakery in Buckhead, Atlanta.
We ate, talked, had fun, then got down to business to discuss the topic of our first Google Hangout event planned for November. Keep an eye out for details about the Google Hangout event coming soon!
Laura McDonald, Nikki D Robertson, Sue Levine, Cindy Dixon, Shelley Paul, Kathy D Shields, Jaime Vandergrift, Wanda McClure.
CrossPost from : Incorporating Social Media In Education K-12
high school english teacher ; k-5 librarian ; summer school principal
varsity basketball coach ; grant writer ; curriculum writer educational consultant ; owner of animated playbook ; basketball consultant educational media presenter ; nationally certified teacher degrees in English, Educational Leadership, & Library Media
Have you ever asked a person why they don’t use social media? Most have some excuse about not having it as a kid, so why should they use it now. It really doesn’t matter what their excuse is because without even saying it, the perception is that they are afraid of using social media or don’t understand the power of it.
In order for educators and others in a role dealing with individuals, there must me an active involvement in the use of social media. You don’t have to be an expert, but if your profession is one of teaching or building relationships with the community, then it might be a good reason to understand and engage in social media. If you are working with young adults and not exposing them to this type of communication, or at least letting them see you in an active role with social media, then you may be doing more harm than good.
Chief idea-spreader, McCombs School of Business,
UT-Austin; co-founder, #innochat; editor-in-chief,
CollaborativeInnovation.org; twangy singer
Austin, Texas · http://collaborativeinnovation.org
Cross post from: http://collaborativeinnovation.org/education-will-be-innovated-one-student-one-teacher-one-classroom-at-a-time/
During an Innochat a year or so ago whose topic was innovation in education, a participant dismissed the Clayton Christensen-Michael Horn book Disrupting Class as “Chicken Soup for the teacher’s soul.”
There was at least one teacher present in that chat — my sister Wanda McClure, principal of Amana Academy, a charter school in Atlanta. Predictably enough she was offended. But the participant was correct, in the most positive way possible.Disrupting Class predicts that technological advances will disrupt education as we currently know it. I assumed, and I think others have to, that that meant technology that would replace the teacher.
What has happened instead is that many teachers, some not just inspired but empowered by the message in Disrupting Class, are exploring and experimenting with technologies. Instead of replacing them, help them extend themselves and innovate new ways to teach.
The jobs-to-be-done that teachers are turning to technology to solve seem to be about connection and collaboration, for themselves and for their students. So will disruption in education start with connected teachers creating connected classrooms?
Discovery STAR Educator, NBCT, Teacher-Librarian, Passionate Technology Club Leader, Adjunct Instructor at Georgia Perimeter College, Change Agent
Cross post from Flat Classrooms: Transforming learning through global collaboration
I just got finished with EdCampATL (an edtech un-conference) and it was such an amazing experience. The venue was the beautiful Woodward Academy Lower School building in College Park GA. I would like to share some of the highlights from the first ever EdCampATL. The fun started on the eve of the event. The organizers tweeted and emailed for volunteers to help set up, promising a good time at a great gastro-pub afterwards.
I happily showed up to help with the pre-conference tasks as did many others, so the party started right away! While I was alphabetizing the name badges, I found out interesting things about three participants within an hour of arriving; Angie Griffin is a pilot, Dr Stan Johnson used to be a music and TV producer and Nancy Blair used to be an air traffic controller! EdCampATL co-founders Nikki Roberston and Wanda McClure stayed on top of all of the tasks to be done and then a large group of us arrived at The Manchester Arms and a fantastic time was had by all and the party ended pretty late!
When I arrived the next morning for my day at EdCampATL, the atmosphere was warm, fun, and inviting. There were big smiles and lots of food! Tom Whitby was nice enough to Skype in for the morning keynote so the day was off to a great start. Next, a fellow library media specialist Paula Boston talked about doing a media specialist trends session and I was either recruited or volunteered to join her. I think it was a little of both. We lucked into a 9:00 am slot because it started before we had time to chicken out. (HA!) Paula has a great presence in a room; She really should consider getting her own daytime TV show! In the spirit of the un-conference there was a lot of sharing. Tanya Hudson, who works in a Clarke county school shared a 5th grade blogging project and and a 4th grade explorers project, Beth Valentine talked about collaboration strategies, Paula Boston shared how she used end computing to turn one host computer into four workstations using only a CPU card, monitors, and keyboards, and I briefly shared how my students used Kerpoof digital storytelling to create fictional characters who teach informational subjects. There were other participants and ideas but we did not appoint a recorder for the session so I am working from memory but now I know how to improve for next time! Our session was over in the blink of an eye. Yay--we did it! We facilitated our first EdCamp session! Thanks, Paula it was a blast!
Later on, I went to an amazing presentation by @amissmac100 on ways to use Kidblogs, even in a busy classroom and Al Elliott gave an informative presentation on google apps and google drive. He also mentioned a program I have never heard of called Scootpad http://scootpad.com/ which looks very promising. After we gathered for lunch, we had the Web 2.0 Smackdown and lots of neat tools were mentioned. I presented zippsliphttps://www.zippslip.com/, which is a new, paperless communication method for schools.
We lucked out at the end of the day when Adam Taylor and Shelly Terrell Skyped in to give us encouragement and words of wisdom!!!! You guys are such rock stars, thanks for taking the time to join us! Also, thank you to all of the organizers, sponsors, participants and Woodward Academy for making this a great day of learning and sharing.
Here is a plug for another event: To keep Southeastern educators smart, mark your calendar for another great informal learning opportunity. TeachMeetGA13 will be hosted at Kennesaw State University Jan 19, 2013-http://teachmeetga.pbworks.com/w/page/27334828/TeachMeet%20Georgia. Check the site out and stay tuned for registration information!
Left to Right-Angie Griffin, Lara McDonald, Janelle Wilson, Nikki Robertson setting up the sign up board.
A mom of a teen and a tween, I also take care of 2 dogs, 2 cats, 1 bird, 2 turtles and two lizards. I volunteer at the Georgia Aquarium and American Heritage Girls. I enjoy finding things to do in the Atlanta area, checking out new gadgets, reading books and much more.
Work from home at Georgia Cyber Academy, Georgia Aquarium volunteer, contributor to The Educator's Room@educatorsroom
Atlanta · http://ashleymclure.blogspot.com
One session from last Saturday was actually titled "AI Discover, Dream, Design, Destiny", led by Dr. Stan Johnson. I wasn't sure exactly what it was referring to (my technical brain immediately changed AI -> Artificial Intelligence), though I was sure my initial thought was wrong. I was correct that I was wrong.
The general idea was called "Pollyanna-ish" even by the person presenting it. The basic idea is to change your thought from "fixing what's broken" to instead looking for the strengths already there to build from. It's very much a "look on the positive side" approach.
The model that we were given had 4 parts that overlapped in the middle for the end result. The first part was Discovery. This is Appreciating or the "Best of what is". This is how you find the strengths to start from. Second came the Dream, or envisioning "what could be". What are you working toward/for? Then is Design, or co-constructing, "what should be". This is also the implementation of your plan. Last is Destiny, to create "what will be".
The start to the whole process is to change the language. Instead of trying to "fix" what is broken, try to build what is going right. For example, if someone isn't sure of their strengths, try changing their resume from timeline format to an abilities based format. Then what the CAN do is listed in an easy form to see.
Once you know what your big goal is, set a reasonable time line for the actions to happen. Work from a small win in the first few days, to the next win. When you get stuck, try to imagine who you know that is successful doing this? Then look to their design to strengthen what you want to happen. If an answer to a question comes back with "I don't know", try asking "What would it look (or feel) like if you DID know?"
The key to all of it may be the ability to adapt. By teaching positive or reinforcing positive strengths, you will find that you will adapt to what is the new position. If you are guiding someone, build in small blocks to reinforce the behavior you want. They will eventually provide the way on their own to get to the point they should be.
Of course, this is all very good in theory. We'll have to see if I can actually implement it on anything.
Kathy D. Shields
Creek View Elementary
Inquisitive educator, inspired by http://www.lionheartedlearners., KSU. doc student. Everything you learn you teach yourself.
Georgia · http://onecuriousyear.pbworks.com
Why do the shortest weeks at school seem the longest? That’s the question we teachers asked each other all week long. After the Labor day weekend without launching into the rhythm of a regular 5-day week, the foreshortening simply added to the lack of symmetry from a planning perspective and caused a cascade of rescheduling and unanticipated turbulence. It was a recipe for exhaustion. So it was, after this marathon of sorts that I planned my Saturday around an EdCamp event. The thought of sleeping in began to take root in my subconscious. My friend Paula texted, “What about EdCamp?” It was Friday afternoon and we were planning to volunteer at the setup. “Why, are you changing your mind?” I texted this wondering if she could detect my own reservations. We decided to speak on the phone. I could hear her own tired voice. She’s a Media Specialist from a neighboring school and unlike some, she is responsible for teaching regular classes. Oh, let’s just go I declared, realizing it was me who got us into this and I knew full well it would be a wonderful opportunity to network and share trends in education. She responded in kind, with an indignant, “I was always planning to go!” Teachers have to motivate each other. We are all nearly tireless seekers of new ideas to take back to the classroom. The thought of Shelley Paul having to host the event was a reality check. It’s the least we can do we thought and helped set-up, then returned the Saturday morning at 8 for the conference.
It’s just difficult and I could list the many reasons all teachers need the weekend off, but in truth, EdCampAtlanta recharged me and inspired me to approach this week we a renewed dedication to inspiring my students to take charge of their own learning.
I signed up to ‘share’ not to present, which is what you do at these things. They are meant to be a gathering of the collective conscious, a way to expand and grow ideas rather than to purvey standardized thinking or repackaged goods. During my session, friend, Jen Wagner tweeted a hopeful, “keep me informed” about EdcampATL. She’s in California and has her ear to the ground on all things related to innovative teaching and learning. I decided to take a chance. I asked my group if they had ever participated in “Projects by Jen” and three of them raised their hands. I said, hey, why don’t I call her, maybe she can say a few words about her current projects. As luck would have it, she answered. “Kathy?”, she said with a smile in her voice. (we’re friends) “Hey everyone, say Hi to Jen!” Just like a classroom of students they responded chorally. Jen laughed. “This is a first,” she announced, “I have never been a guest speaker at a conference in my pajamas before!” We all laughed and Jen’s easy way put us immediately softened our faces. She encouraged participation in the O.R.E.O. project as well as the Holiday Card project. We only chatted briefly but the affect was palpable. She was what we educators like to call, a warm fuzzy. Relationships are at the heart of education and technology can help connect people. Some of the people in my group tweeted about Jen’s visit. They are following her on Twitter and she them. http://www.projectsbyjen.com/
There were only three possible session time slots and 9 different session events taking place simultaneously. It was like a buffet but you could only choose 3 items, so unfair! I didn’t see Paula until lunch and she was actively sharing with a bevy of media specialists. I was learning more about gamefication and making mobile apps from Catherine Flippen @catflippen. I also spoke with some high school teachers who are looking for ways to make their classrooms feel smaller (34+ students) by incorporating some stations and seeking the creativity commonly associated with elementary school practices. that shows some real divergent thinking on their part.
So the sessions ended, lunch was over and the smackdown complete. Paula and I darted out before our brains exploded. Just implement 1 new idea, was the suggestion, don’t try to do it all at once. Who said this? My mind was on pause. Paula and I were pretty quiet on the ride home. “Are you glad you went?” I asked rhetorically. She gave me an over dramatic glare and started laughing. I laughed to, all the tension melting into a moment of feeling elevated. Yeah, it was worth it. It was well worth it.
Bo serves as the Director of Educational Innovation at Unboundary, a strategic design studio in Atlanta, Georgia, specializing in transformational change processes, communications, and brand significance. Bo remains active as an edu-blogger at It’s About Learning (http://itsaboutlearning.wordpress.com) and @boadams1 on Twitter. Additionally, Bo regularly pursues deeper understanding in the area of “schools of the future and the future of schools.”
On Saturday, September 8, 2012, I attended EdCampAtl (@EdCampAtl and #EdCampAtl on Twitter). At the EdCampAtl website, one can see a table or matrix comparing the structure of a traditional conference with the workings of an EdCamp. Without a doubt, the organizers of EdCampAtl did an amazing job at delivering the system and ethos of the EdCamp “unconference.”
Nikki Robertson (@NikkiDRobertson) and Wanda McClure (@Wanda McClure) were the primary organizers, and they gathered a team they called the Fab5 to organize and host the event. These people are educators who answered the call, “If not now, then when? If not me, then who?” Realizing that no EdCamp existed in Atlanta, they set out to make sure that this city offered such an experience for interested learners. For six and a half hours on a Saturday (and countless hours before), they facilitated the gathering of teachers and administrators who want to make a difference in the education arena. And they did so with a format that allowed for democratic, spontaneous, informal participation.
Nikki is a veteran educator who is passionate about 21st Century Education, collaboration w/other school librarians and education professionals, and assisting students in becoming well informed, critically thinking digital citizens. Currently, she is the School Librarian and Technology Coordinator at Auburn High School, listed by Newsweek as one of the top 100 schools in the nation. Nikki is the co founder of EdCamp Atlanta (http://www.edcampatlanta.org/). She also helps moderate the #TLChat Sessions which merged in September 2012 with the Alabama School Library Association Twitter Chat sessions the 2nd Monday of each month. She is a frequent presenter for SimpleK12, Alabama Educational Technology Conference (AETC), Georgia Educational Technology Conference (GaETC), Alabama School Library Association (ASLA), Alabama Library Association (ALLA), Library 2.011. For more information about Nikki click here: http://bit.ly/IQsYdN
September 8, 2012 was an epic day in my life. After just five short months of planning, the EdCamp experience came to Atlanta, Georgia. The turn out of teachers at 8:00 in the morning on a Saturday was phenomenal.
My first exposure to the EdCamp experience was two years ago at EdCamp Birmingham in Alabama. I heard about it through connections I had made with other educators on Twitter. I was excited about meeting some of my favorite tweeps face to face like Julie D Ramsay,Amanda Dykes, and Jerry Blumengarten (aka: @cybraryman1)
The most exciting thing about EdCamp Birmingham was that it was a day of professional learning that wasn't like any other professional development I had ever attended in my 20 years as an educator. At EdCamp events there are no rules and no themes. You decide what you want to learn for the day. Session topics can be absolutely anything such as new teacher tips, ed reform, classroom management, digital projects, or the latest cool webtools. Throughout the day, you get to decide which sessions to attend. If a session doesn't meet your needs, it’s perfectly acceptable to get up and move to another room.
At the end of the day I was hooked on EdCamp. I had to have MORE! I just knew that there had to be an EdCamp in Atlanta....but there was none to be found. Thus began my quest to bring an EdCamp to Atlanta.
The search sputtered and spun until this past March when Dan Callahan connected me withWanda Hopkins-McClure. That's when the stars aligned and EdCamp Atlanta was born. Wanda and I immediately clicked and plans for EdCamp Atlanta took off at a super sonic rate.
Because the EdCamp process is a collaborative effort, Wanda and I began our search for other like minded educators who wanted to help bring this dream of ours to fruition. We began by making connections on Twitter and quickly set up a date, place , and time for anyone interested in being a part of the process to meet face to face to plan. Sixteen people showed up for that first historical meeting; including Jaime Vandergrift, who was living in Texas at the time, and joined the group via Google+ Hangout.
EdCampATL on Flickr