M-E hosts EdCampSTNY 2017, an “Un-Conference” for educators
Educators from around the Southern Tier and beyond came together at the High School on April 8 for a morning of learning in an “un-conference.” The event was EdCampSTNY 2017, hosted by Maine-Endwell.
The free event was a unique professional development opportunity for educators interested in learning about technology, social media and more!
As an un-conference, there were no pre-set workshop topics and no set presenters at the EdCamp. Instead, the learning that day was determined, and driven, by the attendees. When the attendees arrived the session board was blank, leaving the possibilities open to what the educators wanted, right at that time. In turn, attendees who were experts, or had experience in the areas of interest, stepped up and volunteered to facilitate the sessions.
While the morning was divided into three learning sessions, participants were encouraged to step into any session that they wanted and could benefit from. The session topics included useful apps and extensions, Twitter as a professional development tool, blending learning, using the online learning tools Quizlet and Kahoot for assessment, digital leadership and parent/community engagement. The High School makerspace was open, there were Breadkout EDU sessions, and there was a Dash and Dot robot demonstration.
The day concluded with the awarding of prizes from the event’s sponsors.