Day 60 (of 184) EdcampSAS: twitter
Today we did some learning via an edcamp Lite. We kicked off the first one (and of the 30+ of us [when I started my notes for this blog we had just under 20], I was the only one who had been to an edcamp) with a theme: technology. We also kept the first one short – one and a half hours.
The reminder of the facilitator that ‘everyone has to contribute’ was and is key: active participation is what drives an edcamp.
And similarly, the discussion between educators was rich and deep.
I ‘facilitated/kicked off’ a session around twitter. I know I don’t have all the answers but I am a BIG believer about the role of twitter in ‘active education professional development’ and the importance of a Professional Learning Network in the twitterverse.
It was also neat to have a cross section of non-users to power-users and a variety of teachers and principals (not using titles or subject specificity) all talking about how this has a role in learning – mainly for adults, but acknowledging the role of gradual-guides-release-of-responsibility in having students enter the social media world.
And the parallel of twitter to edcamps did not escape me: Trolling can be a good way to are what others are doing, but active engagement and participation is better! Hmmm kinda sounds like what needs to be happening in the classrooms too!