This event was put together by @jamiefath, @wdmTECH, and others from the Des Moines area. It was Des Moines' first attempt at an edcamp and many of the attendees were first timers to the edcamp experience of Professional Development!
|@dschoening left, me middle, @sbehmer right|
Photo credit to @wdmTECH
This was not my first edcamp, I've attended Edcamp Omaha several times in my hometown and Edcamp Central Nebraska in Grand Island as well as Edcamp KC in Kansas City, MO. One could easily say that I enjoy attending edcamps and that I enjoy this type of professional development.
Edcamps are FREE and typically on Saturday so it is safe to say the educators that attend edcamp are probably there for the right reasons and because they want to be there.
As an Instructional Technology Trainer for my district I of course am passionate about sharing and learning about technology, but edcamps at their core are really not about technology. They are about education. All of education.
Before attending Des Moines, I came across a great member of my PLN on Twitter @wchamberlain who posted some thoughts he had about attending Edcamp Springfield, MO. It had me thinking about what I was hoping for and would bring to the table in Des Moines.
My good friend Josh, who is the founder and organizer of Edcamp Omaha, mentioned to me in Des Moines that this was perhaps the best edcamp he had ever attended. I couldn't disagree with him because I also thought it was fabulous. In reflection of that conversation though I would say I have loved them all, but it was cool to be a part of one that was just getting its feet off the ground and having so many newcomers to the edcamp model of professional development. This edcamp had all the right things incorporated within it.
The new connections I make are always so valuable to me. The re-connections of friends I don't get to see everyday, but often tweet with is always good. The learning I do and the inspiration I gather is by far the most important to me. It's a recharging of my batteries.
I strongly encourage you to find an edcamp near you and give it a try. Edcamps are about conversations, sessions that are conversations and not presentations that are sit and get. In all four of my sessions I attended or posted in Des Moines, not one of them used a projector to present something.