Thanks to everyone for making this a wonderful learning and collaborating experience using my favorite Google apps, shiny tools (iPads), and exchanging ideas face-to-face or on Twitter. Meeting new and old friends, along with a great deal of excitement for meeting people I never thought I would ever meet in my lifetime, a professional development home run!
I am stoked about the new people that might start tweeting. Thank you Alice, @WonderTechEdu, for your kindness and sharing your brilliance, presenter of the year award! I aspire to be more like you. I thought session 1, Literacy, Technology and the Common Core, notes here if you are interested in checking out our shared Google Doc, was a big hit. I hope to inspire teachers in my district to use and to showcase more of how we are using Google Apps for Education GAFE along with other awesome apps successfully to meet the CCSS.
Thank you Elizabeth Goold and the Bedley Brothers for my new #bedleysister t-shirt which I am wearing to work this week! Chris Long, you seriously out did yourself and I am floored to be sporting a personalized Twitter magnet. It’s really fun and totally up my alley. How do I pay you back? Please let me know.
I really was super excited knowing I was going to meet some people that I have only had the chance to admire from afar, like Crystal and Chris to name just two. I am living the dream and enjoying learning from so many wonderful inspiring people. People who seem to genuinely care about helping students find joy in learning.
On a side note, there were other Edcamps at the same time in two other locations in the US. Portland would have been nice but the drive, even the flight, is pretty long for a day trip. I would love to figure out a way to collaborate with other sites down the road if the opportunity arises, maybe a digital Edcamp EduSlam on a hangout for the last session to share out and record for more sharing? Dreaming. Thanks Alison for the Guidebook app suggestion from Techlandia last night. I plan to check it out.
Social collaboration helps many learners. Free Edcamps are a brilliant way to invest in your professional growth. I have a few more I am planning on attending that aren’t that far away, time or space, like ones in Murietta and Ventura County, CA. I highly recommend you go to one Edcamp this year and see if it makes a difference in your teaching.