Friday July 10, 2015 was a day of great change and innovative learning for school administrators and school leaders in North Carolina. #edcampldr came to Raliegh, North Carolina. While this was not the first #edcamp hosted in North Carolina it was the first to target school leaders, primarily school administrators. Most of the audience was comprised of principals, assistant principals and central office administrators but there were also plenty of teachers represented. #edcampldrNC was also part of a larger world-wide network of other #edcampldrs. While #edcampldrs were held across the continental US as well as China and Chile, this was the local endeavor to join the worldwide discussion and grow our skills and competencies.
#edcamps embrace a fundamental question – what if the participants determined their learning path? It is a great opportunity to come to a learning event and either start or join a conversation that answers a question specific for the attendee. We were very fortunate to have an eager group of attendees that arrived early and began building the board before the event was kicked off. Our board building was evidence of the power of informal learning in that attendees new to edcamps learned about the building the board from crowd discussions. This marked the beginning of a great day.
Several things stand out that made this day learning and connecting truly outstanding:
The Friday Institute: An edcamp is only as good as the venue that hosts it and we were fortunate to have been allowed to have ours at North Carolina’s own innovation/research, innovation lab at NC State. @FridayInstitute hosts many events and designs learning activities for educators throughout the year. We were fortunate to have had three members, Nancy Mangum @nmangum, Greg Garner @classroom_tech, Mark Samberg @mjsamberg to be part of our planning team and the #edcamp was fortunate to have several other staff members from the @FridayInstitute to join and participate in sessions. Thanks again to the @FridayInstitute.
The worldwide #edcampldr experience, including #edcampldr backchannel, is happening Monday July 13th. This is a great opportunity to join or continue the learning and turn the global connections from our PLN into personal ones. For those who attended Friday, I encourage you to follow the hashtag and join in some discussions. And for those who couldn’t attend, what a great opportunity to connect with other leaders worldwide.