Yesterday we hosted our first annual edcampPDX at my school near Portland, Oregon. After attending conferences and hearing about edcamp unconferences around the country I thought to myself, “We need to do this in Portland because we have a lot of talent here but not a very strong network”.
I approached a few local Twitter friends and pitched the idea and the edcampPDX wiki was established. 35 educators attended with 10 of them volunteering to facilitate sessions. We self-organized ourselves in the morning and divided the workshops into three sessions. The variety of sessions was awesome with everything from Design thinking, Google Apps, iPads in the elementary school, Reflective thinking, BYOD, and more. Read more on the blog of Peter Pappas.
All participants were actively engaged in conversations, sharing, and networking. A sure sign that the day went well is that everyone agreed the networking was valuable so we decided to set up a Google Group for conversations, encourage folks to participate in Twitter and MACEP … but the best part is that they want to meet quarterly instead of annually!!! Our next edcampPDX meet-up will be on Friday, 11/11/11 at Catlin Gabel school.
Thanks Peter, Melissa, Mike, Richard and LuAnn for your encouragement and assistance. I think we are off to a great start.