EdCampNYC: Learning and Sharing
Last month I had the opportunity to spend the day at EdCampNYC with other educators passionate about using technology in their learning environments. The event was held at The Avenues School in Chelsea and I was very excited to visit this space and see all of the great things I’ve heard about in person. When I arrived that morning I was greeted downstairs by their friendly staff and went straight to the library to meet up with the others who had gathered for the day’s event.
If you’ve never been to an EdCamp before, the day is unstructured for the purpose of meeting the needs of the individuals who are present and providing an informal space for learning. I knew that I wanted to talk about QR codes at EdCampNYC because it’s been on my mind the past few weeks. This month I’m hosting a few seminars on the topic and will also present at ISTE about how QR codes can be used to differentiate instruction.
After greeting a few fellow Apple Distinguished Educators who came from all over the region to attend the EdCamp, I located the session board. I picked a box and wrote in my topic hoping that others would be equally interested in talking about QR codes. The session board quickly filled up and was posted on a large screen in the library for everyone to see.
The first session I attended was facilitated by Courtney Pepe and she talked about using Google Glasses in her classroom. She shared some examples of projects she had developed for her students and gave everyone a demo. The other teachers in the room asked questions, shared their ideas, and tried out Courtney’s pair of Google Glasses.
My session on QR codes came up next and I shared with teachers how to make different kinds of QR codes and how they could be used to create leveled tasks in a multi-ability classroom. The educators in my group had lots of questions and we talked about how QR codes could link to different types of files and be distributed to students by color coding or adding images. I had a couple of slides to show examples of student projects but we mostly shared ideas of how to solve problems they had in their own learning environments.
The final session of the day was hosted by Meg Wilson who wanted to give everyone a space to talk about iBeacons. I had heard about this technology and was really excited to learn more. Meg showed some examples of how teachers are using iBeacons in their classroom including a great video by Paul Hamilton. It definitely got me thinking and I’m very excited to see how this technology can transform more teachers’ instructional practice.
EdCampNYC was definitely a success and I’m so glad I was able to attend. Not only was it wonderful to see so many familiar faces and share some of my favorite things, it was a great opportunity to learn about new technology and visit an innovative learning environment.
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Paul Hamilton's video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S04viOYnSg4
Courtney Pepe's blog: http://mrspepe.com/
Meg Wilson's website: http://ipodsibilities.com/
My QR resources: http://classtechtips.com/tag/qr-codes/