Saturday May 5th, 2019, I travelled to Owen Sound to participate in this year’s ECOOCamp. Great Educators from all over travelled to share and learn from each other at Owen Sound District Secondary School.
There were two amazing Keynotes from Peter Skillen and Jen Giffen. Peter talked to us about the tools being important and remembering to go outside the box to get Students excited about learning and giving them a way in to the curriculum that suites their own learning strengths. Jen reminded us that every student and staff member is carrying around responsibilities and experiences that we know nothing about, but if we take the time to build relationships with them, we can help them unpack their backpacks.
I was presenting in all 4 sessions, but loved how we were able to share every presentation through the Twitter feed (#ecoocamp) and on Teach Ontario. I got some great new Chrome add-ons/extensions from Leslie Boerkamp’s presentation to add to my arsenal, and I wasn’t even in the session. The smaller number of participants made each session more intimate and more tailored to the needs of the Educators in the room. Thanks to Fair Chance Learning and InkSmith, I even won a new K8 robot for my classroom. So excited to share this with my class!
Making new connections and meeting Educators is always part of what I love about EdCamps and Conferences. I met some awesome folks yesterday! The opportunity to meet up with folks you only get to see periodically at conferences or even meet for the first time in real life is amazing. So great to meet Cal Armstrong and Leslie Boerkamp for the first time irl. Aways great to chat with folks like Jen Giffen, Christy Hopcroft, Lisa Noble, Brenda Sherry, Peter Skillen, and so many more. While Owen Sound is a bit of a trek for me, it really is a lovely town that I hadn’t visited in many years and well worth the drive.
The working relationship between the Educational Computing Organization of Ontario, the Bluewater Public and Bruce-Grey Catholic School Board was really inspiring to see. A really great model to show how we learn from each other. The organizations really worked well together to make a great day for everyone.
The Educational Computing Organization of Ontario does great work for Educators using EdTech and great pedogogy in their classrooms. I’ve linked to their website – but consider becoming a member (membership is free!), attending their Bring It Together Conference in Niagara Falls in November or following them on Twitter @ecooorg
I’ll link my presentations here, but they and many others from the day are also shared on Teach Ontario. Check them out to let the learning go beyond the day!