I attended EdcampTO this past weekend, my first Edcamp experience. In this challenging political climate, it was such a great way to re-energize and re-connect with folks who are passionate about learning and education.
Things I really liked about Edcamp:
- Not an exclusive audience, we had parents, business people, higher education representatives, public and privately funded education stakeholders.
- The grassroots approach to developing the agenda
- The passion for learning by all those in attendance
- Connections to other learners through twitter
- The explicit understanding that we were all reflective learners and intend to share our thoughts, reflections and big questions in an online context
For the past four years I have had the luxury of being surrounded by reflective, connected learners in my work environment in addition to my personal learning network. This year I am back in a school where my colleagues have a very diverse understanding and approach to their own learning, so the Edcamp experience feeds my need.
Best of all, this learning experience reaffirmed my own understanding that learning both online and offline is really all about the relationships. Thanks to Edcamp I was immersed in the best of both worlds.
I know that this won’t be my last Edcamp so I’m looking forward to Edcamp Waterloo, Peel and Hamilton!