Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending EdCamp KY, an “un-conference” at Thomas Nelson High School in Bardstown, KY. I was so overwhelmed by the inviting school facilities that it took me about 30 minutes to take it all in! The un-conference idea was an interesting one that involved several people signed up to present EdTech and instructional ideas for 30 minutes at a time, but open slots for people to offer their ideas on the fly if so moved to do so. Participants paid no fees to attend, the school opened its doors to us for free, and any person could attend any session at any time. It was very relaxed and felt a little like speed-dating must be! I gathered as much info as I could on library media education and educational technology. I networked with the presenters and participants. One of the major themes seemed to be project-based learning (PBL), as many of the presenters had been trained in this over the summer. I got some great resources for assisting with and even initiating these projects. I want to use them in my own classroom before I (hopefully) take on a library media position so that I can understand the teaching side of it and better serve my future school library patrons.
Here is a video from the July EdCamp; the new one isn’t up quite yet. I also added two amazing photos of the LMC at Thomas Nelson High; so jealous I looked up vacancies for teachers there! No such luck!