Monday, December 10, 2012

EdCamp NJ 2012

I am apart of a fantastic group of innovative and impressive educators in New Jersey that organized EdcampNJ. I arrived late due to a previous engagement but this was still a great un-conference. This event was based on the unconference model such as Edcamp - Philly, Edcamp - Harrisburg and Tabcamp -NJ, where the participants/attendees of the conference created the conference. These workshops are more conversational rather than a presentation because many workshop attendees participate within the presentation of the topic.  There were teachers, techies, librarians, administrators, aspiring administrators, musicians, etc, present to get or provide professional development on topics that were of interest to the participants. It was great to see Principal El from Delware. We attended a workshop about involving our parents and community in social networking. The discussions included how to get teachers to use social media in the classroom, the need for administrators to model using social media within the educational community and the importance of using services such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, etc. during times of emergency. Everyone had a great time. There were many prizes including an iPad mini device. It was an honor to be involved with such an awesome set of educators. The EdCampNJ website can be found at EdCampNJ.   Join us next year at Linwood Middle School, North Brunswick, NJ on November 23rd, 2013. See you there!

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