It's session 4, and I find myself already needing to decompress and reflect on my learning from #edcampDenver. This event is always full of amazing people with an incredible passion for innovative educational practices - If you don't walk away inspired, you're doing it wrong. Very wrong. The conversations I've had today range from gamification, to personalization, to equitable edtech practices and many more topics in between. If you're ever looking for an event that has the capacity to teach, inspire, and energize your passion for trying new things in your teaching practice - an edcamp is the perfect place to feel supported and valued as an educator. Every time I come to an edcamp event, I feel at home.
Today, I tried to focus on my conversations around gamification and equitable technology implementation in classrooms. While I was talking with educators, I found myself sharing similar themes in a variety of contexts. For example, I consistently found myself sharing the app ShowMe, which I use to make flipped videos for my classroom. I also found myself sharing Sunrise and Todoist with other teachers seeking to organize their digital life. You can check out my previous post about Sunrise. I also found myself talking a lot about how I wish teacher professional development did a better job mirroring the kinds of lessons we seek to create for our students. This came up particularly in the session I attended on personalized professional development.
I also got to spend some time reflecting more deeply about my implementation of #clascraft (previous blog post here). In fact, I lead a session talking about my current implementation and answer questions from other teachers. You can find the session notes at this link. Based upon my conversations, I am now better able to articulate the reasons why I like Classcraft and why I am so excited to use it in my classroom. I believe Classcraft is a great tool for teachers looking to promote academic behaviors with students that can not or should not be given a grade. This allows teachers to be held accountable for praising students for positive behaviors while also showing students the academic behaviors that are most valuable. My adoption is still in its incredibly early state, but I am even more excited to learn more about Classcraft with my students. During my decompressing time, I was able to create a document with a list of modifications I will need to make to make Classcraft work for my students. One of the best parts of my day, was when I got a Classcraft poster. I can't wait to laminate this and put it on my wall!
Mattea Garcia is a passionate educator dedicated to improving instruction by utilizing technology. This blog is dedicated to reflections on educational technology tools, instructional coaching, and educational equity.