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People, People, People

Saturday was my third #EduCampAKL and well worth the caffeine fuelled drive up from Hamilton to Epsom Girls Grammar School. There were lots of new faces, plenty of familiar ones and a few online friends that it was great to meet face to face for the first time.

It was a full house, populated by eager teachers/learners who saw the value in giving up their free time to connect with like minded colleagues from across the education sectors. It was a day to further our understandings of third millenium pedagogy and the new tools that might be used to engage students and promote effective learning.

 

PD is often seen as something that is done to teachers (not always the case IMHO) but EduCamps/Barcamps are different. There are no reluctant participants; everyone who is there wants to be there. Twitter once again proved itself the WD40 of social oils and made it ridiculously easy to slip into conversations with strangers previously met online.

 

Ultimately though, the day was about people*. People sharing and discussing their thoughts, their successes, their pitfalls and reflections. A group of likeminded educators all willing to join with others to connect and collaborate. I wondered again what it would be like to work in a learning environment surrounded by these people.

 

He aha te mea nui o te ao?

He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!

Next... EduCampBOP ...see you there!

 

*and I got a choccy fish :-)  

Comments

  • Anne Kenneally 

    Michael, what an awesome reflection.  You so eloquently express what I felt about educamp Tai Tokerau.  "he tangata, he tangata, he tangata" and when you meet people you have had an online interaction with previously you start beyond the baze entry point.  I love that educamps are by the people, with the people, for the people with 'no reluctant partcipants'.  Congrats on your well deserved recognition.

    Looking forward to similar success stories from #educampdunners!

    Anne K

  • Melanie Matthews

    Excellent read Michael. I am sad that I couldn't go but very glad for the reason I couldn't make Auckland or BOP. I will be there for the next North Island one. Dunedin, I wish!

    I love your description of twitter as being the 'WD40 of social oils'. Extraordinary in many ways!

    I also frequently ponder your thoughts of 'what it would be like to work in a learning environment surrounded by these people.'

    Thanks again

    Mel

  • Melanie Matthews

    P.S. Please can you share how you made your signature to your posts. I would love to design my own.

    Thanks again

    mel

  • Fiona

    Wondering who will get the Choccy fish at EduCampAKL 2013...

    http://acesnet.wikispaces.com/EduCampAKL+2013

Michael Fawcett

I have a class full of eager Year 6s. I still have my sense of WONDER! ... and a beard... and an awesome helmet.