Teachers are learning the tricks of tech tools from each other, and developing their proficiency quickly. In the classroom there is no time for experimenting and fiddling around with various apps. As second grade teacher Jeanine Reynolds says, “You have to be on.”
In Mishawaka Indiana, teachers gathered for Edcamp one Saturday. The purpose was for each of the 30 educators and four fire department trainers to learn about tech tools from each other.
At John Young Middle School, the teachers wrote what they wanted to learn on sticky notes and put them up on a board. What did they want to know about? Chrome apps. Google docs. Podcasts. According to sixth grade teacher Eric Johnson, the organizer of the event, there would be no “sage on a state” telling teachers what they needed to learn.
After deciding what they wanted to learn, they split into four rooms, sharing information, and asking free questions such as “how does that work” and “what’s that”.
Edcamp started in 2010 in Philadephia, and has become very popular. However, the closest one to the South Bend area was in Fort Wayne. Johnson spent several months organizing the Edcamp event for Mishawaka.