Educators participated in an unscripted teaching workshop as Austin High School in Minnesota hosted professional development for teachers at EdCamp.
There were several education sessions held at EdCamp Southeast Minnesota, where teachers learned how to use applications such as Google Drive, Google Suite, Flipgrid, and Seesaw. Topics presented ranged from technology to personal development. The educators who attended determined the topics for discussion at the beginning of the day.
“It’s always spontaneous like this in some way,” said Amy Thuesen, an Austin High School technology integration coach who helped organize the camp. “You can’t call it an EdCamp unless it’s this crowd-sourced concept of topics.”
Among the ideas discussed were how to encourage student motivation, build a classroom that is culturally responsive, and provide resources for children who struggle or are underprivileged.
“It’s a way to completely personalize a professional learning experience because when you go to a one-size-fits-all type (of conference) … you may or may not need the information that you’re receiving,” said Andy Laning, Byron Public Schools equity coach and a presenter at the EdCamp.