Jump In!

Today I participated in my first edcamp. I first happened upon the idea of these camps this spring via twitter, and when the opportunity to join one from my home this summer presented itself, I jumped at the chance.

Enter EdcampHome put on by some wonderful people Kelly Kermode, Karl Lindgren-Streicher, David Theriault, and Shawn White.  This was a risk for me, because it would all happen using technology that was new to me.  I had a few short weeks to make sure that I knew enough about Google+ and Google Hangouts to try it, but I wanted in on the fun!

I practiced “hanging out”, followed the video tutorials leading up to the camp, and the day arrived.  I was excited and nervous as the time approached for the experience to begin.  I was ready to see what topics presented themselves and to contribute to a productive conversation.  Many people who had attended edcamps before had mentioned the importance of putting yourself out there to facilitate a session, but that would not be me.  I was new at this, and I needed to watch one before I jumped in.

Or so I thought…

We watched the opening GHO explaining how the day would work, and then it was off to the session board to see what every one’s ideas were.  I looked for a few minutes and then in a moment of courage, I submitted a topic.  There were so many ideas going up on the virtual bulletin board, surely mine wouldn’t be one of the ones chosen, but it was.

No time to be nervous, I jumped in and facilitated a discussion on best practices in grading.  You can find the link to the GHO here.  I cannot say enough about the entire edcamp experience, both facilitating and participating in discussions.  I am very excited for the next opportunity!

Ok, so on to the soap box I go for a moment…

If we are going to model the learning experience for our students, we have to jump in.  We need to take a risk, no matter whether we are nervous or scared.  Learning is a messy process with attempts, failure, redos, and eventually success – which was admirably modeled by our leaders today.  In order to get the most out of the experience, we must contribute.  I did today, and I am better for it.  Thanks EdcampHome!

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  1. Simon Miller July 20, 2013 at 10:31 PM - Reply

    +1 Nicely written! Great reflection and I too loved your “soapbox!”

  2. Ric Reyes July 20, 2013 at 10:08 PM - Reply

    Amen. I can tell yours is a blog I’ll enjoy following. Nice meeting you today!

    • Garnet Hillman July 26, 2013 at 8:52 PM - Reply

      It was great to meet you too, Ric. I look forward to learning with you and collaborating in the future!

  3. Joy Kirr July 20, 2013 at 8:43 PM - Reply

    Garnet, I loved your shout out at the end of our day today – Just like you said – JUMP IN! What awesome role modeling you did today – for students and teachers alike!

    • Garnet Hillman July 26, 2013 at 8:51 PM - Reply

      Thanks Joy! This was a great experience for me and I will definitely jump in again when given the chance in the future. My students will benefit when I tell them the story and model the behavior I want to see. Appreciate all the support!

  4. John Graves July 20, 2013 at 6:39 PM - Reply

    Awesome. Come join in the 20% Time discussion on Monday night, 8pm EST (during July 2013), to learn how to help students get that same rush.

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  5. Karl Lindgren-Streicher July 20, 2013 at 4:40 PM - Reply

    Love, love, love the last paragraph. Thanks so much for facilitating and participating in the Slam, Garnet!

    • Garnet Hillman July 26, 2013 at 8:48 PM - Reply

      Thanks for having me and all your hard work Karl! Edcamphome was a super success, I would love to participate again in the future.

  6. Thomasson July 20, 2013 at 3:56 PM - Reply

    This is super cool. Love that you jumped in for the group. Lots was learned, for sure.

    • Garnet Hillman July 26, 2013 at 8:46 PM - Reply

      Thanks, it was a great day of learning! I can’t wait for my next edcamp experience.

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