On Friday, June 27, I attended Hack Education (formally EduBloggerCon) with about 300 other educators from 8-4. I was amazed that over half of the people in attendence were doing so for the first time. This event celebrated its 8th birthday this year. There was quite a buzz in the air as people connected or reconnected with members of their online PLN.
Some of the participants gathered for Hack Education
My Mentor from Classroom 2.0 Live Peggy George
Reconnecting this year with +Anibal Pacheco Photo Credit - @MyClassFlow
The participants determine how the day will be structured by suggesting a discussion they would like to see facilitated. The sessions are then voted on and the schedule is made. I attended sessions on Leadership in a Digital Age, Digital Citizenship, Building Teacher/Student PLNs Using Social Media, and helped facilitate Twitter Tips for Newbies.
Digital Citizenship Discussion Photo Credit - Kristy Vincent
The conversations are rich and thought-provoking and I always learn new things to take back to my classroom. My Big 3 Takeaways from this year are:
- Digital Citizenship should become just Citizenship (thank you @TanyaAvrith) and needs to be taught daily.
- Get parents more involved in all that I do with my students especially when using social media.
- Help my students build their learning networks through global collaborations and projects.
Here are some more pictures I took during this event.
|Wearing Wanda Terral's Google Glass|
|Paula Boston and Heather Temske|
|Nick Provenzano, Scott Floyd, Beth Still, Anibal Pacheco|
|Richard Byrne and Steve Dembo|
|Billy Krakower and Susan Bearden|