Beautiful sunsets, plush accommodations, and a desert mountain setting are what you get when you sign up for Tech Camp. The Arizona K-12 Center knows how to deliver some professional development. Camp Plug & Play is a five day training that allows educators to immerse themselves in a topic. The topics this year were:
- Flip Your Classroom
- Grow Vocabulary
- Mobile Media
- Mobilizing K-2
- Social Media for Learning
I am very thankful for being able to facilitate a session the past two years at Camp Plug & Play. I would like to give big props to Tony Vincent, Kathy Wiebke, Cheryl Bokowski, Sara Crawford, and Shannon Maule for working hard and creating a well planned event. You are doing a great job to encourage a community of learning in Arizona.
The Three Things I Learned:
Number 1: Karen Mensing is a great person, and a great person to follow on Twitter. I had never met Karen before we led our Mobilizing K-2 session, and she was incredible to work with. She has terrific student examples of using technology in her grade 1-2 classroom. Check out her blog, Planet Mensing. Don't worry that she hasn't posted there in a while, it has great examples to check out. Here is her TED talk, check it out, she is legit.
Number 2: We need to put to rest the myth that teachers get three months off for the summer. We are not sitting around drinking champaign coolies and eating bon bons. The teachers at Camp were working in July! Many people in my strand had to go back to work on August 1st. We need to get the Mythbusters to debunk this myth. They need to quit blowing up things for one episode and tell our story. It just doesn't happen anymore. Tell your friends, teachers are lucky if they get the month of July to themselves.
Number 3: Tony Vincent is...always has....and always will be awesome. Learning in Hand is a great website to check out for mobile learning tips. He is a super genuine person, and even came in and gave my class a tour of his app, Stick Around. He has always been very supportive of me, and gave us one of our first Techlandia interviews last year. I also think his Facebook page is helpful to follow. If you could only follow one person to help you with mobile learning, Tony is your guy. (IMHO)
You can check out all our resources from Tech Camp on the front page of this website. Complete with all links and notes. You can also check out a list of Kindergarten center apps brainstormed by our campers here: