The wait is finally over and Podstock 2013 is FINALLY HERE! We rolled into town yesterday around 4:15 and quickly checked into the Hotel at Waterwalk. We quickly dropped our things and headed over for the Podstock Un-Conference. This was our first unconference and Ginger Lewman did an amazing job running it. Everyone was able to write a "meaty" topic idea on chart paper and then "vote up" on topics to discuss. Once the topic were chosen, attendees could join whatever discussion they were interested it.
We decided to join the discussion on 3 iPad carts or 3 1:1 classrooms. It was great to see the different prospectives and background experiences from Nancy Mangum (@nmangum), Anthony Pucell (@MrP_tchr), and others. By the end of the discussion we all believed that 3 1:1 classrooms was a better option for deeper learning.
The second discussion we attended was about Badges in the classroom: Motivation or Mess? There were some great educators in this discussion like Wes Fryer (@wfryer) and Ginger Lewman. (@gingerlewman) Everyone had great ideas on how to use badges as an effective way to allow students to create their own path to accomplish a task or goal.
Everyone got back together to reflect on the design and process of an unconference. Again, I will say Ginger did a great job facilitating!
We were lucky enough to join a large group of educators from all over the country for dinner. It was great to discuss various educational topics with game changing educators like Wes Fryer, Wendy Sanders (@Kenya75) Nancy Mangum, and many others.