I am happy to say that I have had the privilege to attend the first ever edcampYYC (Calgary) at Elboya school. For those of you who couldn’t make this PD session, it was run through facilitated discussions. Participants could choose 3 sessions of their choice and participate in meaningful discussions. The session I facilitated was on student blogging. It was nice to be able to share some of the research I have conducted this year. If you missed my session, here is an overview of the associated benefits from blogging with your students:

  • Students develop reflective and critical thinking
  • Writing becomes social through student interaction and collaboration
  • Writing becomes purposeful as students are discussing with an authentic audience
  • Blogging allows for personalization of learning
  • Blogging allows for integration of technology
  • Students develop reading, writing and language skills

Edcamp was an engaging format that would be enjoyed by many. It’s a place to start a discussion or spark an idea and carry it on in the classroom. I am hoping another school will take on the task of hosting an Edcamp next year. I’d love to be able to attend some of the sessions I missed today. Maybe some facilitators will consider presenting at teacher’s convention next year.


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