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EdCamp Barrie

I am a big fan of Edcamps so I was thrilled that one was organized just 1/2 an hour from my home.   Here we are on September 27 on a Saturday having some great participant-driven conversations about education at EdCamp Barrie.

As usual, I’m posting here to have all my musings and learning from this event in one place.


Live Edcamp Barrie Schedule

Edcamp Barrie Conversation on Twitter


Here is Deb McCallum’s storify wrapup of Edcamp Barrie



My 10:30 session:  

Session Shared Notes: Session 1.181  iPads  

My key learning:

I liked how this conversation focused on How to use and manage ipads to best differentiate learning and to have the students create rather than consume content.

From the shared doc:

Ipads in schools:  It’s not about installing any old app they can play with at home.  It’s about using these powerful tools to create rich learning.

Ask the kids how they want to use them.

The integration with Google apps is really the ‘secret sauce’  It allows sharing, use anywhere, etc…


  My 11:15 Session: Session Shared Notes: Session 2.163 Game-Based Learning

My Key Learning:  This conversation seemed to centre on using minecraft and other games to enhance and enrich learning.  There was also some mention of specific gameish educational sites and apps.   I was hoping to bring up the concept of gamification but time ran out.


Lunch:  I sat with Melissa Jensen @mjtbarrie, our boards library consultant, and several other teachers.  We discussed how to overcome some of the challenges we are having with the new iPad rollout in our schools, and Melissa gave me some tips for using our computerized catalogue tool in our libraries.

1:00 Coding Session Shared Notes: Session 3.165 Coding

My Key Learning:

Diana Boulanger  @mcd_boulanger http://mcdboulanger.edublogs.org/ gave us an amazing demonstration on how she uses coding with hopscotch in her grade 3/4 and FSL programs. 

1:45: BYOD:  Session Shared Notes:  Session 4.163

My Key Learning:  Some great suggestions for the practicalities of BYOD and how to teach students when and how to use and not to use your devices.

2:45 Wrap-Up SLAM

1: Use Google forms and mapping addon to mass source map data. 

2: Louise’s mood check form– connected it to a QR code.  

3:  Scott http://bit.ly/commentslam