May 27, 2016 by treyw97
#Eddins Learning Conference 2016
(Teach Like A Pirate Day)
I am over the moon with how our 1st annual #Eddins Learning Conference went. We had amazing sessions and excited students! Wifi issues got us off to a rocky start, but that didn’t stop us from having a great afternoon. I had a fantastic time sharing Lego Movie Maker and Coding with my 4 sessions! My last session was open for those wanting to learn how to code. We had coding kids teaching adults and other students the in’s and out’s of Scratch! It was awesome!
How’d you do that?
- Teachers, Admin, and Special Guests brainstormed sessions to offer.
- I generated Google Forms for each grade level to ensure availability and mixture of 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders in each session. I embedded the Choice Eliminator Add-On so Full Sessions disappeared from the Form during sign up.
- We created advertisements to entice students into our sessions!
- Students created their schedules! Wifi decided to act like a baby but amazing teachers utilized their phones and personal data plans to make it happen! Love my “Kids First” teachers!
- I merged all the data into one massive Sheet
- I sorted the sheet by session so that Session Presenters knew what students to expect. I updated the Master Schedule a thousand times as we grabbed absent students and Wifi stolen entries!
- I utilized the Autocrat Add-On (Love love this one!) and produced a Learn Conference Schedule for each student.
- I shared the student schedules with homeroom teachers and they shared with students.
- At 11:30 we crossed our fingers, said a little prayer, and launch the #Eddines Learning Conference!
- Three and half hours later we sent kids home BUZZING about what they did and that afternoon!
What sessions did you offer?
We had a great assortment of sessions!
How did it go?
See for yourself! All teachers didn’t tweet but you can get a feel for it via my #EddinsLC Storify. I ran out of time each and every session! I felt like I was prying Legos and iPads out of kid’s hands to push them to their next session!
Would you do it again?
ABSOLUTELY! We’re in the process of reflecting and making adjustments for next year. We’re planning to add Kinder, 1st, and 2nd graders to the mix as well. It was an amazing day that kids will remember for a long time!