To get this recap started, photos (and captions) shall serve as the EdcampKC storyteller of choice. Nov 8, 2014, at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, was a day of education-themed conversations, collisions, and community. Thank you to all attendees and sponsors (listed in the photos), and to the Nelson-Atkins for hosting us.
EdcampKC is coming up on Saturday, Nov. 8th! We are super excited to bring together KC and midwest area educators for face-to-face conversations and camaraderie! The edcampKC team of Kyle Pace (the godfather), Laura Gilchrist, Mimi Jones, Michelle Nebel, Eric Langhorst, Brent Catlett, and Ken Corum has been busy setting the stage for collaboration and community. We couldn't do it without our EdcampKC sponsors, hosts, and friends. Many thanks to all of you.
The great folks at KC's own Bandwagon Merchandise have crafted a killer logo complete with the edcamp apple and the Nelson-Atkins' columns and shuttlecock.
We opted to go with the open source KC letters used by businesses, government agencies, and event planners here in KC.
Order Here and you can pick up your tshirt the morning of EdcampKC at the registration table! ($10)
Deadline for orders is October 10th!
We'll have EdcampKC stickers (oh yea!) out for you at the Tweetup and at the Nelson.
EdcampKC will be at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art for the 2nd year in a row. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn with hundreds of educators at this simply outstanding museum. I am a proud member of the Nelson--in awe every single time I visit. It is my hope that educators who attend EdcampKC will take ideas and inspiration back to their schools. Kids benefit from art-infused learning experiences across the curriculum.
The Nelson Doors open at 9 a.m. on November 8th. The Bloch lobby will be filled with the aroma of KC's own The Roasterie coffee. We will have Nelson-Atkins staff leading tours and hosting visual thinking/STEAM workshops. We are working hard to make sure wifi will support us with many people and devices.
We get to use some new rooms this year. One is a networking/collaboration/conversation room complete with food, drink, and Kyle Pace's Mom's Cookies! The other is a larger room for conversations complete with AV and cool lighting.
Book your stay at the Intercontinental Hotel at a special EdcampKC rate. Best views on the Plaza for the Thanksgiving lighting ceremony. I'm staying there EdcampKC weekend. Deadline is October 8 for our special rate!
The tweet up is at the The Cashew this year! We will be upstairs with a nice view of the city lights while we're networking, connecting, and tweeting.
Hope to learn with you at EdcampKC either in person or via Twitter!
#edcampKC was November 9th at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art.
Our learner-created Flickr Set of pictures was a focus of our day since...
One of our big themes for #edcampKC was visual learning.
- Teachers and kids in schools live in a world of largely written text.
- We should use art and visuals (create and view them) in learning more than we do, but how? We need some help there. Common Core Standards address this as well.
- Lucky for us there's a method that the Nelson recommends and teaches teachers to use. It is called VTS or Visual Thinking Strategies. A plethora of resources on VTS can be found at www.vtshome.org. The Nelson is well on its way to becoming the VTS hub/training center for the midwest. Watch for training on VTS and educator courses. I'm signed up for all educator art courses in the winter/spring.
- If you have any questions about using VTS, these are your (3--it's as easy as 1, 2, 3) people at the Nelson-Atkins! They work with teachers from the greater KC area and beyond. They are looking to SKYPE into classes. That could be into YOUR class. :)
Adrienne Lalli-Hills Coordinator, School & Educator Services email@example.com
Sarah SimsSchool Partnerships Liaisonssims@nelson-atkins.org
- It's open ended/non-judgmental, inquiry based, taps into emotions, and asks for evidence. 3 questions. Once you do it in your class a few times you can tell your kids to"VTS this picture" and they will know what to do! (...and I'll bet you they'll like it.)
FYI: VTS is a group discussion experience. It is not designed to be individual, although it should start with time to look quietly before sharing and listening. I took part in a VTS activity with art in the Nelson in October. I learned so much and SAW new things and NOTICED new things as a result of sharing by members of the group.
None of this--> 'That's the right answer, Johnny." Just acknowledge their statements and seek the next hand up. Let each learner share and add to the group's growing knowledge. It's a cool experience.
The 'teacher' says the following 2 starter phrases akin to the 1st one in VTS series! "How do you react when you see this?" "What do you see here"
He does not follow up with asking for evidence or pushing on, but this is just a commercial looking to make a point. :)
Notice how Verizon used art/visuals/map instead of TEXT and it was effective....both for content and for the commercial. Can you imagine them reading the answer and doing the commercial? LOL
Adrienne, Rosie, and Sarah all recommended this New York Times series of VTS picture activities--and it is a weekly event! These are easy to access and understand. We can all do VTS. It's as easy as 1,2,3! http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/category/lesson-plans/whats-going-on-in-this-picture/
Good luck getting started. 15 minute activity. 3 questions. Group activity/discussion. You can do it. Now just try it!
More ideas and info on VTS in the future!
My dream of holding #edcampKC at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, a Kansas City cultural icon, came to fruition on Saturday, November 9th! A heARTy thank you to Adrienne Lalli-Hills who answered a million questions/emails from me and who truly helped make this dream happen! If not for her efforts, kindness, and work, we couldn't have experienced edcamp learning at the Nelson.
Kyle Pace and I had a grand day in the 4th #edcampKC and 1st one at the Nelson-Atkins.
The venue itself took our day and our learning to a new level. The weather was 67 degrees F and sunny. Group picture on the front steps went off with lots of laughs and a funny passerby-camera-dude. A mural/art room complete with Kyle Pace's mom's cookies. The Educator Resource Center where the staff signed teachers up to be on committees with them to help get art into all contents via Skype and more! A packed-house raffle at 3:30 thanks to Kansas City coming through with many awesome KC gifts acquired through JUST CALLING AND ASKING! Raffle was fun.
Our #EdcampKC themes at the Nelson were Visual learning (VTS-visual thinking strategies), Conversation, Learning out Loud, and Reaching out to and engaging the Community.
Kyle is sending out a feedback form to all attendees today along with an attendee badge for blogs or websites. I've already talked with the amazing staff at the Nelson today about #edcampKC 2014. Adrienne has set a tentative first planning date in February.
Our issue of the day was, you guessed it, wifi. We crashed it and people could not access from computers/tablets unless they had hotspots. Once people jumped off, you could get on but it was a frustration we'd hoped would not present itself. It pushed the focus to conversation and people adjusted. We want to erase that problem next year. The Nelson education staff told me today they want to help solve that issue. :)
More blogposts to come on #edcampKC takeaways and on VTS.
Thanks to everyone at #edcampKC. Every person present was an important part of the cumulative experience, the conversations, the learning, and the FUN.
Enjoy the Flickr picture set as your VISUAL story of our day. The set is still growing as #edcampKC'ers send their pictures to my Flickr email address.
Photo-collaboration using my Flickr Email at MOREnet conference
|Photo created at MOREnet conference, Oct 14, 2013;
sent to my Flickr email address to build a group photo-story.
This is one of the photos created by educators in my Picture Perfect session at the MOREnet conference on October 14, 2013. Mike took this picture of me during our time together, edited it with the WordFoto app (which several of us then downloaded 'cause we liked it), and EMAILED it to my Flickr email address.
All those emailed pics went into this set:
MOREnet Conference Flickr Set! #2013M3 The conference as seen through many eyes--not just mine. I talked a lot about the opportunities Flickr affords educators during my session.
Growing this idea at #EdcampKC in the perfect place and event for visual group storytelling.
Taking this same idea on a bigger scale to The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art for #edcampKC on Nov 9th. We will build a group-created Flickr set from all of us. We'll be able to see our day at the Nelson-Atkins through 300 eyes (ok, 600) --instead of just 2. Through 300 minds, visions, hearts.
This year--everyone that wants to can build our Flickr set into something big, bold, and beautiful that can be used with kids, the museum, with educators. They can edit the pictures that day in the many beautiful spaces in the museum, in the auditorium during photo sessions and at home during the next few days.
What is an Edcamp anyway? 'See' for yourself!