The Friday before Term 4 started we held My Day, My Way (an Educamp style learning format). This was a new experience for most people but by the end everyone had enjoyed an engaging day of professional development and picked up lots of new pathways to explore in their classrooms and professional practice.
Many great ideas were shared (see the smackdown slideshow) and questions asked (see the Google notes here). I've gone through the notes and turned all of the websites or apps into actual links, so you don't need to struggle with looking for the same websites.
This post is to summarise some of the learning and set the HNS staff with the next path on their journey.
It appeared that there were a couple of real highlights of the day, Wordclouds and interactive reading being two big favourites. My favourite wordcloud website is Tagxedo, but I think that ABCya Wordcloud is really user friendly as well. A couple of teachers asked for another iPad session on interactive books, so I'll only mention my favourite Mr Morris Lessmore's Flying Books, which I posted about on my own blog here.
I thought it was great to see a few people making notes about Connected Learning Month, there are still heaps of awesome events coming up throughout October. If there is something that you'd like to participate in, I'm more than willing to help facilitate your journey there.
So where to from here? Engaging with professional development doesn't just mean attending a course/session/seminar. True engagement comes when you take these ideas, experiment with them in your classroom or they may even transform some of your practice. So the challenge is to take the next step and put an idea into your classroom.
Make sure you take some photos, write some notes or get someone to critique you on the way you've experimented with a new teaching tool.