EdCamp Omaha is a place to connect with the people I chat with during #nebedchat each week and good friends I see only occasionally. Perhaps the best part of an edcamp is hearing yourself and people around you say things like, "Hey great to meet you in person, we met on Twitter." Which brings me to my take on the EdCamp phenomena - the Twitter/EdCamp connection.
Twitter has become an inspiring and dynamic place for educators to connect. You can't be a connected educator without a social media presence. That presence serves to model digital citizenship to our students, gain professional inspiration, and provide professional development to our colleagues in our buildings, districts, and network. Meeting Tweeps at an EdCamp only makes that connection to inspiration greater and more powerful. Some of my closest colleagues were people I met initially on Twitter and solidified connections through the EdCamp experience creating learning opportunities for me and my students.
Conversations during #nebedchat have a topic each week, but there are always side conversations, side jokes, and side connections taking place along with the regular chat. EdCamp Omaha is always full of great topics, sharing, and little groups of people here and there just like a "live" Twitter chat. I can only imagine the ideas and projects that came out of this year's camp.
I wasn't able to attend all of EdCamp Omaha, however, I did have the opportunity to stop in later in the afternoon to see some of my rockstar PLN. Can I just say, that in the short time I was there, I felt the power of a group of people passionate about education, technology, and students. I got hugs from organizers Kristina Peters and Josh Allen and picked up my super awesome t-shirt. The UNO Community EngagemBrent Catlett, along with Ann Feldmann, Otis Pierce, & Mickie Mueller.
ent Center was buzzing with energy, conversation and laughter, and just a pretty cool place to hang out for any reason. I could feel a blog post coming and was all in for the challenge put forth by my friend,
These people definitely do not coast. They are constantly looking for more, better, and cooler. Find and Edcamp and go.