Capacity, Connections and Camp

Another Learning 2.0 event has come and gone. I think I’m finally getting over my conference hangover – after such a full-on weekend my mind just sort of went blank and kept racing at the same time! – and can look back at all that I learned and shared. It’s hard to believe that I was skeptical about this conference when I first heard about the new cohort/unconference format. I’m so glad Simon May convinced me to go to Learning 2.010. Now I don’t think I’ll ever think about missing one as long as I’m in the region!

Capacity

As a member of the Technology Learning Leaders 1 cohort it was great to get to know Charlotte Diller and George Couros. The two big points of emphasis from them were “Start with the why” and “Build capacity.” This really reaffirmed the work that I’m trying to do because, while not stated as eloquently, these have been foci 2 for me over the past year. UNIS’ work on the Learning and Technology Plan, while not complete, is exactly in place to answer the “Why?” question and my focus on coaching and teacher-led workshops is about building capacity.

In our mini-sessions during cohort time, I took part in some great discussions about blogs and portfolios. A school-wide blogging platform is something that I have been pushing for a while and it was great to get so many perspectives at once on how they can be utilized effectively. There is no “right way” and so it is important that the “Why?” is discussed first! I also learned a lot about the various coaching models that are put into place at different schools. WAB seems to have a very strong model of offering skills-based coaching within the school day. IST puts a strong focus on self-assessment of needs and abilities. This year I am trying a system of working first and foremost with the new faculty by identifying one of the NETS Standards for Students and Teachers as points of emphasis. I’m hoping that we can shift the focus from an emphasis on technology skills to one of pedagogy, curriculum and best practice.

Connections

It sounds really corny, but Learning 2.011 felt a bit like coming home. There are so many people in Asia that I interact with online; #learning2 gave me a chance to catch up with a lot of them and meet some of them for the first time 3.

I was really honored to be one of the 20 teachers highlighted in Jabiz’s keynote. It’s amazing to think that it was only one year ago that we met at Learning.2010.

I was really excited to revive Twitter for Teachers with Keri-Lee. We ran this as an impromptu unconference last year and had a good response. We decided to run it as a workshop this year and it apparently was pretty popular: we were asked to run it a second time as well! My Twitter stream is overflowing with all the new connections that I made.

Camp

Thanks to Alec and George Couros for giving rise to one of my favorite hashtags of all time: #summercamp4life. With the ease of communication and collaboration, it is so easy to translate those conference promises of “Keep in touch” into actions. While Learning 2.011 may have officially ended on September 11, the conversations and the learning can go on forever. #summercamp4life.

Images

Welcome! by Clint Hamada licensed under CC BY NC SA
My Tweeps
by Kim Cofino licensed under CC BY NC SA
#summercamp4life by Clint Hamada licensed under CC BY NC SA

Notes:

  1. Apparently they use the term “Leader” quite loosely!
  2. Math teacher!
  3. I wish I had the time/space/memory to list out all the great people I got to chat with. It really is an amazing list!

7 thoughts on “Capacity, Connections and Camp

  • September 20, 2011 at 5:04 pm
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    Thanks for the great post. Although was not been able to attend the conference, I’ve been learning from the experience and generosity of other. Greatly appreciated.

  • September 20, 2011 at 7:03 pm
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    Great to work with you again Clint! It was a lot of fun reviving our Twitter for Teachers workshop. Are you up for a repeat performance? Learning2.012 perhaps?

    Have also been talking a lot about building capacity since returning from Shanghai. Will keep you in the loop with any grand plans we make at UWCSEA.

  • September 20, 2011 at 9:44 pm
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    Clint,

    One of the “summer camp” peeps that I was so happy to connect with was you. Your sense of humour and easy going nature show me that you would be someone great to work with and the kids would connect with you immediately. My eyes were opened to a whole new world in Asia and I was amazed how innovative the educators were at the conference. Amazing learning that happened from each other.

    Thanks for the post and mention!

  • September 21, 2011 at 2:22 pm
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    @Michael Peach That’s the great thing about the online education community: it is so easy to learn from each other even when we aren’t in the same school or country! And thanks for the link to your blog. I’m looking forward to checking it out and learning from your generosity too!

  • September 21, 2011 at 2:28 pm
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    @Keri-Lee Beasley Repeat performance? Heck yeah! Learning 2.012 would be great; even sooner would be better!

    It sounds really business-world jargonistic, but building capacity is so important. Ultimately, you and I should be working everyday to put ourselves out of a job, right?

    @George Couros It was awesome to get to know you in person and inspiring to hear how you are approaching the role of an administrator. If I ever move to Canada, you can be sure I’ll look you up. And if you ever want to move international, you know you’ve got a whole group of people who would help you find that perfect job! #summercamp4life!

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