What always stands out to me at an EdCamp is the energy that permeates the whole day. Unlike a typical conference (which is often obligatory, and occasionally corporate) the attendees at EdCamp are only there because they really want to refine their work and better serve their students. As a result, it's less about sharing apps, brands, and buzzwords, and more about debating ideas, asking questions, and refining pedagogy. I was really pleased that today didn't just become another "technology conference" and delved into issues of race, gender, income, bullying, STEM, and hacking. My only regret was that we couldn't spread the message to more teachers in the district.
Perhaps the most memorable and impressive element of today's event was the involvement of the pre-service teachers from Point Park and Grove City, and the Baldwin student volunteers. These college students are really ahead of the game by networking and making connections, which is an excellent sign for the future of education. Additionally, my high school volunteers may have initially shown up to get some community service hours; but by the time they left, they had led two sessions, participated in another four, and made a name for themselves and the school. I couldn't be prouder of their conduct and contribution to the day. If education conversations are to be truly open, they really need to involve the students as well.
With that, EdCampPGH says farewell for this school year. We'll see you all again next fall! Hopefully you'll have things you'll want to talk about. I. Will. Too.