Wow! 4 Moms – 1 Dream has been blogging and tweeting for less than a month and already we have found an amazing group of like minded individuals. Through these connections we got an invitation to attend edcamp Vancouver on April 16th at John Oliver Secondary School in Vancouver BC. Not only was it an opportunity for open and honest discussions on education now and in the future, but it also allowed us to meet the faces behind the great blog and tweets we have been following.
There were over 100 participants including a small handful of parents who joined educators from BC, Ontario and the US in conversation and learning. What made this event so different from the traditional conference/workshops that normally take place was that it was the participants who proposed discussion topics for the day and who then chose which top 16 they would discuss. This format allowed the individual participants to share their knowledge, experiences and take the lead on what would be their personal learning for the day. To read more about what the experience was like visit Chris Wejr’s blog posting – Reflections of an Edcamper
We can’t say enough about how much we enjoyed edcamp Vancouver. The whole day left us feeling positive and optimistic about the possibilities that personalized learning can have for all students. There are amazing educational opportunities for students already happening in our schools and classrooms and this is just the beginning. .
One main trend that we picked up on throughout the discussions of the day that seemed to be supported by the other participants was the need to find ways to encourage and support more parent education and discussion around these topics. Parents need to understand on the importance of making changes in our education system to better support children for the unknowns of the future. They need to be included in the conversations currently taking place in schools and districts.
This day was so amazing, and we hope to take part in more edcamps in the future. There is an urgency to engage parents and family members about the importance of personalized learning for our children. We will do our part to encourage more families to get engaged in their child’s education and to attend these types of events, but sometimes a personal invite from an educator goes a long way. If you’re an educator, please invite a parent or a child’s family member to attend the next edcamp, district event, public forum, or online discussion happening in the future.
And finally, thanks to David Wees and his organizing team for such a successful event.