Would everyone show up to help that said they would?
Would anyone actually show up to the event?
Would people who are new to edcamp understand how it works?
Would those who did show up have a good time and share it with other people?
Also running through my head was my ever-growing to-do list of all the things that needed to be done before 8am when people might reasonably start arriving.
This was the morning of the 2nd EdCamp_Forsyth and I was very nervous. Our first event the year before had been a success and while I had been feeling good about how things were looking for this second event, morning-of butterflies were definitely floating around in my stomach.
But, once I got to school in the early morning darkness, I got started on my list and before I knew it, I was making the opening remarks. We had a great event and I'm happy to share our event board here:
We had participants from Forsyth, Gwinnett, Cobb, Floyd, Fulton, Dawson, and many others in the greater Atlanta area, with over 130 people! Sessions included everything Google you could thing of, ways of spicing up learning for learners of all ages, and all the big buzz words like personalized learning, differentiation, and digital citizenship.
The next thing I knew, it was all over and time to give away prizes, then people started heading home. We cleaned up and went on to our homes, exhausted but happy with the day's event.
What's next, you ask? A Google Camp for Forsyth Co educators on a district collaboration day! This is a new and exciting adventure that I hope will be just as successful! Once May 3 rolls around and my first semester of grad school is over, it will be time to think about what happens after that. New challenges are always waiting just around the corner! That's what makes life in education exciting, if you just know where to look and open yourself up to them!