More than 100 educators from throughout Idaho attended the state’s first ever professional development EdCamp hosted by the Blaine County School District on Friday, July 25, at Wood River High School in Hailey.
BCSD Director of Technology Tim Rocco said the EdCamp training is different from traditional professional development because it is “participant driven.”
“There are no experts or lectures, only facilitated discussions,” Rocco wrote in an email to the Idaho Mountain Express. “Attendees are encouraged to arrive with ideas about topics they want to learn more about. After these topics are put through a voting process, the schedule for the day is built.”
There was no charge for attendance. Participants represented not only traditional public schools, but also charter schools, independent schools and the Idaho State Department of Education.
“Topics our group discussed ranged from project-based learning to questioning the existence of brick-and-mortar schools in 20 years; from how to use specific technologies in the classroom to finding appropriate opportunities to teach digital citizenship,” Rocco stated. “Feedback from the event was overwhelmingly positive. I expect it will grow into an annual event, as other districts have already expressed an interest in hosting EdCamp Idaho in the future.”