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EdCamp at Georgia Southern breaks attendance record


Georgia Southern University College of Education (COE) hosted its third annual EdCamp event on Saturday, April 21. Setting a new record for attendance, over 225 educators from across southeast Georgia gathered for a day of educational training and shared learning experiences.

EdCamps are held worldwide and designed to be participant-driven professional development for K-12 educators. Sessions for the day are created by consensus from those attending on what they would like to learn or discuss. Some of this year’s sessions included classroom management, math games, differentiated instruction, best practices for one-on-one technology, reading strategies, and building professional learning networks.

New this year were sessions hosted by Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB). Michael Kuenlen, GPB education outreach specialist, hosted four sessions including two sessions focused on resources for elementary students as well as science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. GPB provides a multitude of free educational resources that can be accessed digitally on their website or through partner organizations including Discovery Education.

Also joining this year’s event was the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) represented by Mary Ruth Ray, college services representative. Ray provided information about their organization and participants were provided an opportunity to join PAGE.

Educators attending also received the chance to win numerous giveaways including miniature document cameras provided by iPevo and class subscriptions to educational apps such as Flipgrid, Easlely, Camtasia and many others. Over 70 companies, University partners and individuals donated prizes that totaled over $30,000 in value.

An EdCamp participant enjoys a 3-D roller coaster experience in the College of Education’s Innovation Studio.

Coordinators of EdCamp at Georgia Southern included COE Assistant Professor Professor Lacey Huffling, Ph.D., COE Alumna Hollie Sisk, Associate Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Engagement John Ramfjord, COE Clinical Instructor Tonya Cooper and COE Professor Michelle Reidel, Ph.D.

The 2018 EdCamp ambassador team included: Jessica Blanton, Christine Jackson, Paige Sutcliff, Lori Oren, Ivory Graham, Bilinda Sikes, Jerri O’Brien, Marlene Harris and Edward Bujack.

The College of Education hosts Edcamp annually at no cost for K-12 education professionals. The date for the 2019 EdCamp has been set for April 27. You can reserve your free ticket to the 2019 EdCamp at Georgia Southern by visiting http://bit.ly/edcampGSU2019

For photos from the 2018 event, click here.

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