Over fifty educators from southwest Michigan and around the State participated in TechCamp 2008 August 19 & 20 at Berrien RESA in Berrien Springs in beautiful southwest Michigan. TechCamp 2008 was a Michigan DEN event sponsored by Berrien RESA and Discovery Education. Kevin Clark, Berrien RESA Instructional Technology Consultant, coordinated TechCamp.
Participants engaged in active hands-on learning through 24 breakout sessions over the two-day event. A few examples of breakout sessions included KidPix for K2, Michigan LearnPort, Wonderful White Boards, Digital Storytelling and Weaving Voice Threads.
The first-day luncheon Keynote speaker was Matt Monjan of Discovery Education sharing his humor, knowledge and great ideas in the presentation How to Reach the 21st Century Mind. The discussion centered around how to effectively reach and teach the digital natives in our classrooms.
Author Liz Kolb presented the Wednesday lunch keynote, From Toys to Tools, that focused on using cell phones in the classroom. Find out more at Liz’s blog at: http://www.cellphonesinlearning.com/
Michigan DEN Leadership Council member Emma Haygood, a middle school teacher from Berrien Springs Public Schools, presented two sessions. Discovery Education streaming 101 introduced new or perspective streaming uses to the power of digital streaming. She also presented Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers.
Participants had a great time and learned new skills to apply in their classroom to enhance student learning. You can visit the TechCamp 2008 wiki at: http://tech-camp.pbwiki.com