PITTSBURG — Thursday, nine-year-old Chrislen Newman’s drawing showed up on a tablet as she drew on a piece of paper at EdCampKS.
This piece of technology was one of many gadgets which were shared at the camp at Frontenac High School.
Over 100 educators, parents and children gathered at FHS to share ideas and techniques for making the classroom a better place to learn. The camp also helped teachers understand educational technology and help improve the overall experience in the classroom.
“Teachers and students are learning and collaborating to make schools and students better,” Frank Layden Elementary Fifth Grade Teacher and Lead Organizer for EdCampKS Tim Vesco said.
At the beginning of the day, the campers selected what the day’s agenda would be.
One of the classes was for undergraduates who are on their way to becoming teachers. Vesco said they learned what to expect in the first year of teaching and the students even brought new advice to veteran teachers.
Some of the educators talked about flexible seating — instead of sitting in chairs, the students would sit on pillows or couches.
The Teacher Playground workshop provided different gadgets teachers could utilize in the classroom.
Independence Middle School Family Consumer Science Teacher Madeline Gurney said students and technology have changed over the years and adapting teaching will help students be able to communicate and succeed.
“Schools provide a lot more than academics — character building, financial building and coping,” she said. “One way we do this is through independent education plans, where they learn not just the academic but a total life plan — teaching them to use transferable skills.”
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.