Here are ROBS we have been reframing educational technology, focusing on its intersection with curriculum as opposed to it being an add on item in the classroom. Our curriculum should drive the technology we use, and not the technology driving the curriculum. Innovation Camp focuses on the innovation that happens in our classrooms whether technology is involved or not, and gives teachers the opportunity to experience or share/showcase these experiences. In many cases our teachers are doing amazing things that hardly anyone gets to see, so we have decided to showcase and celebrate our teachers' innovative ideas.
Initially this event was put on for our teachers by ROBS teachers with guest speakers. This year we are opening up the event for anyone who would like to attend or present. If there is a PD requirement for your teachers, this could check that box. If you have seen some amazing things happening in your classrooms that other teachers could learn from and would be beneficial to other students, I encourage you to share this information with your teachers. We all have a plethora of teachers who would love to learn. You also may have teachers who would love to learn new concepts and we would love to have them attend.
If you as a technology leader would like to attend or share innovative ideas, we welcome you as well. Share this information with administration as you see fit.
Last year we had the pleasure of welcoming Christine Dinh, the Instructional Technologist from The Joy School as one of our guest presenters and our teachers absolutely loved seeing what other schools are doing. The Coordinator of Technology Applications from Fort Bend ISD, Andres Chavez also shared with our teachers great information about formative assessments.
So here are the CliffsNotes:
When: May 29th
Theme: Innovation (as a presenter, we are open to anything that could be seen as innovative, whether it involves technology or not)
Where: River Oaks Baptist School
For who: Anyone involved in education
Why: An exchange of ideas and opportunities to collaborate
This is what last year's InnCamp looked like, I am in the process of building out this year's website and promotional material.