My dream of holding #edcampKC at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, a Kansas City cultural icon, came to fruition on Saturday, November 9th! A heARTy thank you to Adrienne Lalli-Hills who answered a million questions/emails from me and who truly helped make this dream happen! If not for her efforts, kindness, and work, we couldn't have experienced edcamp learning at the Nelson.
Kyle Pace and I had a grand day in the 4th #edcampKC and 1st one at the Nelson-Atkins.
The venue itself took our day and our learning to a new level. The weather was 67 degrees F and sunny. Group picture on the front steps went off with lots of laughs and a funny passerby-camera-dude. A mural/art room complete with Kyle Pace's mom's cookies. The Educator Resource Center where the staff signed teachers up to be on committees with them to help get art into all contents via Skype and more! A packed-house raffle at 3:30 thanks to Kansas City coming through with many awesome KC gifts acquired through JUST CALLING AND ASKING! Raffle was fun.
Our #EdcampKC themes at the Nelson were Visual learning (VTS-visual thinking strategies), Conversation, Learning out Loud, and Reaching out to and engaging the Community.
Kyle is sending out a feedback form to all attendees today along with an attendee badge for blogs or websites. I've already talked with the amazing staff at the Nelson today about #edcampKC 2014. Adrienne has set a tentative first planning date in February.
Our issue of the day was, you guessed it, wifi. We crashed it and people could not access from computers/tablets unless they had hotspots. Once people jumped off, you could get on but it was a frustration we'd hoped would not present itself. It pushed the focus to conversation and people adjusted. We want to erase that problem next year. The Nelson education staff told me today they want to help solve that issue. :)
More blogposts to come on #edcampKC takeaways and on VTS.
Thanks to everyone at #edcampKC. Every person present was an important part of the cumulative experience, the conversations, the learning, and the FUN.
Enjoy the Flickr picture set as your VISUAL story of our day. The set is still growing as #edcampKC'ers send their pictures to my Flickr email address.