My first session was led by Tom Murray (@thomascmurray) and was a discussion on what makes good PD. We brainstormed a list of characteristics of ineffective and effective PD and developed a plan on how to implement in our schools. I learned about several resources I want to look into further including free webinars at: Simple K-12, Utah Education Network, and EdWeb.net. Twitter chats were also discussed as a great way to connect with other professionals around the world. You can check out Jerry Blumengarten's webpage, Cybraryman, for a complete listing of chat sessions.
The next session was my favorite, on Minecraft. It was a casual chat with other educators who had started a Minecraft club or used it with their classroom students. I really want to learn more about Minecraft and look into getting a server in one of the schools to play with. Anyone try it in their classroom? I'd LOVE to hear from you! There was a teacher from Huntsville in the sessions that we all got to learn from. She has a 5th grade classroom which she teaches through games. I got a list of games that I want to explore.
Have you ever been to an EdCamp? If not, I highly suggest it. It's quailty, FREE professional development. The next local EdCamp will be in Birmingham: http://edcamp.wikispaces.com/edcamp+Mountain+Brook