What is an EdCamp?

 

On November 3, 2012, a collaborative effort that included the Highlander Institute, hosted the first ever EdCamp in Rhode Island at Rhode Island College!

Now, you may be asking yourself: What exactly is an EdCamp? How is it different than an education conference?

An EdCamp is an UN-conference organized by local groups of educators. It is flexible and based on the needs of the participants. An EdCamp is more of an open forum with no predetermined presenters or topics where the participants self-select what they want to learn more about!

The first ever EdCamp RI was such a success that we look forward to hosting many more in the future! Make sure you stay connected to the Highlander Institute via our Website, Facebook, and Twitter for upcoming EdCamps!

You can also check out some pictures from the recent EdCamp here.

STEM Center iPad Integration Training

On November 9 and 10, 2012 the STEM Center at Rhode Island College and the Highlander Institute held a workshop for 44 Rhode Island School teachers, administrators, and technology staff members.

Each teacher received a free iPad for attending the workshop and promising that they would train four more teachers what they learned. Training was focused on how to use the iPad and integrating iPads into mathematics curriculum.

The Highlander Institute lead a demonstration on Metryx, our mobile application that gives educators an easier way to conduct formative assessments and monitor student progress on the fly.

Melissa Pickering, founder and CEO of icreatetoeducate, demonstrated her latest software, and iPad app called MyCreate. MyCreate encourages students to create with their hands, engage with effective technology, and work in teams.

This workshop was the first of two series of workshops and represented a successful and positive step forward in math and science integration.