The masterminds behind EdCamp Home are David Theriault, Kelly Kermode, Karl Lindgren-Steicher, and Shawn White. Organizing a well run EdCamp event in person can be daunting but add to that the element of using Google Hangouts as the means of attendance for approximately 400 attendees from around the globe with computer skill levels ranging from beginner to expert and the complexity becomes astronomical.
Mind baffling is the word that comes to mind when thinking about everything that went into making this event run smoothly. Setting up a website. Establishing a private Google+ Community. Creating an Eventbrite for ticket reservations. Providing detailed, step by step directions as well as video tutorials for how the day would run and how to do everything from attend a session to moderate a session. The real kicker was writing a Google script (program) that would automatically generate results as they were entered by participants to make attending various sessions relatively painless.
Participants were prepared for the day in advance with directions sent from the EdCampHome Team. It reminded me of Flipped Learning in that participants had to really look over and understand the directions provided in advance of the event so that when the day started they were ready to apply that knowledge to participate and generate engaging, informative, high order thinking skill conversations with educators from around the world.
My day at EdCampHome started at 11 am CT. I tuned into the EdCampHome website, click on Opening Organizer GHO and clicked play to watch the live broadcast to kick off this prodigious event. Then it was off to the races! All attendees and moderators had approximately 15 - 20 minutes to sign up/set up Google Hangouts for the various sessions proposed by attendees. This is where the script came into play. Only ten people can participate in a hangout so sorting attendees into the sessions they wanted to attend and getting those invites out was a feat of pure genius. Again, kudos to the EdCampHome Team and to all the volunteer moderators on a job well done.
The first session I attended was Coaching Teachers/Admin/Others. I learned a great deal from this session and before I knew it our time was up. Markette Pierce created a collaborative shared Google Doc so that we could record the great information shared to refer back to later.
Katie Ann created a great wrap up video of the days events: