I’m a mega-fan of edcamps! I attend them as often as I can, and I also help to organize one called Edcamp Happy Camper here in southern New Jersey. I love being able to choose my own learning, and I love watching a session board fill up with the ideas and inspirations of each diverse group of educators. At an edcamp, you never know what the sessions will be until you get there!
Well, I’ve learned that sometimes edcamp attendees STILL aren’t really sure what the sessions are even after they’re posted. There have been many times that I’ve heard someone say, “I would have gone to that session, but I didn’t really know what it was.” Look at the sample session board above. There are several session titles that might not be known to some, and many attendees will avoid those sessions rather than finding someone who can explain it to them.
It would be easy for edcamp organizers to quickly add a little QR code to each posted session.
- Prior to the edcamp, quickly set up a grid on Flipgrid (name it after your edcamp) and subsequently create a topic called Session Board.
- You will need a printer nearby so you can print the QR codes right away. You could also use one of these adorable little HP Sprocket portable printers that prints 2×3” stickers instantly through an app.
- As people come up to post session ideas that they want to facilitate, have one edcamp organizer stationed by the session board who will ask that person to record a quick 30-second synopsis that explains their session.
- Print the QR code to that video and stick it to that posted session (as shown in sample session board graphic above.)
- Put the link to the entire TOPIC on the digital version of the session board, so that throughout the day attendees can watch the synopsis videos from wherever they are during the edcamp.
At your edcamp, be sure to make an announcement that people can use their phones to scan the QR codes. The new AR feature of Flipgrid’s QR codes will make these videos really POP…so be prepared for lots of ooohs and aaahs!
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