Target 3 – Flexible Learning Environments
FWSU will maximize flexible learning environments by redefining the school day, promoting learning experiences that extend beyond the school classroom, and fostering creativity, innovation, and differentiated learning opportunities for all.
Action Step – Highlight, create and model innovative learning opportunities that promote collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creativity for students and staff.
For the first time ever FWSU educators participated in a district wide EdCamp as part of their November inservice schedule. EdCamp is an “un-conference” setting that allows for participant-driven professional development to promote innovation and creativity. It is based on the concept of flexible learning as applied to adults. EdCamps are relatively new, but are currently being facilitated by educators all over the country. VT ASCD has hosted two EdCamps over the past year – both were a resounding success. The excitement generated by this model sparked the idea of bringing an EdCamp to FWSU Inservice.
FWSU EdCamp began with educators posting ideas for workshops and sharing educational topics with one another. Teachers spontaneously posted topics of interest and many volunteered to facilitate a full-day schedule of workshops. Topics ranged from eBooks to STEM implementation in the classroom.
Multiple sessions were posted, and a grid was developed to allow six sessions to be hosted each hour for four hours. The sessions were dynamic and flexible, presenting meaningful opportunities for teachers and administrators to share ideas and enhance their own learning.
The day concluded with a full session of all educators who participated in EdCamp. The final session featured a round-robin event where all participants shared one digital-age teaching resource with the group. The resources were collected using a shared GoogleDoc and now are available for all FWSU staff.
The reviews by the 60+ educators who participated were extremely positive. Plans are already underway for FWSU EdCamp 2.0 to promote adult collaborative inquiry, problem-solving, and creativity.