Overview

Summer camp is about having fun, trying new things and connecting with friends. That’s what PPS EdTech Summer Camp is about too! Through a series of creative challenges, you will build your own knowledge and skill in using technology to create and share. Join us for a summer learning adventure!

Here is some information to help you get started:

What's the big picture?
In addition to providing an opportunity for having fun, building community and being creative, PPS EdTech Summer Camp goals include:
  • Offering friendly, shared, hands-on practice with technology
  • Building a common baseline of knowledge and skills with digital tools that have proven to be useful in classrooms
  • Developing skills to support digital creation, collaboration and sharing
  • Laying the groundwork for individual goal-setting around technology integration
This camp is an introductory virtual playtime that allows you to explore some great tools you can use in your classroom. You will be building your technology awareness while connecting with colleagues and having fun doing so!


What will I do during EdTech Summer Camp?
You will find instructions for a series of challenges on this website. After completing each challenge, you will share your learning on a group blog using Blogger. You will categorize each post by challenge number for easy access. Through blog comments, you will interact with your fellow campers and support their learning adventure. You might even freestyle a bit and share your own digital explorations in Arts & Crafts! Together, we will play with digital tools, share our learning journey and build a foundation for continued professional growth and technology integration.
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How will this happen?
You will complete these challenges over the summer, devoting time as it suits your learning needs and availability. You may want to spen
d 30 minutes a week and complete one challenge at a time. Or you might prefer to sit down with a friendly colleague and knock it all out at once. For the average tech user, eight challenges should take about half a day (four hours) to complete. The timing is up to you. This should be a fun, flexible process, not an intrusion into your lovely summer. If all or most of these tools are new to you, breaking it up into a challenge or two a week will give you time to absorb all the new information, but again, the timing is up to you!


If you don't like working alone and would prefer learning with others, come to a Campfire Day, a face-to-face scheduled work session time to get Camp Counselor support. There are two Campfire Days scheduled during the summer, on Friday, July 17 and Tuesday, Aug. 11. See Ask a Counselor for more information and register here.



Camper Expectations
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We encourage you to try all 15 challenges, though each camper is expected to complete at least eight of the 15 to receive a PDU certificate (four hours). Note: All of the Google Apps challenges by themselves will take about four hours. For a challenge to be complete, see the top section of each challenge where it says Earn Your Badge. That section lists the basic requirements for each challenge. To get the most out of each challenge, take some time to dig in and explore multiple features of the app or tool. As with all camp activities, you will get out of it what you put into it.

Also, please provide comments on at least one post for a fellow camper for eight of the 15 challenges (a minimum of eight comments, but you don't have to limit yourself to just eight!) 

Here are the requirements to complete over the summer if you wish to receive four PDU hours:
  • Register for PPS Summer EdTech Camp on the Learning Campus, under Instructional Technology.
  • At least eight blog posts. Do at least eight of 15 challenges (four PDU hours), with badges earned as defined within those challenges. Experienced campers may substitute one Arts & Crafts post for one of the predefined challenges and do seven challenges + one Arts & Crafts post. See post guidelines here.
  • At least eight blog comments on any of the posts of other campers.
Feel free to explore the challenges without registering or completing the requirements if you just want to participate in a learning experience for yourself.