Technology Summer Camp

Fun technology challenges on Google Apps and the iPad! A private blog for sharing and interacting!
It's time for Technology Summer Camp!

Summer camp is about having fun, trying new things, and connecting with friends. That’s what Friends' Central School Tech 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, FCS Technology Summer Camp aims to:
  • Offer friendly, shared, hands-on practice with technology
  • Build a common baseline of knowledge and skill with digital tools that have proven to be useful in FCS classrooms
  • Develop skill to support digital creation, collaboration, and sharing
  • Lay groundwork for individual goal-setting around technology integration for next year.

This isn't the full professional development package – it's more of an introductory virtual playtime with some great tools you can use in your classroom. For now, Tech Summer Camp is about building our technology awareness and togetherness... and having fun doing so!
What will I do during Tech Summer Camp?
You will find instructions for a series of challenges on this website. After completing each challenge, you will share your learning on your blog. 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. The bottom line? Together, we will play with digital tools, share our learning journey, and build a foundation for continued professional growth and technology integration.

How will this happen?
You will complete these challenges over the summer, devoting time as it suits your learning needs and availability. You might want to spend 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, 8 challenges should take about a day or so to complete. The timing is up to you. We want this to be a fun, flexible process – not an onerous 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!

Hate working alone? Come to Campfire Talks!
If you are the kind of person who prefers learning with others, we are offering two on-site days when you can come to school for Camp Counselor support in completing the challenges. See the Campfire Talks on the right sidebar for more information. We are also offering drop-in times throughout the summer to meet 1-on-1 with a Tech Department member.
Camper Expectations
We encourage you to try all 9 challenges, though each camper is expected to complete at least 1 of the 8 remaining challenges before the fall. For a challenge to be complete, see the highlighted text that is on each challenge. That text 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.

Here are the advanced tasks to complete over the summer:
  • At least 8 blog posts. Do at least 7 of 9 challenges as defined within those challenges.
  • At least 9 blog comments, 1 comment for each challenge on this site.