Top 5 moments from Camp Engage Back to School

Top 5 moments from Camp Engage Back to School

September 1, 2022The Nearpod Team

Did you miss the most recent Camp Engage? Well, you’re in luck because the campfire isn’t out yet! We’re rounding up the top moments from Camp Engage Back to School 2022.

You can still sign up for free to access a library of on-demand sessions, self-paced resources, and a community of campers to network with!

Camp Engage is a free professional development opportunity for educators to learn how to bring Nearpod and Flocabulary into the classroom. The 39 available on-demand sessions are targeted at beginner to advanced users to inspire, brainstorm, and create new lessons and practices for back to school.

Unsure where to begin? While we think Camp Engage was spectacular from start to finish, we’ve highlighted some of our campers’ and our favorite moments.

Top 5 moments from Camp Engage Back to School

1. Opening Ceremony

We were honored to be joined by seasoned educator Lei Washington who helped kick off the week with an inspirational talk about what true engagement looks and feels like.

Lei Washington is a 24-year veteran in the educational profession. A field she claims as her birthright as she is the grand-niece of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, the national civil rights pioneer, educator, and activist. In 2021, she began a new role in Guilford County Schools as the Director of Learning and Leadership Operational Support. Her educational philosophy is grounded in the ideology that culturally intentional systems yield customized championship-worthy outcomes.

She used Flocabulary in its early days to offer struggling learners reading intervention that was culturally relevant and Tier 2. While implementing the program the school’s score rose from 24.7 to 87.

One of the most touching aspects of Lei’s keynote was the story of “The Little Man,” a young student she encountered many years ago who had been told time and time again that he wasn’t capable of meeting expectations. Rather than accept that judgment, Lei worked with this student to meet him where he was. Through her framework of “ACT – Activate, Cultivate, Time on Task,” this “Little Man” flourished. Lei was introduced to our audience by Nearpod employee and former teacher Nik Knight, who is also Lei’s son – and wouldn’t you know it, was that “Little Man.” Watch the Opening Ceremony below!

2. Demo Slam

The Demo Slam has become quite the fan favorite of Camp Engage traditions, and we’re not surprised. This friendly competition is an opportunity for members of the Nearpod community to #humblebrag about how they are using Nearpod or Flocabulary in innovative, effective ways. And we, the audience can both celebrate their work and quickly jot down notes to replicate all the incredible ideas.

Lindsay R and Robin M tweeting about Camp Engage Back to School's 2022 Demo Slam

Here were the contestants!

  • Maureen Helfrich – Ready-Made Book Report Grows with Your Students All Year
  • Cheryl Graff – Drag and Drop, We Don’t Stop! Making the Most of Drag and Drop
  • Tracy Parodi – The Nearpod Challenge
  • Dawn Dickerson – Not Your Average Instructional Video
  • Lisa Whiston – Mindful Minute with Draw It
  • Rashida Brereton – Flipped Classroom ❤️ Nearpod
  • Bethany Petty – Visualizing Vocabulary

3. Community connections

One of the things about Camp Engage Back to School that makes it stand out from our ongoing Nearpod and Flocabulary PD is the opportunity for educators to connect in and out of sessions. All 5,000+ campers around the world formed connections and built their PLN over social media, happy hours, session breakout rooms, and more! You can still collaborate with other educators through the 1:1 Networking tab on the Camp Engage website.

Sean A. tweeting about Camp Engage Back to School's 2022 networking events

4. Product sneak peeks

It wouldn’t be a Camp Engage without substantial sneak peeks about what’s coming to Nearpod and Flocabulary in the weeks and months to come.

Mandolyn L. tweeting about Camp Engage Back to School's 2022 Nearpod updates

5. Back to school inspiration

We were blown away by the creativity our presenters infused into their sessions, especially those who focused on how to cultivate classroom community and bring social and emotional learning into the fold for back to school.

Explore more of Camp Engage Back to School yourself!

With 47 sessions, 5,000+ participants and 165 counties represented, Camp Engage: Back to School was most certainly an event to remember. 

To watch any of the recorded sessions, click below to register for free! Then, navigate the library of recordings and resources to make sure you are all set to bring joy to your classrooms with Nearpod and Flocabulary!

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