My big take away had little to do with the conversations. It had more to do with the attendees. I would say that at least 85 - 90% of those in attendance were first timers. They had never experienced the aura and stimulation of EdCamp. Watching the crowds coalesce and interact was cool to watch. Many didn't participate verbally but all were listening and engaged. That was awesome to see!
Best of all was the unsaid commitment to change learning and teaching in the classrooms and schools they belonged to. That's the transforming power that comes from participating in spontaneous conversations with people who are passionate about education.
Widening my PLN was huge part of my experience. A wish for every educator would be to have a great PLN. Maybe to many it sounds corny to have a "learning network" but not having one leaves you in the dark. Interacting with so many other great educators makes me that much better because I learn so much.
A shout out to Toby Fisher and his crew who put the event together. They did an awesome job!
If you participate in no other professional development this year, attend an EdCamp!