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Getting the word out about your Edcamp is essential to its success. So, how about some FREE ADVERTISING?
A group of educators and myself started a blog, “Education Is My Life“, and it has since taken off in ways we didn’t necessarily imagine. We are going to start advertising on our site with one 125×125 ad on each page. We are starting with 10 ads that will rotate with each impression. From the start of this process we’ve agreed to promote great educational opportunities in any way we can. We’d like to offer free advertising on our site to EdCamps to promote this awesome idea.
EdCamps (and the EdCamp foundation) can send us their logo, a brief description (and location), and link to their website. We’ll run the ad on our site for a month leading up to the specific EdCamp. All we would like in return is for an edcamper at that specific location to send us a blog post recapping the event once it is over.
Let me know if you need any more information!
Colllabo I The Q&A for Educators
To take advantage of this opportunity, contact AJ via this form or send email to AJJuliani@gmail.com!
We’ve all been there: A mind-numbing, passive, professional development session that aims to “fill up” your mind with knowledge and expertise. Quite often, these types of experiences leave you drowsy and uninspired.
Well, there’s a new form of professional development sweeping the nation that aims to change all that. Edcamps are unconferences for educators where learners share their experiences and their professional expertise in a collaborative, interactive learning environment. Edcamps are based on Open Space Technology (OST) which states that “whoever comes are the right people and whatever happens are the only things that could have” (Boule, 2011).
An authentic Edcamp has the following features:
Edcamps were founded when a group of teachers, including me, were inspired by a local Barcamp unconference on computer programming. Since the first Edcamp was held in Philadelphia in May 2010, over 50 Edcamps have been held by teachers in the United States, Chile, and Sweeden. (Interested in holding your own Edcamp? Visit the Edcamp wiki at http://edcamp.wikispaces.com)
Teachers and educational stakeholders are using this format to start meaningful conversations about their work. Social media, including blogs, Twitter, and Facebook, have served to continue the conversation in online spaces as well. Professional reflection, application, and evaluation abound.
Lately, Edcamps have received some criticism due to the interactive, unpredictable format. How can you guarantee that every Edcamp session is based on the latest research? Quite simply, you can’t. Edcamps should be used as one meaningful item on the professional development menu. There will always be a place for traditional professional development to ensure that faculties are using the latest research and effectively employing the most fundamental strategies purported by the educational organization. However, using the Edcamp format to honor teachers’ expertise and provide interactive learning opportunities is a worthy process.
Edcamps strive to provide space for teachers to learn from each other. They give everyone a voice and a forum to explore new ideas and strategies.
To learn more about the Edcamp movement and upcoming Edcamps, visit the Edcamp Wiki at http://edcamp.wikispaces.com
Boule, M. (2011). Mob rule learning. Medford, NJ: First
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SOURCE: The Edcamp Wiki
*if you have a chance, ATTEND ANOTHER EDCAMP OR A BARCAMP! It will give a lot of guidance in planning your own conference*
First: Determine a mission/goal for the event. (Read part 1 of Mary Beth’s series on creating an edcamp)
Second: Take care of the “big stuff” (Read part 2 of Mary Beth’s series on creating an edcamp)
Third: Get funding! (Read part 3 of Mary Beth’s series on creating an edcamp)
Fourth: Do all the “little things.” (Read part 4 of Mary Beth’s series on creating an edcamp)
HAVE YOUR EVENT!!!
Have you ever wondered what an Edcamp actually LOOKS like? Well, wonder no more, you can check out the official Edcamp Flickr Group right here!
If you have had (or will be having) an Edcamp, please contribute your photos to our group, and if possible, share them with a Creative Commons license!