Saturday, March 16, 2013

#16 of 31 EdCamp

Edcamps are a relatively new phenomenon around the education world. Essentially, they are a non-conference. There are no set agendas or topics for the camp until participants are there. The "campers" decide on the topics they want to talk about. Everyone breaks out into those sessions and discussions and questions take place. The learning and connecting is amazing!

Our district hosted an edcamp today (#edcamphwinn). About 80 teachers and administrators from PK to college and three states attended. Having never been to one, it blew my mind to see the learning going on. Everyone shared what did and didn't work for them. Asked questions of each other. Expanded thinking.

My mind is still going.

I've been to many conferences. There are always sessions you go to and then think, "This isn't really what I wanted."  At edcamp when that happens, you get up and go find a session that does fit what you need. Or, you stay in a room and work with the apps or tech you learned about. It's up to you.

It's edcamp.

I'm sure I'll have more to write later, but right now the family is waiting for me to join them. My parting words to you are, if you see an edcamp near you. GO!

10 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great idea! Thanks for sharing!!

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  2. I like the name, sounds more fun than educational conferences. Enjoy your family, but come back and share more. This is intriguing.

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  3. That sounds really neat! I agree with elsie -- the "camp" makes it sound like more fun, and from your account, it is! I can't wait to hear more about it. I wonder if there are any in Ohio?

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  4. Deb, edcamp seems to be what you needed after your last couple of busy weeks. Hope you learned a lot and that you brain can slow down and enjoy your family the rest of the weekend.

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  5. Glad you had such a inspiring time there! I look forward to hearing more about your #edcamp experience.

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  6. Definitely intriguing! I really want to hear more.

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  8. The 'word correct' made a hash of my comment, Deb, hence the delete! Like others, I want to know more too. I've never heard this term. At first I thought they meant for the kids. The term is great & would work in a variety of ways, I think. Thanks!

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  9. I went to an edcamp last spring- a fascinating experience. I was amazed at how quickly people put an agenda together, how many people came to share, all of the ideas I had afterwards! A totally inspiring experience!

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  10. I loved the edcamp I went to over the summer. Your post reminds me I need to look up when another one will be close by again. It is an amazing experience.

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