What is this Edcamp you speak of? Edcamps are organic, participant-driven professional learning experiences for educators across the country and worldwide!  To learn even more check out: http://www.edcamp.org/ 

What is the format? This year, Middle School teachers at P-CCS will attend/create the i3: Edcamped Edition.  Edcamps are unconferences. Yep, that’s right, Edcamps are not conferences! Organizers set the schedule for the day but all sessions are determined by participants on the day of the event. Everyone is welcome to propose and lead a session where conversation and collaboration are paramount. The day is completely participant-driven.

Do I have to present?  You do not need to present when you attend an Edcamp. However, anyone with a good idea is encouraged to lead a conversation.  Edcamp is all about learning and sharing. You are welcome to propose a session where you are the expert or to propose a session where you are the one with questions or concerns. Sometimes the best learning is born of informal conversation.

Do I have to be a techie?  Absolutely not! Edcamps are for everyone that wants to learn and share. You’ll see most educators at Edcamps using some kind of device to view the session board, take collaborative notes, tweet about the experience and on occasion, share via live video. This is not a requirement…...just a reflection of the times. Sessions are determined by the participants at each individual Edcamp.

What do I bring?  Bring an excitement for learning.  Like any conference you should come prepared to take notes in any fashion you like.  Most Edcamps, and certainly ours at Liberty, will have WiFi access, so you can bring mobile devices or laptops. Paper and pencil will also work just fine. Bring anything you would like to make your day meaningful.

How can I be a part of the action? Participate. Facilitate. You can tweet using the hashtag for the Edcamp you are attending. (#i3edcamped) After the i3 Edcamp, keep the conversations going through blogging, meet ups or bringing this type of professional development to your middle school. 

What will I take away? We’re certain you’ll take away a host of great ideas, new resources and add a few new members to your Personal Learning Network. 

Edcamps have been taking place throughout Southeast Michigan and lots of other places. Why have thousands of educators nearby and around the world attended Edcamps, often on their own time? The consistent answer heard from attendees is that they are passionate about education and want to learn and share with equally inspired teachers.