What is an edcamp?
An edcamp is an informal unconference-style day of professional development organized and given by the local participants with sessions determined at the time of the event. Connect with other educators to share innovative instructional strategies and technologies that transform education for all students.
Arrive with an idea for a session that you would like to lead and be ready to learn. A session might explore a technology tool, a discussion about best practices or a collaborative presentation with multiple facilitators.
You will have the opportunity to attend up to two sessions. The rule of the unconference is to “vote with your feet”. If a session doesn’t meet your needs, simply get up and move on to another room.
Here's a great video to introduce you to the concept.
In 2013, I attended my first EdCamp. It was EdCamp Milwaukee organized by Chad Kafka, Tammy Lind, and Beth Lisowski. At that first EdCamp, I met a lot of new faces that I would soon realize were great innovators in education. It was the day I realized the power of a personal learning network. I learned about gamification from Michael Matera, Google tips and tricks from Jennie Magiera, fantastic tech toys from Tricia Louis, innovative PD design from Jason Bretzmann, and met essential people in my PLN like Brian Durst.
The great thing about this network was that it was not grade level or subject specific. We all had something to contribute to the conversation and something to learn from each other. All the unconferences I have attended have been great experiences. That is why we have a team that is organizing an EdCamp in own district. It will be held on March 25, 2017, at Brookfield Central High School in Brookfield, WI. All are welcome and registration is free.
I hope you can find a way to attend. The more sharing we have the more everyone will benefit.