Geek Camp


What Is It?
Geek Camp is a week of learning offered to anyone in education from teachers, admin, para professionals, to school secretaries and transportation- if your business is education you are welcome.

Geek Camp has a format unlike most other learning opportunities in that presenters/facilitators share for 45 minutes of a 2 hour session, the rest of that time is hands on play time. We also have large blocks of space between sessions for creating, play time, and the most important- conversation. Conversations happen with educators of different walks and can be some of the most powerful take aways from the event.  We also explore new technologies with the offering of virtual sessions, which are now done with Google Hangouts On Air. 




 History
Geek camp started in 2011 as "Geek Week"  as a one person show. I saw a need for learning to happen outside of PD days and the first week back to school. I saw teachers tired, overwhelmed, and never having the time they needed to really try something without the worry of tomorrow's lesson plans. So, I offered Geek Week. 40 hours of PD that were optional sessions that allowed teachers and all staff to come and learn new things. It was a success. 

After a small success, I saw how this could be a better experience with more educators and presenters.  The Center of Professional Development in Douglas County School District was gracious enough to support the concept and help it grow. That is when Geek Week, morphed into Geek Camp. Our first year we started with about 100 participants over 4 days. Rooms would have 10 people or less; but those people were happy. Educators exhaling stress and working feverishly on new ideas.  Geek Camp has a format unlike most other learning opportunities in that presenters/facilitators share for 45 minutes of a 2 hour session, the rest of that time is hands on play time. We also have large blocks of space between sessions for creating, play time, and the most important- conversation. Conversations happen with educators of different walks and can be some of the most powerful take aways from the event.  We also explore new technologies with the offering of virtual sessions, which are now done with Google Hangouts On Air. 

That excitement spread and others joined us for Geek Camp 2013 that was a resounding success. Representation from 5 different Denver Metro school districts, 200+ participants, a virtual presentation from California, and several Google Certified Teachers.  The growth of this one idea is something that makes me very proud and I am thrilled each year that people are willing to lend their talents and time to this idea. 

Geek Camp 2014 went to a new location (with better parking) to house more people. I have a goal of 5 districts or more and 500 participants. None of which would happen without the support of DCSD's CPD, and the many others that volunteer their time and support to the cause. 

2015 brought on an independently run Geek Camp, back where it all started: Challenge to Excellence. It was a small gathering and a re-grouping of sorts. With no budget or support, we were still able to offer excellent sessions and learning opportunities. 

Geek Camp 2016 is all set for July 19, 20, 21 and is sure to be even better than before. 

I have credit for creating; but so many take the credit for its sustainability. The feedback and positivity feeds my soul and leaves me buzzing each and every year. 
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