Tuesday, February 10, 2015
What is EdCamp?
EdCamps occur all over the country. They are designed as an un-conference... no presenters, no pre-planned topics, no limit to the discussions that can take place. Born from the power of collaboration among colleagues, EdCamp began in May, 2010 in Philadelphia. Planning goes into registration, promotion and donation-gathering. No pre-planning goes into securing presenters, selecting topics or choosing presentation proposals.
This may seem strange at first, but have faith. When teachers gather, they already know what they want to talk about. It might be effectively using Twitter to reach high school students; or using collaboration tools in Google Docs to give students meaningful feedback throughout the writing process; or strategies for effective classroom management when using technology tools. Anything goes!
EdCamp Eau Claire first debuted in April 2014. Over 200 educators attended last spring and the feedback was phenomenal! On the morning of EdCamp, attendees submit their ideas for sessions. EdCamp planners choose rooms and times for the ideas. Attendees choose sessions to attend, and discussion begins, collaboration ensues, and magic happens...
Unlike a regular conference, attendees at EdCamp may choose sessions for different reasons: first, they may choose a session because they are interested in listening, asking questions and learning more; second, they may choose a session because they are passionate, experienced or knowledgeable about the topic and interested in helping lead the discussion. Each session ends up with a different feel, different discussions and a different outcome.
If this sounds like something for you, consider attending EdCamp - Eau Claire on April 18th. We will host this amazing event at the Chippewa Falls Area Senior High School - 735 Terrill St, Chippewa Falls, WI. Registration will open March 1st. There is no cost to attend and food will be provided!
Follow: @EdCampEC on Twitter to get up-to-date information, including where and how to register.
For more information about EdCamp Eau Claire, including registration, visit: https://sites.google.com/site/edcampecwi/home.
For more information and to find other EdCamps in the area and across the country, visit http://edcamp.org/