What is Edcamp?

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What is Edcamp? EdCamp is a very unique professional learning opportunity for educators. Also know as the “unconference,” Edcamp presents a new way for educators to convene, connect, and share with each other.

“What makes Edcamp an unconference? Unlike traditional conferences which have schedules set months in advance by the people running the conference, Edcamp has an agenda that’s created by the participants at the start of the event. Instead of one person standing in front of the room talking for an hour, people are encouraged to have discussions and hands-on sessions. Sponsors don’t have their own special sessions or tables, all of the space and time are reserved for the things the people there want to talk about. People could pay hundreds of dollars to attend another conference, or they could go to Edcamp for free.” – from Edcamp.org

Edcamps are:

  • free
  • non-commercial and conducted with a vendor-free presence
  • hosted by any organization interested in furthering the edcamp mission
  • made up of sessions that are determined on the day of the event
  • events where anyone who attends can be a presenter
  • reliant on the “law of two feet” that encourages participants to find a session that meets their needs

If you have never attended an Edcamp, I challenge you to try it! It’s a professional learning experience unlike any other. Edcamps are booming in the North Texas area. There is one scheduled for Feb. 22, 2014 at Royse City High School. For more info, follow @EdcampAwesome.

Look for more information on local Edcamps on this blog.

To learn more about the Edcamp movement and upcoming Edcamps, visit the Edcamp Wiki at http://edcamp.wikispaces.com

 

Kasey Bell

Kasey Bell is a Digital Learning Consultant for Region 10 ESC.

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