What is Edcamp?
Edcamps are free unconferences for educators. Attendees start the day with breakfast, networking, and creating the schedule by proposing topics of interest. Every session is facilitated entirely by the educators in the room, and there are no formal presentations or pre-made slide decks.
Edcamp is unlike any other professional development experience. First, there is NO SET SCHEDULE until the morning of the event. As attendees arrive, they can post topics to the empty session board. Second, you get to CHOOSE what sessions you want to attend based on YOUR interests. If the topic doesn’t apply to you, or you don’t enjoy the session, YOU CAN LEAVE and choose a different one.
Edcamp is unique because the sessions are led by colleagues in the field and based around universal topics in education. It is also a wonderful model to bring to your school for future professional development. This chance to network in an informal arena will allow you to build a community of like-minded colleagues with whom you can brainstorm and learn. You are guaranteed to learn something new, make a new friend, and receive information that you can immediately apply in your classroom and professional life.
Here are some videos that help explain the EdCamp model:
Ed Camp from True Life Media
EDCAMPNYC – Promo from Saddle River Day School on Vimeo.
Edcamp Sessions Building – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;