Showing posts with label edcamp boston. Show all posts
Showing posts with label edcamp boston. Show all posts

Monday, September 5, 2011

EdCamps Everywhere! Find One or Host One

EdCamp is a format for hosting free professional development conferences for educators by educators. The concept is that these free events are organized by volunteers who wish to have a gathering of educators to host a day of discussions and presentations. The discussions and presentations are announced that morning by the people in attendance. If you show up at an EdCamp with a presentation you want to give or a discussion you want to facilitate, put it up on the board and if people want to attend your session, you're on.

There have been EdCamps all over the United States this year and there are still more planned for later this year in the US and around the world. You can see the schedule of upcoming events here.

If you would like to host an EdCamp event in your area, the EdCamp Foundation (a non-profit 501 c 3) has fantastic directions to get you started. They've outlined the steps you should take to secure a venue, secure some sponsorship if necessary, promoting your event, and running the actual event.

The EdCamp Foundation is currently seeking some pro-bono legal and accounting assistance. If you know anyone who would be interested in assisting them in that way, please get in touch with them.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

PadCamp - An EdCamp Dedicated to Tablets

PadCamp is a free unconference for educators interested in learning about and sharing ideas for using tablets (iPads, Android tablets, ereaders) in the classroom. The free event will be held on August 9 in Galloway, NJ.

PadCamp will follow the same unconference model used at the increasingly popular EdCamp events that have been held across the country over the last couple of years. The idea of an unconference is that there are not any keynote speakers or predetermined workshops. Everyone comes to the event, if you want to share something put your idea on the proposed sessions board, and people vote with their feet by going to the sessions that they have an interest in. It might seem a little messy at first, but trust me it works.

If you're in the Galloway, New Jersey area and have an interest in learning more about using tablets in the classroom, PadCamp is for you. And did I mention that all attendees get a free breakfast and a free lunch?

Saturday, May 7, 2011

EdCamp Boston Morning Reflections

It's lunchtime here at EdCamp Boston, it has been a good morning of mingling, sharing, and learning. I facilitated a conversation about blogging. What I enjoy about EdCamp is that there isn't a keynote speaker or any planned workshops. As a first time EdCamp conversation facilitator I enjoyed being able to let the conversation go wherever people wanted it to. I felt like this format could help more people have their needs met than a traditional workshop-style session.

The conversation I facilitated was titled Everything You've Wanted To Know About Blogging, But Haven't Asked. About twenty people came to the conversation and we covered all kinds of topics related to blogging in the classroom and blogging for personal/ professional use. During the conversation I shared a couple of links with the group to address a couple of things that came up.

In response to some questions about teaching students to comment I brought up this page of posts from Silvia Tolisano. This page contains Silvia's excellent blog posts about teaching students to write good blog post comments. You can watch one of the videos below.

3rd Grade- Quality Commenting on Blogs from langwitches on Vimeo.

In response to some questions about "selling" teachers on creating a classroom blog, Patrick Larkin and I brought up the idea of selling them on the practical benefits of blogging. To that end I put this Slideshare up on the screen.

Week in Review - Greetings from EdCamp

Good morning from Boston where EdCamp Boston is just about to start. This is my first EdCamp so I'm looking forward to the experiences today. If you're not familiar with the EdCamp model it is basically an gathering of educators who propose discussion topics for the day. Those topics are voted on by attendees and the topics of most interest are the ones that make it onto the agenda. You can learn more about EdCamp in this video. Before I rush into the EdCamp experience, I'd like to share with you the most popular posts of the week.

Here are the most popular posts of the week:
1. Edmodo: The Total Classroom Solution
2. Technology in the Music Classroom
3. 10 Sites and Apps for SAT Vocabulary Review
4. 100 Years in 100 Images
5. Videos and Articles About the Death of Osama Bin Laden
6. Weather Spark - Interactive Weather Maps
7. JellyCam - A Free Stop Motion Movie Creator

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