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Why #Edcamp Is So Awesome

The Web20Classroom

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending another Edcamp. Don''t know what an Edcamp is or looks like? My experience with Edcamp has been that of a participant and an organizer (EdcampNC!). And seeing it from all sides really helps me believe that Edcamp, is quite possibly the best Professional Development I''ve had. Edcamp EdcampElon EdcampNC But why?

How to Maximize your EdCamp Experience

Educational Technology Guy

Edcamps are the "unconference". Edcamp is a great series of free, unconferences for educators. The Edcamp model is unique in that attendees set the agenda the morning of the conference and the sessions are not led by one person, but are rather a collaboration of both the facilitator and attendees. Here is a great article by Mary Beth Hertz on Edcamp and the unconference idea.

Edcamp comes to CT - twice this year! Join in, share, learn.

Educational Technology Guy

Edcamps are the "unconference". Edcamp is a great series of free, unconferences for educators. The Edcamp model is unique in that attendees set the agenda the morning of the conference and the sessions are not led by one person, but are rather a collaboration of both the facilitator and attendees. Here is a great article by Mary Beth Hertz on Edcamp and the unconference idea.

How to Maximize the EdCamp Experience: 6 Tips! [infographic]

Shake Up Learning

How to Maximize the EdCamp Experience (Click to view full size image) 6 Tips to Maximize the EdCamp Experience There are so many wonderful reasons that I love EdCamps! I enjoy both attending EdCamps as a participant, and organizing EdCamps to help other educators discover the power of the unconference! Below are some tips for new and experienced EdCampers!

What is a Twitter Profile?

My Island View

The basic principle of Twitter is that if you follow ten people on Twitter, you will only see the tweets of those ten people. The ideal way to follow someone back is to first examine his or her Twitter Profile, which has public access. A very important number on that profile is how many tweets the person has tweeted while on Twitter. It speaks to their Twitter interaction. I too often find administrators who claim to be connected on Twitter, but have profiles showing about 100-200 tweets as their lifetime total. I do the same for specific hashtags.

Twitter and PD - GHO at edcampHOME

Kairos EdTech

This is a GHO we did at #edcamphome this morning on Twitter and PD. edcamp edcamphome GHO Twitter Very interesting discussion that extended to uses in the classroom, best practices, tips on how to get other educators on board, etc.

Professional Opportunities for Educators in 2014


If you''re a Michigan educator, be sure to mark your 2015 calendars for the MI Flip Conference and EdCamp Lansing. EdCamp Detroit : May 3, 2014 Detroit, MI The EdCamp unConferences are one of a kind. For any EdCamp unConference, there is no registration fee. I am one of the organizers for the EdCamp Detroit conference. EdCamp U.S. What an honor! Seriously.

HOW TO EDCAMP! Notes from a workshop by Kevin Jarrett

Saving Socrates

Kevin Jarrett (@kjarrett) spoke about how to run an edcamp at #edcampsteam. It isn''t trademarked for an edcamp. Edcamp rules, has to be open to all, at school unconference. This is what an edcamp should be. You can learn about stuff at an edcamp. Hey I want to learn about twitter, fine put up a session about twitter.Good organizing team operates with as little ego as possible, I need raffle tickets, someone gets them, I need breakfast, I will do it. Sponsors? Free PD.

Twitter Equals Growth Mindset?

The Principal of Change

This could be something to applied the idea of educators using Twitter. With the Twitter now implementing video in the service, it will be something that people will not only be open to learn, but I am sure will do interesting and new things with. It is probably one of the reasons why Twitter moved from the idea of “what are you doing”, to “what’s happening” in the update box. Twitter became what it is today because of people’s willingness to not only use it, but to further it with ideas that I am assuming the developers could have never imagined. Absolutely. Nope.

Learning Revolution Newsletter - Weekly Free Event Calendar - Conference Keynotes Update - Edcamp USDOE - Digital Citizenship

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Friday, June 6th at 8am - 3pm in Washington, DC Edcamp US Department of Education: Leading, Learning, Listening , Edcamp US DOE will be an intimate gathering of teacher leaders and policy leaders in order to discuss the most important issues in education. Second Monday of each month is the Teacher Librarian Twitter Chat. Follow #TLChat on Twitter to participate.

Connecting Voices through Robotics: An EdCamp Global Event

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

We recently started talking on Twitter about how our kids could collaborate both synchronously and asynchronously, and we were looped in to a conversation about EdCamp Global. — edcamp Global (@edcampGlobal) January 23, 2016. I wish I had clued in to EdCamp Global sooner because it was an amazing opportunity. Would LOVE 4 u 2 share these at #ECGC16 this week!

2 Unconferences in 2 Days: EdCamp Honolulu and EdCampOnline -- Part 1 of 2

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

I hadn''t ever been to an EdCamp before, so to attend two in two days was quite amazing. One event was in person, the other was online (a first not only for me, but for edcamps!). So this is Part I: mainly about the resources I gathered at EdCamp Honolulu , October 19, 2013. Part II will be about EdCamp Online. ? ? ? ? ? What is an EdCamp? Too much! Be awesome."

Discussing an Augmented Reality World! - AR Detroit

Two Guys and Some iPads

If you are not in the area, please chat with us through (AR Detroit) or tweet at us using our twitter handles Brad Waid - @techbradwaid Brian Wassom - @bdwassom Drew Minock - @techminock AR Detroit - @ARDetroit. On Monday, July 29th our baby took it''s first step! It was a great success as we had 15 amazing people there to discuss how they use Augmented Reality in their field.

#EdcampHome Promo

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Everyone can participate via the backchannel following #EdcampHOME on Twitter. For those of you not familiar with the Edcamp Foundation. About the Edcamp Foundation The Edcamp Foundation is a Delaware non-profit, which was started to promote organic, participant-driven professional development for K-12 educators worldwide. edcamp #edtech edcamp

The Top Gun of EdTech Conference

Two Guys and Some iPads

We have communicated a lot through twitter, Google hangouts, and even worked together on projects throughout the summer. Alice Keeler augmented reality Aurasma bay bridge CUE cuerockstar Daqri Daqri edtech edcamp edtech edtech san francisco John Stevens patue PLN remind 101 san francisco social media three ring twitter It is an opportunity to learn from some of best.

Is Edu Connected Collaboration Just Whistling In The Wind?

My Island View

Through LinkedIn I discovered Twitter. Twitter was more in real-time. I used Twitter only for educators. The Twitter Chat model flourished creating hundreds of education chats here and around the world. My big takeaway from Twitter was that people were accepted for their ideas and not their titles. Through Twitter I was exposed to many relevant Blog Posts.

Interesting idea - Chromebook + Nexus 7 instead of just an iPad

Educational Technology Guy

Follow me on Twitter and Google+. Android chromebooks edcamp google Chrome OS Google for Educators iPad At EdcampCT this past week, I was chatting with Greg McVerry ( @jgmac1106 ) about devices, 1-1 and BYOD and he made an interesting comment. Instead of a school purchasing an iPad and keyboard for all the students, what about a Chromebook and Nexus 7 for each student?

LIVE: Edutopia and the EdCamp Foundation from ISTE 2015


This year at ISTE 2015, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Elana Leoni from Edutopia to discuss Mr Lucas’s vision for the future of education and together with Hadley Ferguson and Mary Beth Hertz, we discuss how Edutopia and the Edcamp Foundation are empowering students and teachers to create greatness in classrooms all around the world. Twitter: [link]. Twitter: [link].

Reflections on Edcamp Boston 2011


This past Saturday I attended Edcamp Boston, an "unconference" set in the wonderful Microsoft NERD center overlooking the Charles River in Cambridge. Edcamps take place all over the country and the model involves participants creating their own agenda across the day, with session leaders acting as facilitators rather than traditional "presenters." Smackdown" sharing session. Spuncon?

#EdCampOnline Experience 10-26-13 #ce13


Yesterday I had the exciting opportunity to participate in the first ever EdCamp to be held online. If you are not familiar with EdCamps, they differ from traditional professional development experiences in that they are organized by the participants on the day of the event. To preserve the experience, I created a Storify using the Tweets I sent out during EdCamp Online.

The Rise of Online Professional Development!

That''s why I help plan Edcamp Honolulu! 8-9) Connected Educator Month (October) TeacherCast broadcasts by +Jeffrey Bradbury Check out all the Twitter chats on EdTech Mixed Plate LIVE Hangout (shameless plug) Google Rocks! Conference Edcamp hangouts online PD Social Media technology Virtual The popularity and the need for such PD is growing quickly.

#EdcampHOME is Where the Heart is. for Learning

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

I remember attending my first Edcamp in November and being awed by the session board: its masking taped grid on a cement block school wall and the giant post it notes used for session creation; the organizers on laptops furiously copying the schedule to a Google spreadsheet. edcamp #edtech collaboration edcamp gobstopper Google I did not want to miss one second of the action.

The Importance of Andragogy in Education

My Island View

It is probably the key to the success of the Edcamp movement. All of the Edcamp sessions are guided conversations. It is also a key factor in the Education Twitter chats that happen globally around the clock. Accountability Administrator conference Connected Educator Edcamp Education ISTE Leadership PD Professional development Professionalism Reform Teachmeet Thought leadership Thought Provoking Uncategorized unconference Theoretically, these educators have an understanding of pedagogy and methodology in order to accomplish these goals. Adults are goal oriented.

Creating Change

The Principal of Change

Things such as Genius Hour, Innovation Week/Day, Identity Day, Maker Spaces, EdCamps, Flipped Classrooms, revamped professional learning opportunities, using social media to create powerful opportunities for learning, and a myriad of other empowering ways to learn, are things that didn’t exist when I went to school. Creating better ways for our kids and ourselves to learn.

Edtech Conference on an Aircraft Carrier? Yes, Please!

Two Guys and Some iPads

I am very excited to connect with several edtech start ups, as well as some of my favorite twitter educators. cuerockstar edcamp edcamphome edtechm san francisco remind 101 CUE Rock Star Camp: USS Hornet Classic Rock Event A few weeks ago I was approached with the opportunity to attend a CUE Rock Star Camp event in San Francisco.

How Connected Educators Use Social Media


Reviewer Susie Highley put what she learned in What Connected Educators Do Differently to work in organizing an edcamp and remotely attending ISTE this summer. Book Reviews Connected PD connected educators Jeffrey Zoul Jimmy Casas Routledge Susie Highley Todd Whitaker twitterShe highly recommends the book to newly connected and veteran social media users.

Are Twitter and educational standards divorced?

Kairos EdTech

Originally published on SmartBlog on Education: [link] A lot is being said about Twitter these days in the education arena, and it seems to be a growing trend. Although Twitter has certain entertainment clichés attached to it, it offers consistent alignment with educational and technological standards, which we will attempt to analyze in this article. It shouldn’t be that way.

Taking Control Of Your Professional Development

The Web20Classroom

Twitter Chats -Like blogging I've written about the benefits of hashtags and Twitter chats many times. The Educational Twitter Chats calendar is a great place to start to find a specific chat for a topic you are interested in or even more simply a hashtag to follow to see what others are sharing. Edcamps can help fill that void. The fact is my friend is not alone.

Anytime, Anywhere Learning #CE13

The Web20Classroom

The CEM Events calendar is the place to visit if you want to join a virtual book club, find a Twitter chat or see what sorts of other virtual learning events are happening. I love Edcamps and the types of PD that take place there. The Edcamp Wiki Calendar has a listing of all the upcoming camps. Just in the next few weeks there are Edcamps in Chicago, Hawaii (Can I go?), Be sure to check out the calendar for an Edcamp coming soon to you. Can''t get to an Edcamp F2F? Check out Edcamp Online , an all-day virtual Edcamp. Picture it.

"I Used to be Sitting in Seat 17D" - How I Rejuvenated My Teaching Career

Fractus Learning

As I reread Eric Sheninger’s book for the third time, I decided to take the leap and create a Twitter account. Since this change, I have… attended #edcamps. taken veteran teachers, administrators, board members and preservice teachers to #edcamps. facilitated at 3 #edcamps and at ConnectED in March of this year. I avoid it like the plague. Can I hug you?

8 Education Books For The Digital Age: The Connected Educator Series #CorwinCE

The Web20Classroom

Ask any of the thousands of teachers who regularly use Twitter, Pinterest, or Facebook about connected education, and you may get an earful about using digital tools as a means to connect with educators and students worldwide. The Edcamp Model: Powering Up Professional Learning , by The Edcamp Foundation: Professional development has never been so simple than when teachers create it.

The 2014 ASCD Annual Conference: There is Hope

Philly Teacher

On Saturday morning, during the “Saved by Twitter” session, I watched complete strangers huddle in groups to discuss social media, their use of Twitter, the challenges involved in using social media and I witnessed a few people send their first tweet or use a hashtag for the first time. conference edcamp PBL reflection social media technology It was awesome.

Thinking About Redefining Professional Development

The Web20Classroom

The traditional forms of sit-and-get PD are giving way to MOOCs, webinars, Edcamps and flipped learning. Everything from learning on Twitter to Unconference models to building a Personal Learning Network is covered here. As a former Director of Instructional Technology my job was to provide technology embedded professional development (PD) to a district of 4000 teachers.

Excellent Online Professional Development Resources for Teachers

Educational Technology Guy

Social media provides a great resource for educators, especially Twitter, to connect, share and learn with other educators. There are new forms of in-person professional development, like Edcamps , that are also a great way for educators to learn new things. Follow me on Twitter and Google+. Many educators have turned online for some of their professional development.

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The Web20Classroom

Traditionally, Twitter has been the entry point for many looking to grow their PLN. Twitter is easy to use, tweets are short in length, and by utilizing hashtags, has something for everyone. No matter your content area, grade you teach or topic you are interested in there are educators on Twitter to connect with and learn from. Twitter works for many but may not work for all.

This summer’s ultimate ed tech professional development guide


You can gain huge insights into how other teachers are making strides with ed tech without reaching for your credit card: EdcampsEdcamps are free, they’re teacher-led and the name of the game is participation. Check out a complete Edcamp calendar to see if one is in your area. It’s officially summer. Time to step off the teaching treadmill for a well-deserved break.

Edublog 2011 Award Nominations


Best individual tweeter: @web20classroom - Steven Anderson If having over 35,000 Twitter followers doesn''t speak for itself. Twitter alone is one of my most valuable resources for professional development, and it''s dedicated Tweeters like Steven that enhance the quality of this resource. Jerry is also a very active presence on Twitter. I''m thankful for her creativity.