Celebrating edcamp, libcamp, unconference


The EdCamp Foundation announced the gift of a $2 million dollar, no strings attached, Bill and Melinda Gates grant. It was especially exciting for me because I was there at the birth of the powerful (now international) movement at EdCamp Philly 2010.

Edcamp: It All Started with a Tweet

Educator Innovator

We held the first Edcamp in Philadelphia in May, 2010. People tweeted about it and around the country and the world; people began to follow #edcamp! Edcamps became so powerful because they recognize and honor the expertise of teachers. Original Post/ EdCamp Foundation.

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.

Questions To Ask For #LeadershipDay12

The Web20Classroom

Here are my entries: 2009 , 2010 , 2011 ). Are they going to conferences or Edcamps to expand their horizons or see what conversations teachers are having? Once again, its #LeadershipDay.

From Playgrounds to Programmers: How Sharing Shapes Schools


The Edcamp movement is another example of educators organizing themselves for the simple purpose of sharing practices, successes, and miscues. Edcamp events are free, generally locally organized “unconference” meetings where the agenda is decided by those in attendance. According to the Edcamp website, since 2010 there have been over 700 events in 25 countries. The first iPad was released in April 2010.

mauilibrarian2's 10 Nominations for the 2013 Edublogs Awards #eddies13

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

Best individual blog - One of the EdCamp Movement''s founders, Kristen Swanson , is in my exclusive Google+ MVP circle. Best individual tweeter - I joined Twitter in 2010 just to follow @joycevalenza. This is a fantastic reflective exercise for me!

Compliance does not foster innovation.

The Principal of Change

In my workshops, I always encourage people that if the session doesn’t work for them, they are more than welcome to leave (but not in a threatening way, more in the idea of the Edcamp model of “voting with your feet”), or they can work on things that they are interested in learning.

A National Push for More ‘Active Use’ of Technology in Learning

Educator Innovator

In 2010, when the department published its last National Ed Tech Plan, the phrase “digital divide” usually meant unequal access to devices like laptops and high-speed internet, a severe disparity.

Digital Tools to Mobilize a Community to a Goal

Tech Helpful

Kidcasts: Podcasts for kiddos


Last week I enjoyed the great variety of edCamp Global sessions across a variety of platforms–Periscope, Twitter chats, and Google+ Hangouts.

My Edublog Awards Nominations for 2011


Additionally, winning the 2010 Best New Blog award in this incentive brought SpeechTechie a lot of recognition and new readership, so THANKS again to those who supported me in that round, and to Edublogs as well. It''s that time already.