How Teachers Can Learn From One Another at Unconferences, Meet-ups and Edcamps


For larger, more efficient unconferences, the Edcamp Foundation has a site full of resources and ideas for anybody who wants to organize their own “Edcamp,” which is simply a well-articulated version of an education unconference.

Celebrating Maker Learning with the Edcamp Foundation

Digital Promise

On Saturday, November 4, more than 60 educators joined Digital Promise and Maker Ed for Edcamp: Maker Promise , a full day of powerful professional learning through and about making. Edcamp: Maker Promise was hosted by Friends’ Central School in Wynnewood, PA. As part of the Maker Promise collaboration between Maker Ed and Digital Promise, we held this first Edcamp: Maker Promise to launch a new partnership between Maker Promise and the Edcamp Foundation.

Coming Soon: Edcamps, Brought to You by the Letters PBS


The do-it-yourself conference is coming to your local public broadcaster, as part of a new venture between the Edcamp Foundation and PBS Education. Between now and May, 10 local PBS affiliates will host a series of specially branded events, called PBS Edcamps, aimed at educators and caregivers of students in Pre-K through third grade. That represents a huge—and relatively untapped—market for Edcamps, which rely on social media, such as Twitter, to reach educators.

5 Simple Ways to Improve Teacher Professional Development

The CoolCatTeacher

The most popular form of the unconference is the Edcamp , but many conferences are scheduling an “unconference” day with this same format. At Edcamps across the world, teachers show up on a Saturday morning to an unconference location.

Near to MA? EdCamp Access is 4/8/17!


I am happy to be helping to organize the EdCamp Access again unconference this year. EdCampAccess, in the tradition of EdCamps that have taken place around the world, is an unconference devoted to K -12 educators who work with struggling learners.

3 Misconceptions About Innovation in Education

The Principal of Change

Look at EdCamp. March 9, 2017 An Idea to Innovation to Best Practice October 22, 2016 Technology does not equal innovation, but using technology is often crucial to innovation. “Innovation” is one of the most used words in education right now.

Two Things That All Parents Want for Their Children

The Principal of Change

August 26, 2015 “Fads” and Innovation July 12, 2016 #PokemonGo, Being Observant, and Innovation May 12, 2017 Two Things All Parents Need To Know From Their Schools June 28, 2013 The Prophets In Your Land June 2, 2016 Embracing Meaningful Change at All Levels.

Educators as Empowered Learners

Tech Helpful

I participate in the following ways (please note that none of these options cost me a dime of money)- Edcamp GigCity. This is my fifth year of participating in this edcamp unconference in Chattanooga, TN.

Four Ways School Leaders Can Support Meaningful Innovation


There are schools where administrators are experimenting with models of teacher-led professional development like EdCamps. EdCamps are conferences or professional development days that have learning sessions, but they aren’t planned in advance.

Educational "Air Time"

Tech Helpful

On top of all this I helped lead Edcamp Gig City this past Saturday and when I'm looking at the feedback I can't help but think.even teachers don't truly understand how to best engage in group discussions.

Edtech Needs More Infrastructure, Educator Support in 2017


2017 is shaping up to be a big year of what-if’s. Teachers are hungry for collaborative learning experiences as evidenced by the growth of Edcamps , and they need more opportunities to reflect on their practice, especially as it relates to the use of technology in the classroom. Editor’s Note: ‘Tis the season of giving, eating and reflecting, a time to look back on 2016 and to make bold predictions about what next year may hold.

Growing People Change People

Kyle Pace

What if every person that attended a conference, went to an edcamp, participated in a Twitter chat, etc. I often see this question in Twitter chats, in keynotes, or when it’s asked of esteemed panelists: “How do we create real , systemic change in education?”

Finishing Strong by Taking Chances?

Tech Helpful

Edcamp Style Learning.I am a huge fan of the unconference model of professional development that the Edcamp model brought to education. This will be year four of my involvement with Edcamp Gigcity in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

50+ Can’t-Miss K-12 Education Technology Events for 2017-2018


The calendar below lists the locations and dates for most of the major K-12 conferences from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. There are also recurring events—such as EdCamp and Maker Faire—that take place year-round across the country. “Travel is more than the seeing of sights,” wrote the late Miriam Beard. “It It is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.

Today’s Classrooms Should Be About Flexible Teaching—Not Furniture


At the end of June a group of passionate, dedicated educators gathered for one of New Jersey’s last EdCamps of the 2017 school year. That EdCamp session ended up covering something more important than how many scoop chairs you have in your classroom: finding more meaningful ways to reach our students by being flexible as a teacher. I bounced around a few sessions but settled into one called “Flexible Furniture.”

Seesaw - Notes from #EdCampR13 Session | #EdCamp


edcamp EdCampR13 eportfolio portfolio SeesawStudents can post photos, audio, video, links, text, and and upload files to Seesaw. Interesting use of Seesaw by teacher who is facilitating: Student filled out a behavior worksheet when she was off task.

Wonderful Word Problem Breakthroughs

The CoolCatTeacher

She greatly enjoys sharing her passion for being a connected educator through venues such as ISTE, Edcamp, EdTechTeam and various conferences.

How One Teacher Let Go of Control To Focus On Student-Centered Approaches


She shared her findings at a recent EdCamp gathering in New Jersey. When Kristine Riley looks back on how she used to teach her students, she sees order and control. Her third, fourth and fifth grade gifted-and-talented classes had been structured and orderly, and students sat in designated seats. She had assigned the same tasks to every student and had hoped for roughly the same answers from all of them.

The Web20Classroom - Untitled Article

The Web20Classroom

Visit an Edcamp. Steven Anderson and Shaelynn Farnsworth lay out what Connected Educators do and how it’s a always a work in progress. Educators today can no longer just walk into the classroom, shut their door and teach.

Flipsnack: A fun way to make interactive online magazines #edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

In addition, Mandy supports professional learning as Director of the Collaborate, Inspire & Innovate Conference in Ripon, WI, as well as her Organizer and Public Relations Coordinator roles for edCamp Oshkosh in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

My #ISTE17 Takeaways

Tech Helpful

Rachelle and myself Traveling alone to ISTE this year gave me lots of time alone with my thoughts and my learning. Meeting up with my friend Rachelle Poth on the last day led to one of my greatest moments of reflection.

Empowering or Stifling Voice?

The Principal of Change

She then saw how this came back around to her when she had felt her voice was being shut down at an EdCamp: Every time I opened my mouth to say something it was met with a snarky comment, laughter, or simply dismissed.

Parent/Educator EDU

My Island View

The Edcamp model of instruction for professional development seems to fit the bill for the needs of both educators and parents. All Edcamp topic sessions are based on conversation and not lecture. This Edcamp model will get parents and educators talking about learning.

2016 EdTechTeam Impact Report


Building on the past success of EdTechTeam’s iOS Summits, this new program launched in October 2016 with the first online course taking place in November, the first workshops happening in December, and the first conferences featuring Apple Teacher scheduled in January of 2017.

Back on the Road! The 2018 K-12 Education Technology Conference Calendar


There are also recurring events—such as EdCamp and Maker Faire—that take place year-round across the country. For lifelong learners and writers, the travel bug bites hard. Few experiences are as invigorating as learning new things, meeting old friends and making future ones—across locations familiar and exotic. One of the best parts of the job is checking out the education technology conferences that dot the globe.

How Kristen Swanson Applies Her Classroom Experience to Lead ‘Professional Learning’ at Slack


But she’s probably best known as founder of the Edcamp Foundation, which helps teachers run free, grassroots professional-development workshops. What’s a typical day like for the director of learning at Slack, the fast-growing messaging app that aims to eliminate the need for e-mail? These days, it involves spending time thinking about Choose Your Own Adventure books.

Your Guide to Running a School Like Disney World


This was the rationale for starting teacher-centered Edcamps during professional development. Every year, millions of people flock to Disney World, the self-proclaimed “happiest place on Earth.” Many return year after year to spend their hard-earned money despite the long lines and unpredictable weather. Because of the magical feeling that exists there, and the way people who run the park make them feel.

3 Ways to Instantly Grow Your Personal Learning Network


Try finding an established meetup with BrewCUE , CoffeeCUE , or EdCamp , or even create one in your own area. Imagine a network of leaders from every sector of education: public schools and early learning centers, colleges and universities, museums and libraries, nonprofits and corporations. Now stay with us: imagine this group sought to collaborate in order to inspire and empower a generation of lifelong learners not only locally, but across the United States.

5 Ways to Prep for the Next School Year


3: Go to Conferences and Get Involved If you have the opportunity this summer, I highly encourage you to attend a summit, edcamp, or any type of conference where you can learn and grow. Also, check out Edcamps which are free, participant-driven conferences for professional development.

@drwendymcdonald Stopped Grading

Teacher Tech

I Stopped Grading and I’m a Better Teacher An an EdCamp session I was so excited to hear how 4th grade teacher Dr. Wendy McDonald has decided to stop grading. By the time I turned on the Periscope I of course missed some of the really golden nuggets Wendy shared. Here is the link to […]. The post @drwendymcdonald Stopped Grading appeared first on Teacher Tech. Blog Entries Lesson Design

Educators as Empowered Citizens (Unpacking the ISTE Standards for Educators)

Tech Helpful

ISTE Standards for Educators 2017) Part of using technology in the classroom is both modeling and creating opportunities for ourselves and our students to be a productive part of the digital landscape. I offer help in my community through edcamps and technology conferences.

Give Teachers Credit: They Know Learning Is Social


Teachers in 2017 are more likely to learn from a Twitter chat for education than most “sit and get” professional development sessions hosted by their school or district. This is why hundreds of thousands of teachers around the world are participating in Twitter chats, Edcamps and other informal, organically organized professional learning communities.

Google Forms & Group Discussion


This was all good until I realized that I could use my new skill learned at the San Diego EdCamp (thanks, Kyra Bowers !)

Digital Tools to Mobilize a Community to a Goal

Tech Helpful

Merritt Public Schools: How a Rural Oklahoma District Developed its Digital Learning Program

Education Superhighway

They began helping each other implement the digital classroom tools, going to ISTE , and sharing information and best practices with each other and at Edcamps.

Digital Learning Day Reflections

Tech Helpful

We adopted the edcamp "rule of two feet" for this event. Last Thursday Chattanooga Christian Lower School opened our doors for observations of technology integration. We had both local and regional educators come and visit our school for the day.

To Build Teamwork, Breakout EDU Challenges Students to Think Out of the Box


I had heard about Breakout EDU back in 2015 when it first hit the EdCamp scene in New Jersey. I was on my way to my new gig as an elementary teacher one morning when I first heard the term “PBL paralysis” on a podcast. Erin Murphy and Ross Cooper, authors of Hacking Project Based Learning , were using the term to describe the hesitance that teachers feel when jumping into Project Based Learning (PBL), a hands-on model which encourages students to learn through doing. Their advice?

Tips And Tricks To Keep Kids On Track During Genius Hour Projects


When Sean Crevier accidentally wandered into the room where educators at a Milwaukee Edcamp were discussing 20 percent time projects, also known as Genius Hour , he stayed only out of politeness.

Coming This Summer: Powerful, Peer-Led Professional Development That Won’t Bore


For us, it was at EdFoo 2017 , an un-conference of teachers, edtech gurus, funders and others gathered at Google’s Silicon Valley headquarters for three days of spontaneous learning. Embracing the belief that educators themselves provide the most valuable PD for their colleagues, EdCamps began in Philadelphia in 2010 and have since been replicated more than 700 times around the world. When was the last time you walked into a conference without an agenda?

The 13-Strategy Checklist to Invite Diversity Into Professional Learning Opportunities

The Innovative Educator

In New York City we conduct EdCamps, Google Educator Group meetups, #NYCSchoolsTech meetups, and we have an annual #NYCSchoolsTech Summit with more than 1000 attendees.