Digital Promise Brings Edcamps Into Its Tent

Edsurge

For years, organizers of “ Edcamps ,” a popular brand of informal professional development gatherings for teachers, received a resource kit sent by their host organization, the Edcamp Foundation. Edcamp events offered teachers a voice in what they would learn.

edCamp Every Day #edCampSV #edCamp

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The first session revolved around the very real challenges of integrating technology into classroom instruction from the perspective of two willing (but under supported by their district) teachers. Upon returning home, I got to thinking, we should aspire to have edCamps happening on school campuses every day. So, have an edCamp every day on your campus. In the staff lounge, in your classroom, post a few topics and get together to discuss. Commentary edcamp

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3-Bullet Thursday [Google Expeditions. Chrome Music. Student EdCamps]

techlearning

Recently our school acquired a classroom set of Google Cardboard VR goggles via a generous donation from an former student. Student-Driven EdCamps might be an easy way in the door. He presents widely on sparking student curiosity and teaching with technology.

edWeb Supports Edcamp Phoenix

edWeb.net

Edcamps are a great way for educators to meet with peers in their area and share great ideas. edWeb was pleased to be able to support our friends Peggy George and Deirdre Shetler with EdCamp Phoenix. Edcamp Phoenix has come and gone, and what an event it was! edWeb Blog edcamp

5 Tips for Planning a Kidcamp, the Student-Driven #Edcamp

Edsurge

By now you’ve probably heard of edcamps —free, organic, participant-driven, “un-conferences” that empower educators to maximize professional learning experiences and peer networks. PD After Hours Earlier this year, Hackensack Public Schools hosted its first edcamp at Nellie K. Edcamp After Hours , the first of its kind in northern NJ, ended up being a big hit. The energy and enthusiasm filtered down to the students, who then asked if they could hold an edcamp of their own.

Want to foster rich academic discussions? Try a student #Edcamp

eSchool News

An innovative professional development model comes to the classroom. Edcamp “unconferences” have shattered the traditional model for professional development, and they’re catching on as a way for educators to share their ideas and expertise in an informal, collegial way.

Connecting Voices through Robotics: An EdCamp Global Event

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

This year, our library is fortunate to have a robotics loan from Birdbrain Technologies. 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.

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

MindShift

If you’re looking for something more formal, the same kind of gathering can take place at a school site, ideally one with Wi-Fi and at least a few accessible classrooms. You’ll also need several classrooms for the sessions, Wi-Fi access, and available restrooms.

Voxer, Twitter, and EdCamps: How to Tackle the Harsh Realities of Finding Good Statewide PD

Edsurge

The Trifecta of Rural PD, Part 2: Edcamps Problem Two: How do you bring educators together for a day of learning that doesn’t cost any money to gather? Potential Solution: While collaborations and connections are formed on Twitter chats, the local EdCamp (essentially a free “unconference”) takes us into Step Two, strengthening these bonds. EdCamps sessions are set the day of the EdCamp, this leads to a wide range of topics for the attendees’ professional development.

"Edcamp Style" PD- Personalizing teacher learning on a required PD day!

Tech Helpful

After the experience it allowed the lower school curriculum coordinator and myself (lower school technology coordinator) to rethink some of our professional development days. On one day in August before the students came, and again in January of this year we set up Edcamp style PD days.

Professional Opportunities for Educators in 2014

Kleinspiration

If you''re a Michigan educator, be sure to mark your 2015 calendars for the MI Flip Conference and EdCamp Lansing. I love meeting those who share the same passion for creativity in the classroom that I have. This conference always ignites my passion for what I do in the classroom.

Creating Future Ready Schools and Classrooms

Tom Murray

How can schools and districts systemically create a vision of teaching and learning that’s personal, authentic, relevant, and harnesses the power of technology? Non-traditional forms of professional learning such as the use of social media and Edcamps are valued, not dismissed.

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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

At CORE we believe that new technologies are the most exciting way to engage 21st century learners across all education and training sectors. 6 Mistakes You Might Be Making with Technology Integration What Students Will Learn In The Future Minecraft’s virtual worlds can teach real U.S.

Open Space Technology: Decision by Inclusion

Edutopia

Arch Grieve School Leadership See where Edcamps and Unconferences got their start with Open Space Technology, an inclusive decision-making model for crowdsourcing the best ideas in your school or classroom

Educators as Empowered Learners

Tech Helpful

Below is the excerpt from the ISTE Standards for Educators that describes this standard: Empowered Professional Learner - Educators continually improve their practice by learning from and with others and exploring proven and promising practices that leverage technology to improve student learning.

7 Great NonProfits Changing the Face of Professional Learning

Tom Murray

As mentioned in my previous post 16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools , prior to my role as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, I spent 14 years in a public school in Pennsylvania as an elementary and middle school teacher, middle school and elementary principal, and district level technology director. EdCamp Foundation. International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

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

Edsurge

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. The facilitator shared pictures of sleek, stylish yet functional seats, tables and “Starbucks”-style setups while others asked questions and shared ideas about how to get the latest furniture in their classrooms. Some offered contact information about “classroom designers” and school vendors.

The Future’s Open Wide With These 60+ K-12 Education Technology Events in 2018-2019

Edsurge

From local Edcamps in your backyard to glitzy conferences dotting the globe, these convenings showcase exciting changes happening in schools and classrooms (and humbling lessons learned along the way). We’ve compiled this shortlist of education technology events for the K-12 community happening across the world in 2018. The calendar below lists the locations and dates major K-12 education technology conferences for the rest of 2018, and through the first six months of 2019.

Virtual Mentorship for Emerging Leaders

The CoolCatTeacher

Jennifer Gonzalez has released her 2018 Teachers Guide to Technology with over 200 education technology tools including tools for assessment, flipped learning, presentations, parent engagement, video engagement and more. Innovation Social Media Wonderful Classroom Wednesday

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Educational "Air Time"

Tech Helpful

Over the last couple of weeks I have really started looking more deeply at the way technology can enhance different learning theories and instructional practice.

Finishing Strong by Taking Chances?

Tech Helpful

I want to share five things you might try in your classroom in these last weeks to take a chance on creating something valuable for the future (yours, your current students, and even your future students): Genius Hour or 20% Time.This is a creation of the Google Company themselves.

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Teacher Voice at #EdcampUSA

Philly Teacher

Today was an exciting day for the Edcamp Foundation and for edcampers all over the US. At around 7:00 am, a small group of educators walked across C Street and entered the Department of Education for a day of sharing and learning at Edcamp US DOE. edcamp

The Unconference

Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts

I have to admit, that I’ve avoided edcamps and unconfernces for a while, because they have felt to me like group hugs… warm and cozy, but not a lot about moving my learning forward. Increase the value of learning through and from failure in our classrooms with students.

8 Secrets To Providing Amazing EdTech Customer Service that Directly Affects Students and Classrooms

My Paperless Classroom

Obotix , the company behind Sphero and Ollie, is committed to supporting their robots in the classroom. Look for Edcamps and offer support. Please set aside a small fund each year to help sponsor food at an event for teachers, but more than that go to an Edcamp.

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

NeverEndingSearch

SHEG currently offers three impressive curricula that may be put to immediate use in secondary classrooms and libraries. SHEG also offers two other fabulous portals filled with resources to help classroom teachers and teacher librarians inquiry and historical analysis.

Wakelet and WeVideo: Powerful Distance Learning Edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

He talks about how he uses them with students and teachers for classroom learning and teacher PD. Bruce Reicher – Bio as Submitted Bruce Reicher has been a technology teacher for over 25 years. Mr. Reicher is an avid learner who enjoys going to Edcamps and conferences.

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Edublog 2011 Award Nominations

Kleinspiration

Anderson''s 50K+ Tweets have been one of the top resources I''ve grown to depend on as a classroom teacher. Bloggers specialize in technology, home-schooling, curriculum developers, event organizers, and give-away specialists. Edublog 2011 Award Nominations The nominations are now open!

Professional Development Excitement.is it possible?

Tech Helpful

As an instructional technologist I see many different personalities of educators when I’m introducing new technology ideas. Not in My Classroom!” I often will introduce the concept with a hook that they can use in there classrooms as well.

Teacher Voice at #EdcampUSA

Philly Teacher

Today was an exciting day for the Edcamp Foundation and for edcampers all over the US. At around 7:00 am, a small group of educators walked across C Street and entered the Department of Education for a day of sharing and learning at Edcamp US DOE. edcamp

The 2014 ASCD Annual Conference: There is Hope

Philly Teacher

In addition, there were more sessions this year focused around topics like integrating technology, digital citizenship, mobile learners, technology and critical thinking and others. conference edcamp PBL reflection social media technology

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

Edsurge

She began her career as a third-grade teacher, later served as director of technology for a school district, then directed a research department at BrightBytes, which helps K-12 administrators and school leaders align school spending with learning outcomes. But she’s probably best known as founder of the Edcamp Foundation, which helps teachers run free, grassroots professional-development workshops. What’s a classroom memory that sticks with her?

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

Educator Innovator

In its 2016 National Education Technology Plan, the Department of Education emphasizes model approaches to digital learning. The new plan lays out model ways of using educational technology in the nation’s classrooms, with a focus on equity and active use.

Beyond "Ditching the Desks," 9 Creative Ways to Avoid "The Cemetery Effect"

Kleinspiration

My heart sunk when I thought about how this space - a cemetery - resembled the first classroom learning environment that I had created for my first class of fourth graders. These classrooms are seemingly suffering from what I’ll coin, “The Cemetery Effect”.

5 Ways to Participate in #ISTE17 even if you’re not there #notatiste17

The CoolCatTeacher

You will also want to come by PowerSchool’s Classroom of the Future in 207A where they will be giving away Apple Watches, Microsoft Surfaces and Amazon Echoes. For those of you not at ISTE check out the Unified Classroom at [link]. I co-host the weekly Classroom 2.0

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The 2014 ASCD Annual Conference: There is Hope

Philly Teacher

In addition, there were more sessions this year focused around topics like integrating technology, digital citizenship, mobile learners, technology and critical thinking and others. technology conference social media reflection edcamp PBL