Edcamps are redefining professional learning

eSchool News

From Portland to Pittsburgh, Seattle to Stockholm, Abu Dhabi to Atlanta, and in hundreds of towns and cities around the globe, authentic professional learning is energizing educators. Edcamps —participatory, teacher-driven professional learning events — are multiplying on a national and international scale, creating local and global communities of passionate educators. Related content: 10 reasons why you’ll love Edcamp as much as I do.

New Micro-credentials for Back-to-School Professional Learning

Digital Promise

As part of our robust micro-credential ecosystem, we proudly partner with organizations to provide opportunities for on-demand, personalized professional learning. 21st Century Learning Through Global Education. Edcamp Community at Digital Promise.

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Edcamp Finds a New Home at Digital Promise

Digital Promise

Digital Promise is incredibly excited to welcome the Edcamp Foundation to our family of projects and programs. By fully merging our operations, we believe we can do even more to support the community of educators who organize and attend Edcamps across the United States and around the world. The Edcamp Community project within Digital Promise will continue to provide the support to Edcamp organizers that the Edcamp Foundation has provided. Learn more.

Powerful Learning at Home with Edcamp

Digital Promise

As schools and districts across the country transition to distance learning, educators are seeking new ways to engage their students in powerful learning experiences at home. In this post we highlight the power of Edcamps to support educators to learn from each other, and invite educators to participate in Edcamp: Powerful Learning at Home , an online professional learning event hosted by Digital Promise and Edcamp Foundation.

What is an EdCamp?

EdTech4Beginners

Edcamps are organic, participant-driven professional learning experiences for educators across the country and worldwide! I would say the key difference between an Edcamp and a typical educational conference is that they are unstructured and the sessions are based on sharing expertise. Here is how my experience of Edcamp went (I live tweeted during the day): What happened at #edcampBKK ? Have you been to an Edcamp?

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. At the end of the day, while attendees reflected and shared highlights of their experience, one attendee shared how they learned how to sync a micro-bit and was excited to share with their students how to do it. Edcamp: Maker Promise was hosted by Friends’ Central School in Wynnewood, PA.

Run your meetings edcamp style: The un-faculty faculty meeting

eSchool News

That’s why administrators and teacher leaders should transform faculty meetings into engaging professional development (PD) opportunities. Want to take it even further with engaging, interactive professional learning community (PLC)-style faculty meetings? You can elevate the motivation and learning to heights that seem unreachable. Edcamp-style faculty meetings! Edcamps are typically free and built around community participation and organization.

10 reasons why you’ll love Edcamp as much as I do

eSchool News

Have you ever been in a professional learning (PL) experience where you don’t keep looking at the time, checking Facebook, or texting people? I spend several Saturdays a year at an Edcamp , an unconference-style professional development (PD) for all educators. You might be wondering why I would give up a Saturday to attend an Edcamp, so here are 10 reasons why you will love Edcamps as much as I do. The energy at an Edcamp is electric!

Celebrating edcamp, libcamp, unconference

NeverEndingSearch

For me, it’s been an unconferency kinda week–a celebration of the informal, participant-driven learning experiences that have made huge impact on professional learning culture. 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.

Connecting Personalized Professional Learning to a Bigger Purpose

The Principal of Change

” “Personalized Learning” for educators is something that is gaining more traction in education, and rightfully so. When I think about how to effectively empower educators to create personalized professional learning for themselves, I often think of Google’s “20% time”, where employees had 20% of their own time to move forward Google as an organization. “We

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. So, what if we gave our students the same opportunity their teachers have to learn alongside one another, lift each other up and maximize their learning experiences, all while promoting empathy and kindness? He was very disinterested in school and learning in general.

9 Ways to Upgrade Professional Learning in Your District

Tom Murray

The notion of “effective professional learning” is something that has been discussed for decades. A comparison in the philosophies of today’s school districts yields results that falls across a continuum of who controls the learning. Although recent studies indicate that the top-down, one-size-fits-all, hours-based, sit and get approach to professional learning shows little-to-no impact on student achievement, many districts continue down this path.

Edcamps: The New Professional Development

Edutopia

Howard, PhD & Sarah Thomas Edcamps When teachers choose their own professional learning opportunities (such as Edcamps), many feel more support in their jobs and better prepared to support their students' learning Nicol R.

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

Edsurge

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? 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. Pull Learning'. Each learning experience is brief, targeted, and modular.

Participate.com: Your toolbelt for professional learning

NeverEndingSearch

The many, many years of formal professional development I’ve attended over many, many years in K12 education in no way equals the professional development opportunities I found for myself in the last few years across my online communities of practice and through open structure conferences that offered me choices and flexibility. Participate.com allows us to pull all of this goodness together for ourselves and for the learning communities we serve.

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

The Innovative Educator

Learn from and converse with a diverse collection of colleagues by following, liking, and responding to them. 11) Empower staff Supervisors can be mindful to allocate days (5 - 10 per year) for staff to attend professional learning opportunities. Make space for them to share what they learned back at your school. However, I am still learning.

8 Things to Look for in Today’s Professional Learning (Part 1)

The Principal of Change

As I am in the process of going deeper into the topic, someone asked me if this is something that we could do in professional development. As someone who is a big believer in creating experiences for educators where they partake in the types of learning that should happen in the classroom, I thought this suggestion made total sense. To be honest with you, professional learning in many cases needs an overhaul. I reflect, therefore I learn. .

Connecting Voices through Robotics: An EdCamp Global Event

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Currently, a group of 2nd-5th graders are meeting every Friday for one hour to learn to code these robots and create projects with them. Donna MacDonald (Vermont) and Jenny Lussier (Connecticut) are two wonderful friends who inspire me through my professional learning network, and they also have these robots on loan. Jenny and Donna wrote their robotics loan application with plans to collaborate with one another, and they have invited my students to jump in to their learning.

From EdCamps to Google, 11 Professional Development Offerings for Teachers This Summer

Edsurge

Yes, fill your schedule with cookouts and sunbathing, but also make time for some professional development this break. To help you stay sharp while getting that much-needed vitamin D, we have a gathered a list of professional development activities geared towards teachers, offered for free or at relatively low-cost. Click on the pins on the Code.org training map to find a professional development opportunity near you.)

8 Things to Look for in Today’s Professional Learning (Part 2)

The Principal of Change

(This is the second of two parts on professional learning. Connected Learning. Rationale: The opportunities for learning in our world today are immense and we need to take advantage of the opportunities that are presented to us. This has a major impact in our learning today. What I have started to notice is that you can see some major benefits of being connected in the classroom for the learning environment of our students. What is EdCamp?

Take Charge of Your Own PL This Summer!

MiddleWeb

Herding educators together for one-size-fits-all professional development often misses the mark of teachers’ real work, says Emily Vickery. Teachers now have tools to tailor their own professional learning "to maximize our growth." Articles Professional Learning Connected Educators Month Digital Promise EdCamp Emily Vickery micro-credentials PLN professional learning sheryl nussbaum beach teacher driven PD unconference

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

SpeechTechie

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. Attendees may choose to facilitate a session, lead discussions or attend sessions of interest to further their professional learning. consultation professional development

EdCamp Access- Near to MA? Register!

SpeechTechie

I am happy to be helping to organize the EdCamp Access 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. Attendees may choose to facilitate a session, lead discussions or attend sessions of interest to further their professional learning. professional development

The New Librarian: How to build a face-to-face PLN in 3 easy steps

eSchool News

By now the term professional learning network (PLN) is used very often, but much of the time it refers to the virtual type, meaning our online colleagues and networks. Fast forward a few months and it’s changed my professional life. Before moving to this position, I ran across the CoffeeEDU model and decided to attend a meetup—and instantly loved how this meetup, with no agenda or formal presentation, was more like a support group than a professional learning event.

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. Educators: Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.

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? FRS) , is helping thousands of schools create these types of learning experiences for kids. In a Future Ready district, curriculum, instruction, and assessment are tightly aligned, redesigned to engage students in 21st Century, relevant, technology-empowered, deeper learning. Personalized Professional Learning.

Fueling the Leaders

Tech Helpful

Yesterday I got back from spending a day and a half at Emory University free of charge thanks to the Gates Foundation and the Edcamp Foundation. Edcamp Organizers Summit was an amazing opportunity for those of us that have been on the planning committees for local Edcamps. It was an honor and a privilege to represent Chattanooga's Edcamp Gigcity. As I met new edcamp leaders from all over the south I found myself growing with excitement.

Embracing Our Inner Makers: Hands-On Learning During COVID-19 and Beyond

Digital Promise

Maker Learning is Powerful Learning. As educators, we know we cannot press pause on Powerful Learning; we must find ways to give our students powerful, hands-on experiences while navigating today’s additional complexities. Edcamp: Maker Learning.

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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update June 3rd, 2014 Discovery is seeing what everyone else has seen, and thinking what nobody else has thought. Albert Szent-Gyorgi The Learning Revolution Project highlights our own "conference 2.0" virtual and physical events and those of our over 200 partners in the learning professions. To subscribe to this newsletter, please sign up at the Learning Revolution. Interested in becoming a Learning Revolution Partner?

Inspired Learning to Get Results Now at #ModelSchools

A Principal's Reflections

Rigorous and Relevant Adult Learning Fuels Rigorous and Relevant Schools Solving ill-structured problems. Daggett calls “Quadrant D” learninglearning experiences that are both rigorous and relevant. However, even as they talk about the need for a shift in teaching and learning, educational conferences often model a very familiar learning experience—what Daggett refers to as “Quadrant A” (or what many teachers call less kindly: “sit n’ git”).

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

NeverEndingSearch

These tasks are perfect for learning across the curriculum and especially for librarian-led learning. Webpage Comparison : Students examine two websites and select the one that they would use to begin research on gun control, assessing their ability to identify the strengths and limitations of websites for learning about political topics. Among the learning experiences on ten pages packed with lessons are: Civil Rights Movement in Context.

Is Edu Connected Collaboration Just Whistling In The Wind?

My Island View

This led me to consider making some professional connections out of necessity. I realized as an adult learner that I learned best through collaboration and that collaboration could only take place if I was in some way connected with other educators. It was considered a social media application for professionals. That was a scary step that in hindsight helped me grow more as a professional than any other individual step I have taken.

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Today's Newsletter: Refill Your Learning Toolbox This Summer

techlearning

For those of us in education, summer is a time for relaxation, reflecting, and also new learning. Whether you are attending a conference like ISTE , or creating your own personalized learning experience, utilizing this “break” to explore new tools and strategies that help expand your teaching toolbox can be very rewarding. Instagram, Twitter, or personalized Facebook groups allow you to create your own learning opportunities, anywhere, and anytime.

Is Edu Connected Collaboration Just Whistling In The Wind?

My Island View

This led me to consider making some professional connections out of necessity. I realized as an adult learner that I learned best through collaboration and that collaboration could only take place if I was in some way connected with other educators. It was considered a social media application for professionals. That was a scary step that in hindsight helped me grow more as a professional than any other individual step I have taken.

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Is Edu Connected Collaboration Just Whistling In The Wind?

My Island View

This led me to consider making some professional connections out of necessity. I realized as an adult learner that I learned best through collaboration and that collaboration could only take place if I was in some way connected with other educators. It was considered a social media application for professionals. That was a scary step that in hindsight helped me grow more as a professional than any other individual step I have taken.

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