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.

Discussing an Augmented Reality World! - AR Detroit

Two Guys and Some iPads

When you open the app, you are able to put the entire solar system on the table, there for you to interact with and explore! On Monday, July 29th our baby took it''s first step!

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

Tech Helpful

On one day in August before the students came, and again in January of this year we set up Edcamp style PD days. choices edcamp edcampgigcity pd personalized learning professional development sessionsLast year our school had the opportunity to host Chattanooga's EdcampGigcity.

Edtech Conference on an Aircraft Carrier? Yes, Please!

Two Guys and Some iPads

Later that afternoon I will get a behind the scenes look from 3Gear Systems.The team at 3 Gear Systems is developing cutting edge computer vision technology and designing user experiences that are highly intuitive, comfortable and enjoyable.

Is Edu Connected Collaboration Just Whistling In The Wind?

My Island View

Edcamps, One-to-One initiatives, Flipped Class, BYOD and connected collaboration were all topics discussed and vetted long before they were even recognized in the brick and mortar world of education. Like many people my first foray into the virtual world of connectedness was through Facebook.

A PD Perspective

My Island View

There are few things wrong with the education system that can’t be improved by properly educating and supporting teachers who are already working in the system. Here is a quick video taken at a public school’s system-wide professional development session.

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. ” The title and other session topics were decided in an edcamp style format, but with a twist!

Growing People Change People

Kyle Pace

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?” What if every person that attended a conference, went to an edcamp, participated in a Twitter chat, etc.

5 Simple Ways to Improve Teacher Professional Development

The CoolCatTeacher

Organizations following Kaizen look at a system as a whole and make slow, small steps to improve. The most popular form of the unconference is the Edcamp , but many conferences are scheduling an “unconference” day with this same format.

EdCampCT Reflections and Resources

Educational Technology Guy

For those who don''t know, 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. The last session I went to was on Learning Management Systems, specifically Schoology and Edmodo. I highly recommend Edcamps! edcamp free resources professional development

Four Ways School Leaders Can Support Meaningful Innovation

MindShift

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.

5 Leadership Questions To Finish (And Start) The School Year With

The Web20Classroom

In North Carolina, that is a large part of our teacher evaluation system. Are they going to conferences or Edcamps to expand their horizons or see what conversations teachers are having? In many places, the end of the school year is upon us.

The Little Light Of Mine (On EdCampBrooklyn and Movement Building)

The Jose Vilson

Yesterday, I had the chance to go to EdCampBrooklyn , the first EdCamp in the borough of Robinson, Wallace, and Carter (among others). When the founder, Juli-Anne Benjamin, asked me to come through, I only asked when, not if.

Meet Six Educators We All Can Learn From

Digital Promise

Watch how Michael’s students are motivated to do work not just for a grade, but for real-world use: Exemplary educators are sharing their best and most useful resources both online and offline, using avenues like Twitter, EdCamps, and YouTube to share what they’ve learned and created with other educators. This blog post was originally published by EdSurge. Guest co-author Mary Jo Madda is an Associate Editor at EdSurge.

Parent/Educator EDU

My Island View

Public education is a common experience for most Americans, which is why so many people often feel that they have the answers to how to fix what they perceive as a broken system. In order to effectively change the system we first need to change the culture.

Questions To Ask For #LeadershipDay12

The Web20Classroom

3) To what extent do you support faculty and staff in connecting and using district and building level technology systems for management and operations? How, as the technology leader do you provide access to systems that allow teachers to critically analyze data?

What if Chattanooga's Connected Educators Were Even More Connected?

Tech Helpful

I've found myself wondering if the teachers in my city know about the upcoming Edcamp Gigcity and how could I make sure they know about this awesome opportunity? At Edcamp Gigcity last spring there was a session about citywide collaboration.

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

The Principal of Change

It is not only in our report card system, but also our evaluation process of educators. If we create a system that becomes dependent upon someone above else to tell us “how we are doing”, this quickly falls apart when that someone is not strong. EDCAMP professional learning day.

Digital Learning Day Reflections

Tech Helpful

We had 12-15 different educators visiting from 5 different school systems. 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.

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

Edsurge

But she’s probably best known as founder of the Edcamp Foundation, which helps teachers run free, grassroots professional-development workshops. Instead of ‘pushing’ lots of mandatory content, we allow people to ‘pull what they need’ from an integration between Slack and Bridge, our learning management system,” she wrote. 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?

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

Tech Helpful

Through the use of the Google Suites apps I am able to collaborate online with fellow educators both in my system and outside. I offer help in my community through edcamps and technology conferences. Empowered Professional 3.

Think Globally, Act Locally

The Web20Classroom

The idea of bringing together major players in education to talk, discuss and debate is already happening, just on a smaller scale with events like #Edchat and Edcamps. The devices, systems and processes that will be in place will be different. Innovations are disruptions in the system.

Most Read Posts from Past Week on Ed Tech Guy

Educational Technology Guy

Chalkable - educational apps and classroom management system 4. EdCamp CT is Aug 10th. Seniors are done. They have completed their final projects (rockets) and their final exams. Next stop, graduation practice and then graduation. Next week we have some new silly standardized testing the district came up with for grades 3-11 and then the following week are final exams for grades 9-11.

Bringing ISTE 13 home

Kairos EdTech

You may have been inspired to begin an EdCamp , undertake a 1:1 initiative, a BYOD system to your district, expand your PLN or whatever it is… make a list of what to do, make a plan and make it public. Photo by Larry S.

Events + News - #TLChat LIVE! - NMC Preview - Students in Charge - iSchool Initiative

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Saturday, April 18th at 9am in NYC EdCamp IB , EdCamp IB is a free unconference dedicated to teaching and learning in the four programs of the International Baccalaureate.

A PD Perspective

My Island View

There are few things wrong with the education system that can’t be improved by properly educating and supporting teachers who are already working in the system. Here is a quick video taken at a public school’s system-wide professional development session.

A PD Perspective

My Island View

There are few things wrong with the education system that can’t be improved by properly educating and supporting teachers who are already working in the system. Here is a quick video taken at a public school’s system-wide professional development session.

Is Edu Connected Collaboration Just Whistling In The Wind?

My Island View

Edcamps, One-to-One initiatives, Flipped Class, BYOD and connected collaboration were all topics discussed and vetted long before they were even recognized in the brick and mortar world of education. Like many people my first foray into the virtual world of connectedness was through Facebook.

Is Edu Connected Collaboration Just Whistling In The Wind?

My Island View

Edcamps, One-to-One initiatives, Flipped Class, BYOD and connected collaboration were all topics discussed and vetted long before they were even recognized in the brick and mortar world of education. Like many people my first foray into the virtual world of connectedness was through Facebook.

Disintermediating IT: The Secret Sauce To Small School EdTech Success

There is no box

Overspending on hardware is another symptom of a dysfunctional support system where the people designing the network and recommending the equipment to buy are also the ones selling it and installing it. Branching out in to non-tradtional (like edCamps) is better.

From Playgrounds to Programmers: How Sharing Shapes Schools

Edsurge

Whether we’re typing an address into our GPS or sending a text message or setting an alarm clock or reading the paper on an iPad or uploading an image to a course management system or making a reservation. 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.

Enter the #squadgoals Challenge

EdTechTeam

Our team included one of our IT systems analysts, two language arts teachers, a special education teacher, an office support person, and a counselor. We invite you all to join us for our #squadgoals challenge for the next month!

24 Pickup Lines for Every Stage of Your Relationship With Edtech

Edsurge

EdCamps. This early warning system alerts me if I’m ever at risk of dropping out of your life. Hackathons. Platforms. Startups. Bootcamps. Pitchfests. What binds these and countless other education ideas, events, words and buzzwords together? Why, love, of course. A love for learning, teaching, education, a better tomorrow—and the role that technology could play.

App Overkill: Going Beyond the Buzz Words #SXSWedu

EdTechSandyK

Arc Capital Development Adam Phyall, Director Technology & Media Services, Newton County School System, Covington GA Oh oh! Campuses often purchase systems and districts need to use data to show them if the money is being used wisely or not.

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

MindShift

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. Crevier likes to link this system to the business world through the idea of “billable hours.”

8 keys to avoiding teacher burnout (part two)

The Cornerstone Blog

Actively look for PD that will be meaningful for you, such as free EdCamps in your area , and seek opportunities to learn and connect with other educators whenever you can. Find some kind of system for bouncing ideas off each other that works for you.

My Journey Towards Innovation- A Google Certified Innovator Story

MSEDTechie

They just kept coming… We had sparks (inspirational talks), then sprints (speed work time), hypercamps (an edcamp 1st cousin), then reflections, dance battles, and magic tricks.we “Life's a journey with problems to solve, lessons to learn, but most of all, experiences to enjoy.”

THANK YOU for 5 Amazing Years of Educational Podcasting! Thank You For Amazing Feedback!

TeacherCast

It inspired me to start planning the first edcamp buffalo (@edcampbflo)! Edsby: Learning Management System. Hapara | Google Apps Management System. Hugely informed and supportive of teachers.

Wahoo! The 2013 Global Education Conference - Still Time to Present + Plan to Attend!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

And we also organized India''s first edcamp, EdcampMumbai. Brandon coordinates the efforts of a national team of consultants, while assisting district and school leaders to implement the ISSN school model and Graduation Performance System.

What effective professional development DOESN'T look like.

Kairos EdTech

Finally, their voice is never considered through surveys, honest talks, casual hallway conversations, let alone “vote with your feet” systems certain edCamp revolutionaries are instilling. Is this what you think of when you hear the word PD?