Almost every time I speak to an educator about attending an edcamp, I hear the same set of questions. I’m going to take a moment and address each one of them.
- What will we be learning?
- What are the topics?
- How do I know I’ll find something to benefit me?
- How much does it cost?
What will we be learning?
What YOU will learn will be up to you. Sessions are created by the people that show up. When you arrive, the board is blank. Speak up. Let people know what YOU want to learn. It is important to realize that edcamps aren’t passive like conferences where the sessions are preset, you arrive and are “taught”. Edcamps are interactive events. If a session doesn’t meat your needs, use the “rule of 2 feet” to move to another session. Did you make a connection with someone and need to pick their brain a bit longer? That’s okay as well. Find a place and build that relationship. Your learning is truly up to you.
What are the topics?
Again, I don’t know what the topics will be. I’ve been organizing Edcamp Branford for 4 years now. I can share what we’ve discussed in the past, but like I said earlier the sessions are truly up to the people in attendance. If a group of people want to discuss using a pencil in math class, there can be a session for that. Here are the session boards from past Edcamp Branford events.
Edcamp Branford 2015 Session Board
As you can see, the sessions vary from year to year. It truly does depend upon who shows up. Every participant can find something that supports his/her learning.
How do I know I will find something that benefits me?
As you can see from the above session boards, there are lots of different topics that show up at edcamps. The best way to make sure you will find something that benefits you is to be an active participant. While we all know it may be difficult for some to share their needs in front of strangers, the beauty of edcamps is that no one there is a stranger for long. Every participant is there with a common purpose. This common purpose provides us a basis for conversation. It is through this open sharing that we gain from the experience. Edcamps provide an opportunity for true support. That benefits everyone.
How much does it cost?
All edcamps are free! Many find donors to cover the cost of lunch. Some do not. The event itself is always free. Most also offer professional development points for your district. Check with the individual edcamp to find out.
Hope to see you at an edcamp soon!
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