Just a quickie post to further publicize an upcoming Edcamp event with which I am involved – EdcampNJ!
If you’re not familiar with Edcamp/ “unconference” events, here’s how I described the event this past summer:
Most of you who read blogs by educators are at least passingly familiar with Edcamp, the participant-driven “unconference” for educators based on the BarCamp model. Edcamps typically do not have keynote speakers or even pre-determined workshop schedules; rather, attendees come together first thing in the morning to offer sessions based on their own knowledge, expertise, and experience. Sessions are typically more conversation-driven than lecture-driven, and those who offer sessions act more as discussion facilitators than presenters. In other words, the Edcamp folks have taken the most valuable parts of the professional conference – the “coffee pot conversations” held with your colleagues in between sessions and at lunch – and built the entire event around them.
This event will take place this coming Saturday, December 1, 2012, at Linwood Middle School in North Brunswick, NJ, from 9am – 3pm. As of last count, we have over 400 educators of all backgrounds and geographic locations (including some from across the pond!) signed up to attend; if even only 50% of those show, it will be one of the best-attended Edcamp events ever.
As always, the cost to attend is free – we just ask that you register so we know how many to expect.
There promises to be something for everyone at this event, and if nothing offered tickles your fancy – run your own session! You don’t have to be an expert to run a session, you just have to want to hold a conversation. I will be there, and plan to blog my reflections on the day later in December.
Hope to see you there!
It will be great to finally meet, in person. I’m looking forward to attending the Edcamp this Saturday.
Thanks, Brian; I’m looking forward to meeting you as well! See you Saturday.