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!