Last weekend I arose bright and early in anticipation of edCamp Milwaukee. This is the second edCamp I have attended and I have to tell you they just keep getting better! First though, you may be asking yourself, “What is an edCamp?” An edCamp is a free, professional learning “unconference“. EdCamp Leadership says, “Its goal is to assemble forward-thinking school administrators, board of education members, classroom teacher leaders, parents/community members – anyone interested in K-12 education – for a day of conversation, reflection and inspiration.” The edCamp movement is relatively new with edCampMKE being the 250th edCamp in the world. Check out this video explaining the idea of the edCamp movement.
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So by 6:35 am Tina and I were heading southbound on I-43 blazing our path to South Milwaukee High School for edCampMKE. We arrived by 8:00, checked in, picked up some great freebies (who doesn’t love some post-its, highlighters, etc.), and enjoyed breakfast while networking with 300 fantastic educators from around the state.
The day begins with an introduction on how an edCamp works and then participants suggest topics that are of interest to them. The schedule is built on the spot and participants are encouraged to share with others. The format is very laid back where know one claims to be an expert and all are encouraged to ask questions and share what they know. Participants are also encouraged to visit multiple session if the session they are in is not meeting their needs. Check out the photos from edCampMKE here! It was a fantastic experience and I picked up lots of great tips I plan on sharing with everyone as we wind down the year. Look for future blog posts!
I would encourage you to do two things. #1 check out the resources complied at edCampMKE and #2 mark your calendars now for edCampGB – Saturday, October 19th at Denmark High School. I will make sure to send out registration information as soon as it is available.