If you’re like most teachers, you’re probably relaxing on the beach, relishing your summer vacation. Who in their right mind would give up a day of summer break to go and attend *gasp* PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT in *gasp again* the middle of August?!
That’s because EdCamp is unlike any other professional development. Instead of being talked at for hours at a time on topics that may or may not interest you, EdCamp has no formal schedule of speakers or topics. In fact, the schedule is created that day, as participants arrive, register and meet new friends over a light breakfast. Anyone can post a topic session, and anyone can lead a session – all you need to do is ask the first question, and the discussion will naturally flow from there!
The overarching theme this year is all about making innovative change happen (think STEAM, MakerSpaces, using online tools for student collaboration, etc). We’ve heard these “buzzwords” over and over again. You may already be using some of these components in your schools, or you may not have bought into these latest trends in education. Regardless of where you stand on the spectrum, there is always something new to learn and try. If you’re open to changing things up in the classroom, but are scared because you don’t think you are tech-savvy enough, that’s exactly why you need to come! You get to pick the sessions that interest you the most. EdCamp is the perfect type of professional development for teachers and leaders to share and learn in a safe environment. Everyone is there to learn and help one another. In addition, it’s a fantastic opportunity to grow your professional network .
So what are you waiting for? Grab another teacher friend and register today! It’s sure to be a great day of learning and sharing!
Thank you to all who attended our very first edcamp DVIS — we had a great turnout! We had an awesome day filled with learning, growing, and meeting new people, and we hope you did, too! Thank you so much to our wonderful partners at UPenn for hosting our event (shout out to Melissa DiFrancesco of Penn’s Center of East Asian Studies!) We also want to give a HUGE thank you to our sponsor, Edu-Tech Academic Solutions, for fueling our day with coffee, breakfast and lunch!
If you weren’t able to make it, or couldn’t attend a particular session that interested you, don’t forget to use our Session Board as a resource. Collaborative session notes in Google Docs are linked in the schedule. Many thanks to Brian Fahey of West Chester Friends School for helping to get our session board online!
Stay connected with the awesome edcampers on Twitter. Search for hashtag #edcampDVIS to find out what others were saying about the day. Props to Matthew Murray of The Philadelphia School for tweeting for @edcampDVIS throughout the day! (Storify summary to come soon, so stay tuned!) Several of you have already posted your reflections on your blogs, too:
Lastly, the edcamp DVIS organizing team would like to get your feedback about the event. Please take a few minutes to take this quick survey so we can make edcamp DVIS even better next time! Thank you SO very much!
Several of EdCamp DV-IS’ organizers had the opportunity to go to ISTE last week at the PA Convention Center. It was a great experience, and one of the highlights was getting a chance to connect with other EdCamp organizers from across the nation. About fifty or so educators met in true EdCamp fashion, where we all got a chance to ask our questions, find common topics to discuss about the best practices of running an EdCamp, and broke out into smaller groups to have our conversations. We learned a great deal and left reassured that the “magic of EdCamp” would happen and that organic discussions would be sparked at EdCamp.
Many thanks to the awesome leaders at the EdCamp Foundation. We were so fortunate to meet and connect with Hadley Ferguson (@hadleyjf), Kim Sivick (@ksivick), Brooke Mulartrick (@brookem1015), who live in the Philly area! AND of course, Kristen Swanson (@kristenswanson)! Thank you so much for all your wise words, support and advice!
In just two weeks, we’ve “sold” 20% of the spots available for edcamp DV-IS! We are excited that that there is so much interest in this event. Please, PLEASE spread the word about edcamp DV-IS. We know that good, quality and affordable professional development is hard to come by in many smaller independent schools. Edcamps are FREE and one of the best ways to connect face-to-face with other educators who share your passion in specific topics. It’s also great for ensuring that you get a day of learning geared towards YOUR interests. You get to pick the session topics and decide which ones you want to attend.
Overall, edcamp is a very relaxed and informal day of learning. We chose early August to host edcamp DV-IS because even though it’s hard to think about work in the summertime, one day of edcamp is well worth it! We think that you’ll leave refreshed and rejuvenated with new ideas, and still have time to mull over it in your head to be able to implement those ideas in your classroom when school starts back up.
So… why haven’t you signed up yet? If you’ve already signed up, tell all your friends! We’re looking forward to a powerful day of learning and sharing at edcamp DV-IS!