CDW*G, Our long-time sponsor is back for another year!!!

Screen Shot 2015-02-27 at 10.44.36 AMCDW*G has always been a valued sponsor of edCamp Cleveland.  This year, they continue to support our edCamp with a great giveaway.  Is it a chromebook? Is it an Android tablet?  You will have to wait till the big event to find out.  Whether you are buying for yourself or for your school, CDW*G is a national company with local ties; located right in Independence.  With a knowledgable staff and millions of products, CDW*G is your one stop shop for edtech and accessories.

Check them out at: www.cdwg.com

IPEVO, our newest sponsor!!!

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We are excited to add a new sponsor to this year’s event!  IPEVO, who has been a sponsor of edCamp Columbus.  IPEVO makes innovative and interactive solutions for today’s classrooms.  IPEVO doesn’t focus on “large, expensive, specialized and complex” devices, but instead wants to provide teachers with practical tools to help change teaching and learning in an interactive classroom.

IPEVO works hard to observe and experience classroom environments before developing their innovative tools.  Tools are easy to use and allow teachers to focus on teaching, not tech.  From an interactive whiteboard system, to document cameras and iPad stands; IPEVO is here to support meaningful technology integration.

Check out there products and learn more about the company at: http://www.ipevo.com/ 

#edcampCLE 2015 is announced

Today marks the official announcement of #edcampCLE 2015! This year the event will be bigger than ever, connecting educators and administrators from across Ohio. This year’s event will be on March 21, 2015 at Orange City Schools beautiful high school (32000 Chagrin Blvd Pepper Pike, OH 44124)

In Ohio, March and April means assessment, not teaching…but that doesn’t mean the learning has to end! Join us at #edcampCLE and rejuvenate your passion for teaching. Take away some great ideas and start building lessons to end the year. You have no excuse to show boring movies the last month! Take a risk, mix things up, make your students remember what it means to own their learning.

EdCamp takes the best parts of the conference — the spaces between the scheduled sessions — and makes that the whole conference. Join educators from all over Ohio for a FREE participant-driven day focused on YOUR needs.

Not only is it a FREE day of collaboration and learning; we provide lunch and give away prizes at the end of the day. Edcamp Columbus is the weekend before, March 14 and the NEOTech conference at Kent State University is March 20, in Kent Ohio. Make it an awesome week of learning and attend all three events. They are all free, filled with the most innovative educators Ohio has to offer and will help give you great ideas to implement in the spring.

edcampCLE14

It is time to start thinking about spring, warmer weather and the next edcampCleveland event!  This year’s edcampCleveland with be May 17, 2014 at Independence High School. A big thanks to Carrie Ciofani, Director of Technology and superintendent Stephen Marlow for agreeing to host edcampCLE14.

Maybe you are new to the edcamp idea, or maybe you have some preconceived notions about what it takes to attend an edcamp event.  In either case, rest assured that the only requirement to attend edcampCLE14 is a passion for teaching.  edcamp is not a technology conference, it is a place for educators to gather and discuss our craft. Methodology, philosophy, technology, best practices, and any acronym you can image are fair game for edcampCLE14 sessions.  All you need to bring is yourself and maybe an idea for a conversation you would like to have with other educators.

There are no “conference sessions” at edcamp events.  People generate ideas in the morning and then you choose where you want to visit.  YOU ARE allowed to leave a session and join another session.  YOU ARE allowed to talk and collaborate during sessions too!  Direct lecture and front-of-the-room presentations are not only discouraged, they are not allowed.  edcampCLE14 will have people facilitating conversations, guiding discussions and helping connect the dots, but not presenting.  We hope this year’s event can build from the last two successful edcampCleveland events.  Check below for some helpful links

Register NOW! CLICK HERE

Want to volunteer? CLICK HERE

Changing Perspectives

These responses are from the post-event survey sent to EdCamp Cleveland 2012 attendees:

My experience at EdCamp Cleveland changed my perspective on:

  • … how to effectively use the myriad resources out there! (Cathy Roderick, HS teacher)
  • … how a conference can be organized. (Andreas Johansson, Nort2h Consortium)
  • … how adults learn. (Morgan Kolis, elementary teacher)
  • … workshops in general.  This was the first time that a scheduled speaker wasn’t the focus, but each of our own experiences was the focus. (Diane Patterson, elementary teacher)
  • … How to provide professional development. (Paula Deal, consultant)
  • … My own level of expertise – I know more than I thought! (Beth Schwartz, elementary teacher)
  • … Standards based grading. I now have a better understanding of what it is (and isn’t) and plan on sharing my findings with colleagues. (Kiery Franklin, MS teacher)

We’ll see you at EdCamp Cleveland 2013.

Participant-Driven PD

It’s really just an illusion, right?

What?

This “participant-driven EdCamp thing.” It doesn’t really work the way they say it does.

Why not?

Take a look at Wikipedia, for example. They say it’s a community-driven site where anyone can add or modify anything. But try to change an article or add something that the Powers that Be don’t think is important. You’ll quickly see how welcoming they are to contributions from the so-called community.

EdCamp isn’t like that. The schedule is determined on the day of the event by the people who are there.

And who ends up doing the presentations? They’re people who show up with their PowerPoint slide decks from presentations they’ve done in other places. They add their names to the schedule and recycle their sessions from bigger conferences. The whole EdCamp thing is just like having leftovers from “real” conferences.

That’s not how it’s supposed to work. Sure, some people may have a few slides with them, but it shouldn’t be a presentation. There are no presentations. They’re just conversations. If you’re ten minutes into a session and nobody has talked besides the facilitator, you should walk out.

That’s rude.

It’s not. There are hundreds of places where we can stand on soapboxes and preach about how schools should be. EdCamp isn’t one of them.

If you don’t let people do presentations, nobody is going to lead a session.

There aren’t any “leaders” of sessions. There are only facilitators.

Semantics. Potato. Potahto. Someone has to be in charge.

Someone has to get the conversation started and keep it moving, yes. But that someone does not have to be an expert on the subject. They just have to be willing to ask good questions and encourage people to participate.

If there aren’t any experts, isn’t everyone just stumbling around in the dark? How do the participants get anything out of the session, if everyone else is just as clueless as they are?

That’s the magic of EdCamp. We all bring our perspectives. We frame the questions in our own ways. We respond to one another and fill in little gaps of understanding. Together, we all develop a wider appreciation of the topic by conversing with one another. Our diversity and collaboration inform our professional growth.

Let me get this straight: there are no presentations. There’s no schedule for the day. There are no speakers. No one is in charge.

It’s just like when you go to a traditional conference. The best parts are the breaks between sessions. You talk to the people around you. You meet someone in the corridor. You make connections and start talking and learning from one another. EdCamps take those best parts and make them the whole conference.

And this is free?

Yep. All you need to do is sign up ahead of time so they know you’re coming.