Edcamps are “unconference” events which focus on education. Instead of attending presentations where one person shares ideas with an audience, Edcamps encourage conversation and participation among all attendees. Participants will determine the topics for the day, and will take an active role in determining the direction of the conference. Many sessions will likely involve making, playing, creating, and doing.
For this to work, participants should come with ideas for sessions that they would like to lead. Session topics may vary from “big picture” ideas like the role of the teacher in the next generation classroom to specifics on technology tools, homework policies, and pedagogical best practices.
In the first half hour of EdCamp Cleveland, attendees will meet and interact over coffee. An empty session board will be available for everyone to share session ideas, both for things they’d like to learn and things they’d like to share. From that, a session board will be constructed that will provide the schedule for the day.
There will be five hour-long sessions. The rule of the unconference is to “vote with your feet.” If a conversation doesn’t meet your needs, simply get up and move on to another room. If you would like to pop into more than one session in a particular time slot, that’s another reason to make a move.
EdCamp does not provide certificates for the professional development you receive. However, you will learn great teaching strategies, make new friends, and receive information that you can immediately apply in your classroom and professional life!