This year, here in Los Altos, we are hosting our first Edcamp. Edcamp Los Altos will happen on September 14th, from 8:00 am -1:00 pm, at Blach Junior High School. We are excited to welcome educators from all over the Bay area along with many of our staff members. We are hoping all will leave with some new ideas and new connections to add to their learning networks.
An edcamp is an unconference. Edcamps began as Barcamps and started after a group of educators attended Barcamp Philly in 2009. Because of their passion and experience with the unconference model, Edcamps were born. Sessions are not planned until the morning of the event because the conference revolves around the needs of the attendees. Attendees come with a willingness to share and participate. Many presentations are interactive with heavy backchannel conversations occurring. Sessions can range from teachers sharing successful strategies, best practices, and projects to how to’s around new technologies. It is a time for all stakeholders to interact and create meaningful conversations around education and what’s happening in classrooms. I am hoping that we are able to include a few students into our mix. It would be nice to include their voices in our discussions.
If you are in the Bay area on September 14th and can share a few hours of your morning, we would love to see you attend. Please register here. The event is free, but space is limited.
Contributed by Kami Thordarson, Innovative Strategies Coach