Wednesday, August 20, 2014

edcamp Keene

Location: Antioch University New England
ACSR is proud to be the local convener of EdcampKeene. Edcamp is a form of unconference designed specifically for teachers and their needs.

What makes Edcamp an unconference?

Unlike traditional conferences which have schedules set months in advance by the people running the conference, Edcamp has an agenda that’s created by the participants at the start of the event. Instead of one person standing in front of the room talking for an hour, people are encouraged to have discussions and hands-on sessions. Sponsors don’t have their own special sessions or tables, all of the space and time are reserved for the things the people there want to talk about. People could pay hundreds of dollars to attend another conference, or they could go to Edcamp for free.

Built on principles of connected and participatory learning, Edcamp strives to bring teachers together to talk about the things that matter most to them: their interests, passions, and questions. Teachers who attend Edcamp can choose to lead sessions on those things that matter, with an expectation that the people in the room will work together to build understanding by sharing their own knowledge and questions.

Edcamps are:

  • free
  • non-commercial and conducted with a vendor-free presence
  • hosted by any organization interested in furthering the Edcamp mission
  • made up of sessions that are determined on the day of the event
  • events where anyone who attends can be a presenter
  • reliant on the law of two feet that encourages participants to find a session that meets their needs

Hundreds of Edcamp events have been held to date around the world. EdcampKeene was the 3rd (and 300th) EVER Edcamp and ACSR is proud to continue that tradition.

Directions

Antioch is easy as pie to find and parking isn’t an issue since we have a very respectable lot right outside the building. Our address is 40 Avon Street, Keene, NH. Directions and maps and stuff like that can be found here:
http://www.antiochne.edu/aboutane/directions/

If you get lost, need help, or just want to chat, feel free to call Laura at 603.283.2302. We’re all about the service.

Coffee & Lack of Doughnuts

Antioch has sponsored the coffee since the first ever Edcamp and we’re suckers for tradition so we’ll still be bringing the caffeinated love. We’re following the crowdsourcing breakfast model that was so successful during EdcampNH, though, so if you pass a Dunkin Donuts, or Mister Donut, or any doughnut/muffin-making entity, and you want to pick up a box of 6 donuts, do so! Write your name in marker on the top of it so we know who donated it. If need be, add a witty saying or doodle.

Your Session

Sessions are informal, and often revolve less around PowerPoints, and more around web sites, flickr slide shows, demos, and tours of examples. The key is to be flexible, and conversational. You might even want to host a conversation on a topic you know NOTHING about, in hopes that someone in the room will be able to enlighten you. It’s a good bet- there are some pretty smart folks at Edcamp, you know.

That said, preparation is still sometimes a good thing. If you know what you would like to present on, maybe through some links together on Diigo tonight, or book mark some photos. Maybe even venture into PowerPoint and draft up a slide or two. Don’t go crazy with prep, but give it a little thought. What is it that you want to share with people? What do you need to show them to get the conversation started?

Lunch

Lunch this year is on your own, and Donna’s Cafe at Antioch is prepared to offer a yummy selection of options, many containing items grown in our own garden! (Seriously, this woman has mad skillz in the cooking department. Check out the menu options here: http://www.antiochne.edu/resources/donnasmenu/

If you have special dietary requirements, or, if like me you are trying out some crazy new-fangled diet every three weeks plan to bring your own lunch ; it’s a brown bag friendly place, and it won’t be a problem.

Continuing Ed Credits

We will be mailing every participant that checks in an email indicating their participation, and a schedule detailing the agenda so that they can submit this of evidence of professional development in their certification/recertification process. If you need additional help or documentation, let us know.

Are there still spaces available? Heck yeah!

Know someone that hasn’t registered yet? Want to help them add a little Edcamp joy to the world?
Click here to reserve a ticket for them!

Learn more about Edcamp Keene here.

Can’t wait to see your smiling faces at 8:00 on Wednesday morning!

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For More Information

Laura Thomas
603-283-2302