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Edcamp and Why It Matters for Your Learning

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Participate and share : Forum

Tuesday, June 25, 4:45–6:45 pm
Location: Ballroom A: Level 3 (access from escalators in Registration area in Grand Hall on Level 2)

Adam Bellow   Kelli Coons   Hadley Ferguson   Dr. Dr. Kari Stubbs  
Experience the movement that’s changing professional development around the world, shifting away from the traditional “sit-and-get” model to collaborative and educator-driven conversations. Learn from national organizers about the history and impact of Edcamp, take part in a mini-Edcamp, and leave with a toolkit for YOUR community!

Audience: Teachers, Principals/head teachers, Professional developers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Professional learning
Topic: Professional learning models
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Excellence in Professional Practice
  • Facilitate and participate in learning communities that stimulate, nurture and support administrators, faculty and staff in the study and use of technology.
For Educators:
  • Pursue professional interests by creating and actively participating in local and global learning networks.
  • Dedicate planning time to collaborate with colleagues to create authentic learning experiences that leverage technology.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will be introduced to the Edcamp model and explore its history and growth.
Participants will experience participant-driven professional learning.
They will obtain the necessary tools to organize and host an Edcamp themselves.
Challenge: Teachers unengaged in their own professional learning due to it being based on "Sit and Get" experiences. The lack of teacher agency makes creating student agency in the classroom all the more challenging.
Tools: All things Google for collaborative session board building and shared notes


20 mins.
Brief history of the Edcamp movement: tenets and growth
Explanation of the process of building an Edcamp
Discussion of strategies for building a session board
20 mins.
Session topic generation from participants
Session Board building by participants
35 mins.
Edcamp Sessions
15 mins.
Group discussion of experience of Edcamp conversations and its possible uses for the participants, their schools and districts

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Adam Bellow, Breakout EDU
Kelli Coons, Spartanburg School District One

Kelli Coons is currently in her second year as a Dynamic Learning Project Coaching Fellow through Spartanburg District 1. With 12 years in education, Kelli has worked as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, and technology coach. Kelli is passionate about interactive professional development, effective technology integration, and student engagement. As one of the organizers of Edcamp Greenville in South Carolina, Kelli believes most strongly in teacher voice and choice through professional learning.

Hadley Ferguson, Edcamp Foundation
Dr. Dr. Kari Stubbs, BrainPOP, ISTE Board alumni

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