EdCamp Santiago has begun fundraising for its 2013 annual event. To this end, all the proceeds, every penny, every pound, every dollar, every Euro, 100% of the funds collected through the sale of the book: EdCamp Santiago, will go towards defraying the costs of putting on the event.
As we all know, free is not “free” – there are costs – and this is one way in which the event organisers in Chile try to make this event possible for all teachers – free. Your donation is greatly appreciated by a teacher near your heart…
By now, it is safe to say that EdCamp is fast consolidating itself as the conference you go to when you don’t want to sit passively in an audience of your peers and listen to the wisdom of the “guru” of the moment.
You go to an EdCamp near you.
You want to be active, share what you are doing in your classroom, look for real world solutions to real world problems, collaborate and cooperate with peers.
You go to an EdCamp near you…
EdCamp is free, democratic, conversation-based, participant-driven professional development for teachers by teachers…
According to the EdCamp Foundation, an authentic Edcamp has the following features:
“free: Edcamps should be free to all attendees. This helps ensure that all different types of teachers and educational stakeholders can attend.
non-commercial and with a vendor free presence: Edcamps should be about learning, not selling. Educators should feel free to express their ideas without being swayed or influenced by sales pitches for educational books or technology.
hosted by any organization or anyone:
Anyone can host an Edcamp. School districts, educational stakeholders, and teams of teachers have hosted Edcamps. YOU could be the next Edcamp organizer!
made up of sessions that are determined on the day of the event:
Edcamps do not have scheduled presentations.
During the morning of the event, the schedule is created in conjunction with everyone there. I know it sounds crazy, but it works! Sessions end up being spontaneous, interactive, and responsive to participants’ needs.
events where anyone who attends can be a presenter:
Anyone who attends an Edcamp is able to be a presenter. All teachers and educational stakeholders are viewed as professionals worthy of sharing their expertise in a collaborative setting.
reliant on the law of two feet that encourages participants to find a session that meets their needs:
As anyone can host a session, it is critical that participants can actively self-select the best content and sessions. Edcampers are encouraged to leave sessions that do not meet their needs.
This provides a uniquely effective way of “weeding out” sessions that are not based on appropriate research or not delivered in an engaging format.”