EdCamps – FREE PD and Networking!

EdCamp

WHO: Teachers, Administrators, Tech department interested in learning from others in a stress free, laid back atmosphere.

HOW: Check out edcamp.org, see if there are any EdCamps coming up in your area.  If not, possibly consider hosting one of your own.

WHEN: Visit http://www.edcamp.org/participate to see a list of reported scheduled EdCamp Events.

 

It is hard to describe an EdCamp to someone who has not participated in one.  I highly suggest checking one out, there is nothing really to lose.  EdCamps are always free, each one takes a life of it’s own, and many times there are some sweet door prizes to win! The general layout of the day goes something like:

Registration – Many EdCamps do pre-registration to speed this up in the morning.

Introductions – Hosts are introduced, give a layout of the building, and discuss the itinerary.

Presentation Board – This is the time where the audience mingles and discusses what they would like to learn more about and what they are willing to present on.

Breakout Sessions – Some EdCamps do a couple long sessions, others will do (3-4) sixty minute sessions.

 

I am currently working with a couple other educators to host EdCamp Ohio on April 23, 2016 in Tiffin, OH.  This will be the third EdCamp I have hosted, and each one has been great!  If you will be in the area, please consider participating.  More information on EdCamp Ohio at: www.edcampohio.org

Twitter #EdChats: Global Collaboration for Better Education

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WHO: Teachers and Administrators who are looking for new ways to learn more about education, from fellow educators.

HOW: If you do not have a Twitter Account, you should.  Even if you are just “lurking” (reading everyones tweets without participating in the conversation), you will still pick up a wealth of knowledge. Teachers are a group that love to share,  especially with other like-minded individuals.  There are chats on Twitter every night on a wide variety of topics.  If there is something a teacher is remotely interested in, take a look at see if there is a chat about it.  You may just find that there are others from all around the globe that have been trying new things in their classrooms and would love to make suggestions.

WHEN: A full calendar of upcoming chats is available to see here: https://sites.google.com/site/twittereducationchats/education-chat-calendar

Having participated in Educational Chats over the past few years, I would recommend that you use TweetDeck which allows the user to create columns that focus on specific criteria, such as an account, hashtag, notifications, and more.  I typically have a column for my notifications so that I am sure to respond to all direct comments to myself. A column for the chat itself, that way you can see the flow of conversation, and also a column for the chat moderator.  This way you can see the Chat Topics as they are opened for discussion.

 

NWOET Fall Technology Conference

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WHO: Educators looking for a great Professional Development Opportunity

WHEN: Monday, October 12, 2015 at Attica Seneca East High School

HOW: Register online at http://nwoet.org/fallconf/register.php

NWOET Technology Conference 2015 will feature speakers, presentations, and more to help you master technology in the classroom.

$129 (includes a 5-hour PD certificate)
BRING YOUR STAFF! Groups of 10 or more: $49 per person

Early Bird Special
Register by September 30, 2015
$99 per person

2015 Tech Conf