Thanks to the William and Alice Mortensen Foundation

EdCamp Connecticut is extraordinarily grateful for the generous support of The William and Alice Mortensen Foundation.  After learning about the edcamp format and its impact in Connecticut, New England, and now worldwide, the Foundation Board of Directors decided to sponsor EdCamp CT to help ensure that all participating educators have an enjoyable, fulfilling day of professional learning and networking.

The William and Alice Mortensen Foundation has funded regional projects in the areas of arts, education, historic preservation, hospitals, and human services, and EdCamp Connecticut is honored to be among the recipients of the Foundation’s support.

 

 

Sponsor Spotlight: Educator U

Many thanks to Educator U for supporting EdCamp CT 2014 as a new Bronze Sponsor!

EducatorU

Educator U provides schools with over forty years of combined experience in academic technology integration and IT administration. Our team is comprised of network administrators, educators, and school administrators. While most consulting firms reside outside of the classroom, our team is directly connected to the classroom and has experience with integrating devices and pedagogy to meet the needs of the 21st century learner.

Educator U assists schools in designing a comprehensive plan to integrate a successful 1:1 learning environment. Our network administration team will provide your school with a personalized blueprint for creating a durable network infrastructure, organizing a device deployment plan and coordinating an effective management system that supports a 1:1 learning environment.

Educator U will design a comprehensive plan for professional development that meets the needs of the 21st Century learner. Our academic technology team will provide faculty and staff with specialized training that integrates today’s pedagogy with new and emerging technology applications. Training sessions will demonstrate tools and applications in an educational context, allow time for faculty and content area collaboration, and showcase pertinent examples of student and faculty work that synthesizes new and emerging technologies with current curriculum.

Registration is full!

Registration for EdCamp CT has filled more quickly than any previous year!  If you didn’t sign up, though, don’t lose hope.  As the summer approaches, and as people’s plans change, spots will open up.  So, join our wait list and keep your fingers crossed!  We’ll contact you if tickets become available.

Prepare yourself for EdCampCT 2013!

It’s that beautiful time of year once again: the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, the first few clouds of what will eventually turn into a major hurricane that will inevitably bear down on New England have just formed in the Eastern Atlantic. All signs that the awesomeness known as EdCampCT is about to go down!

Super-Awesome Map of Attendee Locations

This year we’re looking forward to an amazing day with nearly 150 passionate educators coming together to share ideas, build relationships, and get psyched for the 2013-2014 school year. If you happen to be curious where the attendees for EdCampCT 2013 are coming from, then you’re in luck! A map of all the towns and/or schools the participants in this year’s event are coming from is below:
EdCamp2013_Participant_Locations_at_GeoCommons
If we focus in on the state of Connecticut, here’s what it looks like:
EdCamp2013_Participant_LocationsYou can see a larger interactive version of that very map at GeoCommons.

*Location data was gathered primarily from email addresses provided (i.e. if you signed up with a @rsd6.com email address, your location on the map is Litchfield, home of RSD 6 central offices), twitter bios, or- for a lucky few- from my personal knowledge of you. The NSA had nothing to do with it. I swear.

Sharing Session Ideas

As in years past, we’ve created a WallWisher Padlet Wall where you can share ideas for sessions you’d like to see at this year’s EdCampCT. While these ideas might be for a session you’d be willing to lead, feel free to add any sessions you’d simply be interested in attending. Putting an idea on the wall is not binding. :-)

EdCamp Guiding Principles

If you haven’t had the pleasure to yet experience an EdCamp, it’s a little different than the typical education conference. Here are some guiding principles to help get you ready for the event:

  • It’s Non-Commercial. EdCamps are about learning, not selling. Sure, we have sponsors, but there won’t be any vendors pushing product.
  • It’s Participant Led. Right now, no one- not even your fearless EdCampCT organizers- have any idea what sessions will be offered this Friday. That’s because the attendees (Yes, YOU!) determine the sessions the morning of the event. This may sound crazy, but it helps ensure that the topics are relevant to your needs. Plus, it opens up the sessions to anyone, not just “professional presenters.”
  • It Relies on the Law of Two Feet*. Did you go to a session that you thought was going to be perfect, but it turned out to be about a different topic altogether? Get up and find a better fit! EdCampers are encouraged to leave sessions that don’t meet their needs. In fact, as evidenced in the tweet cited below, EdCampers are morally obligated to leave sessions that aren’t working for them:

    You may feel awkward, but it’s a great way of ensuring sessions are engaging and relevant (and way better than wasting an entire session).

  • It’s Engaging. Sessions should be conversations, not lectures. If you’re spending time putting together a massive slide deck for an EdCamp, you’re probably doing it wrong. If you’re thinking of leading a session, be sure there’s a place for the session attendees to play a major part during the session.

*also known as the more inclusive “Law of Your General Position in 3-Dimensional Space.” (© Andrew Marcinek).