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:
If we focus in on the state of Connecticut, here’s what it looks like:
You 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:
— Ben Wildeboer (@WillyB) August 10, 2013
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).