The latest session of EdcampPDX was on Saturday, April 12 at Lewis Elementary. Approximately 50 educators from all over the Portland metropolitan area came together to connect, learn and share resources. If you have never heard of Edcamp, it’s free, democratic, participant-driven professional learning for educators based on principles of connected and participatory learning. The agenda for the day is created by the participants at the start of the event. Rather than have one expert presenting at the front of the room, people are encouraged to have discussions and work together to build understanding by sharing their own knowledge and ideas.
This video has a great explanation:
I love Edcamp because it allows educators to make connections with each other and talk about the things that matter most to them: their interests, passions and questions. Participants have agency and choice with their learning. If a session isn’t what you expected, follow the rule of two feet and go to another session that meets your needs. We had a great variety of topics offered this time and we had conversations about genius hour, race and privilege, the Maker movement, social media, sharing and scaling innovation, helping your students find an authentic audience for their work and many more. Edcamp is an empowering experience that actually drives the desire for learning; in my opinion, that’s reason enough to attend and something we should always be modelling for our students.
The next edcamp opportunity is EdcampOCSS on Saturday, May 17 at Valley Catholic Middle School. This event is for all educators interested in Social Studies, History, Geography, Government, and Economics. Follow the link for more information and to register. The next EdcampPDX will be in August at Riverdale High School.