EdcampPDX was a blast! Join us next time.

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.

EdCampPDX – Saturday, Nov. 17 at Lewis Elementary

Calling all teachers, instructional technologists, IT Directors, Principals, Admins and Teacher Librarians who live in the NW. Join us at Lewis School on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. for our fifth edcampPDX. What are the goals of edcamp…

Calling all teachers, instructional technologists, IT Directors, Principals, Admins and Teacher Librarians who live in the NW. 

Join us at Lewis School on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. for our fifth edcampPDX.

What are the goals of edcampPDX?

  • Networking: Connect educators in the Portland / Oregon area
  • Instructional Practices: Learn new curriculum ideas, best practices, and/or tech integration ideas from other educators
  • Personalized: You customize your own PD by suggesting, facilitating and attending sessions about topics that interest you!

What is edcampPDX?
An edcamp is a unconference-style day of professional development organized and given by the local participants. Those who are interested pitch an idea for a conversation or hands-on session. The day of the edcamp we organize the ideas into sessions and everyone chooses which session to attend.  There is always something for everyone — and if not — sign up to lead a discussion that interests you!  This is the best type of PD because its about what you want and shared with other passionate, innovative educators.

Bring a friend – or better yet – bring your IT director, Principal or Teacher Librarian.  You can bring a laptop or tablet – wifi is available.

Sign up to attend here: http://edcamppdx.wikispaces.com/PARTICIPANTS  Twitter updates: #edcampPDX

What does it cost?  The day is FREE!!!  Optional lunch cost: $6; register online and payable at the event.

Join the Google Group to network and keep up with news and notes from EdCampPDX http://groups.google.com/group/edcamppdx

Where is edcampPDX being held?
Lewis Elementary School
4401 SE Evergreen
Portland, Oregon