#edcampcle and #ohedchat TweetUp: Two events that you CAN’T MISS

If you’re going to be in Ohio in June, there are two events that you cannot miss.

The first of these is #edcampcle taking place in Cleveland on Saturday, June 14. Wondering what an edcamp is? Check this out from the website:

What is an EdCamp?
When people attend professional conferences, they often remark that the best parts are the spaces between the sessions. When professionals have the opportunity to informally interact with one another, they make connections and collaborate on the things that are important to them.

EdCamp takes the best parts of the conference — the spaces between the sessions — and makes that the whole conference.

The “Unconference” Experience

Bring your own agenda. You’re going to decide the topics for the day. In the morning, we’ll have a big board with a blank schedule for the day. If you’re interested in facilitating a session, put your topic on the board. As more things are added, attendees can indicate the topics they’re most interested in. Those with the most votes will be added to the schedule.

After a brief welcome, the day consists of four breakout sessions that are chosen and facilitated by the attendees. These might include discussions about particular issues, brainstorming sessions to identify solutions to a common problem, or collaborative sessions to share resources and ideas. All of the sessions will be participatory. While the facilitator may have some resources to share, the contributions of all attendees will make this a truly valuable experience for everyone.

To get a better feel for how an EdCamp is different from a traditional conference, check out this video, produced by True Life Media for EdCamp Philly. The EdCamp movement started in Philadelphia in 2010. Since then, successful EdCamp events have been held in dozens of cities throughout the world.

To attend, all you have to do is show up. No registration is required, unless you want to help with organizing and planning.

Speaking of….I’m part of the duo helping to organize volunteers for the day. If you’re interested in any of the following, email me to be added to the list:

Here are some things you might be doing as a volunteer:
– checking people in
– handing out “swag” (like water bottles, coffee cups, pencils)
– handing out raffle tickets
– hanging posters
– directing “traffic” in the hallways
– using a flip camera to record sessions
– taking photos
– encouraging “chatter” between other educators
– helping with raffle at the end of the day
– passing out prizes
– helping with lunch

There are plenty of other ways to help. To do so, register yourself for helping to plan/organize.

The second event in June is the first EVER #ohedchat TweetUp on Saturday, June 29 in Columbus, OH.

Molly Bloom (from TweetUp sponsor State Impact NPR) describes it:

What is a tweetup?

A tweetup is a chance for people with shared interests who have been chatting online to meet in person and continue their discussions face-to-face.

Where and when is the #ohedchat tweetup?

It’s on June 29 from noon-3 p.m. at COSI in Columbus. It’s free and open to all.

What will happen at the tweetup?

The tweetup will include an “un-icebreaker,” opportunities to meet fellow #ohedchat participants, table discussions on topics discussed on #ohedchat, an “around the horn” panel for intellectual engagement and lots of tweeting, sharing, laughing, learning and food.

Why should I go?

Because you want to meet other educators passionate about their work. Because you want to meet that guy only know by Twitter username. Because you want to learn what’s working in other schools. Because it won’t be boring.

And check out this cool graphic made by Medina’s own Stacy Hawthorne:

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Shout outs to all the various Ohio educators working on this endeavor–with special mentions to the fearless leader @jr_evans and archivist @mdroush.

We’d love for you to register, but showing up on the day of is great as well.

Wondering who else is coming? See the list of those registered (remember, registration not required!).

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