Sunday, April 17, 2016

#EdCampLdrOH - Mon, July 11th at Gahanna Lincoln H.S.

What is EdCamp Leader Ohio?
Edcamp Leader Ohio is a form of unconference designed specifically for educators and their needs.  While "Leader" is included in the name, we consider all educators and stakeholders in the educational process "leaders", so we encourage every person who is interested in the growth of education to attend.
Unlike traditional conferences which have schedules set months in advance by the people running the conference, Edcamps have an agenda that’s created by the participants at the start of the event.  Instead of one person standing in front of the room talking for an hour, people are encouraged to have discussions and hands-on sessions.  Sponsors don’t have their own special sessions or tables, all of the space and time are reserved for the things the people there want to talk about. People could pay hundreds of dollars to attend another conference, or they could go to Edcamp for free.
Built on principles of connected and participatory learning, Edcamp strives to bring teachers together to talk about the things that matter most to them: their interests, passions, and questions. Educators who attend Edcamp can choose to lead sessions on those things that matter, with an expectation that the people in the room will work together to build understanding by sharing their own knowledge and questions.

Edcamps are:
  • free
  • non-commercial and conducted with a vendor-free presence
  • hosted by any organization interested in furthering the edcamp mission
  • made up of sessions that are determined on the day of the event
  • events where anyone who attends can be a presenter
If you've never been to an EdCamp and don't know why they are useful, read the post by Kristen Swanson that explains the power of EdCamps.
Take a look at the video below to get an idea of what an EdCamp looks like:

What day and time is Edcamp Leader Ohio?
Edcamp Leader Ohio is on Monday, July 11th, 2016 at Gahanna Lincoln High School - Clark Hall. Registration will begin at 7:15 AM. We’ll start kickoff at 8:00 AM and schedule building will follow. First sessions start at 8:45 AM. We’ll have lunch at some point, and wrap up with a shared debrief that should finish around 3:00 PM.

How do I get to Edcamp Leader Ohio?

Gahanna Lincoln High School - Clark Hall is located at 380 Granville Street, Gahanna, Ohio.  Parking is located in the back of the building.

What will we have to eat and drink during the day?

For drinks, I suggest bring a water bottle or bring your own soda/pop if you drink soft drinks. Panera is located right next to GLHS - Clark Hall along with Firehouse Subs for all beverage needs.
Breakfast will be a selection of fruit, muffins, and bagels.  Coffee will be served.  Breakfast and registration will begin at 7:15 AM.
For lunch, we will visit local eateries in Gahanna.  Rusty Bucket is located next to GLHS - Clark Hall, along with Firehouse Subs, Panera, Chipotle, Smashburger, Katie's Pizza, and Gatsby's.  There are fast food restaurants such McDonald's, Burger King, Taco Bell, and Wendy's which are short walk/short drive from GLHS - Clark Hall.  We are always looking for sponsors for lunch, so if get sponsors for lunch, we will let you know.
After the day is over, please join us 200 yards down the road at Coach's for some snacks and adult beverages (on you!).

What will people be wearing?

Totally casual! Every attendee will receive this awesome t-shirt at the beginning of the day:

Thanks to our sponsors RemindHQ and Lead Learning, Inc.  So prepare to change into your shirt when you arrive.

What sessions will there be?

We don’t know yet! Edcamp is based around the interests, passions, and questions of the attendees.  During the 30 minutes,  the group builds the schedule to fit our needs. If you want to facilitate a session, you access the Google Doc and put your session in document in the appropriate cell.  It sounds crazy, but it works.  Take a look at last year's "Big Board" to get an idea of the type of sessions held during Ed Camp Leader.

What should my sessions look like?

A good Edcamp session should involve the people in the room as much as possible. We’re all called participants for a reason! Don’t stand in front of the room and lecture at people or give a presentation.  Invite questions and responses from everybody in the room. Do something hands-on.
The job of the host of a session is to ask the first question and move the conversation along. Totally low-pressure.

What should I do if I go to a session and it doesn’t work for me?

Hey, it happens to all of us sooner or later. Maybe you realize the conversation isn’t going in a useful direction for you. Maybe you misunderstood what the session would be about by the title. Maybe it’s not your kind of thing. Maybe you get really engrossed into a side conversation with somebody and decide to take it out into the hallway. Maybe there’s another session at the same time you also want to check out! Or, unfortunately, maybe somebody’s lecturing, or running a session that feels like a sales pitch instead of a discussion.
Vote with your feet.
If, for any reason, you decide you’d rather be elsewhere, just leave the room! It’s totally cool. It’s not rude to leave the room during an Edcamp. It’s just you recognizing that, in that moment, you feel your learning would be maximized by going somewhere else. You are not insulting the facilitator, who should expect that some people will move in and out of the room during the session time.
If it doesn’t move you, get moving.

How can I connect online and share all of the learning I’m doing?

We’ll be using hashtag #EdCampLdrOH on Twitter and any other website that uses hashtags (Instagram, Facebook, SnapChat)
You can follow us on Twitter.

To sum it all up, what should I bring to #EdCampLdrOH?

  • Water bottle or drink of choice;
  • Cash (for lunch and TweetUp afterparty);
  • Great ideas for sessions;
  • An open mind for learning;
  • Selfie-stick if you have one (to share great memories and learning);
  • Laptop/iPad/personal learning device of choice