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Such amazing news that @EdcampUSA received a $2M grant from @GatesFoundation! #edcampdreambig

It was so awesome to be in a roomful of joyous people yesterday as Hadley Ferguson (@hadleyjf), Executive Director of the Edcamp Foundation, announced a TWO MILLION DOLLAR grant from the Gates Foundation to support more initiatives and possibilities like funding regional gatherings, offering seed money for educators and events, encouraging teacher outreach, sending an Edcamp-in-a-Box, and so many other opportunities! Kristen Swanson introduced Philadelphia School District Superintendent William Hite, who in turn introduced Hadley. Channel 6 was there to document the event and interview Hadley.

Some of the many organizers of that first edcamp (edcampphilly) in May of 2010 were there: Ann Leaness, Kevin Jarrett, Kim Sivick (currently the Operations Manager of the Edcamp Foundation), Kristen Swanson, and Hadley Ferguson. I am so proud to have been at that inaugural edcampphilly, which inspired me to launch @edcampNYC (one of the first spinoffs), edcampMumbai, and @edcampBKK (Bangkok)! I have also spent a good deal of my time explaining edcamp, the unconference model, and crowd-sourced professional development to so many people over the years. Likewise, I have encouraged, applauded, congratulated, and/or applied light peer pressure to influence others to organize their own local events: edcampParis, edcampMontreal, edcampSeoul, and edcampNJ, among others…

Here were two articles retweeted throughout the day about the big news:

  1. Edcamp awarded $2 million from Gates Foundation
  2. Edcamp Gets $2M to Spread the Unconference Movement

And below, you can click the image to access Kevin Jarrett’s Flickr album from the event: https://flic.kr/s/aHskhU6TTw

Edcamp Foundation Grant Announcement

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Resources from another great #edcampnyc on Saturday 11/9/13:

Thank you to everyone who came to edcampnyc on a Saturday to learn, share, and network so freely and generously! I was thinking about my edcamp numbers this morning:
— This was the 4th annual autumn edcampNYC to be hosted by The School at Columbia University. Many thanks to my colleague Katy Gartside (amazing 5th grade teacher at The School), Ann Oro, Laura Hollis, Deven Black, and Basil Kolani for being a relaxed and helpful group of co-organizers this year.
— This was the 5th edcampNYC event (We had a spring event at Francis Lewis High School a couple of years ago, and I have happy memories of their awesome Principal Ali Shama grilling up a barbeque lunch for everyone.)
— This was the 6th edcamp I’ve helped plan — two weeks ago was the launch of edcampMumbai (India’s first edcamp!) co-organized by Rekha Puri of LINEglobal and hosted by the The Oberoi International School.

Resources from the day are linked to our schedule here:
https://docs.google.com/a/theschool.columbia.edu/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AoZmqKegkFLAdGp2eFB2aHQwNzZzSVFURjdCRk01ZkE&usp=drive_web#gid=0
*Thanks to Jonathan Leung from General Assembly for showing me how to make a hyperlink using a formula function in a Google Spreadsheet.

And a great tagcloud gathering all the tweets tagged with #edcampnyc is here:http://tagboard.com/edcampnyc
*Thanks to @ChrisKauter for telling me about @Tagboard.

Also, our #edcampnyc hashtag was trending on Saturday!
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Resources from an amazing day of connecting and learning at #edcampmumbai yesterday:

Here are a few photos from EdcampMumbai yesterday!

Rekha Puri is the President and Founder of LINEglobal and the Director of Admissions at The School at Columbia University. In June, we began preparations for EdcampMumbai, India’s first edcamp. Yesterday was the big event, and I’m proud, relieved, and just amazed that it happened and that people were so generous with their resources: time, space, sharing, willingness, enthusiasm.

Oberoi International School and Head of School, Dr. Vladimir D. Kuskovski, hosted EdcampMumbai at their fabulous school, and having wifi, projectors, air-conditioning, and delicious food available was awesome. Oberoi’s Director of Marketing, Saroni Ghosh, is an organizational powerhouse with few rivals. Their IT Director, Puja Srivastava, is my Indian soul sister. She shared her philosophy of digital citizenship, technology integration, and parent/student/teacher partnerships and I almost nodded my head off in agreement.

I am grateful that teachers from all over Mumbai and beyond showed up and were willing to embrace the un-conference model which was new to many of the attendees. Having an empty session board was a bit unnerving to people, and some admitted they didn’t decide to show up until they saw topics being populated on the digital schedule posted on our website. (I entered sessions digitally as soon as they were tacked to the actual physical board). There was much sharing and networking. I watched teachers swap email addresses, business cards, Twitter handles, and Google+ invites.

A few people had prepared actual lectures for their session, and they saw their hour as an opportunity to present for an hour. I tried to gently suggest before and during the sessions that the purpose of these blocks of time was to offer a space where folks could talk/share/question/discuss with each other.

I am hopeful that EdcampMumbai becomes an annual tradition, and Rekha and I are hopeful more cities in India use the unconference model to gather educators and build community.

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