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Donating to @EdcampUSA on #GivingTuesday is the easiest thing I’ve done today. #Edcamp5Challenge #Edcamp

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Today is #GivingTuesday, and among other worthy places to donate funds, I am making a gift to Edcamp to commemorate their 5th anniversary and ensure many more years of worldwide edcamps and future innovations.

I am a huge fan of Edcamp and the power of educators to unite, network, and collaborate, and I’m proud to have been at the inaugural edcampPhilly back in May of 2010. I went, brought colleagues, ate many doughnuts, met online connections face-to-face, made new friends, presented, attended sessions, tweeted, blogged, and was inspired to launch one of the first spin-offs, edcampNYC. Since then, I’ve organized (and peer-pressured) other edcamps to get off the ground, both domestically and internationally. What’s better than bringing teachers together to share best practices, learn from each other, and build community?!

The following is an excerpt from a recent blog post from Hadley Ferguson, Executive Director of the Edcamp Foundation.
(Her full post is here: http://www.edcamp.org/blog-post/edcamp5challenge)

#Edcamp5Challenge

What an amazing 5 years it has been, since the first Edcamp! It is hard to imagine a world without Edcamps to attend! Let’s show the world just how wide the influence has been.

We are kicking off a campaign for #GivingTuesday, which is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving! December, 1st! It follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday and is a time to pause and give back. We want to have everyone who has ever been to an Edcamp to donate $5, that’s all, to show the world how many educators have been touched by Edcamp.

Below are some of my photos from that first edcampPhilly!

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Super grateful to my PLN after #NYCIST two weeks ago, #NAISac14 last week, and #GoogleGlass convos this week…

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My two ex-bosses @donbuckley @gdorio #neit14

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Two weeks ago, I attended the February meeting of the New York Consortium of Independent School Technologists (NYCIST). We meet monthly face-to-face and for an annual conference at Mohonk Mountain House. This year’s Mohonk experience was especially community-building after a norovirus plagued many of us and inspired the hashtag, #Mochunk. It was awesome to gather at Little Red Elizabeth Irwin School (the host for last month’s meeting) and get a demo of Kandu from one of the creators. Equally awesome was to continue the discussion at a local watering hole afterwards. NYCIST was my first Personal/Professional/Personalized Learning Network (PLN), and the conversation, collaborating, and camaraderie from the group has proven to be invaluable over the years.

LadiesAt the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) annual conference last week, I was honored to be chosen to co-present with amazing ladies I met via Twitter and face-to-face conferences. I knew Liz Davis (@LizBDavis) before I met her at a NYSAIS Education and Information Technology (NEIT) conference in like 2007. Hadley Ferguson (@HadleyJF) and Kim Sivick (@KSivick) were also people I knew via Twitter before I first met them in person at EdcampPhilly in 2010. I’ve since seen them online and in person many times, and it was a pleasure to talk about our own professional development and growth to two really nice audiences at NAIS in Orlando.

photo 1This week, I led two conversations at The School at Columbia University about GoogleGlass and wearable technologies. The first was for parents as part of the monthly TechTuesdays series I launched last year in order to build community and a common vocabulary between the Technology Department, the faculty, and the parents. For this month’s parent talk, I invited Rachel Klem (@Klemify), music teacher here at The School, and A.J. Jacobs (@ajjacobs), prolific and witty writer/author, to facilitate a discussion about their experiences with GoogleGlass. I was so glad to see a large turnout and hear lots of questions and anecdotes shared. I gathered resources on a GoogleDoc linked here: http://tinyurl.com/TechTuesdaysTSC

This afternoon, Rachel and I hosted another conversation for educators and technologists as part of an ongoing series of grassroots Professional Development (PD) afternoon offerings for our faculty that I help facilitate. In attendance were:
Me (@KarenBlumberg)
Rachel Klem (@klemify), music teacher here at The School
Katy Gartside (@KatyGartside), 5th grade teacher here at The School
Paul Shirk (@alert_soulful), 1st grade teacher here at The School
Marko Pacic (@MarkoPacic), Director of Technology at Convent of the Sacred Heart
Colin Samuel (@workplacehobo), Director of Technology at The Green Vale School
and joining via GoogleHangout:
From Boston, Andy Marcinek (@andycinek), Director of Technology at Groton-Dunstable Regional School District
From Austin for SxSWedu, Basil Kolani (@bkolani), Director of Technology at The Dwight School

For the record, here’s Sergey Brin‘s TED Talk where the co-founder of Google shares some possibilities for GoogleGlass:

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“Create Your Own Un-Conference” by Jennifer Demski via @THE_Journal

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I was really honored and excited to talk with Jennifer Demski a few months ago about my involvement with EdCampNYC. While attending the first EdCampPhilly in May 2010, I was immediately inspired to throw one in New York City at my school, The School at Columbia University. I am a huge proponent of unconferences, professional development, and sharing free resources, so the EdCamp movement is something I am particularly passionate about.

Read the full article here: http://thejournal.com/articles/2012/06/20/create-your-own-unconference.aspx?m=1

EdCamp is a grassroots movement of do-it-yourself professional development “un-conferences” that originated in Philadelphia in November 2010. In just a year and a half the phenomenon has gained serious momentum across the country and now around the globe.

This teacher-driven, bottom-up approach to professional development has reinvigorated educators’ passions for learning by creating an environment that, according to participants, rewards their curiosity, allows them to explore their passions, and values their experience and knowledge.

T.H.E. Journal Contributing Editor Jennifer Demski recently talked with four EdCamp participants to find out how social media and web 2.0 tools have fanned the flames of this movement and why teachers are so eager for a professional development experience that they themselves create.

Kristen Swanson is an adjunct professor at DeSales University and was the technology director of Springfield Township School District in Oreland, PA, when she cofounded the first EdCamp in Philadelphia in November 2010 with Dan Callahan, K-5 technology specialist at Burlington Public Schools in Burlington, MA. Callahan also is the organizer of EdCamp Boston and president of the EdCamp Foundation. Bill Selak, organizer of EdCamp OCLA (Orange and Los Angeles counties, CA), teaches music to elementary school students in the Covina-Valley Unified School District in Covina, CA, and educational technology to college students at Azusa Pacific University. Finally, Karen Blumberg, organizer of EdCamp NYC, is the technology specialist at The School at Columbia University, an independent K-8 school in New York City.

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