April 1, 2017 · 12:51 pm
I owe endless thanks to NIST International School
and Bangkok Hospital
for sponsoring the inaugural edcampBKK
, the first edcamp in Thailand! It was a dream come true to be in Bangkok at NIST’s beautiful campus and collaborate with the talented team of educators and administrators who facilitated the event. Chissa Duangnet
, Kim Beeman
, Ben Sheridan
, Jared Kuruzovich, Heida Prorate Doria
, James Dykman
, Michelle Marquez, and Boe Uarsakchai were all a joy to work with and made sure everything ran efficiently and seamlessly. It was such a pleasure to be able to rely on and trust everyone at the table! Bangkok Hospital sponsored awesome t-shirts and tote bags for participants sporting the gorgeous logo developed by the NIST team with a mango in lieu of the usual edcamp apple.
I’ve been a passionate champion and organizer of edcamps since I attended the first edcamp, edcampPhilly, in May of 2010. I was immediately inspired to launch edcampNYC just a few short months later in October of 2010. Since then, I’ve proudly inspired, coached, and peer-pressured more than a dozen additional edcamps around the world. What’s more powerful than teachers coming together to learn, network, and share with each other?! It brings me such joy to facilitate the creation of the session board — I love standing near it, inviting people to populate it with conversational topics that are pertinent to them, and suggesting that friends or strangers co-lead discussions with like goals rather than over-dilute the offerings with similar sounding sessions.
A couple stellar moments that I hope to remember:
- I got to organize this day with Chissa, one of my closest and oldest friends who I’ve know since she was 12 back when I was her sister’s first-year roommate at Bryn Mawr College. I also collaborated with Kim, a colleague from my Sacred Heart days, who has been Head Librarian at Shrewsbury International School in Bangkok for four years but is heading to Singapore next year to be at Tanglin Trust. We’re already planning edcampSingapore!
- Two of my favorite friends, educators, and ex-colleagues from The School at Columbia University were in attendance: Tabitha Johnson and Akio Iida! They were frequent participants at edcampNYC, launched edcampSeoul, and were such awesome champions at edcampBKK!
- At the end of the day, four ladies told me they were inspired to launch another edcamp in Thailand, and we immediately secured @edcampBangna for them! Here’s hoping it’s another success!
Here’s the awesome schedule crafted by attendees at @edcampBKK – each session title links to a Google Doc of notes (also viewable at http://tinyurl.com/edcampbkk2017):
Here is a tagboard of tweets from the day tagged with #edcampBKK:
One of my favorite tweets from a participant is pasted below:
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Tagged as @b_sheridan, @dorakio, @edcampBangna, @hpdoria, @jamesdykman, Akio Iida, Bangkok, Ben Sheridan, Boe Uarsakchai, cduangnet, Chissa Duangnet, EdCamp, Edcamp Foundation, Edcamp in a Box, EdCamp Philly, edcampbkk, edcampUSA, Heida Prorate Doria, James Dykman, Jared Kuruzovich, Karen Blumberg, KarenBlumberg, Kim Beeman, kimbeeman, Michelle Marquez, Tabitha Johnson, tabletj, Thailand
May 2, 2016 · 9:05 pm
Many thanks to the Kim Sivick (@ksivick
), Program Director of the Edcamp Foundation
, for inviting me to the inaugural Edcamp Organizers Summit
– the first in a series of events where Edcamp organizers will gather, network, share best practices, and be inspired.
Hadley Ferguson (@hadleyjf), Executive Director of the Edcamp Foundation, and @KristenSwanson, Founding Edcamp Board Member, launched the two-day summit with words that made me feel so proud for being a passionate advocate for Edcamp. I especially liked Kristen’s slides stating, “It’s not about events. It’s about empowerment.” and “It’s not about size. It’s about people.” I was so happy to attend the summit and represent EdcampNYC with my friend and co-founder, Ann Oro (@OroAnnM)!
Shannon Montague (@montysays) and @AdamBellow, @EdcampUSA Board members) helped to organize the crowd-sourced conversational topics written on Post-its, and soon after we had an official PHL Summit Session Board schedule of unconference conversations to choose from.
I popped in on a few different sessions while connecting with people I usually interact with online. A particular highlight of the conference was joining the Stop Taking Yourself So Seriously! Let’s Snap, Dub, and Bitmoji! session faciliated by Kristina Peters (@MrsKPeters). Hilarity ensued after a roomful of teachers began to film and share their lipsync videos created in DubSmash. Edcamp gold!
Keynote speakers during the conference included:
– Anthony Veneziale, co-founder of Speechless, Improv Thinking: Fostering Creativity and Neuroplasticity who got the whole room to stand and step out of their comfort zone.
– Jose Vilson (@TheJLV), Educator, writer, thought leader, and Founder of #educolor which “seeks to elevate the voices of public school advocates of color on educational equity and justice.”
– of BreakoutEdu which takes an empty box with a bunch of locks and offers teachers a platform to game-ify their classroom.
Look out for announcements from @ksivick and @edcampusa about the upcoming summits: July 25-26 in Atlanta, GAand August 12-13 in Dallas, TX.
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Tagged as Adam Bellow, Ann Oro, Don Buckley, EdCamp, edcamp organizers summit, EdCampNYC, edcampUSA, Hadley Ferguson, Karen Blumberg, KarenBlumberg, Kim Sivick, Kristen Swanson, shannon montague
December 1, 2015 · 3:43 pm
Click circle to donate!
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)
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!
August 18, 2015 · 7:32 pm
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:
- Edcamp awarded $2 million from Gates Foundation
- 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
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Tagged as @GatesFoundation, Ann Leaness, EdCamp, Edcamp Foundation, Edcamp in a Box, edcampbkk, edcampmumbai, EdCampNYC, edcampUSA, funding, Gates Foundation, Hadley Ferguson, Kevin Jarrett, Kim Sivick, Kristen Swanson