Saturday, 31 May 2014 from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM (CDT)
Henry G. Izatt Middle School
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3Y 1N6
Henry G. Izatt Middle School
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3Y 1N6
Planning for Winnipeg’s second EdCamp on May 31, 2014 has begun. We have chosen Henry G Izatt Middle School as the location, and we are again hoping for wide representation from school divisions in the region.
Even if you have never attended an EdCamp, we can use you. If you are interested in helping with this event, or want more information, please contact us via email at:
Follow @EdCampWPG on twitter for updates.
We are in good company! There are many EdCamp events going on, and this information was forwarded to us by Lisa Sjogren, EdCampMSP Organizer.
EdCamp Bemidji (March 1st) Bemidji’s first EdCamp. Register now!
EdCamp Iowa (March 8th). If you haven’t heard, there will be 5 EdCamps going on throughout Iowa more info on their site. Registration is now open and you can register here.
EdCamp Winnipeg (Hopefully May 31st). This date was just announced Wednesday. Grab (or renew) your passports and join us at EdCamp Winnipeg. More info coming soon on the @EdCampWPG site [link].
EdCamp Lake Superior (August 14th) Going up north in the summer is great and you can join EdCamp Lake Superior for their EdCamp. More info is on their site, registration is not available yet.
And finally, EdCampMSP (October 11th) The fun starts at the Minnesota History Center. Get your pre-registration reminder here. Actually alumni we will remind you- just make sure we have your updated email address.
Hello EdCampWPG Campers,
EdCampWPG is just two days away. Your friendly EdCampWPG organizing team wants to share these last-minute tidbits of information to ensure your EdCamp experience is fun, trouble free and completely mind-blowing.
There is a little more than one week left until EdCampWPG and we want to make sure that you are ready for the big day! This week we have some new updates and we want to make sure that you are well prepared for your day at EdCampWPG. Feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
We are just one month away now from EdcampWPG joining almost 200 other locations around the world that have hosted this unique form of professional growth.
The vast majority of people attending EdCampWPG have never attended an EdCamp before. Here is a Q&A to help you better understand how they work. Over the next few weeks we’ll send out a couple more e-mails to help you get ready so you can make the most of the experience.
Q: How much is it again? Do I need to bring a lunch?
A: Everything is provided 100% by sponsors allowing us to make this a free event AND give you some small giveaways, a light breakfast, and a lunch for everyone!
Q: How can I say thanks to the EdCamp sponsors?
A: Tweet out your appreciation, like them on Facebook, and give them your business – they help make this day possible.
Q: What’s the conference about?
A: We don’t know yet. Edcamp isn’t your traditional conference. In fact, there’s really nothing traditional about it at all. Our sessions for the day are not published, or even known, ahead of time. The day is 100% driven by you, the attendees. That is where the session (conversation) ideas come from. What we DO know is that you have the opportunity to get what you need, help others meet their needs, and make some great contacts in the process.
Q: I’m probably going to be late, is that a problem?
A: You probably won’t want to miss out on the light breakfast starting at 7:45, but you absolutely don’t want to miss setting the agenda at 8:30am. We know it’s early, but this is where the magic happens. This is where we ask YOU what YOU want from the day. Creating an EdCamp agenda is a pretty awesome experience.
Q: How is the agenda set?
A: Participants make invitations along these lines:
Plus, we can tweak where and when sessions take place so chances are you will get to attend everything you want to attend.
Q: What resources are available if I want to present something?
A: There will be a projector in each room for anyone to use if needed to show supplemental material. Don’t expect full blown presentations with slides, handouts, and the like. It’s not that kind of conference, but if you have them, you’re welcome to bring them. The idea is for sessions to be conversational and participatory rather than sit-and-get.
Q: There’s something I want to know but I don’t want to lead a session. What should I do?
A: Just because you added the session/topic to the session board doesn’t mean you have to be the only voice during that entire time slot. In fact, we don’t want you to be. Sessions are meant to be learning conversation around the topic. Just facilitate and give focus; let everyone in on the conversation.
Q: What if I start in one session and after a few minutes discover it’s not for me?
A: Vote with your feet. If you’re not getting out of it what you need, go to another session; if you’re facilitating a session and someone leaves, don’t be offended. That’s OK to do during an Edcamp! We want you to get the most out of your day of learning. It’s your day. If you need to, go revisit the session chart and head somewhere else
Q: We’re really into our conversation but the session ended. Now what?
A: You’ll likely see conversations continuing during lunch and throughout the day. Some may carry over into other sessions, some folks may skip a session to head to the commons area to continue a conversation. Again, while informal and non-traditional, it’s all acceptable.
Q: What should I bring to EdCamp?
Here are some things you might want to bring with you:
Check out the idea board, camper profiles, and general information on EdCamps. See you June 1st!
(Thanks to Kyle Pace whose blog post formed the backbone of this email: http://kylepace.wordpress.com/2011/10/05/edcampkc201/
EdCampWPG is still a little more than 12 weeks away but there are things you can do beforehand:
Are you an EdCamp Veteran? What do you do to prepare? What should newbies know?
Plan to attend EdCamp Winnipeg on June 1, 2013
Follow @EdCampWPG on Twitter, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to stay updated. Let us know if you want to volunteer with planning and/or at the event.
EdCampWPG is an un-conference: free to attend, open, and participant driven. Attending an EdCamp lets you design your own conference experience. The EdCamp provides a structure for professional learning and sharing and YOU determine the content.
Filling the agenda is the first order of business (after a bite to eat, of course!). Participants make invitations to a particular room at a particular time to:
EdCamp participants ARE the resident experts and because you are the expert, you know what you need and what is working for you. If the session you are in isn’t meeting your needs, you are free to find another session.
Here are a couple of short videos that describe the EdCamp model and experience: