#edcampwpg Countdown

Edcampwpg is 36 hours away. The excitement is in the air. Here are some things you can do to get ready.

1. Make sure your devices are all charged up.

2. Check out our session ideas board.

3. Check out this link for an explanation of what an edcamp is.

4. Be prepared to meet Twitter friends and make new friends.

5. Be ready to have fun!

See you there.

One Week Away!

Can you believe it is only one week until EdCamp Winnipeg 2014?

If something has come up and you are unable to attend, please let us know so we can pass along your ticket to the next person on the waiting list. Your ticket is not transferrable.

Take a moment to shout out some love to our generous sponsors on our sponsor page. Thanks to them, the day is free to you AND we are able to offer you a light morning nibble, a great lunch, as well as some snacks throughout the day. In addition we have some amazing goodies to hand out including online memberships, app codes, a few t-shirts, and some pretty substantial sponsor gifts.

In particular we need to thank ManACE, Pembina Trails School Division, IPEVO, The Manitoba Teachers’ Society and Red River College for their most generous support for EdCamp Winnipeg.

Bring your device/laptop/tablet, there will be lots of opportunity to share online as well as in person. We encourage you to Tweet throughout the day using the hashtag #EdCampWPG.  A QR Code reader, and a way to access GoogleDrive will allow you to make the most of the online collaborative experience. If you’ve never used twitter or GoogleDrive, one of our volunteers can help you out with that when you arrive.

The location of EdCamp Winnipeg is Henry G Izatt Middle School at 960 Scurfield Blvd. Parking is available in a lot adjacent to the school, or on Scurfield Blvd. Please do not park in the bus loop in front of the school. When you arrive, please present your Eventbrite ticket on paper or on your device to receive your name tag. Check-in is from 8:00 am to 8:30 am. At 8:30 am we will kick off the event.

If this is your first EdCamp, you might want to check out this blog post: So You Are Going to #EdCamp – How to Stay Involved and Stay You.

Finally, there will be an after party at Boston Pizza on Kenaston after EdCamp wraps up for the day. It will be a fun opportunity to relax and continue conversations you started during the event.

We’re looking forward to a great day with all of you!

Tickets for EdCampWPG 2014 available tomorrow!

Registration for EdCamp WPG 2014 will open tomorrow! There are only 120 tickets available, so you’ll want to get yours quickly. Visit our registration page for more information. 

We’ve been working very hard at organizing this fantastic event. Come share, learn, and network with us. If you’d like to be included on our Meet the Campers page once you register, please take a  moment to fill out this form, and your information will be added.

And here are some more photos from EdCampWPG 2013, courtesy of Deondra Twerdun.

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EdCamp Winnipeg 2014

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:

info@edcampwpg.org

Follow @EdCampWPG on twitter for updates.

We Have Begun Planning EdcampWPG 2014…

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 Eau Claire (April 12th). This is their first EdCamp! More info on their site. Registration opens on January 24th [link].

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.

 

EdCamp 2013 Winnipeg is just a few days away!

Hello Campers!

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 info@edcampwpg.org.

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Gearing up for #EdCampWPG

Hello EdCampWPG Campers,
The last of the 120 spaces is filled! If you know others that want to attend, encourage them to get on the waiting list. If anything comes up so that you can no longer attend (and we hope it doesn’t), let us know ASAP so we can fill your space. Until June 1st, here are some things you can do
  1. Share Your Excitement: This is a relatively new way of doing PD and we want people to know about it. We are at capacity for this EdCamp but others may want to explore using the EdCamp model with their own learning communities, and I suspect we will host another EdCampWPG! Share your excitement by liking our Facebook page, or Tweeting a message using the hashtag #EdCampWPG.
  1. Get to Know Each Other: Before EdCampWPG take some time to Meet the Campers who will be attending on June 1st. All you need to do is fill out the short form and we will get your biography up on the EdCampWPG website. Check out the Twitter list of EdCampWPG participants. If you are not in the list, let us know. If you’re not on Twitter, have a peek at this strategy for building a Professional Learning Network using social media.
  1. Super-Charge your Mobile Device: While you can get along just fine with a pen and notebook, make sure you can access our digital spaces with Twitter, GoogleDocs, and our very own EdCampWPG APP! If you have any apps you want to share for the Smackdown, have that installed too.If you’re struggling with anything, let us know (info@edcampwpg.org, or on Twitter @EdCampWPG) and we we’ll try to help you through it.
  1. After Party: Everyone is invited to join the EdCampWPG organizers and your new friends at Boston Pizza on Henderson (map) at 4:00 PM to debrief, unwind, and extend the conversation after the EdCamp. In order to give numbers to Boston Pizza ahead of the After Party, please take a minute to add your name to the RSVP form
Make Contact: If there is anything else you want to know, are unsure about, or have any concerns or questions, please please please reply to this note and ask. We are happy to help!

First-Timer EdCamp Q&A

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!

Yay sponsors!

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:

  • Would someone teach me about…
  • I’d like to teach others about…
  • I’d like to have a conversation with others about…
  • Let’s get together and…

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:

  • A laptop, tablet, smart phone, or other preferred device. We encourage you to email, tweet, blog, collaborate on GoogleDocs, etc. during a session.
  • Charger for your device – we’ll have lots of places to plug in but maybe not your particular cable
  • An open mind
  • Your passion for education and desire to make it better for kids.
  • A plan for sharing what you learned. We must take these new ideas, information, and conversations back to those that weren’t at Edcamp Winnipeg.
  • An interested friend, colleague, student, EA, administrator, pre-service teacher, consultant, trustee, or superintendent. The more the merrier, but register them soon!

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/