What is EdCamp and how will it benefit me?
An edcamp is a user-generated conference - commonly referred to as an "unconference". Edcamps are designed to provide participant-driven professional development for K-12 educators. Edcamps are modeled after BarCamps, free participant-driven conferences with a primary focus on technology and computers. Educational technology is a common topic area for edcamps, as are pedagogy, practical examples in instructional use of modern tools, and solving the problems technology can introduce into the classroom environment.- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EdCamp
Short video by Bill Selak explaining the EdCamp experience
Edcamp: Teachers Take Back Professional Development by Kristen Swanson: Article posted on ASCD website explaining how a participant-led event can truly provide quality professional development.
" Education is greater than my classroom, school. or district. It's a powerful force that can bring equity and empowerment to our world."
Specifically talking about EdCamps, from this Edutopia article, "Empowering Teachers with DIY" by Betty Ray: "But, perhaps more importantly, these tools give students and teachers access to supportive communities of practice that can facilitate collaboration and new ways of teaching. Armed with unprecedented amounts of information and the tools to connect with one another, teachers are organizing on a DIY grassroots level to create some amazing learning and professional development opportunities."