|Group Selfie at #Txeducamp 2016|
sponsors Tom Kilgore and TWU's Dr. Krutka
I confess that I've never been to an educator conference outside of my school district or University. Really. But I have plenty of teacher friends who return from places like Las Vegas or West Palm Beach raving about the bigger-than-life keynote or big-name vendors that gave them free book markers and razzle dazzle trinkets.
I've also talked to educators who are ready for something different. They are tired of the same old, same old conference agenda and they feel like they are no better off than if they had stayed home and washed the dog. Let's be honest. Conferences aren't for everyone.
One size does not fit all.
|TOY Whitney Crews, Debbie Turner|
There would be no vendors or registration fees. A district administrator or school board member would have the same privileges and opportunities as a first year teacher excited about some new strategy that has worked in the classroom. No special seating. No ego stroking.
|TWU Txeducamp session; Using Twitter in the Classroom|
|TxeduCamp Organizer, Tom Kilgore|
My fav school board member: Tracy Fisher
Session leaders keep the flow of conversation and ideas in motion (facilitator). No one is to impose their opinions on others (space invader).
Beware: There is a thin line between a "facilitator" and a "space invader."
In a world which sometimes privileges some educators over others, it's easy to fall into a trap believing that unless you have authored a book that's flying off the shelf, or earn the title of "keynote", you have little (or nothing) to offer to others.
That simply isn't true.
|Tom Kilgore explains Edcamp Protocol|
Learn more about Edcamps, visit their website:
- What is the difference between a conference and an unconference?
- How do unconferences give creative space to educators?
- Have you ever been to an Edcamp? What was your experience like?
- Would your district or university consider sponsoring an edcamp?
|Thank you Texas Woman's University!|