Crowdsourcing #Edcamp Advice: Building a Better #edcampMVilleTuesday, July 21, 201512:26 PM
Last school year, I came across the quote above and shared it with my students often. "All of us are smarter than one of us." I can't find a clear author, and I've seen a few variations, but it's been a driving concept in my classroom. Before you ask the teacher, ask each other. We learn better together than we do alone. It's probably been useful every day since, and I plan to have it at the top of my syllabus next year.
One of the best parts of being a connected educator is being able to take that advice. Whenever I have a question, a problem, or need help, I know I can turn to my #PLN on Twitter for guidance. It's been great practice for me and a strong model to bring back to my classroom to show my colleagues and students the power of being connected. In May, I asked for #edtech advice to help give ideas to new teachers in a training, and I compiled those Tweets in a blog post: Crowdsourcing #EdTech Advice For New Teachers.
Yesterday, I took the same idea to crowdsource advice for hosting a successful edcamp. I've written about #edcampMVille before, but as we're six weeks away or so, I want to make sure we're ready to move forward. Find more information about #edcampMVille at edcampmville.weebly.com if you're interested. The event is on 8/29 in Purchase, NY. The organizing team is great and I love our plans, but I thought it could help to consult the experts. I reached out to some organizers of past edcamps, like EdCampNJ, EdCampHV, EdCampLDR, and EdCampPhilly, along with my Twitter #PLN, and their advice is below.
Thank you to everyone who contributed. I was impressed with the responses I got in one day and would love to add more, so please comment or Tweet at me!
What's your best advice for a successful #edcamp? Help me crowdsource a new blog post and make #edcampMVille great! pic.twitter.com/i17DMUJhAV— Adam Schoenbart (@MrSchoenbart) July 20, 2015
@MrSchoenbart Coffee Adam! I had to drive 2+ hrs to get to #EdcampCNY-It was so amazing to have coffee and light breakfast when I arrived!— Connie Rockow (@crockow8) July 20, 2015
@MrSchoenbart Thought you might like to "see" #edcampCNY in action-get ideas? Thanks for the pics @MsRatcliff_LCSD https://t.co/gIvAN80cXo— Connie Rockow (@crockow8) July 20, 2015
@MrSchoenbart Connect w/enthusiatic educators who share #edcamp's vision & go from there. Get a date/venue 1st. Use SM to promote! #edcamphv— Julie Jee (@mrsjjee) July 20, 2015
Plan to have no plan. Go with an open-mind and prepare to have it blown. https://t.co/loXQQpbBxO— Cori (@MakingCentsOfIt) July 20, 2015
Make connections during lunch. Use collab note taking via GDocs. Don't let lrng stop after day's end - connect via Twitter @MrSchoenbart— Dani Raskin (@missraskin) July 20, 2015
Offer food & prizes. Have WiFi & make schedule available online. Publicize widely not just w/"elite". Debrief after. https://t.co/KKxyo3mfp3— Shervette M.P. (@AtlTeacher) July 20, 2015
@MrSchoenbart what drives an #edcamp are the participants, their active participation, willingness to have important conversations, share.— Christina Luce (@ChristinaMLuce) July 20, 2015
@MrSchoenbart being able to draw a diverse group of participants is pretty key. Spreading the vision and mission of #edcamp is important.— Christina Luce (@ChristinaMLuce) July 20, 2015
@MrSchoenbart Encourage teachers to bring a friend.— Ann Leaness (@aleaness) July 20, 2015
@MrSchoenbart Get your local district behind you and contact some great sponsors like @plickers @edmodo @SymbalooEDU #edcampMVille— Greg Bagby (@Gregbagby) July 20, 2015
@MrSchoenbart @plickers @edmodo @SymbalooEDU Also talk it up on whatever social media the teachers in your area use. Pvt. And Pub.— Greg Bagby (@Gregbagby) July 20, 2015
@MrSchoenbart @Glennr1809 @NatalieFranzi @wkrakower @AJBianco @mrnesi @kristenswanson @geraldaungst @RobinMBurns have a great team!— Jeffrey Bradbury (@TeacherCast) July 20, 2015
@MrSchoenbart Appeal to more than just Ts when putting an #Edcamp together- invite local admin, districts & Ts unions to get buzz going.— Kathleen Bellino (@kgbellino) July 20, 2015
@missraskin @MrSchoenbart share early & often any resources/tools that help newcomers understand #edcamp format; toughest part of #edcampwme— Dan Ryder (@WickedDecent) July 20, 2015
@MrSchoenbart @WickedDecent Here's my input. http://t.co/OBxFZyLcP7 some have had great results already with this too!— art la flamme (@artlaflamme) July 20, 2015
@MrSchoenbart @missraskin also open #edcamp up to anyone with an interest in education: policy, parents, students, community, admin— Dan Ryder (@WickedDecent) July 20, 2015
@MrSchoenbart Connect with other local organizers— Kristen Swanson (@kristenswanson) July 21, 2015
@MrSchoenbart @NatalieFranzi @wkrakower @AJBianco @mrnesi @kristenswanson @TeacherCast best tips I got 1: you will get 50% of ppl who signup— Chris Aviles (@TechedUpTeacher) July 21, 2015
@MrSchoenbart @NatalieFranzi @wkrakower @AJBianco @mrnesi @kristenswanson @TeacherCast best tip 2: people / 5 = number of pizzas to order— Chris Aviles (@TechedUpTeacher) July 21, 2015
@MrSchoenbart @mrnavas Get a team together. Make use of edcamp Foundation. Use a checklist to assign tasks and time frame. edcamps are 1/2— brian fahey (@brianfahey61) July 21, 2015
@MrSchoenbart @mrnavas 2/2 unpredictable in the best way, but good organization is key. Would be happy to help you in any way. #edcamp— brian fahey (@brianfahey61) July 21, 2015
@MrSchoenbart Hope you can make it too! Try to get at least one person at each school/district to spread the word. It definitely helps.— Julie Jee (@mrsjjee) July 21, 2015
@MrSchoenbart @missraskin @iruntech @tinamonte @TheConnectedEdu take risks at Edcamp. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Connect!— Jimmy Sapia (@mrsapia_teach) July 21, 2015
@MrSchoenbart @missraskin @iruntech @tinamonte @TheConnectedEdu share learning via Twitter, Google Docs, etc. Start a session.— Jimmy Sapia (@mrsapia_teach) July 21, 2015
@MrSchoenbart get a team of volunteers together so you can divide the work. Share info through diff platforms to meet tchrs where they are— Margaret A Powers (@mpowers3) July 21, 2015