Edcamp is NOT about Technology
While educational technology invitations are common in edcamps, it is not the focus. In fact, there IS no predetermined content focus at edcampMY7Oaks. Topics can range from assessment practices, to UDL, to behaviour management, to meditation practices, to math instruction, to … well, you get the idea. There is no limit to the content you can propose. If you believe the conversation will help you as an educator, then it is just fine.
Edcamp USES Technology
There is, though, a big technology infrastructure that helps edcamps work. This website is a way to communicate not just to participants, but to educators around the world. It serves as an invitation to listen in, to contribute, even to collaborate. MY7Oaks social media offer virtual meeting spaces too. Whether it is a discussion thread on Facebook, sharing out ideas and resources on Twitter, or visual artifacts and examples of our learning on Instagram, MY7Oaks is point of connection among ourselves, and with the rest of the world.
You don’t need technology to participate…
however… edcampMY7Oaks, participants are encouraged to bring their technology: laptops, tablets, mobile devices. You can get along just fine and get a lot out of edcamp without them, but… if you do, you’ll be able to:
- take your own notes, of course
- access an up to date schedule from anywhere in the building
- search Instagram for #MY7Oaks and see pics from the day
- collaborate on recording learning in shares session notes
- swap files and resources with other participants
- tweet out to the world what’s happening and what you’re learning
- post resources to the edcampMY7Oaks Facebook page
- add colleagues to your contact book for future conversations
- bookmark sites that are shared in sessions
- chat with people in other sessions to find out what’s going on
- monitor the #My7Oaks Twitter feed for nuggets of wisdom from participants
- watch the same feed for messages from others around the world who are following our day of learning
There will be “tech-spersts” around to help you if you with Google Docs, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or using QR codes… whatever. You don’t have to, but it’s a great space to give it a try!
If you’re really keen, come with a gmail account, a twitter account, and a QR code reader.