Learning Leaders – Episode 4

Episode 4  focused on edcamps which was the topic of our last #saskedchat. There was a lively discussion and we had a number of U of R education students join the chat which was so awesome! Dave Bircher let it be known that there will be an edcamppilotbutte on March 17th with details to come later. This is a great opportunity for people who have not attended an edcamp to join in and participate.

A little bit about an edcamp – which I copied directly from the edcamp site.

Edcamp is a form of unconference designed specifically for teachers and their needs.

What makes Edcamp an unconference? Unlike traditional conferences which have schedules set months in advance by the people running the conference, Edcamp has an agenda that’s created by the participants at the start of the event. Instead of one person standing in front of the room talking for an hour, people are encouraged to have discussions and hands-on sessions. Sponsors don’t have their own special sessions or tables, all of the space and time are reserved for the things the people there want to talk about. People could pay hundreds of dollars to attend another conference, or they could go to Edcamp for free.

Built on principles of connected and participatory learning, Edcamp strives to bring teachers together to talk about the things that matter most to them: their interests, passions, and questions. Teachers who attend Edcamp can choose to lead sessions on those things that matter, with an expectation that the people in the room will work together to build understanding by sharing their own knowledge and questions.

Edcamps are:

  • free

  • non-commercial and conducted with a vendor-free presence

  • hosted by any organization interested in furthering the Edcamp mission

  • made up of sessions that are determined on the day of the event

  • events where anyone who attends can be a presenter

  • reliant on the “law of two feet” that encourages participants to find a session that meets their needs

 

The great thing about an edcamp is that it focuses on the learning needs of teachers and allows teachers to talk, discuss, collaborate and see how things work in their own teaching by having conversations with other teachers. It’s less about the presentation and more about the learning. Kristen Swanson post really lays out why edcamps can be such powerful learning experiences/professional development for teachers.

 

Podcasting – Screencasting

I have created a short screencast that gives an example of what I do while editing the podcast. I don’t go into recording or publishing, which I will probably get to later on but look at the how I go about working with the recording. I focus on the basics, which is all I’m really doing right now!

 

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kellychris

I am a husband, father, son.... I am currently working on my PhD in Education - Curriculum and Instruction. My focus is teacher professional development and social media integration. I have a beautiful, supportive wife who has been my partner for 28 years. We have 8 wonderful children who are amazing individuals. Together, we are exploring the world around us, sharing our stories, and enjoying the journey!

2 Comments

  1. Kelly – this is a really interesting project – do you have any idea how many people are listening to your podcasts? Just wondering about audience and what you could do to increase it/share the work you’re doing.
    Do you think this work will contribute to your eventual dissertation?

    • Thanks for the reply Katia. It might eventually contribute in some way to the dissertation but that’s not really the purpose. It’s about adding to the conversation surrounding education especially as it relates to Saskatchewan. As I explore different ways to include other educators in the podcasts, I hope that this will help to expand the audience. Right now, it’s in its infancy stage as I experiment and try to get different things in order. I know that I have contacted a number of different people who have agreed to discuss different topics and hope to add their voices to the podcast soon.

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