In 24 hours, what will you be doing? Hopefully, you will be eating breakfast, networking, tweeting and preparing for an incredible day of sharing and learning at EdCamp Atlanta 2013, one of the premier educational unconferences in the Southeastern United States. You do not want to miss the talented people, the amazing sessions, and the INCREDIBLE door prizes from our plethora of sponsors!
Showing up is just the first step; any attendee and any Twitter follower for the day will want easy, continual, and mobile access to the stream of information that will be flowing non-stop.
Thanks to Yapp, one of the easiest ways for any educator or educational group to "app yourself," EdCamp Atlanta has for the second year created a cross-platform mobile application that will not only enhance your day at EdCamp Atlanta, but also increase your potential learning throughout the whole year after EdCampATL!
The features available for any app developer using Yapp are versatile and useful. Finally, we are able to follow both @EdCampAtlanta and the #EdCampATL hashtag while also being able to tweet in-app! Also, on the day of the unconference, every session and room location will be posted in the app and also within the app is a "Share" feature in which any attendee can post pictures for everyone to see. Please download our app and share your photos of the day with everyone!
All apps are hosted through an external app called YappBox, available on both the Apple App Store and on Google Play. YappBox is free for everyone and makes updating the EdCamp Atlanta app instantaneous.
To download the YappBox app, visit the Apple App Store or Google Play on your mobile device and download the app. Next, in the menu, you can click "add an app" or navigate to the following web link in order to push the EdCampATL app into your YappBox: http://my.yapp.us/EdCampATL
If you are intrigued by both Yapp and the EdCampATL mobile app, our own Cat Flippen will be hosting a 25-minute session on building an educational app with Yapp
, where she will be raffling a free premium custom setup
offer and a Yapp T-shirt of any size.
We hope you enjoy our new app! Don't forget to download before the unconference starts
, visit the Yapp website
, then follow Yapp on Twitter
and let them know you are attending EdCamp Atlanta!
SimpleK12, the proud provider of the Teacher Learning Community, offers 100% online professional development opportunities for teachers. The Community blends webinars with Education leaders, a shared resource center, online learning programs, and social networking to create a unique global community dedicated to helping educators succeed in the 21st century.
SimpleK12 is also a proud supporter of EdCamp Atlanta, offering attendees five opportunities to win a 1-year full access memberships to the SimpleK12 Teacher Learning Community (each valued at $297) plus all EdCamp attendees will receive a FREE 3 month, full access membership to the SimpleK12 Teacher Learning Community (each valued at $77).
As if that wasn't enough, SimpleK12 will also provide ALL EdCamp Atlanta attendees with a FREE copy of one of SimpleK12’s most popular premium eBook resources, “57 Inspirational Quotes.”
In addition to these wonderful prizes, SimpleK12 has agreed to allow EdCamp Atlanta FULL access to their webinar libraries for the day. A special SimpleK12 session room will be available to all EdCamp Atlanta attendees. Don't see a session you are interested in on the session board? Head over to the SimpleK12 room and look up a webinar that suits your interests.
As of a week ago, EdCamp Atlanta ticket registrations have completely SOLD OUT on our EventBrite page
, smashing our inaugural registration from last year with nearly 400 participants having reserved a spot in this year's EdCamp Atlanta un-conference one-day event! Your organizers
have been working tirelessly preparing for the big day. Breakfast and lunch have been arranged, provided by two remarkable, Atlanta-based schools. An amazing array of sponsor organizations and companies
have contributed to EdCamp Atlanta, including some astounding door prizes and swag
that will surprise everyone! The session interests and ideas that have been flowing into through the #EdCampATL Twitter
hashtag and Facebook
pages have been cutting edge, engaging, and exciting. From a wealth of sessions to what will be an incredible SmackDown 2013, every attendee of EdCamp Atlanta this year is going to walk away with their minds full, hearts motivated, and a larger PLN of incredible educators. Are you ready for the most innovative professional development experience in Atlanta in just two weeks?
To start preparing us for September 14th, take a moment and tell us what you would like to see or share!
Join in the conversation by using the hashtag #EdCampATL on Twitter, joining our Facebook page, or by leaving a comment here on our website!
Gwyneth JonesThe Daring Librarian
Special Guest Blogger for EdCamp
AtlantaTeacher-Librarian, LJ Mover & Shaker, GCT, ISTE Board of Directors, Speaker, Blogger, SL Steampunk, Den★, Xtc Fan, Pop Culture Ho, Cinephile, Geek, & Goofball!
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I've written about the importance web presence and transparency
since I started blogging
. Now, more than ever, education professionals must be visible and transparent in what they do and with their program and practice.
It's easy to become overwhelmed with the thought of building a web presence from scratch but it's easy to fashion a fabulous functional digital footprint with a few easy pieces. Listed in priority order, ease of establishment use, and the ever important commitment and difficulty factor! All my humble opinion, of course!
EdCamp Atlanta is dedicated to keeping the learning going throughout the year beyond just the one day of EdCamp. We plan on having face to face meetup events as well as Google Hangout events to meet this goal.
We meet up for the first time after EdCamp Atlanta on October 27, 2012 at 11:30 am ET at the Highland Bakery in Buckhead, Atlanta.
We ate, talked, had fun, then got down to business to discuss the topic of our first Google Hangout event planned for November. Keep an eye out for details about the Google Hangout event coming soon!
Laura McDonald, Nikki D Robertson, Sue Levine, Cindy Dixon, Shelley Paul, Kathy D Shields, Jaime Vandergrift, Wanda McClure.
Featured Topics Include:
- Organizing EdcampATl
- Finding the perfect team members
- Budgeting for an Edcamp
- Creating the EdcampAtl App
- Session Topics
- Ticketing and Registration
- Promoting Edcamp Atl on Twitter and on Social Media Networks
- Creating the perfect Edcamp Website
- What went right? What went wrong? What do we do differently?
- The future of Edcamp and EdcampAtl
CrossPost from : Incorporating Social Media In Education K-12high school english teacher
; k-5 librarian ; summer school principal varsity basketball coach
; grant writer
; curriculum writer educational consultant ; owner of animated playbook ; basketball consultant educational media presenter ; nationally certified teacher degrees in English, Educational Leadership, & Library Media
Have you ever asked a person why they don’t use social media? Most have some excuse about not having it as a kid, so why should they use it now. It really doesn’t matter what their excuse is because without even saying it, the perception is that they are afraid of using social media or don’t understand the power of it.
In order for educators and others in a role dealing with individuals, there must me an active involvement in the use of social media. You don’t have to be an expert, but if your profession is one of teaching or building relationships with the community, then it might be a good reason to understand and engage in social media. If you are working with young adults and not exposing them to this type of communication, or at least letting them see you in an active role with social media, then you may be doing more harm than good.
During an Innochat a year or so ago whose topic was innovation in education, a participant dismissed the Clayton Christensen-Michael Horn book Disrupting Class
as “Chicken Soup for the teacher’s soul.”
There was at least one teacher present in that chat — my sister Wanda McClure
, principal of Amana Academy
, a charter school in Atlanta. Predictably enough she was offended. But the participant was correct, in the most positive way possible.Disrupting Class
predicts that technological advances will disrupt education as we currently know it. I assumed, and I think others have to, that that meant technology that would replace the teacher.
What has happened instead is that many teachers, some not just inspired but empowered by the message in Disrupting Class
, are exploring and experimenting with technologies. Instead of replacing them, help them extend themselves and innovate new ways to teach.
The jobs-to-be-done that teachers are turning to technology to solve seem to be about connection and collaboration, for themselves and for their students. So will disruption in education start with connected teachers creating connected classrooms?
I just got finished with EdCampATL (an edtech un-conference) and it was such an amazing experience. The venue was the beautiful Woodward Academy Lower School building in College Park GA. I would like to share some of the highlights from the first ever EdCampATL. The fun started on the eve of the event. The organizers tweeted and emailed for volunteers to help set up, promising a good time at a great gastro-pub afterwards.
I happily showed up to help with the pre-conference tasks as did many others, so the party started right away! While I was alphabetizing the name badges, I found out interesting things about three participants within an hour of arriving; Angie Griffin is a pilot, Dr Stan Johnson used to be a music and TV producer and Nancy Blair used to be an air traffic controller! EdCampATL co-founders Nikki Roberston and Wanda McClure stayed on top of all of the tasks to be done and then a large group of us arrived at The Manchester Arms and a fantastic time was had by all and the party ended pretty late!
When I arrived the next morning for my day at EdCampATL, the atmosphere was warm, fun, and inviting. There were big smiles and lots of food! Tom Whitby was nice enough to Skype in for the morning keynote so the day was off to a great start. Next, a fellow library media specialist Paula Boston talked about doing a media specialist trends session and I was either recruited or volunteered to join her. I think it was a little of both. We lucked into a 9:00 am slot because it started before we had time to chicken out. (HA!) Paula has a great presence in a room; She really should consider getting her own daytime TV show! In the spirit of the un-conference there was a lot of sharing. Tanya Hudson, who works in a Clarke county school shared a 5th grade blogging project and and a 4th grade explorers project, Beth Valentine talked about collaboration strategies, Paula Boston shared how she used end computing to turn one host computer into four workstations using only a CPU card, monitors, and keyboards, and I briefly shared how my students used Kerpoof digital storytelling to create fictional characters who teach informational subjects. There were other participants and ideas but we did not appoint a recorder for the session so I am working from memory but now I know how to improve for next time! Our session was over in the blink of an eye. Yay--we did it! We facilitated our first EdCamp session! Thanks, Paula it was a blast!
Later on, I went to an amazing presentation by @amissmac100 on ways to use Kidblogs, even in a busy classroom and Al Elliott gave an informative presentation on google apps and google drive. He also mentioned a program I have never heard of called Scootpad http://scootpad.com
/ which looks very promising. After we gathered for lunch, we had the Web 2.0 Smackdown and lots of neat tools were mentioned. I presented zippsliphttps://www.zippslip.com
/, which is a new, paperless communication method for schools.
We lucked out at the end of the day when Adam Taylor and Shelly Terrell Skyped in to give us encouragement and words of wisdom!!!! You guys are such rock stars, thanks for taking the time to join us! Also, thank you to all of the organizers, sponsors, participants and Woodward Academy for making this a great day of learning and sharing.
Here is a plug for another event: To keep Southeastern educators smart, mark your calendar for another great informal learning opportunity. TeachMeetGA13 will be hosted at Kennesaw State University Jan 19, 2013-http://teachmeetga.pbworks.com/w/page/27334828/TeachMeet%20Georgia
. Check the site out and stay tuned for registration information!
Left to Right-Angie Griffin, Lara McDonald, Janelle Wilson, Nikki Robertson setting up the sign up board.
A mom of a teen and a tween, I also take care of 2 dogs, 2 cats, 1 bird, 2 turtles and two lizards. I volunteer at the Georgia Aquarium and American Heritage Girls. I enjoy finding things to do in the Atlanta area, checking out new gadgets, reading books and much more.
Work from home at Georgia Cyber Academy, Georgia Aquarium volunteer, contributor to The Educator's Room@educatorsroom
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One session from last Saturday was actually titled "AI Discover, Dream, Design, Destiny", led by Dr. Stan Johnson
. I wasn't sure exactly what it was referring to (my technical brain immediately changed AI -> Artificial Intelligence), though I was sure my initial thought was wrong. I was correct that I was wrong.
The general idea was called "Pollyanna-ish" even by the person presenting it. The basic idea is to change your thought from "fixing what's broken" to instead looking for the strengths already there to build from. It's very much a "look on the positive side" approach.
The model that we were given had 4 parts that overlapped in the middle for the end result. The first part was Discovery. This is Appreciating or the "Best of what is". This is how you find the strengths to start from. Second came the Dream, or envisioning "what could be". What are you working toward/for? Then is Design, or co-constructing, "what should be". This is also the implementation of your plan. Last is Destiny, to create "what will be".
The start to the whole process is to change the language. Instead of trying to "fix" what is broken, try to build what is going right. For example, if someone isn't sure of their strengths, try changing their resume from timeline format to an abilities based format. Then what the CAN do is listed in an easy form to see.
Once you know what your big goal is, set a reasonable time line for the actions to happen. Work from a small win in the first few days, to the next win. When you get stuck, try to imagine who you know that is successful doing this? Then look to their design to strengthen what you want to happen. If an answer to a question comes back with "I don't know", try asking "What would it look (or feel) like if you DID know?"
The key to all of it may be the ability to adapt. By teaching positive or reinforcing positive strengths, you will find that you will adapt to what is the new position. If you are guiding someone, build in small blocks to reinforce the behavior you want. They will eventually provide the way on their own to get to the point they should be.
Of course, this is all very good in theory. We'll have to see if I can actually implement it on anything.