This tweet from Andy Plemmons sums up EdCamp Atlanta! You really just never know what is going to happen at EdCamp Atlanta or any other EdCamp because every EdCamp is different, yet the same. Different because EdCamps are organically created on the day of the event by the participants who attend the EdCamp, thus making the experience and learning uniquely tailored to attendees, not contrived by what a school district thinks educators need to learn. The same because the basic structure of an EdCamp is the same.
Soapbox Alert: Many schools and school districts have started what they are calling "EdCamp" professional development sessions. These PDs often do not follow the EdCamp guidelines and often turn into the same boring and dreaded professional development that teachers hate and learn almost nothing from.
The point of an EdCamp event is for it to be completely separated from any and all association with a school/district so that teachers can get outside of the school/district bubble and be exposed to new or different educational pedagogies.
EdCamp Atlanta prides itself on providing this for its attendees. For the last three years, EdCamp Atlanta has provide a place where public, private, charter, home and university level educators can learn and connect with each other in a relaxed atmosphere ripe with learning opportunities.
If you attended EdCamp Atlanta this year please add your reflections to our EdCamp Atlanta FlipGrid HERE.
Did you miss the EdCamp Atlanta SmackDown? Check out all the cool resources shared by EdCamp Atlanta attendees HERE.
We need your help! EdCamp Atlanta moves venues every three years. This was Woodward Academy's last year to host EdCamp Atlanta. We are extremely grateful to WoodWard Academy for opening their doors to us. If your school would be willing to host EdCamp Atlanta 2015 please contact Wanda Hopkins McClure or Nikki D Robertson.
Want to be a part of planning EdCamp Atlanta 2015?! We would love to have you on board! Contact Wanda or Nikki to volunteer!
EdCamp Atlanta sponsors were incredibly generous this year. Without their contributions we would not have been able to provide breakfast, lunch or door prizes to attendees. Please take a moment to thank our sponsors.
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