Have you noticed what’s happening in educational professional development? It’s spreading like wildfire around the country. I’m talking about the un-conference. If you’re unfamiliar with the term it’s a planned, yet very informal gathering of educators. The event itself and the location is scheduled well in advance. However, the sessions are not advertised until the day of the event. Why? It’s because the participants of the un-conference are the driving force behind the learning that takes place that day. When attendees arrive that morning, those wishing to present can select a time slot and topic they would like to present on. When all the time slots are filled, the day’s sessions have been planned. It’s then published to share with the rest of the attendees and one then can select the sessions they’d like to attend for the day.
There’s one planned for the Kansas City area, called EdCampKC, on Saturday November 6th. All of the details of the event can be found at http://edcampkc.wikispaces.com. I really feel that this area of the Midwest can benefit from this type of gathering that will allow teachers to learn from other teachers all around our part of the country. We, the attendees completely drive the learning for the day. As far as I can tell, we’ll be the furthest West edcamp to date! Educators from Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Texas, Michigan, Nebraska, and Minnesota are coming so far. That is exciting! The brain power that’s coming is outstanding.
EdCampKC is a completely sponsor driven event. That is how we make this event completely FREE for all in attendance. Sponsors are covering facility costs, insurance costs, and providing goodies and giveaways. If you are interested in either attending EdCampKC or sponsoring EdCampKC in some way, please get registered on the wiki or fill out the form on our Sponsors page.
I am honored and humbled that so many are making the commitment to travel long distances to come to this event, as well as the financial commitment required. I say a heartfelt thank you to all that are planning on coming and I hope the number attending continues to increase over the next 2 1/2 months. I could also not do this without the support from so many in my PLN that have encouraged this event. We have an awesome website, lots of awesome sponsors, and many more that are helping to spread the word. I could not do this alone. Only together will EdCampKC be a success. We’re still 2 months away! It’s only going to get better!