ERIC Number: EJ980599
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Create Your Own "Un-Conference"
T.H.E. Journal, v39 n5 p42-46 Jun-Jul 2012
EdCamp is a grassroots movement of do-it-yourself professional development "un-conferences" that originated in Philadelphia in November 2010. In just a little over a year and a half the phenomenon has gained serious momentum across the country and now around the globe. This teacher-driven, bottom-up approach to professional development has reinvigorated educators' passions for learning by creating an environment that, according to participants, rewards their curiosity, allows them to explore their passions, and values their knowledge and experience in the classroom. In this interview, four EdCamp participants--Kristen Swanson, Dan Callahan, Bill Selak, and Karen Blumberg--talk about how social media and web 2.0 tools have fanned the flames of this movement and why teachers are so eager for a professional development experience that they themselves create.
Descriptors: Professional Development, Web 2.0 Technologies, Teacher Education, Interviews, Social Networks, Internet, Personal Narratives, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Computer Mediated Communication, Electronic Publishing, Web Sites, Telecommunications, Handheld Devices
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania