Edcamp Foundation History
What began as an idea has transformed into a movement! From Philadelphia to Portland and in 33 countries around the globe, authentic professional learning is energizing educators!
- The first Edcamp was organized in 2010 by a group of teachers in Philadelphia who met up for BarCamp, a computer science "un-conference."
- At BarCamp, they collaborated with others to create discussion sessions based on the interests of the people in the room. There was no presenter; no boring slideshow. The entire day was personalized and learner driven with those in the room sharing their experience and expertise.
- At the end of the day, the teachers decided this model was too good to contain. They exchanged contact information, and within the next few months they used the "unconference" model of BarCamp to accommodate educators.
TENETS OF EDCAMP:
- Free and open to all. This ensures that all educators can attend.
- Participant-driven. Sessions are determined by the participants at the event; there are no presentations or keynotes. The goal is to keep sessions spontaneous, interactive and responsive to everyone’s needs.
- Experience, not Experts. The educators in the room are professionals worthy of sharing their expertise in a collaborative setting.
- Reliant on the Rule of Two Feet. Participants are encouraged to actively self-select the best content and sessions. Edcampers should leave sessions that do not meet their needs. This provides an effective way of “weeding out” sessions that are not based on appropriate research or not delivered in an engaging format.
Embracing the belief that fellow educators can be some of the most valuable professional development resources for their colleagues, the Edcamp movement has been recognized by countless organizations, including the United States Department of Education, the Bammy Awards for Education, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), the TEDx program and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.