You may be wondering: How did Edcamp begin? Here is our story...
What began as an idea transformed into a movement! From Philadelphia to Portland, and in 46 countries around the globe, participant-driven professional learning is energizing and empowering educators!
In 2010, the first Edcamp was organized by a group of teachers in the Philadelphia area who met at a computer science "un-conference" called BarCamp. There they collaborated with others to create discussion topics based on the interests of the people in the room. There was no presenter; no boring slideshow. The entire day was personalized and participant-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 to target educators, calling it "Edcamp."
Since then, there have been an estimated 3,500 Edcamps around the world reaching hundreds of thousands of educators!
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.