March 28, 2018

10 Tips for Hosting a Successful EdCamp

10 Tips for Hosting a Successful EdCamp

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One the ways we love to take control of our learning is by attending un-conferences. Our favorite format is the classic EdCamp model. Here are 10 tips for making sure your event is successful.

  1. Build a Strong Team
  2. Broaden you planning committee so it helps in getting the word out about the event to more than just a couple of buildings/districts.
  3. District planning team
  4. Location, Location, Location
  5. Open WiFi to devices not in the domain, that it will allow for social media connection and YouTube.
  6. Arrange the rooms how you want them (in circles, etc)
  7. School district planning team
  8. Parking
  9. Easy to get to
  10. Promotion
  11. Twitter
  12. Instagram
  13. Website
  14. Flyers – snail mail Superintendents/C&I
  15. Business cards – Thank you, Robert Meringolo
  16. Email registrants
  17. Time
  18. Consider weather
  19. Remain consistent with your date year after year
  20. Edcamp after hours
  21. Focus on Learning
  22. MOST IMPORTANT! Thank you, Rachel Murat
  23. What About the Children?
  24. Get kids involved!! Whether it be for a student panel, to showcase their work, culinary students, bring your own kids!
  25. Transition Time
  26. Don’t be afraid to make your transition time a little longer than you think you need. Those free moments sometimes tend to be the most valuable for teachers. And those discussions may help decide later session ideas. We typically do 10-15 transitions so we have PLENTY of time.
  27. Build in a half-time or lunch
  28. Attendance
  29. Expect about 60% of registered people to actually attend
  30. Sponsors/Giveaways
  31. Start the way you plan to continue…don’t start out too big
  32. Checkout: IPevo, Kahoot!, Flipgrid, Kahoot!, The Edu Cal
  33. Work with the Edcamp Foundation
  34. EdCamp in a Box

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