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Edcamp Houston

If you enjoyed Edcamp Houston, don't miss the following upcoming events in our area:

Edcamp Region IV is on Saturday, May 6 at Region 4.You can find all of the information along with the registration link at http://edcamp.wikispaces.com/edcamp+region4tx. If you enjoyed Edcamp Houston you should definitely consider attending Edcamp Region IV for another fun Saturday of learning conversations with other passionate educators!

Aldine ISD’s TCCA 14 is scheduled for October 18, 2014. This is the 4th annual Technology and Curriculum Conference of Aldine. This event is open to ALL educators regardless of district affiliation. The event brings teachers and administrators together from around the country. The theme for this year's event is "Tech Like a Pirate". The event is held at Davis Sr. High school In Aldine ISD and is free for everyone to attend. Visit the website at www.aldine.k12.tx.us/tcca We are still open for presentation proposal and look forward to seeing everyone there.

EdTech Houston Meetup has been meeting for the past several months. Their About Us blurb states “Gather with like-minded people to discuss and solve the problems surrounding our educational system in Houston. Let's use technology to resolve problems and create first class solutions in Houston.” I’ve recently joined and I am hoping to make it to one of the next monthly meetups as soon as possible! You can join and find out more information at: http://www.meetup.com/Ed-Tech-Houston/
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Twitter and Instagram Hashtag: #edcamphouston -- Please take photos to share out via Twitter, FB, or Instagram and do Tweet out some of the fun things you are learning! Share your learning at Bit.ly/EdcampHouston2014

Don't forget the Scavenger Hunt provided by An Estuary!

Please remember to Tweet "shoutouts" to all of our sponsors throughout the day :-)

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April 26th, 2014

Breakfast & Schedule Creation 8:00 - 9:00
Sessions 9:00 - 2:30


The Kinkaid School
201 Kinkaid School Drive
Edcamp Houston Houston, Texas, 77024


Edcamp Houston is free and open to all education stakeholders: teachers, administrators, students, and parents. We do ask that you register for the event so we can have an accurate count of the number of attendees. Please register using the embedded form below (bottom of this page) or at: http://edcamphouston14.eventbrite.com/

What is Edcamp?

Edcamps are composed of educators, administrators & staff members who share a vested interest in growing professionally. Unlike other conferences, edcamps are considered to be an unconference because it does not include a key note speaker and the cost of attending is free. If you want to share your ideas, sign up to speak. You want to hear the ideas of others being shared, sign up to attend a session. Here are some additional resources that will provide you some further insight into what an edcamp is:
Introduction to Edcamp: A New Conference Model Built on Collaboration
Why Go to an Unconference?
My Day at EdCamp NYC 2010
An Edcamp Experience

What would you like to talk about at Edcamp Houston?
If you already have ideas of topics you would like to discuss please share them here. We will also provide opportunities to share ideas for topics at the event.


Dorie Glynn @doriedance
Stephanie Sandifer @ssandifer
Larry Kahn @larrykahn
Gail Lovely @glovely
Alpa Sridharan @TeaWithSoccer
Robyn Hrivnatz @RobynHrivnatz
Harlan Howe @hghowe
Adam Beckham @beckhamteaches
Aditi Rao @TeachBytes
Krissy Venosdale @venspired

Session Schedule page:
Reminder: all sessions are decided the morning of edcamp.

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. - Commons Area
Registration Check-In & Continental Breakfast
Organizers' meeting to propose sessions and plan schedule grid. Everyone who is interested in proposing a session, voting on sessions, or helping with organizing the session grid is welcome to attend this organizing session! Edcamp Rap

Twitter and Instagram Hashtag: #edcamphouston -- Please take photos to share out via Twitter, FB, or Instagram and do Tweet out some of the fun things you are learning!

Don't forget the Scavenger Hunt provided by An Estuary!

Please remember to Tweet "shoutouts" to all of our sponsors throughout the day :-)

Please keep in mind that all sessions should be conversations rather than presentations! Thanks!

Character Ed
Classroom A
Character Ed
Classroom B
Patio (Outside)
ConferenceRoom A
ConferenceRoom B
Commons Right
Commons Left

9:00 - 9:15
Opening Session - Amphitheatre

9:20 - 10:20
Mobile device management
Parent Involvement
SOLE (Self- Organized Learning Environments) /Edmodo
Collaboration/Change Management/Online PD
Flipped Classroom
Embedded Tech Learning Design
Goals of Higher Ed
LMS (Learning Management Systems)
10:30 - 11:30
Teaching the Gifted
Chromebooks in Edu
Redesigning PD/ Lesson Study
Is Blogging Dead? Writing with Students in the online world?
Social Learning Exchange
Free Tech Tools and Apps
Teaching and Creating classes online
Put the POW in PPT (Moving beyond the average PPT)
11:30 - 12:45
--- Lunch - On Your Own - see Where can I eat? for map of nearby restaurants ---

List of Lunch Conversations
(Topic) - (Restaurant)

12:45 - 1:45
Technology? How do we keep up?
Apps in the Classroom
Branding your class, school, and self
How can parents make it easier for teachers to teach? If only...
Maker Movement
App Smashing
Mastery vs. Performance mindset- How do we shift?
Flipping in the Elem Classroom
1:55 - 2:30
Closing Session - Cool Tools Smack Down - Commons Area
Door Prizes!

Basic Rules of Edcamp

To give you a better idea of how Edcamp works, we wanted to share the basic rules that guide the day. Edcamps are based on the BarCamp model, and the BarCamp model is based on what is referred to as “Open Space Technology Workshops” where the participants design and drive the day. We provide more detailed information on the Edcamp Houston wiki (see link above), but here are the basic “rules” of OST that are the foundation of BarCamp and Edcamps:

The Rule of Two Feet
- If people find themselves in situations where they are neither learning nor contributing, they are responsible for moving to another place -- using their two feet to find a place where their participation is more meaningful.

Whoever comes are the right people
- This reinforces the wisdom to achieve solutions is present in the room.

Whatever happens is the only thing that could have
- This keeps the attention on the best possible effort in the present, instead of wondering endlessly about what should or could have been done.

Whenever it starts is the right time
- This reminds people that creativity cannot be controlled.

When it is over, it is over
- This encourages people to continue their discussion so long as there is energy for it. This may result in a short session not filling the entire time allotted, or it may result in a session longer than the time allotted.

BarCamp (and Edcamps) also include the following guidelines which are very loosely based on Fight Club rules:
  • 1st Rule: You do talk about BarCamp.
  • 2nd Rule: You do blog about BarCamp.
  • 3rd Rule: If you want to present, you must write your topic and name in a presentation slot.
  • 4th Rule: Only three word intros.
  • 5th Rule: As many presentations at a time as facilities allow for.
  • 6th Rule: No pre-scheduled presentations, no tourists.
  • 7th Rule: Presentations will go on as long as they have to or until they run into another presentation slot.
  • 8th Rule: If this is your first time at BarCamp, you HAVE to present. (Ok, you don't really HAVE to, but try to find someone to present with, or at least ask questions and be an interactive participant.)

This day is all about what you want to discuss. The sessions will begin around 9:00 a.m. but those who are interested in proposing session topics/ideas and interested in helping to plan out the day should arrive to participate in the organization activity that will happen between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. We will have a light breakfast available between 8:00 - 9:00.