Sunday, June 3, 2018

Know Before You Go

Do you need to bring an electronic device? That is completely up to you! If you have a device, you will be able to view the session schedule and room assignments on our website and each session will have a Google Doc available for crowd-sourced note taking. We also want to make sure you are aware that there will be some items in our Makerspace that use electronic devices. For a more enhanced experience in the Makerspace, bring a charged device with you.  

When you arrive: Windermere Preparatory School is undergoing some upgrades, so we want to make sure you know where to go when you arrive. Please note the road map and marked parking location.

  • Once you have parked, please follow the signs to the gym. The gym will be the main gathering place for EdcampMagic.
  • When you arrive at the gym, please check in. We have some prizes and offers that will only be emailed to participants who checked in at EdcampMagic.
  • If you ordered an EdcampMagic t-shirt, pick it up at the t-shirt table.
  • If you are new to Edcamps (and many of you are), make sure you check out the “Newbie” table where veteran edcampers will be available to answer your questions.
    Food options available: Thanks to our sponsors, Puppet Pals, Windermere Preparatory School, itslearning, and Bulb Digital Portfolios, we are able to provide the following food options free of charge to participants.

    • Breakfast will include donuts, fruit, coffee, and juice. Grab something when you arrive and make some new friends while you wait for the fun to start.
    • Lunch will include Papa John’s pizza, salad, and drinks. After Session 2 has wrapped up, return to the gym and continue the conversations over lunch.
    • If you are on a special diet, please plan accordingly. We are not able to provide different options for dietary restrictions, but we would be happy to refrigerate your lunch, if you need to bring other food to accommodate your diet.
      Please help us thank these sponsors for supporting your day of learning by tweeting a thank you to @polishedplay, @WPS_Lakers, @itslearning and @bulbapp! 

    Check out the other EdcampMagic 2018 Sponsors.

    Looking For a Few More VoluntEARS

    Did you know that EdcampMagic is organized by a group of educators who volunteer their time to make this day of learning happen? There are a lot of moving parts to EdcampMagic and unfortunately, our fairy godmother will be on vacation. We could really use your help! We still need around 15 volunteers to help out for an hour or two at different times of the day on June 9th. If you are interested in helping out, please fill out our EdcampMagic VoluntEAR Form as soon as possible. If you are signed up as a VoluntEAR, please check in at the VoluntEAR table when you arrive.

    Wednesday, May 9, 2018

    The Story Behind the Shirt

    Edcamps are different from the kinds of professional development experienced in most school districts. Edcamps put YOU in charge of your learning. Choice is the theme from the very beginning of the day. You CHOOSE whether or not you want to attend an Edcamp, it isn't forced upon you. At the beginning of the day, sessions are decided based upon what the participants CHOOSE to learn about that day. Anyone who wants to initiate a discussion on a topic can CHOOSE a time and space on one of the boards. You CHOOSE which sessions will benefit you the most and, if you happen to go to a session that isn't what you thought it would be, you are free to CHOOSE to leave and go to a different session.

    Continuing on the theme of choice, and playing off the fact that Walt Disney World's Toy Story Land is scheduled to open at the end of June, the 2018 EdcampMagic T-shirt was designed to playfully show everyone that EdcampMagic is your "CHOSEN" Professional Development. We hope you are making the choice to share in this magical day of learning, and look forward to learning with you! Order your EdcampMagic t-shirt today!

    Meet Brian Collins

    We are excited to announce that former Walt Disney Imagineer, Brian Collins will be joining us for a magical day of learning at EdcampMagic on June 9th! In addition to being a former Walt Disney Imagineer, Brian is also a passionate educator who has served on the faculty of several schools and is known for developing innovative approaches to education. Brian is looking forward to learning with everyone at EdcampMagic 2018! You can learn more about Brian here.

    Tuesday, May 8, 2018

    Want to be an EdcampMagic VoluntEAR?

    Would you like to be a part of the magic? We could really use your help! We have a variety of opportunities where you can get involved on Friday and Saturday to help make the magic happen! If you are interested in helping out, please fill out our EdcampMagic 2018 VoluntEAR Form as soon as possible.

    Help Countdown the Days Until EdcampMagic 2018!

    Are you as excited about EdcampMagic as we are? We’d love to see your excitement and creativity in action! Help us countdown the days until EdcampMagic by contributing an image to the countdown slides! We will share your slides on Twitter as we countdown the last 30 days until EdcampMagic. We also encourage you to share your excitement by tweeting your images using #EdcampMagic.