An EdCamp is a FREE and innovative approach to professional development. It is choice-based, teacher-led learning. EdCampYQR is designed for educators by educators, with the aim to empower teachers to drive their own learning and to foster professional communities of practice.
EdCamps are also called "unconferences". The sessions are developed on the day of the event, based upon the interest of the participants in attendance. EdCamp is open, participatory, and the content is provided by participants; educators learn from other educators through sharing, dialogue, networking, and exploration of 21st century learning.
Educators are encouraged to come with an idea, tool, tip, project, or strategy that they feel other educators may benefit from. They are also encouraged to come with a question or something they would like to learn more about. EdCampYQR will be a structured morning of sharing and learning. Educators teaching educators is, arguably, some of the best PD of all!
This is an inclusive event—you do not need to be a “techie” to attend. EdCampYQR is a participant-driven conference that is designed to meet the interests and needs of ALL those who attend. Sessions can be proposed on any topic relating to education and learning—technology related or not!
The atmosphere at an EdCamp is comfortable and relaxed; if a session you’ve stepped into isn’t for you, simply use the EdCamp "rule of two feet" and walk into another session—no one gets offended! The day is really what you make of it; you can facilitate, listen, share, network—the choice is yours! It all adds up to a personalized, engaging and exciting professional development experience.
ALL are welcome... you do not need to be a teacher in one of these divisions to attend. We are hoping many U of R Educational students are able to attend as well!