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Earlier this year I was able to join the planning group for this event and I received a bit of an education about how an event of this size is orchestrated. Thank you to Dana Sirotiak, Jeff Bradbury, and Billy Krakower for welcoming me to the group and allowing me to play a role.
My experience began Friday night because I volunteered to with set-up and also to arrive bright and early for more prep with the team.
For a good portion of the morning I helped with the attendee check-in and this served one major purpose because I was able to give out the EdCamp t-shirts that people pre-ordered. The shirt sales raised a donation for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
I initially signed up my wife, Dad and cousin to attend the conference but reasons beyond our control only my cousin, Joseph Iacono (@EdTechMaestro), was able to attend. This was his first edcamp and he had a great time to. I attempted to get him to present but he wanted to take in the conference as an attendee. He won't have that luxury next year :-)
I attended the following sessions:
Website Design for Teachers - Carina Gonzalez
Creating a Digital School District - Jay Eitner & Jeff Bradbury
Stop Curating & Start Creating
All 2014 EdCampNJ sessions.
As I experienced last year, the day is filled with learning like no other for teachers to experience. If you have the opportunity to attend an EdCamp you must take advantage of the opportunity to take control of your learning and career.
Don't forget to bring a friend!
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