All About the EdCamp Phenomenon

By Alex Marketing for iBallz on May 02, 2013   /   barcamp bill selak edcamp iBallz okc edcamp unconference    /   0 Comments

 

The EdCamp phenomenon has been gathering an immense amount of momentum recently.  EdCamps are free "unconferences" focused on professional development for educators. Based off of BarCamp,  this self-organized user generated learning session model was first used by hackers and other computer enthusiasts interested in open source software and anarchy, though the model eventually bled into the mainstream corporate computer world.  EdCamps are free and the sessions held during the conference (which frequently focus on Ed Tech) are participant taught, submitted via index card on a scheduling board each morning to make the day's schedule.

For more information on EdCamps, check out the EdCamp site but to really get a feel for what EdCamps are all about, check out this short video made by Ed Tech educator extraordinaire Bill Selak about the EdCamp experience.  Bill co-organizes EdCampSFBAYEdCampOCLA, and  EdCampLA - who better to let you know what the phenomenon is all about!



We've gotten a chance to work with a few EdCamps (check out iBallz at the Oklahoma City EdCamp at the bottom of the post!), but we know many of you out there organize and attend these events - we would love to hear from you!

Send us your EdCamp stories at alexandra@iballz.info to post on the blog and we'll give the ten best post writers a free set of iBallz so you can keep your tablet protected at the next "unconference".
Note: This offer applies to all of our international camp goers as well, as we'd love to hear their unique experiences at EdCamps.  Unfortunately, we can only offer free shipping to US recipients.


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iBallz On The Road!

By Derek May on November 09, 2012   /   Acorn Media Bill Selak Camper Crywolf cue cue blog cue fall cue fall conference DEN design thinking Discovery Education Network EdApps EdTech EdTech Team Education Apps education technology elearning fall cue flipclass flipped classroom Google Apps for Education Google Apps for Education Summit Google Nexus Google tablet iBallz iPad iPadEd iPads in the Classroom Mark McWhinnie Microsoft mlearning napa Nexus 7 Nexus 7 Tablet OC Tech Fest OCDE Orange County Department of Education Samy's camera Surface tablet Technology in Education twitter twitter for teachers    /   0 Comments


It’s a new school year with new students, new challenges, and maybe even a little new technology!  Right after you settle into the new term but before you settle in for the holiday season comes a bevvy of Ed camps, conferences, and summits.  We were fortunate enough to get to jump in on a few here in California and had a blast meeting all the movers and shakers in Education Technology.

First we hit the Google Apps for Education summit in SF, which got us very inspired about apps!  Google really has a lot to offer educators and students.   Since the conference we have been working with the EdTech Team (http://www.edtechteam.com), recently supporting their donation of Google Nexus 7 tablets to classrooms.  More info at 


Additionally in SF we attended and sponsored the integratEd SF conference.  At the conference we got to attend group sessions on BYOD program implementation, using social media to engage students and parents, and an amazing iPad 101 workshop presented by Mark McWhinnie (www.markmcwhinnie.com).

Next we hit the road to beautiful Napa for the CUE Fall Conference, which we helped sponsor.  We towed the iBallz camper up north and set up shop in the courtyard of the beautiful American Canyon High School.  What incredible facilities!  The school is beautiful and pristine, complete with a field of solar panels guarded by a friendly group of sheep which came right up to greet us.  At the conference we got to hear workshops on everything from Twitter for Teachers by the ultra informative Bill Selak and we learned all about Design Thinking and it’s many problem solving applications.  We were amazed by all the creative educators at the conference, fearlessly experimenting with new and innovative models of teaching!

We then headed down to Orange County for the OC Tech Fest and boy were we in good company.  We demonstrated our wares at the Orange County Department of Education alongside Microsoft, Crywolf, Acorn Media, Samy’s Camera and more.  Microsoft recently came out with their new Surface tablet and iBallz is a perfect fit!  The festival was hosted by our friend Randy from the Discovery Education Network – if you haven’t checked out DEN, they are an incredible community of educators nationwide, a club of teachers who help each other learn and grow.  We’re a big fan of DEN here at iBallz!



Many thanks to all the EdTech conference organizers!  Keep in touch with iBallz for more tips on tablet education - Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter




 

 

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