I've been anxiously awaiting the chance to share this special announcement; since attending my first edcamp in Cincinnati, OH back in 2010, I've always wanted to host an event closer to home. There's something about the structure of an edcamp that speaks to me, and it's become a mission that I've paid a lot of attention to in the last few years. There are a lot of plans underway for 2015, but this is one that I'm personally excited for the most.
Instead of spending your personal money on travel expenses and registration, you drive a (relatively) short distance and pay nothing to attend. Edcamps can afford to be free because we're not flying in professional speakers and companies hoping to make a sales pitch; sessions are led by those who know the material best (hint: it's you!) and have something to share that is practical and proven to work in the classroom!
It's not that traditional professional development has nothing to offer. Teachers know that listening to someone speak for 30-45 minutes is only minimally effective, though. The key component of learning is in the collaboration and discussion that occurs when everyone is free to share in the process of learning.
We'll be sharing more news about Y-City edcamp in the coming weeks, but if you live within driving distance of Muskingum County in Ohio, we invite you to register today and make plans to attend on March 7th, 2015. As you might have guessed, the Muskingum County Library System is hosting this event at their John McIntire Library branch in Zanesville, OH, located conveniently just off of I-70.