Edcamp Ohio 2016

My wife Stacy and I recently attended our first “Edcamp,” Edcamp Ohio held in Tiffin, Ohio, at the North Central Ohio ESC. Edcamps are a type of attendee-driven tech conference. The first 30 minutes or so of the Edcamp is spent with attendees filling out a shared Google doc with topics they’d like more info on–the “Wishlist.” Here’s the wishlist from Edcamp Ohio:

Edcamp Presentation Board

Then, if attendees see a requested topic that they have some expertise in, they put themselves and the topic on another shared Google doc–the “Presentation Board.” Here’s the board from Edcamp Ohio:

Edcamp Presentation BoardI must admit I was dubious about the format. I was afraid nobody would be brave enough to admit they needed help with anything, and I was also afraid everyone would be too humble to think they could present anything worthwhile. I was wrong! It ended up being one of the best conferences I’ve attended. I got some great ideas, but more importantly I met some great people. Oh, and I also got some door prizes! edcamp swag

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