Strap in for a long post, or skip to the end if you know how this Edcamp thing works and just want the quick version of what you should bring with you.
What time is Edcamp?
Edcamp is happeningÂ THIS SATURDAY on March 5, 2015. Registration will start at 8:30. Weâ€™ll start kickoff at 9:00 and scheduleÂ building will follow. First sessions start at 9:30. Weâ€™ll have lunch at some point, and wrap up with a shared debrief that should finish around 4:00.
How do I get to Edcamp?
Here are some helpful directions to help you get to and find parking at Microsoftâ€™s offices at 1 Cambridge Center.Â Please note that weâ€™re NOT at the NERD!
One Cambridge Center
One Cambridge Center is accessible via the MBTA Red Line at the Kendall Square/MIT stop (between the Charles Street and Central Square stops). The Red Line links up with other lines providing access to virtually the entire Greater Boston region, including Logan Airport. Please follow the Microsoft signs to our main entrance in the front of our building.
Please note that parking onsite is a bit pricy at $40, so we strongly encourage taking the T or carpooling! Apparently, there’s some construction here, so parking will be limited. You can park over at the NERD,Â Or you can park hereÂ for only 10! Itâ€™s a little further to walk, but way cheaper!
The entrance youâ€™ll use to get into the building is directly off of Main Street at the corner with Broadway.
What will we have to eat and drink?
Please bring a water bottle! Microsoft has excellent water filtration systems thatÂ youâ€™ll be able to use to fill up your water bottles at no cost to us, you, or the environment! Weâ€™re not providing any bottled water! We will have some soda available at lunchtime.
Breakfast will be a selection of fruit, muffins, and bagels! Coffee will be served!
We’re going crazy this year and having pizza and salad for lunch from Kendall House of Pizza. There will be vegan options, for those so inclined. As always, all of the food is paid for thanks to our wonderful sponsors.
After the day is over, please join us just around the corner atÂ MeadhallÂ for some snacks (on us!) and adult beverages (on you!).
What will people be wearing?
Totally casual! The organizers will all have this awesome t-shirt at the beginning of the day:
If you were smart enough to prepurchase an Edcamp Boston tshirt with your registration,Â youâ€™ll get one, too!
Are you now disappointed that youÂ didnâ€™tÂ purchase a shirt in advance? Well, we have aÂ veryÂ limited number of extra shirts that will be available for purchase the morning of the event! Would you believe these will go for only $20 (cash only!)? We promise weâ€™ll totally put that money towardsÂ future Edcamp awesomeness.
What sessions will there be?
We donâ€™t know yet! Edcamp is completely based around the interests, passions, and questions that we all bring with us the morning of the event! During the first hour or so weâ€™ll collaboratively build the schedule to fit our needs. If you want to facilitate a session, you just go up to the board, slap a sticky note with a catchy title on it, and then get out of the way so other people can add theirs. It sounds crazy if youâ€™ve never been to an Edcamp before, but we swear that it works every single time.
What should my sessions look like?
A good Edcamp session should involve the people in the room as much as possible. Weâ€™re all calledÂ participantsÂ for a reason! Donâ€™t stand in front of the room and lecture at people or give a presentation from a slide deck. Have a real conversation. Invite questions and responses from everybody in the room. Do something hands-on.
The job of the HostÂ is to ask the first question and move the conversation along. Totally low-pressure.
Weâ€™ve been very fortunate at Edcamp Boston to have some ofÂ the bestÂ Edcamp Schedules for several years running. We donâ€™t haveÂ a bunch of sessions about sharing tools, but instead feature rich discussions about the things people are actually doing in their classrooms. This is our fifthÂ Edcamp Boston, and we look forward to all of you creating somethingÂ even more amazing.
What should I do if I go to a session and it doesnâ€™t work for me?
Hey, it happens to all of us sooner or later. Maybe you realize the conversation isnâ€™t going in a useful direction for you. Maybe you misunderstood what the session would be about by the title. Maybe itâ€™s not your kind of thing. Maybe you get really engrossed into a side conversation with somebody and decide to take it out into the hallway. Maybe thereâ€™s another session at the same time you also want to check out! Or, unfortunately, maybe somebodyâ€™s lecturing, or running a session that feels like a sales pitch instead of a discussion.
Vote with your feet.
If,Â for any reason, you decide youâ€™d rather be elsewhere, just leave the room! Itâ€™s totally cool. Itâ€™s not rude to leave the room during an Edcamp. Itâ€™s just you recognizing that, in that moment, you feel your learning would be maximized by going somewhere else. You are not insulting the facilitator, who should expect that some people will move in and out of the room during the session time.
If it doesnâ€™t move you, get moving.
How can I connect online and share all of the learning Iâ€™m doing?
Weâ€™ll be usingÂ hashtagÂ #edcampbosÂ on Twitter and any other website that uses them (Instagram, Vine, Flickr, Facebook, etc, etc, etc)
This post was too long! Can you remind me what I should bring, then?
- Water bottle
- An empty stomach so none of our food goes to waste
- Cash (if you want to buy a t-shirt or drinks at the afterparty)
- Great ideas for sessions
- An open mind for learning
- Laptop/iPad/personal learning device of choice
Will I learn something and have fun?