Many thanks to Rebecca Beville of ProQuest for sharing this wonderful post on her experience at EdCamp Tampa Bay! http://blogs.proquest.com/general/an-exceptional-unconference-experience-edcamp-tampa-bay/
Photo Credit: Rebecca Beville
Guest Post by EdCamp Tampa Bay Attendee Kara Welty @kara_welty
I took my connections to the next level this weekend. I met MANY of my (previously known as) “Twitter Friends.” Call me crazy, but I flew from STL to Tampa just to meet them.
...and it was well worth every mile and dollar.
Seeing the friendly and familiar faces, that once immersed my phone and laptop, finally in person, has been an out of body experience, literally. Instant comradery.
To everyone reading this, thank you. You have exhilarated me, enlightened me. Each of you has that get-up-and go drive and tenacity, that at the very essence, is what I strive to be. Simply put, reflecting on this weekend, and my Twitter experience, thus far, brings me to tears.
My current challenge for you: This week, reach out to ONE person who says “Twitter and I are NOT friends!” Strive to change their mindset. Not only could you change their mentality, but you could TRULY transform their life forever...
See below for a weekend at a glance peek at #EdCampTB:
Here are many of my (previously known as) "Twitter Friends!" Better known NOW, as my "TRIBE!"
Special thanks to Kara Welty. This post was originally posted on Grow.Lead.Serve. at http://www.growleadserve.com/2015/10/twitter-and-i-are-not-friends.html. You can connect with Kara on Twitter at @kara_welty.
Guest Author: Terry Stoufer (@FirstAtBat), EdCamp Tampa Bay Attendee
I love to learn! Early on in my career I saw the importance of staying in the learning process. Over the years I have found ways to seek out knowledge on my own. I joined yahoo groups, engaged in educational chats on the Professional Readers Teacher board on Teachers.net, and I read professional books. I have always been a seeker.
The last year opened new doors to me for learning. I spend a lot of time in twitter chats and through that I began to hear about edcamps. I went to my first a year ago. It is in some ways like what I have found through professional reading and twitter chats, but with a little extra.
It is a gathering of minds. Each there to learn, grow and change. You go without an agenda, your fuel is the desire to come away changed.
This last weekend I went to my third, the first away from "home". It was in Clearwater, Florida and called Edcamp Tampa Bay. After being on twitter a while, you start to discover there are some education heroes who you really connect with and challenge you. I went into this one with an excitement because several of those were going to be there.
One thing I saw new at this edcamp was when we arrived. We were given two post it notes. A pink and a blue. One to list something we wanted to learn, another something we can share. I am getting closer to wanting to share, but Saturday I was there to learn. The agenda for the day was created based on those post it notes, and it was built that morning. How cool is that??!! The other edcamps I went to also collected the post it notes, but there wasn't that differentiation. I thought that made it more valuable and based on our needs.
The sessions were fantastic, the learning great. The sessions I didn't attend, I can go and look at the notes because we were all connected via Google docs. In fact. many who were not there were also participating through tweets, notes on doc and periscope. The sessions are not power points, or someone talking to you. It is a group of educators sharing and building on each other's experiences. It is inspiring, challenging, and creative.
Even better, all this learning...it is free. Sponsors provide meals and also prizes...sadly I didn't win.
What would I add if I could? I would have loved more created opportunities to connect face to face. I haven't quite figured how to move from an online PLN to that face to face connection. I am a little shy in social situations. I had such an opportunity here to connect in person with some amazing people, but I didn't. So, the only thing I walked away disappointed in was that I missed that opportunity. How can we create opportunities for those who need them?
As far as edcamps...I am hooked. It is unique, learner orientated and it is current and up to date learning. Haven't done one yet? Go...you're missing out!
Guest post by EdCamp Tampa Bay Attendee Terry Stoufer. Terry is a passionate educator in Florida and she teaches second grade students. This post was originally posted on Terry's blog at http://firstatbat.blogspot.com/2015/10/the-edcamp-experience.html?spref=tw. We were honored to have Terry join us at our first annual #EdCampTB!
Be sure to check out this amazing post on Daily Genius with contributor and EdCamp Tampa Bay co-organizer Nik Chatzopoulos! http://dailygenius.com/edcamp/
Hi there EdCamp Tampa Bay EDCAMPERS!
The 1-week countdown starts tomorrow, and we can’t wait to see you next Saturday, October 10th at EdCamp Tampa Bay! The response has been extraordinary, and, with both the enthusiasm of educators like you and the generous support of educational and local sponsors, it is sure to be a very special day of learning, sharing, and celebrating! Here are all the updates to help keep you connected to the day’s events:
Make the Most of Your Day at EdCamp Tampa Bay
First time at an EdCamp? Many say that, for them, their first EdCamps were truly life changing! Here are some links if you are interested in learning more about EdCamps prior to arriving at EdCamp Tampa Bay:
Schedule for the Day
Information on Meals
We are excited to announce that because of some very generous donations, we will be able to provide all meals and snacks for our attendees! Watch for the Lunch Sign-Up email next week.
All updates are posted on our EdCamp Tampa Bay websitewww.edcamptampabay.com and on our Twitter page @EdCampTampaBay. Be sure to use the hashtag #EdCampTB and connect with our EdCamp TampaBay educators!
Let’s keep the conversation going! You are invited to join us for our EdCamp Tampa Bay TweetUp After-Party! Please join us Saturday evening after the EdCamp day at Mellow Mushroom patio for a reserved party. Registration is limited, so be sure to get your free ticket today: https://edcamptampabaytweetup.eventbrite.com
Sponsors & Raffles
We would like to thank our incredible sponsors for donating raffle prizes and goodies! Check out our sponsor listing at: http://www.edcamptampabay.com/sponsors.html. All raffle prizes will be announced via Remind messages and any raffle winners must be present at EdCamp Tampa Bay to claim prizes.
Join our Remind Group
Be sure to join our Remind group to receive text messages on all things EdCamp Tampa Bay. To join, simply text “@edcampTB” to 81010. All raffle prizes will be announced via Remind, so be sure to sign-up today.
If for any reason your plans have changed and you will no longer be able to attend EdCamp Tampa Bay, please email Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can release your ticket to our waitlisted group of educators.
Looking forward to seeing you all soon, and please watch for our final email with last minute reminders next week!
EdCamp Tampa Bay Organizing Team
We are one week away from EdCamp Tampa Bay! Check out all these great Florida EdCamps coming up this year!
Edcamp Leadership (FL site – Hosted by Susan Bearden)
Edcamp Orange (January, 2016)
Edcamp St. Augustine
Edcamp Branford (April 23, 2016)
Edcamp Pensacola (October 3, 2015)
Edcamp Tampa Bay (October 10, 2015)
Edcamp South Florida (October 24, 2015)
Edcamp Citrus (September 19, 2015)
Edcamp Broward County (March 1, 2014)
Edcamp Duval (May 31, 2014)
FLEdChat Updated Listing: https://fledchat.wordpress.com/professional-development-around-florida/