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Resources for Organizing an Edcamp

Organizing an Edcamp? Kristen Swanson, chair of the Edcamp Foundation Partner Program, has curated resources from Edutopia and across the web to help you on your journey.
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Need some help getting started? The Edcamp Foundation can help! Visit the website for the Edcamp Foundation to learn more about hosting or attending an Edcamp event!

What is Edcamp?

  • Edcamp: Innovation in Professional Development (Getting Smart, 2012)

    In this interview with Getting Smart, teacher, Edcamper, and learner Kristen Swanson describes how the Edcamp movement began.

  • Why Edcamp? (Edutopia, 2013)

    Swanson discusses characteristics of Edcamps, what takes place during Edcamp sessions, and the positive, personal outcomes for educators.

  • EdCamp (Bill Selak, 2012)

    Teachers explain what to expect from an Edcamp in this promotional video. For more specifics about schedule and format, you may also want to check out Mike Caulfield's Common-Craft-style video, "What is an Edcamp?"

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Planning an Edcamp

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Sponsors and Finances

Google Hangout on Sponsors and Finances (Kristen Swanson, 2012)

Organizers discuss finding sponsors, fundraising, securing supplies, and managing finances for Edcamps.

Edcamp in a Box
Get everything you need to run your Edcamp event at no cost from the Edcamp Foundation. Visit the website for the Edcamp Foundation to sign up for your Edcamp in a Box.
Suggestions for Finding Additional Monetary Donations
  • Go to local education organizations (e.g. state ISTE affiliates, unions).
  • Ask local foundations.
  • Organizers have found that local funders are much more likely to give a monetary donation.
Sample Letters Asking for Donations

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Running an Edcamp at Your School

Edcamps: Remixing Professional Development (Edutopia, 2014)

Edutopia blogger Andrew Marcinek gives us a personal perspective on how the Edcamp model changed his professional focus and provides examples of how he's adapted this model for staff, students, and community.

#EdCamp Comes to Knapp Elementary – Part 1 (Joe Mazza, 2012)

Principal Joe Mazza explains how he set up an Edcamp-style in-service day for the teachers at his Philadelphia elementary school.

An Unconference Approach to Professional Development (Burlington High Principal's Blog, 2010)

Principal Patrick Larkin writes about the experience of organizing teacher-centered, Edcamp-style professional development at Burlington High School in Massachusetts.

People to Follow on Twitter for Running an Edcamp at Your School:

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Additional Resources

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Do you know of other useful resources, or are there other types of resources you'd like to see included on this page? Please share your feedback in the comments.

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Samer Rabadi's picture
Samer Rabadi
Online Community Engagement Manager

I will also point out that we have several community facilitators at Edutopia who are also Edcamp organizers. If you have questions, please let us know, and we'll do our best to answer them.

Dan Callahan's picture
Dan Callahan
Professional Learning Specialist, Edcamper, Graduate Professor

Yes! I'm here and now that I've responded to this, I'll get an email any time somebody asks a question! Feel free to ask away!

Kristen Swanson's picture
Kristen Swanson
Teacher, Leader, Edcamper, Learner

Yes! There are many in the Edutopia community who are able to help out any Edcamper!!! Go Edcamp!

Shane Donahue's picture

How do you go about requesting freebies to give away or raffle off at your EdCamp? Especially from larger organizations (ie., Edutopia, Discover Education and others)

RollCrismonTide's picture

Love what has been done here and really think EdCamp has changed the way we learn! It's amazing!
We are organizing a professional development morning using the EdCamp model. We're gathering ideas ahead of time from the staff. Is there a system/tech tool we can use that will help us organize and sort these topics quickly? Thanks so much in advance

Samer Rabadi's picture
Samer Rabadi
Online Community Engagement Manager

RollCrismonTide, at the Edcamps I've been to, the organizing staff kept things simple. They used post it notes to generate session ideas, and then gave people sticky dots to vote with. The finalized sessions were then entered into a Google Doc (spreadsheet) and shared so that everyone had access.

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