Edcamp Online: The Edcamper’s Guide!!!

The Edcamp Online Team is DELIGHTED that you will be joining us for Edcamp Online on 10/24/15 at 12:30pmEDT. This event will serve as a grand finale to the learning and sharing that’s happened during Connected Educator Month. We’re glad you’re here!

To prepare for Edcamp Online, there are 3 steps:

1) Learn what an Edcamp is.

Edcamps are organic, participant-driven professional development experiences created by educators, for educators. All topics and discussions are generated collaboratively on the day of the event by all of the learners in attendance. edcamps emphasize internal motivation, choice, and interactivity. Based on the tenets of open space technology, edcamps are derived from the belief that a group of people, given a purpose and freedom, have the ability to self organize, self govern, and produce results.  Conversations, not presentations, dominate the learning at an Edcamp. Every participant has an equal voice and personal expertise is honored.

        Too much to read? Just watch THIS VIDEO from the edu-awesome Bill Selak.

2) Check your tech!


Do these 5 easy steps to get ready for Edcamp Online!

  1. Make sure you have a GMAIL account that you are signed into before you enter the Edcamp Online Lobby on the day of the event. (No GMAIL account? Click HERE to make a free one!)
  2. On the day of the event, make sure the computer you plan to use has a camera and microphone. (Most laptops and tablets come with these tools as a standard.)
  3. Test out Google Hangouts before the day of the event. There is a plug in that you’ll need to install if you’ve never used Google Hangouts before. You can learn more about hangouts and download the free plug in here.
  4. You may want to add your name to the screen using “Lower Third.” Watch this video for tips and here is A FILE that you can use to add the Edcamp Online logo to your name.

3) Learn how to use the “Unhangout Platform” that we’ll be using for the day.

MIT Media Labs, led by Drew Harry and Philipp Schmidt, have created an open source technology that exists as a “layer” on top of Google Hangout.

Here is a video that explains everything you need to know: http://vimeo.com/90475288 

This layer includes a lobby area where people can chat, propose sessions, and watch a Hangout on Air or YouTube video. See the screenshot of the unhangout interface below:

Once the sessions are live, they will go from LOCKED to JOIN. You can jump in and jump out of any session as long as there is room (10 people per room is the max.). This is just like you can in a real edcamp!

Here’s the link for the day of the event: https://unhangout.media.mit.edu/event/edcamp-online