Registration is between 8:15 am and 9:00 am. You do not have to arrive exactly at 8:15, but you do want some time for networking and breakfast. At the registration desk, you will get a name tag, post-it notes, and your raffle ticket for the end of the day (and we have a lot of stuff from our awesome sponsors).
There will be breakfast and session building time in the library. While we are feeding you, you are a captive audience, so we will explain the Edcamp model to the newbies and outline the day. There will be three session groups. After the sessions, we will have the Smackdown. Everything you need to know for the schedule is on the website and a Google Sheet.
This year we will be finishing Edcamp at 1:30 pm so you can get lunch on your own. We recommend you find some friends (old or new) to debrief about what you learned over yummy food. To help with the decision making, we created a Google Map with options. We have gift cards to many of these establishments that we will be raffling off.
What to Wear / Bring
The dress code is casual. Whatever you want to wear to be comfortable. A shirt with a logo of your favorite tech tool can be a great conversation starter. If bow ties give you confidence, go for it. You might want the option of layers; the building temperature can be unpredictable at times. Most likely it will be very tropical in the morning and get cooler as the day progresses.
You will walk away with many ideas, so be prepared to record them either with a device or on paper. Sessions do not have to be about technology, but many times they will be, so bring a device so you can play along with everyone else. Wi-Fi will be available in all rooms; you will be able to join the Guest Network without a password. Instead of using projectors to share information with other people (and to resist the urge to present with a PowerPoint or such), there are Google Docs linked on the schedule so everyone can share information/resources that way.
Edcamp Hershey MAP
We are pleased to announce that Edcamp Hershey, in collaboration with PAECT, is now able to offer you five (5) Act 48 hours for attending Edcamp Hershey. At the end of the day, you will be able to sign a registration form indicating your attendance for credit. Please bring your PPID number, as PAECT will not be able to process the Act 48 credit without it.
Don't know your PPID number? Find it here.
Don't forget to use our hashtag #sweetpd for anything you share on social media. A great way to follow the hashtag is with Participate Learning. If you have questions, tweet them out to @EdcampHershey and one of the planners will get back to you.
You will be handed a post-it note when you arrive at Edcamp Hershey. It is so much more than a normal post-it note. This post-it note has the power to change your PD destiny for the day. All participants are encouraged to write something that they want to learn more about, something they are passionate about, or a topic that they feel needs to be talked about. There are no right or wrong ideas. Hopefully you noticed that it does not mention PRESENTATIONS, just talking and learning. There are not formal presentations by experts at Edcamp. Someone with no background knowledge can still propose a topic they want to learn about and we will make sure to send some people your way to join the conversation.
After you record what you want to talk about, you will hand it to the Session Board Wranglers, who will find a place for your topic. We have 12 session spaces and 3 time slots, that means over 30 different conversations can take place. It does not matter if there are only 3 people talking or 30, there is still the opportunity to learn. On the day of the event, we will share a link (through Twitter and linked on the schedule page of this website) to a Google Sheet with the schedule and sessions.
The goal of the Twitter Challenge is to get to know some of the other edcamp attendees and get excited about #sweetpd.
There will be prizes. Share the challenge with other edcampers and let the games begin… on July 5th.
An easy way to follow the Twitter Chat is using Participate.com, which will ask you to create a free account to join, or you can just search for the hashtag #sweetpd. If you want to join the challenge, make sure to include #sweetpd in each Tweet.
For more information about using Twitter as an educator, check out the Beginner's Guide.
We are pleased to announce that Edcamp Hershey, in collaboration with PAECT, is now able to offer you five (5) Act 48 hours for attending Edcamp Hershey.
At the end of the day, you will be able to sign a registration form indicating your attendance for credit. Please bring your PPID number, as PAECT will not be able to process the Act 48 credit without it.
Don't know your PPID number? Find it here.
A HUGE thanks to PAECT for coordinating this for us!
See you July 18th, 2016 for some #sweetpd. We are excited!
-The Edcamp Hershey planning team
We have over 200 people registered for edcamp Hershey next month. While many names are familiar from last year, there are many new ones in the mix. Edcamps are unique, and we want everyone to feel prepared and welcome. I was going to write a detailed and passionate description of what edcamp is and why it matters, but there are many great articles about the topic already written. Below are some of the options from Edutopia.
If you still have questions, feel free to reach out to any of the planners individually or @edcampHershey on Twitter or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The requests for a follow up Edcamp Hershey began before the last Edcamp Herhsey finished. The planning team met for a few hours yesterday to get everything started. Tickets are now available - you can register on this page or directly through Eventbrite.
Want to experience an informal, but passionate, conversation about education before Edcamp Hershey this summer? Try a #coffeeEdu. Some of the planners of Edcamp Hershey will be hosting one on Sunday, February 21st at the Cocoa Beanery at the Hershey Lodge. For more info contact @SrtaLisa or @DianaRAC13.
Yes, there will be a sequel to last year's awesome event! We do not have an exact date yet; first we have to find a location. We are aiming for a Monday in late July for Edcamp Hershey.
Last year was amazing and we hope to see many of you again this year. Stay tuned for more details and future registration - we will post on this blog and Twitter (@EdcampHershey).