Teachers Camp Out at EdCamp


By DeSiree Fawn

Hailey, Idaho - ( KMVT-TV - KSVT-TV ) - Over one hundred teachers across the state are attending Idaho’s first un-conference. EdCamp is a participation driven meeting of the minds. The one-day event happened today at Wood River High School for kindergarten through high school teachers. With no predetermined agenda, they decide the morning of what they want to learn.

The subject of technology weaves its way into many of the topics they are discussing. Over the last five years, EdCamps began popping up across the country. This being the first held in Idaho, teachers are actually camping out in the school parking lot.

"It's a grass roots opportunity for teachers to get together and have their voices heard. You know, I'm a support person in the school district and one of the things we talk about a lot these days in the classroom is that we want things to be student centered. And this is an opportunity for us to flip that around for the teachers, so that we give the teachers that same privilege to have their voices heard and to provide professional development for them,” said Tim Rocco, Technology Director for the Blaine County Schools.

One popular topic at EdCamp is something called digital citizenship. Educators want to teach students how to use digital tools in a responsible manner.

The concept to host an Idaho EdCamp started over a year ago as a conversation between educators on Twitter. Teachers around the nation have embraced Twitter as a way to share ideas. To learn more about what they are working on at EdCamp, follow #EdCamp. Organizers say this morning #EdCamp was trending as one of the most viewed hashtags on Twitter.

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