To get this recap started, photos (and captions) shall serve as the EdcampKC storyteller of choice. Nov 8, 2014, at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, was a day of education-themed conversations, collisions, and community. Thank you to all attendees and sponsors (listed in the photos), and to the Nelson-Atkins for hosting us.
Flickr Album: Edcamp KC 2014 in Photos
The Nelson Atkins was aglow with the light of hundreds of educators at #edcampKC!
Kudos and thank you to the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art for another beautiful #edcampKC in a most inspiring venue, with fully functioning wifi for the 250 educators in attendance. The 9 classroom spaces were ready to rumble with projectors, sound, ethernet connection for presenters, screens (all electronic and attached to walls), and techs available all day Saturday. New access points hugged the walls in each room. Another big thank you to Mozilla Gigabit Fund (MGF on Twitter) for sponsoring food and drink in our Collaboration Cafe. Local middle and high school students led two thoughtful student-led sessions.
The Nelson made two additional spaces available to us this year, including the large Training Room and the Collaboration Cafe (Lens 2). Both rooms were beautiful spaces for learning, collaborating, and connecting.
Friends from St. Louis, Rolla, Houston, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma and more made the drive to support and share in #edcampKC. I can't thank them enough for their presence and support. As an avid edcamp supporter and frequent traveler myself, I truly believe in the power of nurturing educators to become connected so they can discover they DO INDEED have a voice. The smiles and the looks of joy/liberation on their faces at the end of the day is all the reason I need to invest my time in edcamps.
You want to know how much fun it was working with Kyle Pace, Michelle Nebel, Mimi Jones, Julie Robaska, and Ken Corum to make this day happen for 250 educators and build educator/KC community? Here's a picture to explain it... :) Thanks to EVERYONE who helped out along the way.
Looking to the future
EdcampKC showcased local resources in our backyard we don't tap into in the busy-ness of life as an educator, including museums, local businesses, and ultimately PEOPLE--from informal educators, charter/private school educators, and parochial school educators, to higher ed and K12 folks. Ideally, we would all be well-connected with time to explore projects and future growth for our kids in the larger community.
Edcamps help build local education ecosystems, both face to face and online (#edcampKC). The broader and deeper the connections between educators and their city, the better. In 2015, #edcampKC will reach out to intentionally to invite city and entrepreneurial folks to the conversation. If smart cities are driven by education, cities and education should be much more connected than they are now. We can do something about that if we are intentional.
With connections made at and since CityCampKC May 31, 2014, Cindy Fisher, Lyn Cook, and I with the help of Rebecca Haessig and the Kauffman Foundation began hosting MONTHLY educator meet ups late summer 2014 at the Kauffman Foundation Labs, since #edcampKC is just once/year and frequent collisions are important for continued growth of a learning community. We have settled on one go-to citywide edhashtag -- #KCedu. (See blogpost here.)
— Leslie Scott (@lscott1967) January 25, 2015
Much love to all the PEOPLE I met and connected with. Hope to see you soon, online, face-to-face, or better yet, BOTH.