EdcampKC Update: Gear and October Deadlines!

EdcampKC is coming up on Saturday, Nov. 8th! We are super excited to bring together KC and midwest area educators for face-to-face conversations and camaraderie! The  edcampKC team of Kyle Pace (the godfather), Laura Gilchrist, Mimi Jones, Michelle Nebel, Eric Langhorst, Brent Catlett, and Ken Corum has been busy setting the stage for collaboration and community. We couldn't do it without our EdcampKC sponsors, hosts, and friends. Many thanks to all of you.


The great folks at KC's own Bandwagon Merchandise have crafted a killer logo complete with the edcamp apple and the Nelson-Atkins' columns and shuttlecock.

We opted to go with the open source KC letters used by businesses, government agencies, and event planners here in KC.

Order Here and you can pick up your tshirt the morning of EdcampKC at the registration table! ($10)

Deadline for orders is October 10th!

We'll have EdcampKC stickers (oh yea!) out for you at the Tweetup and at the Nelson.

Our Tshirt design, fresh from Bandwagon Merchandise here in Kansas City! Thanks to Christian and Ryan at Bandwagon for the logo and printing!

#EdcampKC Tshirt Final-MockUp










EdcampKC will be at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art for the 2nd year in a row. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn with hundreds of educators at this simply outstanding museum. I am a proud member of the Nelson--in awe every single time I visit. It is my hope that educators who attend EdcampKC will take ideas and inspiration back to their schools. Kids benefit from art-infused learning experiences across the curriculum.

The Nelson Doors open at 9 a.m. on November 8th. The Bloch lobby will be filled with the aroma of KC's own The Roasterie coffee. We will have Nelson-Atkins staff leading tours and hosting visual thinking/STEAM workshops. We are working hard to make sure wifi will support us with many people and devices.

We get to use some new rooms this year. One is a networking/collaboration/conversation room complete with food, drink, and Kyle Pace's Mom's Cookies! The other is a larger room for conversations complete with AV and cool lighting.


New room










Book your stay at the Intercontinental Hotel at a special EdcampKC rate. Best views on the Plaza for the Thanksgiving lighting ceremony. I'm staying there EdcampKC weekend. Deadline is October 8 for our special rate!


The tweet up is at the The Cashew this year! We will be upstairs with a nice view of the city lights while we're networking, connecting, and tweeting.


Hope to learn with you at EdcampKC either in person or via Twitter!


#edcampKC 2013 Flickr Set -- Nelson Atkins Museum of Art

2 #edcampKC learners on the front lawn of the Nelson. (Connecting and Photographing)8:15 morning view of the Nelson-Atkins: #edcampKC Nov 9th --  67 degrees and sunny was unbelievable forecast.Sign crafted by Adrienne Lalli-Hills of the Nelson Atkins!#edcampKC t-shirt!Your #edcampKC Lead Learners yukking it up for the camera. :) (Be proud. LOL.) We had THE BEST time arranging OUR day of learning at the @nelsonatkins! THANK YOU NELSON ATKINS STAFF! You are a true gift to our #kansascity #community since you help bring kBefore the rush of arriving learners!Nelson-Atkins Bloch LobbyBefore the mad rush of #edcampKC learning community comes in the glass doors....things are ready! StartupWelcome! The very start of the check-in at #edcampKC at the Nelson Atkins Museum!"I went to a museum and an edcamp broke out! #edcampkc" @wmchamberlain on TwitterTwo #nkcsedu colleagues starting the day off with laughter!#edcampKC learners looking colorful and bright! 2 friends from way back! #edcampKCAquila Court: #edcampKC TECH CAFE location complete with fountain (Yes, it will be ON!) Pull up a camp chair from the hallway!edcampkcUP the steps...to...the Nelson Atkins and a world of wonder! #edcampkcFree photography books the Nelson had out for #edcampKC!Chris and I #edcampKC organizing team! Laura and KyleNew Friends at #edcampKC!Don't forget to fill out your official Raffle Ticket!!Filling out his official #edcampKC raffle ticket!Amazing educators and colleagues! (one of them is a former student and pre-service teacher at KSU!) #nkcseduReady for a great day of choice-based learning--#edcamp Style!

My dream of holding #edcampKC at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, a Kansas City cultural icon, came to fruition on Saturday, November 9th! A heARTy thank you to Adrienne Lalli-Hills who answered a million questions/emails from me and who truly helped make this dream happen! If not for her efforts, kindness, and work, we couldn't have experienced edcamp learning at the Nelson.

Kyle Pace and I had a grand day in the 4th #edcampKC and 1st one at the Nelson-Atkins.

The venue itself took our day and our learning to a new level. The weather was 67 degrees F and sunny. Group picture on the front steps went off with lots of laughs and a funny passerby-camera-dude. A mural/art room complete with Kyle Pace's mom's cookies. The Educator Resource Center where the staff signed teachers up to be on committees with them to help get art into all contents via Skype and more! A packed-house raffle at 3:30 thanks to Kansas City coming through with many awesome KC gifts acquired through JUST CALLING AND ASKING! Raffle was fun.

Our #EdcampKC themes at the Nelson were Visual learning (VTS-visual thinking strategies), Conversation, Learning out Loud, and Reaching out to and engaging the Community.

Kyle is sending out a feedback form to all attendees today along with an attendee badge for blogs or websites. I've already talked with the amazing staff at the Nelson today about #edcampKC 2014. Adrienne has set a tentative first planning date in February.

Our issue of the day was, you guessed it, wifi. We crashed it and people could not access from computers/tablets unless they had hotspots. Once people jumped off, you could get on but it was a frustration we'd hoped would not present itself. It pushed the focus to conversation and people adjusted. We want to erase that problem next year. The Nelson education staff told me today they want to help solve that issue. :)

More blogposts to come on #edcampKC takeaways and on VTS.

Thanks to everyone at #edcampKC. Every person present was an important part of the cumulative experience, the conversations, the learning, and the FUN.

Enjoy the Flickr picture set as your VISUAL story of our day. The set is still growing as #edcampKC'ers send their pictures to my Flickr email address.