EdCampYQR Coming November 5th, 2016!

EdCampYQR is back!  Please register via Eventbrite at: http://bit.ly/edcampyqr2016 edcampyqrposter

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The Edcamp Playground

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This year we are incorporating a new area for our Edcamp! It is called a Tech Playground! We got this idea from ISTE where they have tech playgrounds available for students and teachers to try out different types of technology.
This year we have asked some tech savvy students to come to Edcamp and demonstrate some of the neat things they are doing in their classes. They won’t be running any sessions, but instead, they will be hanging out in a corner of the Teacher Prep Centre, “playing” with technology. (Minecraft, Makerspace, Math tools, etc.) They will be ready and available to show any teachers different apps or tools they are using. If you want to ask them questions, or learn from the REAL experts, you will be able to make the playground area a session.
This is one type of playground supervision you won’t want to miss. 🙂

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Bringing together teachers from all Regina & area divisions for a shared PD experience!

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EdcampYQR has grown!

EdcampYQR has joined forces with all of its local education entities! Regina Public Schools, Regina Catholic Schools, Prairie Valley School Division, and the University of Regina have come together to put on one amazing Edcamp on October 3rd. Anyone  interested in teaching and learning (even those from other divisions/cities) are welcome to come experience this engaging professional development opportunity happening at the University of Regina!

We encourage participants to bring their own device that morning, and if they want to share their screen at some point, we suggest bringing along a dongle, or connector.

Hope to see you at EdcampYQR soon!

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#EdCampYQR winners!!

Our winners for the door prizes were as follows:

Cindy Adams
Amanda Brace
Kelly Christopherson
Jason Howse
Darian Kerster
Amy Lawson
Peggy Lawson
Carol Preece
Genna Rodriguez
Grant Urban

Congratulations!  Your prizes will be emailed out to you within the next little while.

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Learning together… new opportunities to connect

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Here we go!  Our next #EdCamp details are as follows:

Saturday, February 28th (AM)

Time: Registration 8:30 am Session start time 9:15

Location: Campus Regina Public (Cochrane High School)

Register now!  Bring a friend – ALL ARE WELCOME!!
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Appy Hour September 8, 2014

Please visit Mrs. Maley’s Bambuser stream to find the Appy Hour live stream.

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#EdCampYQR – Counting down

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The big day is only a few days away and your “unplanning” committee is so excited to learn alongside you!

Just a reminder that the big event occurs on Thursday, August 28th starting at 8:30 AM @ Campus Regina Public (formerly Cochrane High School).

If you are an educator in any capacity you are welcome to join us – all sessions are offered for you, by you.  Come with an idea, with something you are curious to learn about, and of course, a device of some sort.  As always, we want this event to be as paperless as possible and hopefully you will be able to leave with digital resources and ideas that will work for you.

Are you a new teacher?  A newish teacher?  As educators, we learn best when we learn together.  Edutopia regularly highlights the edcamp model as an ideal way to guide one’s own professional development.  EdCamp allows for:

* informal conversations based around areas of interest

* professional learning that is self chosen

* the ability for all of us to share and be “experts” in something we are passionate about

* conversations that continue on long after #EdCamp is done via chat, twitter, connections made the day of

Those of you who collaborate regularly with colleagues understand and value the importance of creating a professional learning community (PLC) for yourself.  Educators no longer exist in isolation; it is the relationships and the team approach that helps us move forward and helps to support our students.  One of the most important things you can do as a NEW teacher is to create a PLC for yourself – interest based, grade group alike, etc.  Having people to co-plan, problem solve, brainstorm, even vent is invaluable.

Thanks for joining us at EdCamp and hopefully, becoming a part of our learning community.  We look forward to learning with you.

A few reminders:

**We are located at Campus Regina Public (Cochrane High School) at 1069 14th Avenue.

** Bring your own technology (BYOT) (phone, tablet, laptop) to take full advantage of the resources available,

** If you have a dongle for your device – please bring it for easy sharing!

** No need to be an expert – anyone can share.  When you get to EdCamp, scope out the room and the sessions.  Be sure to check about “What I Want to Learn About” to see if you have something to share – maybe YOU have the answers someone is searching for.

** The law of two feet applies.  This is PD geared to your needs.  If the session isn’t what you were looking for, move to one that works for you.

** Follow online – joining us in person or virtually?   Follow the #hashtag #edcampyqr to participate in the conversation on twitter or instagram.

Enjoy!  If you haven’t yet registered via eventbrite, please do so HERE.

See you soon!

 

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EdCampYQR – Getting ready for a new school year

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Join us on the morning of Thursday, August 28th as we offer another #EdCampYQR learning and professional development opportunity for all educators, administrators and support staff.

Catch up with us on the blog and register now FOR FREE! All are welcome. This amazing opportunity is designed by teachers, for teachers and is driven by participant need and interest. Participants from all skill sets and backgrounds are very welcome to join us; no need to be an expert as the sessions are small, informal, and relaxed. Anyone can lead a session on any topic related to teaching and all are encouraged to add their ideas.

Join us… and bring your colleagues!
You may also follow us on facebook (EdCampYQR) or via twitter @EdCampYQR

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#EdCamp YQR – Success!

Back in August, Regina Public Schools saw the first ever EdCamp professional development opportunity.

It was a new option for teachers in Regina Public at that time; the concept of professional development where the schedule was set the day of the event was disconcerting to many.  The event drew a lot of educators, however, and set the stage for another EdCamp, this time on a Saturday morning. 

This past weekend’s event drew teachers and educators from all over.  Representatives from Regina Public, Regina Catholic, Prairie Valley, Horizon and Saskatoon School Divisions came and joined together to share their professional learning.

Participants signed up for sessions by placing their name around a subject of interest.  Additionally, there were spaces for new learning (what I want to learn about).  If someone wants to lead a session but is unsure, there are many jumping off points from which to start.  This was new to this year’s EdCamp and it was a great option!

Once the sign up was completed, the break out sessions began.  From interschool novel studies, to working with Google Docs, Gr 9 math planning, Digital Citizenship sessions, Backchanneling and Assessment conversations, learning about using Social Media to engage and improve student achivement, using Inform to guide instruction, Appy Hour and Apps for primary, E-portfolio tools and much, much more, there was something for everyone.  Some of the presentations followed a presentation style format, while others were conversation and discussion based.

It was amazing to watch how everyone participated and shared.  There were no “experts” in the audience; everyone was there to learn and discuss.  

The format of this year’s EdCamp varied slightly as well given that the event was held on a Saturday.  The hope was that the learning and collaboration that came out of the event would be worth educators giving up some time out of their weekend.  The Saturday option allowed us to connect with other school divisions as well.  It was great to be able to meet our “tweeps” in real life, much like the Tweet-Up organized earlier this year.

Much of the work that we do as teachers goes beyond the walls of the schools.  Professional development needs to suit the needs of the individual; for some, that may be during the school day, for others, a weekend may be a better option.  Varied sorts of professional development are needed to help support busy educators in their day to day work.

With over 100 participants attending and approximately 30 – 35 sessions offered, we know that this model of professional development is an appealing alternative to those who desire self directed professional development.  All in all, the event allowed teachers to focus on the important conversations around improving practice and learning and growing as professionals.  We learn best when we learn from each other.  Thank you to all who came, participated, shared, discussed.  Your presence helped this be a hugely succesful event!

Listen live to CTV who filmed a brief segment for the evening news (at 8:20 mark).  For more information, follow the group on facebook (EdCampYQR),  or follow on twitter @EdCampYQR. All links and presentations shared will be posted on the blog (CHECK BACK FOR MORE INFORMATION).

 

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