Some thoughts on Educamp09

April 21st, 2009 by Graham Attwell

As promised yesterday, some more thoughts on the Educamp09 conference held last weekend in Ilmenau in Germany.

The overwhelming memory is of the atmosphere and buzz around the event. much of the reason for this was the superb organisation. Just small things really – a selection of different coffee, cartons of juice available throughout the conference. Great lighting and sofas to sit on to chat. Good music -all that kind of thing.

Another thing was the tech. This was not just a conference – it was an event. Every session was streamed out live. The sessions with online presenters worked. Big screens projecting the twitter stream. Very cool.

A lot of this was because it was an unconference. Apart from the opening panel discussion and a couple of invited international speakers, all the sessions were negotiated on the Saturday morning. No abstracts, no agonising over whether papers would be accepted. And the programme was simply filled in on the spot on a computer and then projected all over the conference spaces. No fiddling around to find out what session was where (Alt-C take note). And it was run by a volunteer organisation relying on (probably too small) sponsorship for funding. No funding bodies to keep on board, no policy bodies who had to have their egos massaged. A conference for the community run by the community.

There were no fees (Alt-C, Educa On-line – take note again). One result of this is that the conference was accessible to students and to teachers. The largest grouping at Educamp were teachers. And that brings another perspective to discussions on technology. The teachers came to share their own experiences and to learn as part of their practice.

If course the confernce was aided by the growing buzz around Web 2.0 and learning in the German speaking countries. I personally suspect that this is helped by the previous relatively low level of technology adoption in education. there is less baggage in the form of legacy technologies to be overcome.

The buzzwords from the confernce were “Bildung Hacken“. What is that? It is a term coming out of the Hacking Education confernce held in New York on March 10. However, Bildung Hacken is not really a precise translation – it means more in German – anyone care to attempt a translation / explanation?

The next Educamp is planned for Graz, in November I think. I am planning to be there. But here is a thought. Why not a UK based Educamp – and if we were to hold it at the same time we could link the two conferences electronically.

Educamp 09

April 16th, 2009 by Cristina Costa

Are you taking part in the Educamp09?

You now can, even if you are miles away from the event’s venue. The educamp team has put together quite a few interesting virtual sessions, and you are all welcome to join and interact with us. Below please find more information about our virtual guest speakers and links to the online channels.  See you there! 😉

Schedule for Saturday

The Edu-BarCamp: After arrival, participants will briefly present their suggestions regarding the sessions they want to host as part of the event. This will result in the final version of the event’s schedule.
Participants will then be able to offer their sessions and/or take active part in the discussions hosted during the event.

From 9am – Registrations
09.30 bis 10.30 CEST – Welcoming and negotiating the event’s schedule

10.30 bis 11.15 CEST – Session #1
–> including session with Helen Barrett (virtual participation).
11.15 bis 12.00 CEST – Session #2

12.00 bis 13.00 CEST – Lunch
with the live radio show sounds of the bazaar with Graham Attwell and Helen Keegan (LINK)

13.00 bis 13.45 CEST – Session #3
–> including session with Steve Wheeler (virtual participation)
13.45 bis 14.30 CEST – Session #4
14.30 bis 15.15 CEST – Session #5
–> including session with Stephen Downes (virtual participation)

15.15 bis 15.45 CEST – Coffee Break

15.45 bis 16.30 CEST – Session #6

To join the virtual sessions, please link here: http://educamp.mixxt.de/networks/wiki/index.educamptv

The session schedule with the associated Mogulus-Channel for Saturday you find here.

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