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UnConference: The Conference That's Not A Conference
BarCamp, EduCamp, EdCamp, TeachMeet: They are all based on one fundamental principle, namely, informal, loosely structured, peer to peer learning.
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UnConference: Like A Conference, Only Better

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Welcome to the Unconference Blog! Posted on August 7, 2010 by Kaliya
Going to an Unconference? read this:

 

unConferencing: How to prepare to attend an unConference.


Organizing An Unconference? look at these posts:

 

Open Space, what happens, why does it work.
How to DIY Unconference
Introduction to Open Space for ITU-T – slide show and 4 page PDF
Unconferences and Money
How to Facilitation Agenda Creation Step by Step
If it has a pre-set agenda it is not an unConference
Questions about Unconferences

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TeachMeet Mission | Teachmeet[Aus}

TeachMeet Mission | Teachmeet[Aus} | UnConference: The Conference That's Not A Conference | Scoop.it

Our mission is to provide ongoing, relevant and engaging opportunities for teachers to share their ideas and grow their professional learning network. By sharing our knowledge, skills and experience, we all become better educators.

 

Who are we?

 

We are just like you! In fact, we are you! We are dedicated teachers who are interested in learning and sharing our ideas for pedagogy that works to increase student engagement and achievement.

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TeachMeet365: A whole year of TeachMeets. Wherever you want, whenever you want. "Guerilla CPD"

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http://bit.ly/e7vbyx

 

 TeachMeets are well established, informal events, all about creating opportunities for educators to share practice, discover new ideas, network and be inspired. Anyone can get involved, share great ideas they've trialled in their classrooms, ask important questions or simply take part in learning conversations. All are welcome.

 

TeachMeet365 is an idea about bringing people together in small, local groups to talk, listen and ask (or answer) questions. There will be no huge audiences in big halls, live video streaming on the internet or sponsors to deal with; just small groups of educators sharing with each other. http://bit.ly/oojEfV

 

Originally, the idea was to have 12 such events - one every month - over the year around Central Scotland. However, the interest has been such that many other areas are keen to get involved too. To help with organisation, we shall make it the month that the number refers to rather than a particular event, so any TM365s that happen in October are tm365/1, any in November are tm365/2, December tm365/3 and so on. On Twitter, the #tm365 should suffice for all!

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#Edcamp Foundation

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http://bit.ly/sgcRAM ;

 

Here at the Edcamp Foundation, we are all about promoting organic, participant-driven professional development for K-12 educators worldwide. Our mission: to support free edcamp unconferences for educators to exchange ideas and learn together.

 

 

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#BarCamp buzz builds; the story twists, turns, shouts!

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When we embarked on this strange and fantastic journey, we knew that we had a week. We had no money, no sponsors, no venue and no idea if just the five of us or 50 random folks would show. But we knew that we had to stage BAR Camp and that, among other things, it would serve as a demonstration of the decentralized organizing potential of the Web2.0 Generation. We set out to prove that what the good folks at O’Reilly could pull off in a year with a couple years’ experience and tens of thousands of dollars, could be cobbled together in a week by a crazy gaggle of savvy geeks, leveraging only the web and the our reach into our social networks.

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BarCamp

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The name BarCamp is a playful allusion to the event's origins, with reference to the programmer slang term, foobar: BarCamp arose as an open-to-the-public alternative to Foo Camp, which is an annual invitation-only (for Friends of O'Reilly) participant-driven conference hosted by Tim O'Reilly.


The first BarCamp was held in Palo Alto, California, from August 19–21, 2005, in the offices of Socialtext. It was organized in less than one week, from concept to event, with 200 attendees. Since then, BarCamps have been held in over 350 cities around the world, in North America, South America, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Australasia and Asia. To mark the first anniversary of BarCamp, BarCampEarth was held in multiple locations world wide on August 25–27, 2006.

 

The second anniversary of BarCamp, BarCampBlock, was held in Palo Alto at the original location, but also over a three block radius on August 18–19, 2007, and was attended by over 800 people.

 

The largest recorded BarCamp happened in February 2011 with over 4700 confirmed registered attendees in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). The previous year (January 2010) BarCamp Yangon attracted over 2700 attendees (confirmed with registration forms) Barcamp Yangon in Global Voices. 

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Dave Nielsen takes the cloud to camp

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Dave Nielsen takes the cloud to camp
Want to stay up on the latest trends in cloud computing? Maybe it's time to go to camp.

Last summer, the first CloudCamp conference debuted, organized by Dave Nielsen and a group of other cloud aficianados. This June, they're doing it again. Dave is a Web services pro who's been guiding a number of high-profile developer programs for companies like PayPal. CloudCamp brings together early adopters of cloud computing technologies to exchange ideas in an open format. CloudCamp is about to hit my hometown of Austin, Texas, so I decided to sit down with David and discuss how CloudCamp started, what has happened in the last year, and where he and the team plan on taking it in the future. http://bit.ly/IOlQhG ;

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unConferencing – how to prepare to attend an unconference |

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by Kaliya Hamlin from www.Unconference.net

 

The unconference* format creates space for peer-to-peer learning, collaboration and creativity.


At the start, the whole group will gather together and be guided through creating an agenda using open space technology. The exact process is not important to understand in advance – the process will become clear as it happens. The important part is that all those gathered will have the opportunity to put conference sessions on the agenda. No session will be voted off or ‘won’t happen’ for some other reason. All sessions are welcome.

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WHAT IS A TEACHMEET?

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http://www.teachmeet.net/

 

TeachMeets will be meeting/un-conferences where teachers will share good practice, practical ideas and personal insights into teaching with technology.

 

All participants are encouraged to be ready to volunteer an idea, a tool or a website that they have delivered in their classroom.

 

Alternatively they can discuss a product that they believe enhances their classroom practice.New scheme teachers are encouraged to attend and learn.

 

The idea behind TeachMeets is hearing stories about learning, from teachers.

 

This is a chance for teachers from all types of schools to network and to hear ideas from each other.

 

TeachMeets are open to all and do not charge an entry fee.

 

 http://www.teachmeet.net/what-is-a-teachmeet/

 

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TeachMeet

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A TeachMeet is an organised but informal meeting (in the style of an unconference) for teachers to share good practice, practical innovations and personal insights in teaching with technology. These events are often organised to coincide with other educational events like the Scottish Learning Festival and the British Educational Technology and Training Show BETT. Participants volunteer (via the TeachMeet website) to demonstrate good practice they've delivered over the past year, or discuss a product that enhances classroom practice. TeachMeet events are open to all and do not charge an entry fee.

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BarCamp - How to Run Your Own

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BarCamp and other derivative events are a fun and rewarding experience for everyone involved. Since you're reading this, you're probably thinking about setting up your own or helping out on one which is going ahead in the near future.
This guide is meant as a introduction to the BarCamp phenomenon and bring together tips, tricks and clever use of social engineering to make the event take place and be the best it could.
Why the need for this wikibook at all? Well BarCamp.org is a great place, but it's frankly too alive and good information is scattered across the site and buried underneath the next lot of BarCamps. There was also nowhere to collaboratively come to a decision about the best way to do certain things or what things should be avoided based on the experience of other BarCamps around the world.
The format is punchy one liners of advice opposed to long length discussions (which are best served on the discussion/talk pages).

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Introduction to Edcamp: A New Conference Model Built on Collaboration

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Edcamp: A Little History http://bit.ly/bb0Eu2
The edcamp model is based on the international unconference model, BarCamp. Despite its name, BarCamps have little or nothing to do with alcohol. Rather, computer hackers conceived them as a way to come together to share ideas.

According the to BarCamp wiki, a BarCamp: 1. is an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment, 2. is an intense event with discussions, demos and interaction from participants who are the main actors of the event...

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Foo Camp

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Foo Camp is an annual hacker event hosted by publisher O'Reilly Media. O'Reilly describes it as "the wiki of conferences", where the program is developed by the attendees at the event, using big whiteboard schedule templates that can be rewritten or overwritten by attendees to optimize the schedule. The goal of the event is to reach out to new people who will increase the company's intelligence about new technologies, and to create opportunities for cross-pollination between people and technologies that are on the O'Reilly radar. Some have described it as a meta-birds-of-a-feather session that gets smart people together to discuss technology issues. This style of event has also been described as an unconference.
The event started as a joke between Tim O'Reilly and Sara Winge, O'Reilly's VP of Corporate Communications. Sara had always wanted to run a foo bar, an open bar for Friends of O'Reilly, at one of O'Reilly's conferences. That joke morphed into a brainstorm after the dot com bust left O'Reilly with lots of unused office space in its new buildings, creating the opportunity for Foo Camp. There was eventually a Foo Bar at the camp. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foo_Camp  

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Why "unconferences" are fun conferences

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SAN FRANCISCO (Business 2.0 Magazine) - As a software industry analyst, Stephen O'Grady has attended nearly 200 technology conferences. But that doesn't mean he's enjoyed them. http://cnnmon.ie/1winFr 

His biggest complaint: The topics tend to be chosen by the sponsors rather than the "folks who drive my research" - software developers. But that changed in February when O'Grady arrived at Mashup Camp, an exclusive two-day gathering of Silicon Valley geeks billed as an "unconference."

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