EDcamp SIGGRAPH 2015 - Los Angeles Convention Center  August 10 2015

Edcamp is a form of unconference designed specifically for teachers and their needs.

What makes Edcamp an unconference? Unlike traditional conferences which have schedules set months in advance by the people running the conference, Edcamp has an agenda that’s created by the participants at the start of the event. Instead of one person standing in front of the room talking for an hour, people are encouraged to have discussions and hands-on sessions. Sponsors don’t have their own special sessions or tables, all of the space and time are reserved for the things the people there want to talk about. People could pay hundreds of dollars to attend another conference, or they could go to Edcamp for free.

Built on principles of connected and participatory learning, Edcamp strives to bring teachers together to talk about the things that matter most to them: their interests, passions, and questions. Teachers who attend Edcamp can choose to lead sessions on those things that matter, with an expectation that the people in the room will work together to build understanding by sharing their own knowledge and questions. Decamps take place all around the world. 

This Edcamp will be taking place at the same time as the 42nd SIGGRAPH Conference. Attendees will receive complimentary Exhibits Plus registration to the conference. This includes access to Making@SIGGRAPH with hands on learning installations for educators to learn e-textiles, paper circuits, microprocessors, electronics and so much more. Also included are panels and talks by teachers who will share their use of new technologies and making tools to further STEAM and Innovation in their classrooms. There is also a student showcase that highlights winners from the OC Maker Challenge, Milken Innovation Expo and other schools. 

 For more information about the exhibits check out http://s2015.siggraph.org/attendees. For more information about the workshop, please contact John Umekubo -jumekubo@stmatthewsschool.com or Jean Kaneko - jean@theexploratory.com

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