EdCamp Toronto was started in 2011 as part of the global initiative. EdCamp Toronto plays a unique role in the development of Make Waves.

I was part of the planning committee of 2011 and through the experience my drive for conversations of what is happening in k-12, higher ed and alternative learning really grew. I formed the Bad Kids Collective last year as a place to start a conversation about bad kid behaviour. How could we prove that the kids that fidget, have wild imaginations and are disruptive to the status quo were also engaged in learning and could really shake things up? In partnership with my design-driven community engagement consultancy, Exhibit Change, my team hosted an unconference called “Everybody is a Teacher“. “Everybody is a Teacher” lent itself to starting a big conversation of what ifs. – what if schools were different? what if we challenged the system? what if we were all teachers? what if we were always learning? what if we were all engaged? The day brought on amazing conversation and was a stepping stone to where I am now.

When EdCamp Toronto 2012 planning committee started up again, I went to the first meeting and I met Kathryn!!! Now the months have past, the planning is coming to a close, I have started a harvest committee to really try and inspire people to capture the nuggets of the day.

Tomorrow is EdCamp Toronto. I am excited to see old and new folks passionate about the way we currently learn and the way we can learn in the future. EdCamp Toronto is a place for voices. Those voices are saying different things but have overlapping threads and I am intrigued to pull them out.

I am bringing these 3 questions with me:

  • What is driving learning in the 21st Century?
  • How do you make space for learning?
  • Where are the openings for innovation?
Follow the conversation at #edcampto
Jenn

 


On July 11, we hosted a Hack Jam for Islands of Excellence. We hosted this Hack Jam for a 1 reason, find out what people are thinking. And we got that question answered and then some. We asked a few simple questions and let the conversation flow. We are so excited to get a chance to launch Islands of Excellence and already have so many people interested in supporting the project. We asked about best, worst and day/days of the week for conference preferences. These logistical questions have really helped us to help define what kind of professional development and connections people are craving.

We also facilitated a bit of group discussions and got an overwhelming amount of information that we are slowly working through and digesting. There was so much information, that I fear we have been a bit delayed in relaying it out.

Here are the first few things we are working on:

  • logistics for the actual conference (date, place, etc)
  • glossary of terminology that we use (hack jam, unconference, etc)
  • features of Islands

This last one was the biggest take away for us. What is an Island of Excellence? This was one of our group discussion questions and the conversation just erupted (haha island humour). We love when there is so much insightful, critical and engaging inquiry and discussion that is rooted from an idea that we are still testing. This is what prototyping is all about! Check back in the next little while to see who is being featured.

Get out there, make waves!

Jenn