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?