ntcamp 2011: Burlington
What: ntcamp is an unconference devoted to new teachers, K-12 Education issues, and ideas.
Where: Burlington High School, Burlington, MA
When: February 26, 2011
Time: 8am – 4pm
In the spring of 2010 ntcamp was conceived from a conversation on #ntchat following my experience at my first “unconference”, #edcamp Philly. By July, ntcamp had roughly fifty people signed up to attend. The power of personal learning networks and social media turned #ntcamp into a trending topic that many followed and prescribed to before and after the event. So what is all the hype about?
WHAT IS NTCAMP?
First, ntcamp stands for new teacher camp. It uses the unconference model to promote engaging, participatory professional development for teachers, librarians, administrators, technology specialists, and college students. Ntcamp is not only for new teachers, but also for anyone in the education field looking for a variety of professional development packed into one day. While the focus remains on professional development for new teachers, those who have had years of teaching experience will not get bored.
IS NTCAMP ONLY FOR NEW TEACHERS?
No! You do not have to be a new teacher or a student teacher to attend. I promise you we will not be carding at the door. The “new teacher” phrase has many layers to it. First, we hope to bring in new teachers and introduce them to new and evolving best practices. Secondly, we hope that teachers who are new to personal learning networks (PLN) and social media in education can find their way into this world by connecting with a network of teachers face-to-face. And finally, as teachers, we should consider ourselves new every school year. We should want to change and evolve our methods and learn what others are doing in the classroom. Ntcamp allows for this exchange of ideas in an engaging, participatory-driven format.
IS NTCAMP JUST A TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE?
No. ntcamp sessions focus on best practices and methods in the classroom. It also allows time for teachers to network, build relationships, and enhance personal learning networks. While ntcamp should not be categorized as a “technology” conference, many of the sessions and workshops will include ways in which teachers can integrate technology.
CAN I GET PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CREDIT HOURS FOR ATTENDING NTCAMP?
No. However, this is something we are working on improving. We hope that future versions of ntcamp will allow teachers to acquire professional development or Act 48 credits by attending.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO NTCAMP?
Once you register on ticketleap.com, print out your registration confirmation. Bring this with you as you check in on the morning of ntcamp. You should bring a laptop if you have one or simply bring a notepad and pen. You do not need a laptop to get the most out of ntcamp, but some prefer to have one. There will be free wi-fi. That is pretty much all you need for a day of ntcamp.
WHO ARE THE PRESENTERS AT NTCAMP AND HOW CAN I PRESENT?
The unconference model allows for anyone to be a presenter. Once you register at ntcamp, there will be a schedule posted with room numbers. If you have an idea for a presentation, simply walk over to the scheduling table and you can sign up for a time slot and a room. If you need a projector or IWB for your presentation, please be sure to sign up for a room with these tools.
WHAT IF I AM NOT PRESENTING?
If you are not presenting at ntcamp you can simply choose your own adventure. Participants can select from a variety of sessions during each time slot and can even attend multiple sessions during each time slot. It is not seen as rude if you get up and leave a session to attend another. This conference model encourages participants to get the most out of their day.
WILL I NEED TO PACK A LUNCH?
We will provide a light breakfast for all participants at ntcamp. We will have coffee and a continental breakfast spread. Depending on your appetite, you may want to pack a snack and water to get you through the day. Plus, we will provide a list of nearby restaurants and cafes that you can visit during the lunch period. We break for an hour and a half lunch to allow everyone time to eat, digest, and network.