#edcampbos vs. Summercore

In the last few weeks, I have registered for two very different conferences. Edcamp Boston is an unconference devoted to K-12 issues and ideas. From the edcamp foundation:
Vision: Promoting organic, participant-driven professional development for K-12 educators worldwide.

Mission: To support free edcamp unconferences for educators to exchange ideas and learn together. Edcamps are:

  • free
  • non-commercial and conducted with a vendor-free presence
  • hosted by any organization interested in furthering the edcamp mission
  • made up of sessions that are determined on the day of the event
  • events where anyone who attends can be a presenter
  • reliant on the “law of two feet” that encourages participants to find a session that meets their needs

Summercore looks very different, yet it also looks very enticing. From their website:

Founded in 1982, Summercore prides itself on its passion for teaching teachers about technology skills and pedagogy. Because we are all teachers, we know the curriculum and the strategies necessary for meaningful integration. We empower teachers and administrators to move forward with technology by supplying them with the necessary expertise and excitement.

One is the leading edge of crowd sourced, non-commercial, on-the-fly session planning. The other is a venerable conference. One would expect from the title of my post that I will now see them in opposing terms and find a winner. To the contrary, I am really excited about both, and I am really excited by any opportunity to push my learning boundaries.

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