The organizing team of Edcamp MSLA has been working fast and furious in the last few days to put together the finishing touches for this Saturday’s event. Here are a few essential questions that you may be wondering about and we all know that school librarians love questions about as much as they love books (almost).
When is Edcamp MSLA?
It is this Saturday, September 26 at the Dedham Middle School, 70 Whiting Avenue, Dedham, MA, 02026. There is plenty of free parking. You may park in the driveway in front of the school. Additional parking can be found from Mt. Vernon Street. (With the school on your left, pass by Dedham Middle School and take your first left on Mt. Vernon Street and your first left into the driveway). Enter through the main doors (on Whiting Ave) and we will direct you. Registration begins at 8:00. Session building will be at 9:00 and the first session begins at 9:30.
Here is the schedule for the day.
What should I bring?
Will there be food?
Because of our amazing sponsors, there will be coffee and tea in the morning and a casual lunch with pizza, salad, chips, beverages including bottled water, and sweets. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide for dietary restrictions so please feel free to pack a lunch and bring it with you.
What sessions will there be?
We don’t know yet! Edcamp is completely based around the interests, passions, and questions that we all bring with us the morning of the event! During the first hour or so we’ll collaboratively build the schedule to fit our needs. We'll build the afternoon sessions after lunch. If you want to facilitate a session, you just go up to the board, slap a sticky note with a catchy title on it, and then get out of the way so other people can add theirs. It sounds crazy if you’ve never been to an Edcamp before, but we swear that it works every single time.
What should my session look like?
A good Edcamp session should involve the people in the room as much as possible. We’re all called participants for a reason! Don’t stand in front of the room and lecture at people or read from a presentation. Have a real conversation. Invite questions and responses from everybody in the room. Do something hands-on. The job of the facilitator is to ask the first question and move the conversation along. No pressure.
How can I share what I’m learning?
#edcampmsla for Twitter, Facebook, and any other social media that uses hashtags. But wait! We are not the only Edcamp happening on Saturday. Use the hashtag #edcampsept26 and connect with Edcamp WL (NJ), Edcamp Arkansas, Edcamp Baltimore, Edcamp Merrimack Valley (MA), Edcamp Montreal, Edcamp Chicago, and Edcamp CTE (OK). So that's kinda fun.
If you ordered a t-shirt, you will be able to pick it up at the registration desk. Please bring $15 (cash or a check) if you ordered a t-shirt but did not pay for it when you registered. There’s a small chance that we may have a few extras on hand so if you’re interested, bring $15 to nab one. No guarantees that extras will be available for purchase, however.
If you will not be able to join us after all, please contact us to let us know and we promise to miss you terribly. Or contact us if you have any questions.
We’re really looking forward to seeing you on Saturday because school librarians love collaborating as much as we love books! Almost.
Our first Edcamp MSLA is one week away and we thought we'd take a moment to thank our sponsors publicly for supporting our efforts to bring together like-minded educators for a day of learning and growing together.
In a few more days you will get more information about the details of the day, you know, the important details like what time to arrive and if there will be coffee.
If you have registered and you know you will not be able to make it after all, please do leave us a note on the Contact Us page.
It's not too late to join us! Registration is still open :-)
The Organizers have finalized the tshirt design and we think you're going to really like it!
Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 15 is the deadline to order a tshirt but registration will be open until the 26th.
Open to all educators, not just school librarians. Bring your friends, bring your colleagues! Did I mention that school librarians are an awfully fun bunch to hang out with? Join us!
September is here! Classrooms and libraries are bustling again and Edcamp MSLA is just two weeks away. It's the perfect time for an injection of pedagogical inspiration.
There's still time to register but the door on ordering a Tshirt is closing fast.
Last day to order is Tuesday, September 15. You can see the Tshirt design in the previous post.
You will still be able to register for the event after September 15; you just won't be able to order a Tshirt.
As always, Edcamp MSLA is free and the organizers are working hard to make sure the day is meaningful for everyone.
Don't forget! Edcamp MSLA is hosted by the MA School Library Association but it's not just for librarians and it is not a library themed edcamp. It's for all educators.
We are looking forward to seeing you there. Join us, won't you?
Alas! Registration for the inaugural Edcamp MSLA is open and to sweeten the pot a little, we're giving you a sneak peek at the Tshirt design. The final design will change slightly but you get the idea. When you order a tshirt to this otherwise free event not only are you supporting future decamp awesomeness but you will also make a fashion statement on casual Fridays.
Free (nada, nothing, zero, zip, zilch, goose eggs!)
November 5, 2016
Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School
Laura Beals D'Elia
Librarian at Oak Hill Middle School in Newton, MA
Librarian at Avery Elementary School in Dedham, MA
Librarian at the Memorial School in Medfield, MA
Librarian at Groton Dunstable Regional High School in Groton, MA
Librarian at Winthrop Elementary School in Ipswich, MA
Library Media Specialist, M. E. Small Elementary School, Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District
Executive Director of the Massachusetts School Library Association