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EdCamp Creates Conversations

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MAINE-ENDWELL, N.Y. -

Nearly 80 people attended this Saturday’s EdCamp forum at Homer Brink Elementary School. The event is described as an ‘unconference’ where students, teachers, and community members discuss topics that interest them.

While there are no set workshops, topics, or presenters, knowledge seekers set out to discuss technological issues as well as other topics including social justice and social media. There were 30 conversations throughout the day which were hosted in 10 classrooms. Organizer Rachel Murat said the event is a unique opportunity for people of all ages to learn.

“As educators, one of our main jobs is to make sure that we are instilling the idea of lifelong learning and I think that we need to model that for our students. I think that EdCamp is one way to do that because you can collaborate with people and then take those collaborations back into your classrooms and what you learned and keep the conversation going after the EdCamp is over.” - Rachel Murat, EdCamp Organizer

EdCamp is part of a national movement of free professional learning events. This is the third year Maine-Endwell has hosted the event.

“I think anybody that attends an EdCamp is inspired to learn on a Saturday with other people who are similarly inspired to keep learning.” - Rachel Murat, EdCamp Organizer