Edcamp: Maker Promise, the kickoff of a new partnership between Maker Promise and Edcamp, was a full day of powerful professional learning through and about making. Edcamps are free, participant-driven un-conferences organized by educators, for educators. At Edcamp: Maker Promise, educators created and lead sessions about tools and resources to engage their students in hands-on learning. See below for the session topics and notes from Edcamp: Maker Promise. For a look at the attendee experience, explore the event hashtag #EdcampMaker on Twitter.
Beginning in 2018, Maker Promise will offer support for the more than 500 Edcamps held each year to add making activities to their events. Edcamp organizers who take part will receive resources to challenge attendees to collaboratively redesign a classroom project, build items like circuit tiles, and incorporate core values of maker learning – audience, agency, and authenticity – into their work. In addition, educators interested in hosting their own maker education-themed Edcamps can connect with Maker Promise for support and resources. These specialized Edcamps will receive tips for organizing a maker Edcamp, financial support for materials and supplies, event promotion through the Maker Promise network, and materials for prizes and giveaways.
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