I have been pondering the possibility of an Edcamp in Tokyo for about a year now, and am extremely excited to see some interest beginning to simmer around town. Not only would it be a fantastic opportunity for much needed teacher-driven collaboration, it would be a lot of fun and a great chance to make new connections and friends.
Personally, I have one issue with the Edcamp model. I think that showing up and filling out cards is an ineffective use of technology. Being known for our technological prowess, I believe that Tokyo should host a ‘Connected Edcamp’:
– utilize technology to maximize relevance and connectivity
– collaborate via social media and shared documents before and after the actual event
In my imagination, engaged collaborators would be able to begin to group themselves and build their sessions during the weeks before the unconference. The event itself would be a chance to further share and reflect, perhaps even to participate in activities or exercises created during preparation. All agendas for sessions would be developed by the participants, both before and during the event. There should be no rules, only tools.
One tool I have developed is this survey to begin gathering and publishing information from interested educators. I think it will help us to gain an understanding of the possible scale of the event as well as provide information all participants can use to help to organize the event itself. The public responses are published on the Connectivity Page and as a webpage to facilitate self-organization and collaboration.
Also please feel free to use the Edcamp Tokyo Public Google Drive Folder to share documents, resources, and whatever inspires you these days.