jedcamp midwest

More reasons to attend JEDcamp Midwest!

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  • Awesome swag from Edutopia! We’ll be raffling off water bottles and lunch bags!
  • Free tablet styluses for the first thirty attendees!

Join us for a unique “unconference” experience on October 19th!

Reasons to Attend JEDcamp Midwest

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  1. If your institution sends five or more people (everyone must register in advance, check in by 1:00 pm and stay through the program), your school or organization will receive an iPad Mini.
  2. Want to share your skills or teach something to your colleagues? No problem!
  3. All attendees will receive an awesome giveaway that you may or may not use all winter (hint: we hope you don’t need it).
  4. Ideas galore!
  5. It’s a great networking opportunity.
  6. This is professional development created by you!
  7. Free lunch!
  8. Make new friends and reconnect with old ones.
  9. Door prizes! Free tablet styluses (styli?) for the first 30 attendees.
  10. No travel or housing expense. Well, no expense at all!

Registration site is live!

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Sign up for JEDcamp today! Visit our EventBrite site to register!

JEDcamp Midwest a Success!

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Creating the sessions board
Creating the sessions board

The evaluations are starting to roll in and it appears that JEDcamp Midwest was a fabulous first step in what we hope will become an annual event. There’s that moment, when I plan an event, when people begin to arrive that I start to panic… “OMG… they’re really here…” Well, they registered, they came, they participated and they got something out of it!

Our last session of the day was pretty much an informal evaluation and a chance to generate some ideas for the next time. There was a good assortment of people at that session including Conservative and Orthodox day school teachers, Reform religious school principals, and JEDcamp committee members. We talked about how JEDcamp can connect the very distinct silos in Chicago and give us a chance to share with one another. We talked about potential venues that would appeal to the greatest number of people from every geographic area, all movements and teaching settings.


Some of the take aways were:

1. An hour was too long for some sessions, but we worried that if we only allocated thirty minutes, it wouldn’t have been long enough. A possible solution would be to have sessions start at both the hour and the half hour, but stagger the rooms so that if a session ran for more than thirty minutes it would be okay.


2. Start after lunch so religious school teachers could participate fully. My concern with that is that I  worry that, after they’ve taught all morning, religious school teachers will still bail at 2:00. We talked about finding a time in August before religious school begins, but those Sundays are precious to day school teachers. This is a tough one.

3. We tried to come up with some kind of track system where people could designate if the topic they’re posing is (a) a conversation they want to have or (b) a skill they want to share. We agreed that both are critical, but that we’d like to have a way to determine that.

Overall, though, the day was a success and we’re proud of what we accomplished.


Session schedule – what we ended up offering


Ready and waiting for sessions…

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We can’t wait for Sunday! This whiteboard will be magically transformed into a grid for sessions, name tags will be waiting, food will be delivered!


The session grid will be online starting at 9:00 am Sunday – check it out if you want to see what fascinating topics we’re exploring.

Brainstorm with us! JEDcamp is in two weeks!!

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So I was stalking look at some other EDcamp websites and I see that they use brainstorming docs to begin to generate the topics they’ll be covering. I created one and I’d love to see you add your thoughts to it! Please add topics you’re interested in discussing or things you’d like to learn. And be sure to add the topics in which you have some expertise!