On Saturday, January 30, 2010, southwest Florida will play host to its first ever barcamp, and I have been given the unique opportunity and privilege to coordinate a parallel event for K-12 students – we’re calling it JuniorCamp. As far as we can tell, this may be the very first barcamp for kids held in the US (and maybe the world). (If you know of others, please let me know) So, we are traveling new territory here. Having never attended a barcamp myself, all I knew about them was what I read on the web and what I saw on video from other barcamps. Of course, with kids, we had the added layer of parental permissions and preparing kids to speak in public – many for the first time.
I decided to start with friends and colleagues whom I knew would be willing to try something completely new and take a risk. I asked my fellow school librarians to identify kids they thought would be willing to share how they are using technology for learning…anything related to technology that they wanted. Six of my colleagues took the challenge and suddenly we had 40 kids signed up to present at JuniorCamp SWFL.
This Saturday they will gather at Edison State College to make history, to share with each other – and any adults that pop in – what they can do with technology, what tricks and tips they know about programming, hardware, software, blogging, creating digital content, doing research and more. I am excited about the event and the opportunity for these students to share and shine.
I’ll let you know how it goes…in the mean-time, wish us all luck!
Deb, I am very much looking forward meeting you.
JuniorCamps is a phenomenal idea and it sounds like an awful lot of work! The outcome can only be wonderful for the kids.
Let me know what I can to afterwards to spread the word on best practise and tools you used.
BTW: Click here for the adults Barcamp SWFL’s web site January 30, 2010 9am to 4pm at Edison State College, Ft. Myers campus.
Thanks Birgit – looking forward to meeting you too!
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