Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Fall Coach Edcamp to be hosted by Indiana Connected Educators

Save the Date! Wednesday, October 11th will be the next Coach Edcamp. The event will be held at Noblesville High School, Noblesville, IN as part of the ICE Conference pre-event.  As always, Coach Edcamp is free to all attendees.  Register now!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Hosting a Coach Edcamp

We want to give a shoutout to the Franklin Township team for their leadership yesterday! In particular, Mark Fuson and Nadine Gilkison, Technology Integration Specialists, went above and beyond in planning special additions to this spring's event including organizing the meet-up the night prior, securing a sponsor for morning refreshments, offering a hotel special, arranging Google Hangouts with members of the INeLearn network that couldn't be there in person, planning a networking scramble before lunch to get us all movin' movin' as Mark tweeted, and of course designing the Twitter challenge.

So what goes into hosting the event? First, you identify if you have the space to host at least 75 participants. You need to have the capacity for a whole group meeting space and several breakout spaces. Each space needs to have connectivity and the ability for participants to cast or project their devices for sharing as needed. A good host has worked closely with their tech department to make sure that the network for the day can handle the demand and that sites are accessible. You also want to make sure that there are charging stations to keep attendees powered up throughout the day. (Hosts do receive a small grant to assist with supplies and costs associated with tech or janitorial support.)

Once you can check off those logistics, you want to ask yourself, where can out of town guests stay? Where can everyone go for lunch? (We have hosts make a Google Map with options where groups can go for a meal and be served within 1 1/2 hours, which is what we normally schedule for lunch.) Do we have ample parking for all these people?  (We ask hosts to prepare a detailed map for attendees so that they know where to park and which door to enter). What security needs to we need to meet for out of district guests? (Host district policies vary and we want to make sure that guests know what is expected. Sometimes, you need your badge, driver's license, etc. to check in.)

If you're thinking, my district can manage all that, then talk to Michelle. We traditionally hold events in the central region so that no one is traveling extremes. Now that we sponsor two events annually, at least one can be in another region if we can continue to meet the average attendance of 70-75.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Coach Edcamp Spring Meeting Details

With less than two weeks until our next event, we wanted to make sure that everyone had the necessary details to share with their administration about attendance. This Google Doc covers the day's agenda and provides specific directions.

We will be building the session board the morning of the event, and we are currently collecting suggestions at https://goo.gl/forms/5c7jrz9whkTPDahs2 

For those who are traveling the night before, we shared a map of hotels in the area and details on a block of rooms (reservations need to be made by January 30th).

The coordinators of the event have arranged for a meet-up on Monday night. You can RSVP for this "no host" gathering when you register. They need to confirm group size on the first of February.

If you registered and your plans changed, or if you have questions, you can email Michelle at mgreen@doe.in.gov.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Need a hotel for the Spring Coach Edcamp?

Our hosts have put together this map of hotel options for attendees coming in from out of the area.

Additionally, there is a block of rooms reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn. Our group code is FTC17. Guests that need to book a room can enter that online or call the hotel and request that rate code. Rooms must be booked by January 30, 2017 in order to receive that rate.

Coach Meet-up at the Stacked Pickle on Monday, Feb. 6

Registration for the Tuesday, February 7 event is open. We have added to it an RSVP for a meet-up that will take place Monday night. The pre-event is on your own, but our hosts from Franklin Township have reserved a space from 6:30-8:00 pm EST (or longer) at the Stacked Pickle. Monday nights are $5 select burgers. The location address is 7040 McFarland Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46237 (right off Southport and I65 exit).

Our hosts need to provide the Stacked Pickle an attendee estimate by Feb 1st.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Update on the Spring Coach Edcamp

We will be opening registration after the New Year. In the meantime, we encourage you to add Coach Edcamp to your calendar! We are already taking a survey of coaches' needs in order to build a session grid the morning of the event. Completing the survey also puts you on our email list. We will send you an email once the registration opens. Coach Edcamps have limited space so it's important to register right away.

When: Tuesday, February 7, 2017  from 8:45 a.m. -3:30 p.m.
Where: Franklin Township Comunity School Corporation

Need to make hotel reservations? Our hosts have put together this map for you.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The fall Coach Edcamp is in the books! It was questionable if we were going to get a group photo, but we managed to capture the remaining eLearning Coaches and Curation Rockstars at the conclusion of our last session. We couldn't have an event like this without educators making the time to participate. 

Thanks to the Zionsville team for hosting us. They did a tremendous job ensuring we could find our way around their varied spaces and kept us connected throughout the day.

We appreciate Amazon Education for sponsoring refreshments and leading a packed session on Amazon Inspire for our Curation Rockstars.

Wish you could have been there today? You will have another opportunity February 7, 2017, when we reconvene for the spring Coach Edcamp at Franklin Township Community School Corporation.

Archive of Tweets from the day.