GPS will host Edcam GigCity on Saturday, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Billed as Chattanooga’s UNconference for Educators, Edcamp offers area teachers a unique opportunity to join colleagues from across the area for a day of professional development.
Traditional conferences typically take months to coordinate and cost hundreds of dollars of limited funds to attend. Edcamp is refreshingly fluid and completely free. Organized locally, Edcamp GigCity’s agenda is created by teachers and for teachers, with participants determining their own agenda upon arrival.
The event is free and open to all. Edcamps never charge a fee, and are open to educators of all levels and subjects.
- Edcamps allow participants to collaboratively determine session topics the day of the event.
- Edcamps encourage participants to facilitate sessions by sharing experiences; conversations not planned presentations.
- Edcamps suggest participants find sessions that meet their needs to maximize learning. Session not interesting? Feel free to leave and find another.
Daniel Millbank, director of IT at GPS, is on the organizing committee for the annual conference. He said, “The goal of GigCity Edcamp is to bring local educators together to share ideas with their colleagues and to participate in customized learning,” he says. “The free event will focus on offering practical, timely, professional enrichment to community teachers and educators from across Hamilton County, southeast Tennessee, and North Georgia.”
Built on principles of connected and participatory learning, Edcamp strives to bring teachers together to talk about the things that matter most to them: their interests, passions, and questions.
Generous community sponsors are even providing donuts and lunch as well as items to be raffled off at the close of the conference such as tech equipment, classes, and books. Girls Preparatory School is making space available across its campus for multiple sessions to be offered throughout the day.
To register to attend, educators should go to EdCampGigCity.com.