#Edcamp Santiago: “Las Entradas ya se Agotaron” – ¡Nos Vemos en Enero!!

Edcamp Santiago is, “sold out”. All of our available tickets have been taken. The final total is two-hundred and twenty (220).

Through the service provided by our sponsor, Eventbis, we have a dynamic system capable of instantly sending tickets to participants after they register.

Also, the Eventbis system provides us with the information we need in order to have a fast, efficient check-in on the day of Edcamp Santiago:

Saturday, January 14, 2012, at Universidad Mayor, Av. Manuel Mont 367, (Metro Manuel Montt).

What’s more, the Eventbis system provides us with the information we need in order to send a Certificate of Attendance to everyone who attends the whole day of Edcamp Santiago.

What awaits the participants of Edcamp Santiago?

Quite simply: A grand day, unforgettable, a unique professional development experience.

Participants will receive gifts and raffle prizes from our generous sponsors.

Participants will network with educators from all over Chile.

Participants will network with

international educators from Edcamp Delta, Delta Secondary School, located in Ladner, British Columbia (near Vancouver) Canada.

Participants will share their best practices with one another, learn from one another, network with one another, and establish undoubtedly lasting personal and professional contacts that extend well into the future.

As you can see, Edcamp Santiago is going to be very special.

You can not afford to miss this golden professional development opportunity. Everyone who attends will benefit personally and professionally, in a number of ways…

The day begins with participant registration at 9:00 am. If you arrive before 9:30 am, you will participate in the “Early Bird Raffle“. This is a reward for rising early to be with us! We can’t wait to greet you and meet you!

At 9:30 we begin our “Getting to Know You” activity, lasting until 9:50.

At 9:50 we will begin our official welcome by saying a word of thanks to our venue hosts, Universidad Mayor.

We are extremely fortunate to have been embraced by an outstanding university. Universidad Mayor has the honor and the distinction of becoming the very first university in Chile and the whole of Latin America to have obtained accreditation from the demanding Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

This is quite obviously a sign of the visionary leadership team at University Mayor placing a tremendous emphasis on quality. The international accreditation is the results of their efforts to achieve a high standard of quality. Again, this is a major achievement that we recognize by saying simply, “¡Un Logro Mayor para Chile”!

Next, we say a few words of thanks to our generous sponsors, without whom, the success of Edcamp Santiago would be in doubt. Our sponsors have given us all of their support, each one according to their means, and we are most grateful for their contributions.

To finish the welcome, we will thank our volunteers who have given their time and energy freely to make Edcamp Santiago a reality. Our simple words of thanks can never adequately cover the immensity of the work they have done to make this day what it is, a great day of learning for everyone.

Following that, we will begin filling in the program for the day, what’s known in Edcamp Lingo as, “Building the Schedule”.

That’s the moment when you let us know what you want to discuss, what you want to share with your colleagues. Again, everyone can be a presenter, so feel free to come forward.

There are 220 of us, but one way or another, if you want to share your knowledge, we will find a way for you to do so. We are interested in what you are passionate about. We have 8 rooms assigned to us, so we believe there is room for you to share, to collaborate, to cooperate.

Everyone, from the most experienced teacher to the youngest pedagogy student, is invited to share something that you are passionate about, something that you want to know more about, something that you know will benefit us in our practice as present and future educators.

After lunch, then comes the highlight of the day, the Round Table. Our topic is, “Successes and Challenges of Education“. Our moderator will be Ms. Leslie Lara Bustamante, from San Felipe, Chile.

Here is a short bio for Leslie:

Education:
California State University San Marcos
Universidad de Playa Ancha de Ciencias de la Educación

Current Employment:
Teacher of English at Liceo Bicentenario Cordillera
San Felipe, Chile.

Experience:

- Developed units and themes from the Chilean cross-curricular programs to elemntary and secondary levels.
- Included grouping, multiple intelligences, learning styles and four skill integration techniques into her teaching.
- Contextualized elementary classes to level three of learning progrss maps.
- Prepared junior high students to take the SIMCE test.
- Represented the school in Taller Comunales DAEM San Felipe.
- Participated actively in the analysis and purchase of an English Lab for the school.
- Presented evidence from the succesful use of portfolios with her junior high class at TESOL Chile.
- Participated in applying for a native volunteer for the school in 2012.
- Created plans, programs and materials for the English Workshop for students of 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade.
- Applied ICTs throgh interactive boards activote, prezi and group stations.

As you can see, Leslie is a young, dynamic teacher who is highly gifted, dedicated and motivated to her profession. It is an honor for us to have her as Moderator for our Round Table.

The participants will be chosen at random, by a drawing. the idea is to share our personal thoughts, reflections, opinions, drawing on our own experiences, hopes, dreams, and aspirations. We will receive questions from Edcamp Delta, as our Canadian colleagues will be eager to find out more about our Chilean reality.

We will do that for one hour after lunch, then take a fifteen minute break. Next, the educators, parents, and students from Canada will repeat the process, this time giving their view of the “Successes and Challenges of Education” from the Canadian perspective.

In this process, we will receive support from Microsoft Canada, who most generously, is providing the technology for our live session with our Canadian colleagues.

To give you some idea of what we are doing, it’s important to know that Chile is a full 5 hours ahead of Canada! So when we begin after lunch, at 2 o’clock, it will be 9 am in Canada.

To finish the day, we will raffle off the great prizes we have been given by our sponsors. Obviously, to win, you have to be present.

To finish, we are “Sold Out”. Remember to bring your ticket with you (download it and print it). That’s how we have a super fast registration in the morning. After that, get ready for an absolutely incredible day of learning.

See you in January!

Signed,

Organizing Committee
Edcamp Santiago 2012
¡Feliz Navidad, Próspero Año y Felicidad!

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About profesorbaker

Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He is the Coordinator of the English Department at Colegio Internacional SEK in Santiago, Chile. He is the Co-Founder and Co-Organiser of EdCamp Santiago 2012 & Edcamp Chile 2013, free, participant-driven, democratic, conversation based professional development for teachers, by teachers. EdCamp Santiago 2012 was held at Universidad Mayor in Santiago. Edcamp Chile 2013 was held at Universidad UCINF. Thomas is also a member of the Advisory Board for the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL), where he also serves as a reviewer and as the HETL Ambassador for Chile. Thomas enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. Thus far, he has written the following genres: romance, historical fiction, autobiographical, sports history/biography, and English Language Teaching. He has published a total of sixty one (61) books, all available on Amazon http://amzn.to/Qxmoec . The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family, his wife Gabriela, and his son, Thomas Jerome Baker, Jr.
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