Wednesday, October 10, 2012

If You Build It...

Some years ago as the grassroots "EdCamp" movement was just taking off, there was a lot of talk about a Special Education EdCamp.  In fact my Twitter friend Chris Vanek (@ChrisVacek) had one set to go a few years ago in Kansas City.  I was trying to get a busload of educators to make the road trip from Illinois.  Unfortunately one thing lead to another and the #spedcamp never came to pass.  This was beyond unfortunate.  In my humble opinion, this kind of open forum conference is essential in the Special Education arena. 

For a few years now I have been involved with the organization SET Connections.  This groups mission is to "promote an overall understanding of technology and its benefits and to then assist in utilizing technology to improve the field of education with an emphasis on special education."  A few years ago, I was asked to serve on the board and have since been suggesting we re-vitalize Chris' idea  and host an UnConference of our own.  

I am pleased to share with my readers that on November 3rd, 2012 SET Connections will be hosting a first of it's kind SPUnconference.  You can get all the details at http://setconnections.org.  This half day of learning will give attendees an opportunity to discuss education and technology in an open forum setting.  Registration is now open for the event and spots are filling quickly!.  I'm hoping that we will have a large turnout and I hope to see you there!
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