edcampPGH is back, a day designed to fire up educators and spark new, out-of-the-box thinking in education.


As a leader in the Remake Learning Initiative, Pittsburgh is driving classroom innovation and taking education to new levels.


edcampPGH provides an opportunity to do just that, bringing educators together to break new ground by allowing new ideas to evolve. Students are also invited to share their creative talents and knock around new ideas during the day, says Lisa Abel-Palmieri, director of Technology and Innovation at the Ellis School.


The agenda is unique in that it is set by those in attendance. Teachers are encouraged to engage with one another through open-ended exercises and idea boards. The “law of two feet” is in effect, which basically means that if you don’t like what’s going on in one room, you can get up and go to another.


“You arrive in the morning not knowing what to expect,” explains Abel-Palmieri. “People can come for any part of the day.”


The morning session will feature an Ignite Talk by Michele King of the Environmental Charter School and a former Mt. Lebanon school teacher.  She will speak to the Remake Learning initiative in Pittsburgh.


A movie screening will be held in the afternoon, “If you Build It” about how remaking learning is changing communities through design thinking.


This marks the second edcamp in Pittsburgh. It will be held this Saturday, April 5th from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Ellis School in Shadyside.  Attendance is free. Teachers and students are encouraged and invited to attend.


Edcamp originated in Philadelphia in 2010 and has since spread to cities across the country. The Pittsburgh day is sponsored by the Sprout Fund, Ellis School Smart Solutions Technologies and PAECT Southwest Region.

Deb Smit

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