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FIT Showcase - Community Unconferences / EdCamp / FITCamp


(no particular order below)

  • To showcase FIT student work and learning strategies to the larger community - among schools and students in the community.
  • To create awareness of the FIT program, increase visibility and communicate success
  • To increase involvement and participation and engage the growing circle of FIT stakeholders
    - learners, parents, teachers, educational technologists/technology mentors, employers, ministries of education (and related departments), schools, school admin, politicians, community economic development, associations, and education NGOs
  • To inform and attract new schools to offer the FIT program; reduce time to adoption
  • To instill a sense of pride (individual, school and community) and accomplishment and involvement for FIT students
  • To provide greater opportunities for recognition of the FIT path and credentials
  • To strengthen and promote the FIT community - online and in-person
  • To support the sustainability of the FIT program
  • To establish and maintain relationships with (community) sponsors
  • To connect with FIT Alumni
  • To have a different 'experience' outside of the classroom


  • 2 hours; 1/2 day; 1 day
  • structured content / presentations
  • (keynote speech; shared projects, showcase projects provincially (interactivity amongst sites,), etc.)
  • unstructured content / presentations - unconference / EdCamps
  • virtual open conference where students present their learning; including Twitter backchannel; event located at one school and then streamed wherever; accessible from anywhere
  • Different tracks, topics
  • Girls & IT; Networking; Apps, Graphics & Multimedia - aligned to FIT competencies and concentrations
  • Leverage FIT community (online) for planning tools and resources
  • Annual, bi-annual event?


  • Venue Info; (Comment.gif: Ottawa info: The curling rink Sportplex cost $3500 for 2 days. The same size space at the RA Centre was only $2400 for 2 days.)
  • If possible, secure a venue as a form of sponsorship (free); develop a list of 'must haves' for the venue; find out about venue insurance and catering options


  • 21st century learning and Apple's Challenge Based learning as part of them all they have a culminating activity component that celebrates the project. These would be 2 guides to use.
  • STEM Expos
  • more details here...


  • what does it cost to put on this type of event?
  • major costs (itemize) - venue, equipment rental, food, accommodation/billeting, transpo, web streaming?
  • Financing an Unconference


  • Leverage ICTCs national sponsors (including Cisco, Google) to draw in community and regional sponsors.


  • expo component (maybe)
  • career awareness
  • involvement of school education technologists / technology mentors?
  • matching seed funding?
  • pre-, post dinner (fundraising, recognition)?
  • Education Technology Associations in Canada - Due Diligence
  • Tired of PD: Try an Edcamp, Harvard Education Letter
  • Laura Wheeler, OCDSB
  • Innovative Learning Fund, NB (JOT); FIT Learning Fund (application process - FIT schools - up to $1,000 to do a project, software; profile, leverage and marketing -
  • Aviva Community Fund? - (grants for community schools to do neat projects); qualifying rounds to crowdsourcing votes - one component of getting funds, is votes; and judged by board (see the number of hits and brand recognition, to see this is getting; incredible promotion opportunities...people sharing, and leveraging social media; school intercom
  • what are the potential tie-ins to the FIT competencies - including General and Business Concentrations
  • Entrepreneurship, Business and Communications (NB)

Links & Resources

Throughout the conference we are trying out a few new ideas. These include

Unconferences & EdCamps


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  • Collaboration events
  • IPNs - sponsorship
  • Media relations