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Thanks for a great day!

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What a tremendous day of learning! It was great to have so many diverse voices and perspectives at this year’s inaugural Edcamp Michiana. We hope you’ll agree that the day was a productive one and that devoting a precious Saturday morning during the school year was a wise choice.

Sure it wasn’t perfect, we learned some things on this first time effort that we will make better for next year’s Edcamp Michiana, but overall we’re pleased with how it went.  Thanks to all of the attendees who took the time to fill out the feedback survey, we appreciate it.

We haven’t decided on a date for next year yet. There are three straight ND home games in September for 2016. The September 3rd date seems too early in the school year and October 1st seems too late to hold an Edcamp. Hmmmmm…

Thanks to all of our sponsors, including TechSmith, Fablevision, Sphero, Woot Math, Corwin Press, Ditch That Textbook, Krispy Kreme, and School City of Mishawaka! We couldn’t have done it without you!

Until next year, reach out to us on Twitter @edcampmichiana or email to

See you soon!


A Week (ish) to go!

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We’re only about a week away for Edcamp Michiana! Goodie bags are being stuffed, name badges put together, and shopping carts are being filled with snacks and treats to help keep the ideas flowing on the morning of September 12th.

Registration and a continental breakfast will be available starting at 8:30am.

We’ll start to build the session board and begin the program at 9am. Enjoy your breakfast, coffee, and donuts/bagel while we share some inspirational messages, hand out some door prizes and get ready for our virtual keynote speaker, NYT Bestselling Author, Peter H. Reynolds at about 9:20am. Find out more about Peter and his inspirational message & We’ll be giving away (5) copies of Peter and Fablevision’s “The Dot Interactive Edition) in celebration of International Dot Day on September 16th. Sign-up here


Session I will begin at 9:40

Make sure to ‘like’ and keep checking in on our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter (@edcampMichiana) or email us directly at

See you soon! We can’t wait to learn with you!

Early Birds Get the Best Donuts!

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Thanks to supporting sponsor Krispy Kreme Edcamp Michiana will have a great selection of donuts and other continental breakfast items available during morning registration! Coffee, juice, and water will also be available throughout the morning as well.

Registration starts at 8:30am. Please register so that you are eligible for door prizes and so that we can email attendees their PGP certificates.

830a-9am Registration & Breakfast

900a-920 – Session Board Creation & Learning Kickoff

920am – Virtual Keynote by Special Guest Peter H. Reynolds

940-1030 Session I

1040-1125 Session II

11:25-11:40 Refuel Break

11:40-12:30p Session III

12:40-1pm Toolkit Smackdown and Door Prizes

12:40-1pm Final Door Prizes and Teacher Toolkit Smackdown!

1pm – Countdown to Edcamp Michiana 2016!!

Special Guest Peter H. Reynolds Keynote Announcement!

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We are extremely pleased to announce that creativity champion, Peter H. Reynolds, a NY Times best-selling author/illustrator and founder of FableVision, an award-winning educational multi-media company co-located at the Boston Children’s Museum will be kicking off our day of learning!

Peter will be delivering a brief ‘virtual keynote’ from Dedham, MA, where he founded The Blue Bunny,  a family-owned and operated children’s book, toy, creativity store. Published in over 25 languages, Peter’s books The Dot, Ish, Rose’s Garden, I’m Here, So Few of Me, The North Star and Sky Color inspire children and “grown up children” with his messages about authentic learning, creativity, bravery, empathy, and courageous self-expression.

Peter will almost certainly talk a little about International Dot Day that is just a few days after this year’s Edcamp on September 15th. Learn more this wonderful worldwide event and sign-up here.

From Peter:

“I am optimistic about a future where all children are encouraged to navigate their true potential. We have to be creative in the ways we reach all learners — to help them find their voice, be brave about expressing it, and be inspired to use their gifts to ‘make their mark.’”

Peter and his twin brother Paul, launched the Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning, and Creativity (TLC). The center is a not-for-profit organization that encourages creativity and innovation in teaching and learning. It is dedicated to ensuring that all learners develop the vision, confidence, knowledge and skills needed to move their own lives forward, and to use their talents, strengths and energy to move their communities and the world to a better place. “They are both special people” says Edcamp Michiana Founder and Organizer, Eric Johnson, and “we’re extremely fortunate to hear from Peter to kickoff our morning, adding “it will be extraordinary.”

One of our favorite films from Peter, “Keepers of the Flame”

Keepers of the Flame from FableVision on Vimeo.

We’re grateful to “connect the dots” with Peter and for his graciousness in sharing time with our version of the un-conference, Edcamp Michiana. Join us.

Register for the event here Edcamp Michiana

More about Peter and Paul

Peter’s latest film:  The Testing Camera:
Peter’s personal website:
Peter’s studio website:
Peter’s learning company website:
Peter’s book and toy store:
Peter’s not for profit center:  The Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning and Creativity:
Some of Peter’s featured animations:
Above and Beyond
Going Places Trailer, written by Paul Reynolds, Peter’s twin brother:  based upon Above and Beyond
The Fable Library
The Dot Club:  Celebrate International Dot Day: 
The Dot and Ish Guide  (attached)
Sky Color Guide:
The Museum Guide: