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Participant driven professional development that is collaborative rather than competitive,
promotes sharing of best practices: grass-roots innovation, teacher to teacher, educator to educator, student to student, parent to parent, one to another, one to each other, inclusive rather than exclusive, and with everyone joined in a common endeavour. All of this can be enhanced through the use of technology, leveraged for maximum engagement across time, distance and space (but not the most critical element)..
There are those who say that education will only get better if teachers get better. The way to do that, across the globe, is for those of us whose minds, hearts, and souls are thusly engaged, is to share, and to care... The rest will take care of itself if we do this one thing: share & care... There will be no obstacle that is capable of resisting the force of millions, no billions of people, who have determined that in the end, changing the status quo is within our will to effect it, one by one and two by two, relentlessly.
That is the grass-roots power of EdCamps all over the world... Be the change you want to see in education, and it will be so, sooner rather than later...