Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Announcing Our First Library 2.020 Mini-Conference: "Wholehearted Libraries"

We're excited to announce our first Library 2.020 mini-conference: "Wholehearted Libraries," which will be held online (and for free) on Tuesday, March 10th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Standard Time (click for your own time zone).

We should bring our hearts to work, and qualities such as open-mindedness, emotional intelligence, and reflective action are all part of this process. Services steeped in humanism, compassion, and understanding should be the cornerstone of what we do, and why we do it, for all members of our communities, including the underserved. Not only do libraries need high tech, they also need staff who approach their work with a wholehearted attitude.

This mini-conference will explore the human side of 21st-Century information work. We will define what soft skills are, how and when to use various soft skills, types of training that can improve soft skills, and how to share emotionally engaging stories. Learn what libraries are doing now to extend services, create welcoming spaces, and engage users with soft skills such as compassion, empathy, creativity, curiosity, and finding balance. Sessions will focus on how we can nurture a positive mindset in our employees, use the power of stories to promote understanding, and extend our reach into our global communities. Soft skills are heart skills.

This event is being organized in partnership with iSchool Associate Professor Michael Stephens.

This is a free event, being held live online and also recorded.
to attend live and/or to receive the recording links afterward.
Please also join the Library 2.0 network to be kept updated on this and future events. 

We invite all library professionals, employers, LIS students, and educators to participate in this event. The call for proposals is now open at https://www.library20.com/page/call-for-proposals.

Participants are encouraged to use #library2020 and #wholeheartedlibraries on their social media posts leading up to and during the event.


Michael Stephens
Associate Professor in the School of Information at San Jose State University

Dr. Michael Stephens is Associate Professor in the School of Information at San Jose State University. He has delivered keynotes, papers, and workshops throughout the US and internationally on topics related to creative and open uses of technology to support and drive library services and learning. ALA Editions has published two collections of his writings: The Heart of Librarianship: Attentive, Positive, and Purposeful Change (2016) and Wholehearted Librarianship: Finding Hope, Inspiration, and Balance (2019). Michael resides in Traverse City, Michigan.

The School of Information at San José State University is the founding conference sponsor. Please register as a member of the Library 2.0 network to be kept informed of future events. Recordings from previous years are available under the Archives tab at Library 2.0 and at the Library 2.0 YouTube channel.

Thursday, December 05, 2019

Plato's Cave, The Emperor's New Clothes, and Schooling as an Institution

I was invited to submit to speak at a TEDx event about the "learning revolution." Here were the responses I gave to their questions. I've been laughing out loud, honestly, wondering what their response to my rebellious ideas will be!

1.     In a sentence or few brief paragraphs please write your BIG IDEA concept and share why you feel this BID IDEA is helpful and meaningful. What the committee is looking for is a clearly focused idea and a powerful “aHa” or “wow” experience that engages the audience and can make a positive difference. 

My current project is "GameofSchool.com." Basically, the elephant in the room in high school education is that school is a game, and the best students know this and play school like a game... but the students who are not succeeding don't think it's a game--they think (and we let them think) that they aren't the "smart ones." So what our schools do best (our schools which we say exist to help every student reach their potential) is to teach most students that they are not good learners.

This is actually a fascinatingly deep and important topic, because we come to discover that schooling isn't the only institution that says it does one thing while actually doing the opposite. The advent of modern public schooling coincides with the rise of propaganda and psychological marketing, and we've become incredibly used to seeing that what institutions advertise they do is not what's really going on: the pharmaceutical, food, banking, political institutions in our lives are driven by financial interests that are often at odds with their marketed images. And in the age of the Internet, we now have a whole generation that accurately distrusts those institutions--but are often lost without a good alternative model or framework.

For me, that framework is individual agency: understanding that schools exist for students, not the other way around. And teaching kids how the game works, and how to become the drivers of their own learning, is what my project is about. A longer essay on this is at https://www.stevehargadon.com/2019/09/the-game-of-school.html.

2. What makes you a leader in the learning revolution?

Besides owning the learningrevolution.com domain name? Here's my bio: https://www.stevehargadon.com/p/about-me.html.

I've watched for decades cycle after cycle of education reform movements, and the promises of change from each successively new technologies, all kinds of well-meaning people thinking that this large-scale system will just magically turn the corner and fulfill the lofty promises of public schooling. The more I have understood what's really going on in education, honestly, the less of a visible leader I have been in the field. I mean, people still know me, but I've stopped seeking that image. Every day there's some new "leader" riding some new innovation that is going to "revolutionize education." You see enough of these and you realize that something is wrong.

Imagine any other large-scale institution (pharmaceutical, food, banking): actual truths that break existing narratives create an uncomfortable confusion, as so many people depend so deeply on things working they way that they currently do. It's not malicious, it's human nature. People have spent years in school, have personal and financial responsibilities, are doing good things in their communities--if you discover or uncover something that makes much of what they do irrelevant and that doesn't financially benefit them or their company, and you might as well be speaking another language.

The emperor and his retinue continued on after the small boy saw through the charade--they had to. Were they going to just stop and admit they'd all been duped, and lose their privilege? Upton Sinclair said, “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.” Modern public schooling is a disaster by any human measure. I have talked to individual after individual who will actually begin to cry when I ask about their school experiences. They are not the managers and presidents of companies--they are the servers and laborer and "regular people" of the world. The wounds that come from (often arbitrarily) segregating people into good and bad learners, from sorting the successful from the herd, are deep. Play any random game of chance and see if you don't still feel good after winning, even if it's totally unrelated to skill. The culture we've created with schooling has allowed many of us to feel OK about our positions of privilege, to no longer really believe in the value of the common man or woman, and to look away when millions are killed in overseas engagements that have nothing to do with making the world safe for democracy.

As I've looked at revolutionary changes in thinking that have taken place (Jesus, Gandhi, MLK), those changes came from brave individuals speaking the truth. A different kind of leadership. But like the slave in Plato's Cave discovers when coming back to free his fellow slaves after discovering the narrative illusion they had been living in, the emotional and hypnotic bonds we live in can make it really hard those around us to be willing to see through the illusion.

3. Please provide any additional materials (websites, video links, etc. you would like the committee to consider and review).

I ran an interview series (futureofeducation.com) with over 400 interviews that helped to develop my thinking over time. I wrote a report on technology in education that basically said we should use an "Amish Test" for determining first what we really care about, then measuring technology use in education against our actual goals (turns out that's NOT what most schools do) at modernlearning.com. My large online conferences have "democratized" professional development for educator and librarians (library20.com, globaleducationconference.org), and my original Classroom 2.0 network (classroom20.com) was, in it's day, seen as an incredible shift in the ability for teachers to connect with each other--although now pales in comparison with the effects of Facebook and Twitter.



Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The 2019 Global Education Conference - Full List of 130 Sessions and 10 Keynotes!

The ninth annual Global Education Conference starts this coming Monday! This is an amazing and free online event that brings together educators and innovators from around the world. We currently have 10 keynotes and 130 regular sessions scheduled over the course of three days. LOTS of information below!

The conference is being held Monday, November 18 - Wednesday, November 20, 2019 (November 21 in some time zones). The entire virtual conference is held online.

Registration (free) is required.
Click here to register to attend the conference live

or to have access to the conference recordings afterwards.

The Global Education Conference is a collaborative, inclusive, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. It is designed to significantly increase opportunities for building education-related connections around the globe while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity. Join 28,000 members from 180 countries in our online community network.

1. Currently accepted regular sessions with links to their descriptions are immediately below.
2. Keynote speaker information follows the session information.
3. We're looking for volunteer moderators. The hidden treasure of the Global Education Conference is volunteering--you will love it! Go to https://www.globaleducationconference.org/group/gecvolunteers.
4. There is still time to be a partner/sponsor. Email steve@learningrevolution.com.

You will receive the conference program and schedule upon registering.

#TechGirlsChallenge: Spreading the Internet Health Movement, Kim Wilkens, founder + K-8 CS coordinator, Tech-Girls + St. Anne's-Belfield School

21st Century Leaders: Educating students to change the world, Heidi Gibson, Director, Global Schools First, Childhood Education International | Co-Presenter Name(s): Amanda Stamp, Administrator of Global Programs

A Bridge to Global Competence in Intermediate Italian Courses, Margherita Berti, PhD Student, University of Arizona | Borbala Gaspar, PhD Candidate

A Different Kind of One-2-One: Global Mindsets and Service Learning, Angie Taylor, Head of School, Julie Baker

A Global Competencies Matrix + C3 + SDGs + PBL = A Formula for Success in Middle School Social Studies Classrooms, Guy Hamlin, Middle School Teacher and #TeachSDGs Ambassador, Troy Howard Middle School

A Global Language for Global Education, Penny Vos, Teacher, Author, Project Manager and Comms Specialist, Rotary Australia World Community Service

A Guided Tour of the Global Education Conference Network, Lucy Gray, Co-Founder, the Global Education Conference Network

A Guided Tour of the Global Education Conference Network, Lucy Gray, Co-Founder, the Global Education Conference Network

A Multimedia Learning Cycle Model in Education for Sustainable Development, All Share Humanity And Peace ASHAP Academy, Hussein ZANATY/PhD., Institute of Advanced Studies in Artificial Interagency- Chukyo University

A Usable Past: Teaching World History to Nurture Global Citizenship and Cultural Responsive Pedagogy, Craig Perrier, Curriculum and Instruction Specialist, Adjunct, Fairfax County Public Schools, Framingham State University

A Whole Word Reading is a pragmatic shift from Phonetic method of teaching reading to babies in the 21st Century Education system., Ozelle Stephen, Rev/Director of Education, Miridians Elementary School, Centre of Enabling Support Foundation, Uganda

Access to Quality education Opportunities, Good Health + Well-being for all., Baluku Hannington Gift, Vice Chairperson, Masindi Health Development Program (MHDP) | Dr. Baluku Daniel Masindi, Executive Director

Age and language acquisition: the myth of ‘the earlier the better’ and lessons from Vietnam, June Tran, RMIT University

Answering tough questions: an educator’s discussion on critical issues in achieving global education goals, Daphne Magna, Global Thinker, Culture + Communications Specialist, Glendon, York University / Professional Passport / BPTN

Authentic Inclusion and Cross-cultural Partnerships in the Globalized Classroom, Ching-Ching Lin, Ed.D., TESOL Instructor and Practicum Supervisor at Touro College, Founder and Managing Director at Virtual Exchange 4 Change | Cristina Zaccarini, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Co-Director of Asian Studies, Adelphi University | Jan Dormer, Ph.D., Messiah College | Chesla Ann Lenkaitis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Binghamton University, SUNY | Shannon Hilliker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Binghamton University, SUNY

Balance of the Planet K-12, Kim Flintoff, Curtin University

Better Partnership In Learning and and Working Globally By Aligning Foreign Exchange Student Programmes to the Sustainable Development Goals ( SDG ), VERONICA WOO EU CHENG, TESL TEACHER-CUM-ICT COORDINATOR, SMJK POI LAM (SECONDARY SCHOOL)

Bringing the Maijuna to Millbrook: How Global Citizenship Inspires Local Stewardship, Ava Goodale, Science Department Chair, Millbrook School

Building connection and inspiring action around the Sustainable Development Goals, Kimm Murfitt, Education Strategist, Participate Inc.

CEFR, Plurilingualism and Pluriculturalism Win-Win Situation, Mrs. Maha Hassan, Teaching ESL Hub

Chemistry Content and Modeling to Teach Climate Change and ACTION, Ashley Shunk- Biology and Chemistry Teacher, Alison Bixby Stone School

Citizen Science-Led Open Data Innovation Through NASA Programs, David Lockett, STEM Teacher, Bok Academy | Denise Wright, STEM Teacher, Ocean Bay Middle School

Class of 2030: We're here, so what are you waiting for?, Dr. Beate W. Nguyen, Principal + Global Scholar-Practitioner, Archdiocese of Los Angeles/St. Augustine School

Classroom Tactics and Strategies and Children's Museum of Art, James Kioko, Neema Educational Centre - Nairobi, Kenya, Enabling Support Foundation

Co-creating Open Educational Resources to foster deeper learning and global reach, Dr. William Ju, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, University of Toronto

Comics Uniting Nations: Using sequential art to further GTE + CTE with SDG instruction, Jeff Barbanell, M.Ed., Director/Treasurer, Reading With Pictures (nonprofit)

Community Mapping with Students: Think Global, Act Local, Kyle Wagner, Innovative Learning and PBL Specialist, Transform Education | Evelyn McCulloch

Connecting Educators to Share our Skillsets, Michael Sinclair – Co-founder, Connected Educator Appreciation Day | Co-founders, Vlatka Butkovic and Tim McDonald

Connecting Pre-service Teachers for Co-operative and Collaborative Learning through A Blend of Web Tools and Offline Tools, Vinod Kumar Kanvaria, Assistant Professor, University of Delhi

Crash Test World: Empowering Emerging Global Citizens, Katie Bielecki, Inspired Educator, Content and Curriculum Creator, Project Explorer, Crash Test World

Crash Test World: How can we create peaceful communities?, Kristin Hundt, Teacher. Learner. Global Citizen. Content and Curriculum Creator, Project Explorer

Creating OER-s and Interactive STEM Applications in Mathematics Higher Education, Lucie Mingla Math Educator, New York City College of Technology, CUNY

Cross-cultural alignments, fertilization, differentiation: Bridging the gaps through technology, Melda N. Yildiz, Associate Professor, EDU Summit

Cultivating Problem-Solving Students with SolutionsU Online Resources, Paul Niebrzydowski, PhD, Solutions Journalism Network Story Fellow, Solutions Journalism Network (SJN)

Discovering Personal Identity as the Core of Global Education, Howard Blumenthal, Senior Scholar, University of Pennsylvania

Diving into Digital Education, Rachael Bell-Irving, Digital Outreach Coordinator, Ocean Wise

Early Reading Education 21 and Healthcare Promotion measures in Ntoroko District, Western Uganda., Dr. Baluku Daniel Masindi, CEO Masindi Health Development Program (MHDP) | Baluku Hannington Gift, Vice Chairperson (MHDP)

Earth as an exoplanet, or the benefits of space science perspective for young students, Julia Brodsky, Art of Inquiry LLC

Education 21. Education for the 21st Century, Robert Zenhausern, The Enabling Support Foundation

Educational Leadership Towards Global Competence in Our Schools, Dr. Ann Gaudino, Millersville University | Erikka Bishop, Josh Burkhart, Sonja Fasen, Elise Graybill, Mary Humphries, Jill Ranck

Empowering Kids to Make Global and Local Impact, Allyson Thomas, School Engagement Specialist, UNICEF Kid Power (UNICEF USA) | Courtney Allen Weinstein | Melissa Taing

Establishing and Maintaining a Strong Global School Partnership and Exchange Program, Thomas Kennelly, Boston Latin School

Family Sabbatical Panel, Steve Hargadon, Co-Chair, Global Education Conference

Favourite tools for Global Education, Anne Mirtschin, ICT Teacher, Australia. Hawkesdale P12 College

Gap Year Panel Discussion, Steve Hargadon, Co-Chair, Global Education Conference

Getting Started with Global Learning in Out-of-School Time (OST) Programs, Heather Loewecke, Assistant Director, Global Learning Beyond School, Center for Global Education at Asia Society

Global Challenges integrated into a MATH Curriculum, Larry Musolino, Penn State University

Global Collaboration in the K-12 Classroom: How Virtual Exchange Can Mobilize Educators and Youth to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, Rachel Manley, Professional Development Manager, iEARN-USA

Global Competence Strengthens California's Education Goals, Emily M. Schell, Ed.D., Executive Director, California Global Education Project (San Diego State University)

Global Connections Through Comics + Graphic Novels, Dr. Cathy Leogrande, Le Moyne College

Global Connections Through Social Media, Jon Markowich, Instruction and Technology Facilitator, Pan American Academy Charter School

Global Education and Collaboration, Amy Jambor - Teacher + Global Collaborator, DeForest Area High School

Global EdVentures: Building Global Classrooms, Dr. Jesse Fidelio

Global Environmental Mindfulness Experience, Roxann Riskin, M.S.Ed., MCP Instructional Learning Experience Designer and Mindfulness Educator

Global Information Literacy Panel, Steve Hargadon, Co-Chair, Global Education Conference

Global Outlook - STEAM up the STEM skills for Global Collaboration, Kavita Sanghvi, Principal, C.N.M. School + N.D. Parekh Pre -primary School

Global Scholars Diploma at the HS Level, Brittany Harrison, Director of Global Education, Fountain Valley School of Colorado | Toni Olivieri-Barton

Global Teacher Garden, Sebastian Panakal, Skype Master Teacher, GeoGebra Institute of eSchool Kerala | Antony Wilfred, Madhubala Madhavan, Antu Mulavarickal, Hello Little World Skypers

GlobalEdTech2019: Educational Technologists Global Meet-Up - Explorations for Collaboration, David L Stoloff, Professor, Education Department, Eastern Connecticut State University

Graphic Novels, Comics in STEM Education, Maria Cieslak, Language Specialist, Walden University | Melda N Yildiz, Associate Professor, New York Institute of Technology | Aileen Chai | Eduardo Rivera

Hej! Swedish School Librarians, Dr. Lesley Farmer, Professor of Library Media, California State University Long Beach

High Functioning Autism in the General Education Classroom, Sara Westhead, Librarian/ELA Teacher, Vice-President of BASE, Whitney Institute Middle School; Bermuda Autism Support + Education (BASE)

Highlighting the participatory culture of continuous professional development through self-sustaining professional learning networks, Hanaa Khamis, NileTESOL PD Committee Chair and Learning Technologies Special Interest Group (LTSIG) Co-coordinator | Vance Stevens, Coordinator of EVO (Electronic Village Online) and founder/coordinator of Learning2gether.net

How Do We Educate 21st Century Transdisciplinary Knowledge Producers?, Dr. Faye Miller, University of Canberra/Human Constellation - Digital Research Consultancy

How Online Tutoring Programs have Developed Global Citizens, Kasey Beck, President, Invictus Institute

HOW TO COMBINE MEDIA ARTS AND EXCHANGES IN GLOBAL LEARNING., Christine Kerubo, Mathare Youth Film Festival (MYFF) | Eckardt Kreye | Olivia De Beek | Lisa Jobson (REQUESTED) | Peter Ndolo (REQUESTED)

How to help your immigrant and foreign students succeed, Earl Choldin, consultant in intercultural education, past President, Canadian Multicultural Education Foundation

Innovative Teaching for Social Impact, Honor Moorman, global education consultant, TakingITGlobal

Introduction to iEARN: The What’s, Why’s and How’s of Engaging Students in Global Projects, Nicole Weitzner, Manager of Membership Services, iEARN-USA

KIDSCODA - simulating communication of marine mammals as introduction to primary school coding, Federico MONACO, Ph.D., University of Parma

Knowing: A documentary film on Global Education, Dana Cole, Harold Washington College

Knowledge to Action K2A Projects in Cherán Michoacán SDG # 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities, Arlette Audiffred_Hinojosa Teacher, PrepaTec Morelia

Landmark 2020 - A Global Game of Clues, Problem-Solving + Collaboration, Dr. Terry Smith, Kidlink Project Leader + NatGeo Mentor, Kidlink Association

Learning WITH the World: K-12 Global Art Exchange; Classroom Conversations with the World; Songs Around the World, Paul Hurteau, OneWorld Classrooms

Let's Talk Global Education, Anne Mirtschin, ICT Teacher, Australia. Hawkesdale P12 College

Let’s Hangout – Successful Student Study Groups – Snacks Optional, Candy R. Mowen, MS Ed., MBA, CFD, Faculty, General Education- Mathematics Department, Course Lead MM255, Purdue University Global

Liderazgo para el desarrollo Social; Proyectos K2A en Cherán Michoacán ODS # 11 Ciudades y comunidades sostenibles, Arlette Audiffred_Hinojosa, PrepaTec Morelia

Looking at Mongolia: Unique Problems, Unique Lessons, Janis Michael, Avoca West School

Making a Difference in 60 seconds!, Adam Holden, Executive Director, Instituto Alberto Einstein | Sara Cook

Making Mistakes Faster: A Design Thinking Approach, Kevin Fullbrook, Deputy Director, Al-Bayan Bilingual School

Making with a Mission: Los ODS en Action con Iniciativas Adentro y Afuera del Makerspace (Spanish Session), Jennifer Garcia, Learning Resources Centre Coordinator, Academia Britanica Cuscatleca | Staff: Judith Mendez, Melissa Hernandez, Hilda Gomez, Hazel Jenkins, Silvia Serrano | Students: Gabriela Quiusky, Ximena Flameco, Kamila Monroy, Daniela Nasser, Gabriela Rodriquez, Rhadames Espinal

Media Literacy for My (Any) School Community, Nadina Carmen NICOLICI, “Lorin Salagean” Technical High School

Multi-sectorial Approach to Integration of Early Reading Education 21 and Prenatal care (safe motherhood interventions)., Baluku Hannington Gift, Vice Chairperson, Masindi Health Development Program (MHDP) | Dr. Baluku Daniel Masindi, Executive Director

MY HERO: Stories, Art and Films Celebrating Heroes Around the Globe, Laura Nietzer - MY HERO: Stories, Art and Films Celebrating Heroes Around the Globe, MY HERO

MY World 360º - Immersive Storytelling and Design to Inspire Action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)., Lisa Jobson, Project Director, 360 Story Lab, Digital Promise Global

Place Based Service-Learning, Making the Connections to Global Citizenship, Perla Zamora, M.S.Ed. + Google Innovator, Service Learning and Technology Integration Coordinator at The American School of Tampico, Middle School | Mr. Joe Brooks

Post-traditional and Adult Learning Principles: Serving International Students, Dr. Jared Cook, Doane University | Dr. Lorie Cook-Benjamin

Programming for Perspective: Promoting Reflection and Discussion on the Immigrant Experience, J B Hill, Ottenheimer Library Director, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Proyectos telecolaborativos y acciones positivas hacia los ODS (Sustainable Development Goals)., Prof. Cristina Velazquez, Directora de Proyecto Internacional “e-ducadores del Mundo”, e-ducadores / Instituto Tomás Devoto

Raising our game: How can research and leadership enhance what can be achieved in international virtual exchange?, Teresa MacKinnon, Associate Professor, University of Warwick/Erasmus Plus Virtual Exchange /EVOLVE

SDG 4 and Open Educational Resources, Dr. Constance Blomgren, Athabasca University

SIGNOPEDIA The first virtual encyclopedia in sign language, Elizabeth Valencia (English version) | Laura Acevedo (Spanish version)

Skype in the classroom, Maria Jose Giavedoni, Doctor Juan Alvarez School

Smithsonian Science for Global Goals: Engaging youth to take local action on the world's most pressing issues, Katherine Blanchard, Smithsonian Science Education Center

Sometimes you win and you always learn (A veces se gana y siempre se aprende), Profesora Cristina Velazquez, Instituto Tomás Devoto

SPACE FUTURE EDUCATION, Stevan Akerley NSS Space Ambassador, Graduate Student, National Space Society and Kepler Space Institute (KSI) | Bob Krone (KSI)

Sparking Change Through Digital Creation, Cathy Leogrande, Ph.D., Le Moyne College | Cynthia Merrill, Ph.D.

Sparking Empathy and future literacies with Empatico, Jonathan Nalder, FutureWe and St Peters Lutheran College

Special events and field trips to make global learning come alive, Kristin Montgomery, teacher, Growing Global Citizens

Speed Reading and Subitizing, ECDE teacher at KingPin Children Center, the Executive Director at BigPen Program-Kenya and the Coordinator of international Expansion in Enabling Support Foundation. | Dr Bob Robert Zenhausern.

Stories Around The World, Poonam Sharma, Vidya Niketan Birla Public School, Pilani

Strategies for Integrating Global Competence, Connie Rensink, Steering Committee Member, Global Education Coalition

Student Agency in Developing Computational Thinking and Geospatial Skills, Melda N Yildiz, Associate Professor, New York Institute of Technology | Miri Shonfeld | Graduate Students in Azerbaijan, Israel, and USA

Supporting Students’ Science Content Knowledge through Project-Based Inquiry (PBI) Global, Marie Himes, Research Associate, The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, NC State University | Cameron Good, Graduate Assistant | Dr. Hiller Spires, Distinguished Graduate Professor of Literacy Education | Dr. Erin Krupa, Assistant Professor of Math Education

Sustainability education and ethics, Alicia Jimenez, Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development

Sustainability in Academic Librarianship: Addressing Global Concerns, Raymond Pun, Doctoral Student, California State University

Sustainable Development Goals in Your Classroom, Stephanie Howell, Outreach Coordinator/Educator, RCSA | Meika Spies

Sustainable Development Goals: How to Ensure Quality Education for All, Nestor Quixtan, MA, MBA, TESOL, SPC, QMC Training

Teaching Coding to Youth in Africa, Dr. Christelle Scharff, Pace University, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems | Babacar Diop, mJangale | Gisele Faye, mJangale

Teaching Peace and Justice Through the Lens of Migration, Mary Ellen Lynch, Global Education Consultant and Adjunct Professor, Mary Ellen Lynch Consulting

Telling Our Stories: Global CommunitiesThrough Digital Narratives, Elizabeth Davis, Ed.D.

The #TWIMA Projects, Jon Smith - Teacher Success Manager for Book Creator, Book Creator

The 2020 Global Survey on Youth Perspective on Global Warming and Climate Change, Eric Walters, Director of STEM Education, Marymount School of New York

The A-Z of a Global Classroom, Annie Woollard - Educational Consultant, Footprints on the Globe

The Apocalypse and Internet Filtering in American Schools, Linda Flannelly, Lindenhurst High School | Co-Presenter Name(s): Global Youth Action Alliance Club

The Birth of Education for the 21st Century, Cynaidah Mideva, Global Executive Coordinator Enabling Support Foundation, Participant

The global reach of home education, Samantha Eddis, PhD, IGCSE and A Level Specialist, Eddis Tutorial Services, LLC and Gary K Herberger Young Scholars Academy

The Human Side of Changing Education, Julie Margretta Wilson, institute for the Future of Learning

The Need for Religious Literacy for Student Global Competence, Tim Hall, Ph.D., The Need for Religious Literacy for Student Global Competence, Religion Matters

The Things They Carried: A Refugee Project, Lisa C. Camichos- English and Social Studies teacher, Hickory High School

The Volstate Seal of Biliteracy: Supporting Global Competences, Ruth Valle German/French teacher, Sequoyah High School

Towards a Model for Global Belonging: The Role of Global Citizenship in Student Development, Dr. Shelbee NguyenVoges, Associate Professor of Education, Director MA in College Student Development, St. Edwards University

Towards Better Partnership In Learning and and Working Globally By Aligning Foreign Exchange Student Programmes to the Sustainable Development Goals ( SDG ), VERONICA WOO EU CHENG, TESL TEACHER-CUM-ICT COORDINATOR, SMJK POI LAM ( SECONDARY SCHOOL )

Truth and Myths about Intercultural Competence and Communication: A Gamified Dive into Intercultural Competence, Ms. Sharon Tjaden-Glass (M.A. TESOL), Instructional Media Designer, Sinclair Community College

Unschooling as Decolonisation, Zakiyya Ismail

Unschooling To University: Relationships matter most in a world crammed with content, Judy Arnall, Unschooling Canada Association

Using Graphic Novels to Teach About Migration, Kim Young, Secondary Social Studies Teacher, Weston High School, Project Walk On (National Geographic Society grant)


Using Virtual Reality (VR) to create awareness of global issues, supporting cultural awareness, recognition of diversity and educational access for all is available for teachers to enhance teaching and learning, Mrs. Karen Walstra, EvolveSchool

Virtual Reality Games in the Classroom to Increase Global Learning Engagement, Grace Ling, Student, Santa Clara University

Walk a Day in My Shoes: Cultivating Cross-Cultural Understanding through Digital Literacy, Lane W. Clarke, Associate Professor, University of New England, Biddeford, Maine

What is on your VR plate?, Clint Carlson, Director of Education Technology, Istanbul International Community School

When Curie Meets Cassatt: Infusing the Engineering Design Process for Global Teaching and Learning, Dr. Helen Teague, Adjunct Professor, Concordia University + Grand Canyon University

Where Do We Grow From Here?: Population Activities for an Equitable and Sustainable Future, Carol Bliese, Director of Teacher Programs, Population Education

World Peace Song Project 2019 - 2020, Professor Yoshiro Miyata, World Museum, Chukyo University | Lorraine Leo, Durga Pandeya, Vincent Max Kayesi, Hsc

Registration (free) is required.
Click here to register to attend the conference live

or to have access to the conference recordings afterwards.


Pedro Aparicio
Global Citizens Building Bridges for Empathy and Respect , Northridge School Mexico

I am a global educator with twenty five years teaching in Mexico City. I am a Google Educator Group Leader and Google Certified Innovator in Mexico City.I hold a Master's Degree in Multidisciplinary Studies with a certificate in Educational Technologies from the State University of New York. I am the Founder of #MexEdChat and I have been an ISTE Edtech Advisor.

F. Margret Atkinson
ISTE Global PLN leadership team, ISTE Global Collaboration Professional Learning Network

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Global Collaboration Professional Learning Network (PLN) promotes digital technologies for connecting and collaborating beyond the classroom walls. The more than 2,000 member PLN can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @ISTEGlobalPLN, and you can follow the hashtag #ISTEGlobalPLN. Margret Atkinson teaches 6-8 literature in Zachary, Louisiana, and through her work with Real World Scholars's EdCorps, National History Day, and Teach Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and her students' EdCorps The Upstander Brand, she engages for student voice to affect change. You can find her on Twitter, Voxer, and Periscope at @fmargret.

Courtney Bell
Courtney S. Bell Consulting LLC

Courtney Bell is 1 of 4 children born onto astounding mother and matriarch Tosha Bell. She is the Founder of Courtney S. Bell Consulting LLC and works to co-create educational equity solutions with Pre-K-12 educational institutions. She was raised in the Sumner Neighborhood of North Minneapolis. Growing up on the Northside of Minneapolis afforded Courtney the opportunity to attend her alma mater North Community High School. In the fall of 2007, Courtney went on to attend the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities as a first-generation college student. Courtney completed her B.A in the Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance from the University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts in 2011 and went on to become a behavior dean at North High School. After witnessing the impact that caring relationships and high expectations had on children, Courtney decided to return to the University of Minnesota to pursue her M.Ed./ Social Studies Teacher Licensure to become an educator. After completing her M.Ed. program in 2014, Courtney returned to her alma mater as the 9th grade African American History/ Human Geography teacher. During her 4th year of teaching Courtney was nominated for and became 1 of 12 finalists for the 2018 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. In May of 2019, Courtney transitioned from the classroom into education leadership and is now the Program Manager of Culturally Relevant Instruction for the Saint Paul Public Schools district. In the fall of 2019, Courtney will begin her fourth and final year in the Educational Policy and Leadership doctoral program also through the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development.

Ann C. Gaudino, Ed.D.
Associate Professor, Millersville University

Dr. Ann Gaudino is as an Associate Professor at Millersville University, Pennsylvania where she teaches graduate and doctoral courses in education and education leadership. Prior to this appointment, she served as Associate Professor, Interim Department Chair, Coordinator of Clinical Practice, and Director of Professional Development Schools at West Liberty University, West Virginia. She is the founder and editor of The Excellence in Education Journal (ISSN 2474-4166) now in its ninth year of publication. The journal was recently recognized by the United States Department of Education and awarded listing in the ERIC database. The EEJ is an international open access, peer reviewed, online journal that promotes and disseminates international scholarly writing about excellent practices in education (annual circulation 8,000).  For more information, visit the website at: www.excellenceineducationjournal.org

Dr. Gaudino is a member of the international advisor panel for the Global Education Conference since 2011. She and her classes of graduate students present sessions annually for the conference. Dr. Gaudino is the author of two books: A Choral Legacy and Joan Yakkey and Her Children's Choir Legacy in Florence, Italy. Both books can be purchased on Amazon.

The Global Call for Educational Leadership in Womens' and Girls' Education
This keynote presentation will focus to global issues in the education and women and girls. It will include an live interview and discussion with Dr. Evangelin Arulselvi, Associate Professor, Princess Nora Bint University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Dr. Bushra Rahim, Minister and Director of Tribal Affairs for the country of Pakistan. Both Dr. Arulselvi and Dr. Rahim have dedicated their lives to raising up women and girls through education in their part of the world. They will discuss obstacles faced and how to help women and girls overcome the obstacles and well as how education can change the trajectory of lives.

Tara Hofmann
President and CEO , AFS Intercutlural Programs, USA

Tara Boyce-Hofmann has worked for AFS for more than 30 years, both in the U.S. and abroad. She currently leads AFS-USA as President and CEO. Prior to her appointment in November 2018, Tara served as Chief Operating and Organizational Development Officer for AFS-USA where she was responsible for the development and implementation of the organization’s strategic plan that focused on bringing innovative new programs and technologies to the organization. She joined AFS-USA in 2009 as Business Development Strategist.

Prior to her assignment in the U.S., Tara was Executive Director of AFS Hong Kong for nearly 10 years. Before her relocation to Asia, Tara worked for AFS International where she was responsible for international program coordination and organizational development for the AFS network. . She was integral in establishing AFS in Central-Eastern Europe in the early 1990s when the political realities shifted, allowing AFS to establish a presence and program in the region. During this tenure she also expanded the operations of AFS in mainland China and supporting operations in South East Asia.

Tara's life-long interest and commitment to intercultural learning began with her Syracuse University study abroad experience to France where she was enrolled in Universite de Strasbourg. A graduate from Syracuse University with a degree in Communications and French, Tara also attended the School of Public Diplomacy at Georgetown and is a graduate of their Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate program. A New York City native, Tara currently lives outside Washington D.C. in Maryland with her husband and two children.

Amanda Lanicek
ISTE Global PLN leadership team, ISTE Global Collaboration Professional Learning Network

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Global Collaboration Professional Learning Network (PLN) promotes digital technologies for connecting and collaborating beyond the classroom walls. The more than 2,000 member PLN can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @ISTEGlobalPLN, and you can follow the hashtag #ISTEGlobalPLN. Amanda Lanicek is an instructional coach in Texas. She has taught and coached a multitude of grade levels and subject areas ranging from K-12. She is passionate about connecting classroom and empowering educators. Amanda is the recipient of the Roger Grizzard Innovative Educator Award, Weatherford ISD Teacher of the Year, 2015 Curtis Elementary Teacher of the Year, 2015 Region XI Teacher of the Year Finalist, 2017 Great Educators Matter Award, and 2017 + 2019 ISTE Presidential Bronze Volunteer Service Award. When not turning the traditional education model upside down Amanda enjoys hanging out with animals, including her dog Trooper and her many farm animals. You can find Amanda on Twitter and Voxer @TheEdsaneT.

Bronwyn Joyce
Founder and Director , Education Elevators

Bronwyn Joyce is an educator from Australia who specialises in Curriculum Innovation and the delivery of professional development, linked to critical and creative thinking and bringing the world into classrooms. She uses the connection of social media to mentor and globalise teachers and classrooms internationally.

Bronwyn has travelled the world speaking about the importance of preparing students to be future ready. She is also an advocate for the United Nations Sustainable Goals. She will host the first ever OGC Global Summit for Future Ready Education in Australia, July 2020.

Bronwyn believes we live in a world where we should be learning together. Her Our Global Classroom mission statement is simple – One World, One Classroom.
http://educationelevators.com and http://ourglobalclassroom.blog

Jennifer D. Klein
Founder, PLS / Head of School, GLC, Principled Learning Strategies | PLS: Fundadora / GLC: Rectora, Principled Learning Strategies / Gimnasio Los Caobos

A product of experiential project-based education herself, Jennifer D. Klein taught college and high school English and Spanish for 19 years, including five years in Central America and 11 years in all-girls education. In 2010, Jennifer left teaching to begin PRINCIPLED Learning Strategies, through which she provides professional development to support the integration of authentic student-driven global learning experiences in schools. She has a broad background in global program planning and evaluation, student-driven curricular strategies, single-sex education, student service travel, cultural inclusivity, and experiential, inquiry-driven learning. Her first book, The Global Education Guidebook: Humanizing K-12 Classrooms Worldwide through Equitable Partnerships, was published by Solution Tree Press in June, 2017. In August, 2017, Jennifer became Head of School at Gimnasio Los Caobos, a project-based preK-12 school outside of Bogotá, Colombia, where she also writes articles on education for various Colombian publications. As a writer, speaker and bilingual workshop facilitator, Jennifer strives to inspire educators and shift practices in schools around the world. | Un producto de la educación experimental basada en proyectos, Jennifer D. Klein enseñó inglés y español en universidades y colegios por 19 años, incluyendo cinco años en centroamérica y 11 años en la educación de damas. En 2010, Jennifer dejó la enseñanza para empezar PRINCIPLED Learning Strategies, por medio de cual ofrece desarrollo profesional para apoyar la integración en escuelas de experiencias autenticas, globales y centradas en los estudiantes. Ella tiene una historia amplia en la planificación y evaluación de programas globales, estrategias curriculares centradas en los estudiantes, la educación de un solo género, los viajes de servicio para estudiantes, la inclusión cultural, y la educación experiential y basada en investigación. Su primer libro, sobre la construcción de asociaciones globales equitativas, fue publicado (en inglés) por Solution Tree Press en la primavera del 2017. En agosto del mismo año, Jennifer se hizo Rectora de Gimnasio Los Caobos, un colegio de pre-kinder a 11º basado en proyectos, en las afueras de Bogotá, Colombia, donde también escribe columnas sobre la educación para varias publicaciones colombianas. Como escritora, presentadora y facilitadora de talleres bilingües, Jennifer intenta inspirar educadores y cambiar sus prácticas en escuelas alrededor del mundo.
http://principledlearning.org / http://gimnasioloscaobos.com

Leading Global Innovation in a Traditional Context | Liderando la Innovación Global en un Contexto Traditional
Leading globally innovative education in any context has its challenges, but they are particularly marked in more traditional cultural and educational contexts. Since July 2017, I have served as Head of School at Gimnasio Los Caobos, a project-based school in Bogota, Colombia, a nearly post-conflict region with a largely traditional educational system where, among other things, university entrance is based solely on national exam scores. This session will explore the challenges of transforming education in such a context, and will provide strategies for schools attempting to incorporate student-centered, globally-connected learning in other traditional regions of the world. | Liderar la educación global innovadora en cualquier contexto tiene sus retos, pero son particularmente marcados en culturas y contextos educacionales tradicionales. Desde julio 2017, he servido como Rectora de Gimnasio Los Caobos, un colegio basado en proyectos en Bogotá, Colombia, una región casi pos-conflicto con un sistema educacional tradicional donde, entre otras cosas, la entrada a la universidad esta basada solamente en los resultados de los exámenes nacionales. Esta sesión explorará los retos de transformar la educación en un contexto así, y brindará estrategias para escuelas que quieren incorporar el aprendizaje centrado en los estudiantes y conectado globalmente en otras regiones tradicionales del mundo.

Jennifer Manise
Executive Director, Longview Foundation for Education in World Affairs + International Understanding

Jennifer Manise is the Executive Director of the Longview Foundation for World Affairs and International Understanding. Since it was founded in 1966, the Longview Foundation has been seeking to build a more peaceful, just, + sustainable world by equipping youth with a global perspective and understanding of political, social, and environmental issues worldwide.

Prior to joining the Longview Foundation, Ms. Manise was the Director of Program Development and Operations at the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). CCSSO is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, the Bureau of Indian Education and the five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions.

She resides in the Metro DC area with her patient husband and two amazing daughters.

Dana Mortenson
Co-founder + CEO, World Savvy

Dana is the Co-Founder and CEO of World Savvy, a national education nonprofit working to educate and engage youth as responsible global citizens. World Savvy supports change agents in K-12 education to create more inclusive, adaptive schools that ensure all young people can develop the skills and dispositions needed to thrive in a more diverse, interconnected world. World Savvy programs provide support at three critical levels to deeply integrate global competence into teaching, learning and culture: student engagement, teacher capacity and school and district leadership support. Since 2002 she has led the organization through significant national expansion, reaching nearly 730,000 middle and high school youth and nearly 6,000 educators across 26 states and 12 countries, from offices based in Minneapolis, San Francisco and New York. Dana is an Ashoka Fellow, was named one of The New Leaders Council’s 40 under 40 Progressive American Leaders, and was winner of the Tides Foundation’s Jane Bagley Lehman award for excellence in public advocacy in 2014. She is a frequent speaker on global education and social entrepreneurship at high profile convenings nationally and internationally, and World Savvy’s work has been featured in PBS, the The New York Times, Edutopia and a range of local and national media outlets covering education and innovation.

William Piper
5th Grade World Cultural Geography Teacher, University School of Milwaukee

Over the past 18 years, William Piper has developed a World Cultural Geography curriculum for his fifth grade students at University School of Milwaukee as their social studies course. The goal of the class is for young learners to understand how people around the world are both similar and uniquely different. As the course has evolved over the years, it has been Piper's goal to connect with classrooms and students in the parts of the world that Piper's students are learning about. The Global Education Conference Network has been an invaluable resource for Piper as he has met and learned with marquee educators in all corners of the globe.

Krishna Pujari
Founder/Director, Reality Tours and Travel

I moved to Mumbai when i was 13 from a farmers village in South India.

I used to work in cafes and restaurants and in 2005 me and friend of mine set up this company with social responsibility. We started the Tour company to show the real side of slums and its community. we also do tours all over India now, having base in Mumbai and Delhi. We also operate in Nepal.

I loves meeting people and taking them on our tours and learning from them, I believe everyone, can teach and learn from each other.

Tom Vander Ark
CEO, Getting Smart

Tom Vander Ark is an advocate for innovations in learning. As CEO of Getting Smart, he advises school districts and networks, education foundations and funders and impact organizations on the path forward. A prolific writer and speaker, Tom is author of Getting Smart, Smart Cities That Work for Everyone, Smart Parents and Better Together and has published thousands of articles, co-authored more than 50 books and white papers. He writes regularly on GettingSmart.com, LinkedIn, and contributes to Forbes.

Previously he served as the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill + Melinda Gates Foundation. Tom served as a public school superintendent in Washington State and has extensive private sector experience. Tom co-founded the first education venture fund, Learn Capital. Tom is a board member for Education Board Partners, Director for 4.0 Schools, Digital Learning Institute, Latinx Education Collaborative, and eduInnovation and Advisor for One Stone, Teton Science Schools and Whittle School + Studios.

Here's to globally connecting... see you online!


Steve Hargadon
Co-Founder and Co-Chair
The Global Education Conference

Monday, November 04, 2019

The 2019 Global Education Conference - November 18 - 20 | Quick Information

The ninth annual Global Education Conference is fast approaching! This is an amazing and free online event that brings together educators and innovators from around the world. It will be held Monday, November 18 - Wednesday, November 20, 2019 (November 21 in some time zones). The entire virtual conference is held online.

Click here to register to attend the conference live
or to have access to the conference recordings afterwards.

The Global Education Conference is a collaborative, inclusive, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. It is designed to significantly increase opportunities for building education-related connections around the globe while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity. Join 28,000 members from 180 countries in our online community network.

Quick Information:

  • Here are the currently accepted presentation proposals
  • The call for presentations is still open! Here is the link to submit.
  • We need your financial support! This event is a major labor-of-love, and we need your help. Even modest donations help. Become a contributing member-supporter here or a sponsoring or premier partner by emailing steve@learningrevolution.com). Do something good and get recognition for it! 

Here's to globally connecting... see you online!


Steve Hargadon
Co-Founder and Co-Chair
The Global Education Conference

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Next Week - The Library 2.0 "Emerging Technology" Mini-Conference - All Keynotes and Sessions Posted!

Our third Library 2.019 mini-conference, "Emerging Technology," will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, October 30th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone). We invite all library professionals, employers, LIS students, and educators to register now to participate in this event.

Tomorrow’s technologies are shaping our world today, revolutionizing the way we live and learn. Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, Internet of Things, Drones, Personalization, the Quantified Self. Libraries can and should be the epicenter of exploring, building and promoting these emerging techs, assuring the better futures and opportunities they offer are accessible to everyone. Learn what libraries are doing right now with these cutting-edge technologies, what they’re planning next and how you can implement these ideas in your own organization.

This is a free event, being held live online and also recorded.
to attend live and/or to receive the recording links afterward.
Please also join this Library 2.0 network to be kept updated on this and future events.

Participants are encouraged to use #library2019 and #libraryemergingtech on their social media posts leading up to and during the event.


Christina Mune
Associate Dean of Innovation and Resource Management, University Library at San Jose State University

Christina Mune is the Associate Dean of Innovation and Resources Management at San Jose State University's King Library. Her passion is supporting discovery, creativity and digital scholarship by designing technology-enabled spaces and services in libraries. She is currently working on her upcoming book Libraries Supporting Online Learning: Digital Literacy, Open Access and Local Connectivity from ABC-CLIO. Her research interests include online instructional design, discovery and digital literacy.

Jim Hahn
Associate Professor, Orientation Services + Environments Librarian

Jim Hahn is an Associate Professor in the Undergraduate Library at the University of Illinois. His research into technology-enhanced learning has led to many software development projects within library settings and provides unique insights into new student’s expectations and needs and helps inform the work that he does as the Orientation Services and Environments Librarian for undergraduate students at the University of Illinois. He founded and manages the Minrva project (https://minrvaproject.org) and currently serves as project PI for a research + development grant funded through the University of Illinois Campus Research Board, entitled, “Information and Environment: Integration of an IoT-powered recommender system within the FOLIO open source platform,” the aims of which are to incorporate Internet of Things functionality into a FOLIO wayfinder application (https://github.com/minrva/ui-wayfinder) and make the resulting software available in the open source.

Ida Joiner
Senior Librarian at the Universal Academy in Texas

Ida Arlene Joiner is the Senior Librarian at the Universal Academy in Texas. She is the author of the book Emerging Library Technologies: It's Not Just for Geeks (Elsevier, 2018). Her forthcoming book on Drones in Libraries will be available in July 2020 (Elsevier). Ida has published numerous articles on emerging technologies. She is an international and national presenter on emerging technologies. Ida is a member of MIT’s Technology Review Global Panel. She discussed Are Drones Coming to Your Library on the Drone Radio Show. Ida is currently pursuing doctoral studies in Texas Wesleyan University’s Curriculum and Instruction program. She is a member of LITA’s Information Technology and Libraries board where she peer reviews articles for their peer reviewed open source journal. Ida peer reviews technology-related book proposals for Elsevier. She formerly co-chaired the Publications Committee for ALA’s International Relations Roundtable (IRRT). Ida holds her MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh and a BA degree in Business Management from Chatham University. Her research focuses on emerging technologies such as drones, robotics, driverless vehicles, artificial intelligence, augmented/virtual reality, and their use in libraries and education. In her role as a project management consultant, Ida saved PNC Bank, PPG, Tucker Arensberg, Las Colinas Cancer, and Texas Breast Care thousands of dollars in technical and training costs.

Bohyun Kim
CTO + Associate Professor, University of Rhode Island Libraries

Bohyun Kim is the Chief Technology Officer and an Associate Professor at the University of Rhode Island Libraries. She is the author of two books, Understanding Gamification and Library Mobile Experience: Practices and User Expectations and the founding editor of ACRL TechConnect Blog. She is the Past-President of the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) and serves on the advisory boards and committees of the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy, San Jose State University School of Information, and Library Pipeline. She holds a MA in philosophy from Harvard University and a MSLIS from Simmons College.


Sue Alman
Lecturer at the School of Information, San Jose State University

Sue Alman is on the School of Information faculty at San Jose State University. She has held teaching posts at the University of Michigan and University of Pittsburgh, and she is a consultant specializing in organizational behavior and planning. Her areas of specialization include Futures, Asynchronous Learning, Management, Strategic Planning, Interpersonal Communications, Marketing and Public Relations, Group Dynamics, and Cultural Diversity. In Fall 2014 she led a MOOC, The Emerging Future: Technology Issues and Trends, that attracted over 1700 global participants. More information about the MOOC can be found on the iSchool website or the MOOC repository. She is the organizer of the Library 2.0 Spring Summit, The Emerging Future: Technology and Learning.

Closing Keynote: "No Crystal Balls Needed: Keeping Current with Emerging Technologies"

Emerging technologies provide librarians with incredible opportunities to enhance services and resources that were unimaginable until recently. With so many choices that can be costly to implement librarians must be knowledgeable about the needs of their communities and new technologies. Join Sue Alman, instructor of the course The Emerging Future, for a symposium wrap-up that focuses on the people, organizations, and publications that are essential for monitoring technology issues and trends.


The 30-minute conference sessions are below! You can also find them--and interact with the presenters--here. Click through to see full descriptions.

Breaking Down Barriers to Emerging & Innovative Technologies for Everyone
Sarah Norrell, Professional Librarian, Robert R. Muntz Library, The University of Texas at Tyler

Connect Communities with Technology that Matters
Amanda Sweet, Technology Innovation Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission

Creating A Virtual Reality Library Tour: How, Why, and What's Next
Eliza Donne, Multimedia Specialist, Harrell Health Sciences Library

Design for Diversity: Towards More Inclusive Information Systems
Amanda Rust (Associate Director for Services, Digital Scholarship Group, Northeastern University Library)

Exploring and building virtual reality experiences on the web
Liv Erickson, Senior Product Manager Social Mixed Reality, Mozilla

Information Gathering, AI and Manipulating Human Behaviour
Linda Feesey, librarian, Toronto Public Library

Introducing Immersive Technologies for Libraries
Chad Mairn, Librarian | Innovation Lab Manager, St. Petersburg College

Library Chatbots 101: Demystifying A.I. with the SJSU Chatbot Internship
Sharesly Rodriguez and Danica Ronquillo, San Jose State University

Robotics in Libraries
Dan Lou, Senior Librarian, Palo Alto City Library | Michael Hibben, Senior Manager, Roanoke County Public Library | M Ryan Hess, Digital Initiatives Manager, Palo Alto City Library

SUNY’s Exploring Emerging Technologies for Lifelong Learning and Success (#EmTechMOOC)
Roberta (Robin) Sullivan, Emerging Technologies Librarian & Head of Media Services, University at Buffalo Libraries, State University of New York | Cherie van Putten

Technology at the Learning Resources Centre, Academia Britanica Cuscatleca, El Salvador
Melissa Hernández / Library assistant, Learning Resources Centre (LRC) Academia Britanica Cuscatleca | Jennifer Garcia | Judith de Méndez | Hilda Gómez | Rodrigo Alfaro | Raul Martínez

Twitch + Discord in Public Libraries: New Opportunities for Adult Services
Michael Dunbar-Rodney – Librarian, San Antonio Public Library – Central Branch | Lorin Flores – Librarian


The School of Information at San José State University is the founding conference sponsor. Please register as a member of the Library 2.0 network to be kept informed of future events. Recordings from previous years are available under the Archives tab at Library 2.0 and at the Library 2.0 YouTube channel.