Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Register Now for the Open Mini-Conference on Library "Expertise, Competencies, and Careers"

We're getting close to our Library 2.017 mini-conference: "Expertise, Competencies and Careers," which will be held online (and for free) March 29th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone).

to attend live or to receive the recording links. 

This event is being organized in partnership with the American Library Association and will feature ALA president Dr. Julie Beth Todaro as moderator for the opening panel and the closing keynote speaker, with Dr. Eileen G. Abels, John Bertot, and Valerie J. Gross (more on each below), who will take a look forward at the skills and knowledge needed to support successful libraries of the future, examining educational programs and employer expectations.
What skills, knowledge, traits, and expectations will you need to support all types and sizes of libraries and their communities in the future? What will employers be expecting? What competencies will be necessary for information professionals – librarians, technologists, and library workers - to deliver critical services and resources and to thrive in today and tomorrow’s society? How can library and information science schools and professional development programs prepare library professionals?
Plus, we'll have a series of 30-minute user-submitted presentations between the opening and closing sessions, including: SLA's Statement on Competencies for Information Professionals, by David Shumaker, Clinical Associate Professor; Elements of Effective Leadership, by David Stern, Library Director | Saint Xavier University; Growing Library Leaders: A Competency Based Approach to Leadership Development in Caribbean Academic Libraries, by Jiselle Alleyne- Campus Librarian, University of the Bahamas; Librarians and Information Professionals in the 21st Century: Strategies for Transitioning and Transferring to Other Settings, by Raymond Pun, First Year Student Success Librarian, California State University, Fresno | Co-Presenter: Davis Erin Anderson, Community Engagement Manager, METRO; Conquering Imposter Syndrome: Bridging the Gap between New Graduate and Professional, by Devina Dandar, MLIS Candidate, Western University; Librarians in the 21st Century: Designing a Career Strategy for Evolving Roles and Opportunities, by Lisa Chow, ALA Emerging Leader and Library Journal Mover + Shaker, People Interact; Find Your Next Job Right Where You Are, by Ms. PJ Purchase, University Librarian, University of Phoenix; and Understanding Expertise and Competencies Through the Lens of Threshold Concepts, by Virginia M. Tucker, Assistant Professor, SJSU.

Sponsored with ALA’s “Libraries Transform: The Expert in the Library” Campaign and  this event will allow participants to interact with experts in the field to identify expectations and develop competency sets and best practices from the field, LIS education. Presentation and discussion will include requirements and expectations from educators and from both the employee and  employer’s perspective. Join us for an interactive experience that will help us frame the future of the library and information profession.

This is a free event, being held online.
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The School of Information at San José State University is the founding conference sponsor, and this event is being held in collaboration with American Library Association. 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.

The sessions will be held in Blackboard Collaborate, and can be accessed live from any personal computer and most mobile devices. Verify that you are using a compatible version of Java (Complete Steps 1 and 2). Additional information will be sent with the final conference information after registration.


Dr. Eileen G. Abels
Dean, Simmons School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College (Boston, Massachusetts)

As Dean of the Simmons School of Library and Information Science (SLIS), Eileen Abels brings more than 30 years of award-winning expertise in library and information science to the school to help prepare 21st century information professionals for work in libraries, archives, information institutions, and cultural heritage organizations. She has led a distinguished career as an educator and innovator. She is the recipient of the ALISE Award for Professional Contribution to Library and Information Science Education, the ASIS&T Thomas Reuters Outstanding Information Science Teacher award, the Special Libraries Association Rose L. Vormelker award, and the Medical Library Association's Ida and George Eliot prize, among others. Prior to joining Simmons SLIS, Abels was the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor at the iSchool at Drexel, The College of Information Science and Technology. Specializing in digital reference, she oversaw ipl2, a digital library resulting from the merger of the Internet Public Library and the Librarian's Internet Index. Her current research interests focus on the future of reference services, libraries, and library and information science education. Her leadership positions include serving as president of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) and President of Beta Phi Mu (International Library & Information Studies Honor Society). She is widely published, including articles, conference proceedings, and book chapters. Abels has also edited several books and co-authored two books. Abels also held a faculty position for 15 years at the University of Maryland's College of Information Studies and has been a librarian and information professional in special libraries, including the Instituto de Investigaciones Eléctricas in Mexico, Price Waterhouse's Washington National Tax Service, and Boston Consulting Group. She obtained her MLS degree from the University of Maryland and her Ph.D. from UCLA. Abels received her bachelor's degree from Clark University.

Educating students in library and information studies for these critical new competencies

John Bertot
Professor and Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs at University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland)

John Bertot is an Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and also Professor and co-director of the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC). John is serving as associate editor of Government Information Quarterly. He has previously served as Chair of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Library Research Round Table, and currently serves on the ALA Committee on Research and Statistics and E-government Services Subcommittee.

Valerie J. Gross
President & CEO, Howard County Library System (Maryland)

Valerie J. Gross, MM, MLS, JD, has served as President & CEO of Howard County Library System (HCLS) in Maryland since 2001. An educator and attorney for 30 years, Gross holds a Master of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, a Master of Library Science from San Jose State University, and a law degree from Golden Gate University School of Law. She is a member of the ALA, PLA, MLA, and the California Bar Association. Developing a new vision for libraries, Gross worked with the HCLS Board and staff members, local government, and the community to implement the “Libraries = Education" approach. She led the transformation of HCLS to its current prominence as a renowned educational institution, alongside the region’s schools, colleges, and universities. As the philosophy evolved, HCLS became well known in the U.S. and overseas. Gross was invited to speak and write about the strategy. Gross has delivered 100+ keynotes, workshops, seminars, and webinars on "Libraries = Education," drawing the participation and input of thousands of library professionals from 46 states and more than a dozen countries around the world. Combining these experiences, she authored Transforming Our Image, Building Our Brand: The Education Advantage (ABC-CLIO, 2013). For living this game-changing vision, HCLS received Library Journal's prestigious Library of the Year award from among North America's 21,000 public and academic libraries. The publication hailed the “Libraries = Education” equation “a 21st-century model worthy of study and consideration by every library in America, if not the world.” (Library Journal, June 2013) The growing movement is ushering in a new era for libraries everywhere. In addition to leading HCLS to Library of the Year, Gross was honored by the Daily Record as a 2015 Innovator or the Year, and by the Baltimore Sun as one of “50 Women to Watch: The most intriguing, powerful, and memorable personalities making an impact on the Baltimore region.” She received the Public Libraries Best Feature Article Award in 2012 and 2010, and was honored as a Library Journal Mover and Shaker in 2004. Gross chairs the Choose Civility Board of Advisors and HiTech Board of Advisors, and serves on the Howard County Spending Affordability Advisory Committee. She has served on the Board of Directors of Leadership Howard County, Howard County Arts Council, Vision Howard County, Howard County Public School System’s District Planning Team, and Columbia Cultural Master Plan Advisory Committee. At the state level, she is the 2016/2017 President of the Maryland Association of Public Library Administrators, and serves on the Maryland Library Association’s Legislative Advisory Panel and the University of Maryland's iSchool Advisory Committee. At the national level, she serves on the ALA International Relations Committee and the Resident Expert Panel for the 2015-2017 ALA Presidential Initiative, and co-chairs the Public Libraries Expert Initiative Committee. Ms. Gross grew up in Switzerland and has taught English in China. A classically trained singer, she and her husband, Tri Q. Nguyen, a classical guitarist and real estate investor, live in Columbia, Maryland.

An employer’s perspective on areas of expertise necessary for the 21st century

Dr. Julie Beth Todaro
2016-2017 President, American Library Association; and Dean, Library Services Austin Community College

Dr.Todaro's professional career includes library manager for 40+ years with 30+ of those years as an academic library manager. She has also been a graduate school library educator (five institutions including the University of Michigan, School of Information,) has worked as as a public library children's librarian and has her all-level K-12 school library certification. As Dean of Library Services for ACC, she manages ACC's eleven campus libraries and extension sites and her work includes strategic planning, communication, budget management, instruction, customer service, emergency management, the design of new facilities, public relations and marketing, staff development and the management of partnerships and collaborations. Todaro’s accomplishments include: 2013-2014 Co-chair of the American Library Association summit "Libraries of the Future: From Now On;" 2012 Texas Library Association (TLA) Lifetime Achievement Award; the 2003-2006 co-chair of the TLA Public Communication Committee; the 2007-2008 President of the 16,000 member Association of College and Research Libraries; a 2005 Austin Business Journal Profiles in Power awardee; a 2004 LAMA Certificate of Recognition for her Library Leadership and Management Association column "The Truth is Out There;" the 2000-2001 President of the Texas Library Association (TLA); the 1999 YWCA Austin Educator of the Year Award; and the 1996 TLA Librarian of the Year. She was Project Manager for the Texas White House Conference Program Planning (1989-1991;) Founder and member of the statewide Steering Committee the Texas Book Festival (1995 to present;) Chair of the Texas State Library and Texas Library Association Committee on Public Library Development Study (2003 to 2004;) and Chair of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission Committee to Develop Standard for School Libraries (1998 to 2001.)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Join Us for The Symposium on Global Competencies - Chicago, April 3

We hope you'll consider joining us for The Symposium on Global Competencies, April 3rd, in Chicago, Illinois, at the Sheraton Grand Hotel. This event is the kickoff day for the 2017 CoSN conference, and is being held in partnership with UNESCO, the Partnership for 21st Century Learning, and our own Global Education Conference Network.

Registration for the full day including lunch is only $69.

The speaker line-up for this event is terrific: David Atchoarena (Director of Division for Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems,UNESCO), Gus Schmedlen (Vice President, World Education, HP), Shirleen Chee (Divisional Director, Educational Technology Division, Singapore), Lord Jim Knight (former Minister State of Schools, UK), Korvi Rakshand (Founder, JAGGO Foundation and winner of 2017 UNESCO-King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize ICT Prize, Bangladesh), Dr. Chip Kimball (Superintendent, Singapore American School), Lucy Gray + Steve Hargadon (Founders, Global Education Conference), Maggie Salem (Qatar Foundation), Brandon Wiley (Global Education Foundation, Buck Institute), David Young (CEO, Participate), Tonya Muro (Executive Director, iEARN), Dana Mortenson (Executive Director, World Savvy), and Silvia Montoya (UIS Director, UNESCO, Argentina).

The schedule for the day is below.
To register, go HERE.

Overview: CoSN is committed to a global dialogue focused on the strategic uses of technology for the improvement of teaching and learning in elementary and secondary schools. As part of this commitment, CoSN will be convening the Symposium on Global Competencies on April 3, 2017 during the CoSN 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois at the Sheraton Grand Hotel. This event will bring together thought leaders from across the U.S. and around the world to explore issues, learn from each other and determine how they can ensure student success. Our world is rapidly changing, providing unprecedented challenges and opportunities for the students of today. To be successful, our students will require new skills and competencies including collaboration, creativity, digital literacy and leadership along with mastery of the traditional core subjects. Use of technology can play a critical role in helping to foster these skills and competencies and supporting development of innovative practices for teachers and students. Educators must determine the best way to build these capacities and provide students with a skill set that will make them successful. We will explore questions like... What new skills and competencies are necessary for college and career success? How can technology play a role in fostering these skills and supporting the development of innovative practices for students and teachers. What are school districts, states, countries doing to advance and enable global competencies for their students?

Program (subject to change)

8:00 a.m. - 8:20 a.m. Opening Remarks and Setting Context
Keith Krueger, CEO, CoSN
David Atchoarena, Director of Division for Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems,UNESCO

8:20 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Conversation with International Education Leaders on Today’s Competencies
  • What new skills and competencies are necessary for college and career success?
  • How can technology play a role in fostering these skills and supporting the development of innovative practices for students and teachers?
  • What are school districts, states, countries doing to advance and enable global competencies for their students?
Avis Glaze, Former Education Commissioner, Ontario, Canada; and Founder, Edu-quest International Inc.
Gus Schmedlen, Vice President, World Education, HP (moderator)

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Panel Discussion: Why Global Competence Matters for College and Career Success
Followed by moderated conversation with audience

David Ross, CEO, Partnership for 21st Century Learning, USA
Shirleen Chee, Divisional Director, Educational Technology Division, Singapore
Lord Jim Knight, former Minister State of Schools, UK
Korvi Rakshand, Founder, JAGGO Foundation and winner of 2017 UNESCO-King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize ICT Prize, Bangladesh

10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Passport to the World
Join in an interactive activity to see how countries/states/districts are doing exemplary use of global competencies. Every 12 minutes move around the ballroom and visit a new example.

12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. Lunch
Documentry clip by Dr. Chip Kimball, Superintendent, Singapore American School

12:45 - 1:15 Global Ed Ignites Sessions (1st Round)

Compelling and short, 5-min presentations by major thought leaders to ignite our imagination.
Introduction by Lucy Gray & Steve Hargadon
  • Maggie Salem, Qatar Foundation
  • Brandon Wiley, Global Education Foundation, Buck Institute
  • David Young, CEO, Participate
1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Camp Fire Discussion #1: What prevents my organization or institution from making the development of global competencies in students and teachers more of a priority?

2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Global Ed Ignite (2nd Round)
  • Tonya Muro, Executive Director, iEARN: Learning With the World through Virtual Exchange: Building Bridges, Breaking Down Barriers
  • Dana Mortenson, Executive Director, World Savvy
2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Camp Fire Discussion #2: What can my organization or institution do to enable global competencies and global citizenship in our school community?

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Closing Session: Conversation on Defining Global Citizenship

Moderator: Gavin Dykes, Education World Forum
Silvia Montoya, UIS Director, UNESCO, Argentina

3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Wrap Up

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Cultures Which Support Good Thinking and Outcomes

I found this article to contain something profoundly simple--that addiction is a symptom rather than the problem. It reminded me of the school study that showed that the only intervention that worked to reduce teen pregnancies was service learning (my recollection from Tim Wilson's Redirect)--the likely conclusion being that what was really at the heart of the teens' issues was a need for deeper connecting, which when satisfied by providing service, didn't have to lead to riskier activities with permanent outcomes.

Similarly, the "housing first" model for helping the homelessness seems very parallel to the Iceland idea: rather than focus on requirements and rules, focusing on satisfying the core need first brings the most likely positive outcomes. Another parallel might be how we see prisons (is it any surprise that our model for prisons doesn't seem to actually help people?), with an equally profound article that has influenced me for years at

There is so much in the Iceland story that makes sense when you think about the role of families, friends, school, and positive activities. And so much to admire when public policy finds a way to transcend typical political discourse.

Two more quick thoughts:

The first part of this is something I've come to deeply believe: that we often try and mandate/punish toward outcomes rather than look to the conditions that naturally lead to the outcomes (the behavioral equivalent of demanding a finished crop without figuring out and working on the steps of planting and cultivating). In particular, when I've been in a position to talk to educators or administrators about this, there's some tremendous clarity that comes from stating the positive outcomes that are desired, and then working together to identify the conditions which lead to those outcomes. In general, quibbles about particular measures of outcome fascinatingly fade when people realize how universal the conditions list tends to be (i.e., people almost always come up with the same core items, which largely revolve around very human interactions), and there's a sudden realization of how backwards many educational initiatives are.

The second part of this topic which intrigues me is how we can cultivate the ability to see life with such balance and clarity as to naturally move to these kind of solutions. It seems like one of the great values of educational, cultural, or religious traditions is their ability to encapsulate this kind of wisdom into perpetuated reflection, conversation, and practice. In particular, it would seem valuable to identify those particular cultures which are able to be both transparent and effective in building cognitively-supportive solutions. Maybe a question that would lead to identifying them would be: in which cultures would the Iceland story make sense to the group members and be talked about productively? Is this the kind of conversation taking place in your school / home / community? 

In particular, a very tangible measure of the strength of the culture might be the ability of the youth or students themselves to be conversant with the ideas and practices, for that would indicate a kind of generative capability to perpetuate the core values.

From the article:
Milkman helped develop the idea that people were addicted to changes in the brain chemistry, rather than the drug itself. “People can get addicted to drink, cars, money, sex, calories, cocaine – whatever. The idea of behavioural addiction became our trademark,” he says. 
This is what spawned another idea: “Why not orchestrate a social movement around natural highs: around people getting high on their own brain chemistry – because it seems obvious to me that people want to change their consciousness – without the deleterious effects of drugs?” 
By 1992, Milkman’s team in Denver had been granted $1.2 million from the government to fund Project Self-Discovery, which offered teenagers natural high alternatives to drugs and various crimes. 
“We didn’t say to them, you’re coming in for treatment. We said, we’ll teach you anything you want to learn: music, dance, hip hop, art, martial arts.” The idea was that these different classes catering to the interests of many teenagers could get the teens excited and provide alterations in their brain chemistry. It would keep them busy for one, but also it would keep them interested and in the learning phase. Being addicted to dance is obviously a much better alternative than being addicted to drugs or alcohol.
At the same time, teens also received life-skills training, which focused on having more positive thoughts about themselves, their lives, and how they were interacting with others. “The main principle was that drug education doesn’t work because nobody pays attention to it. What is needed are the life skills to act on that information,” Milkman says.
UPDATE: longer, more detailed article on Iceland program and expansion efforts is HERE.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Saturday is the Online Global Student Conference - "STEM + Entrepreneurship" (plus we make our call for volunteers!)

This Saturday, March 4th (Sunday, March 5th, in parts of the world) is the 2017 STEM + Entrepreneurship Conference, this year's annual student-organized global conference, being held online and featuring student presenters and a student keynote speaker (with a couple of adult keynote speakers who shepherd youth projects thrown in for good measure)! Currently there are 26 student presentations from India, Singapore, Ukraine, Canada, Azerbaijan, New Zealand, Jordan, and the USA. Wow. All (including adults!) are welcome. Sign up at to attend.

Below You Will Find:
  • More information on the conference;
  • A full list of the current student sessions is below (with more still coming in!);
  • Information on the keynote speakers;
  • A call for volunteer session moderators.

The 2017 STEM + Entrepreneurship Conference provides an international forum for the presentation, discussion, and sharing of best practices in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and entrepreneurship in schools and other academic settings, including:
  • Fostering a better understanding of how STEM and entrepreneurship engage students, teachers, and administrators in a conversation about learning.
  • Assisting teachers and administrators in understanding how STEM and entrepreneurship impact learning both in and out of the classroom.
  • Strengthening the relationship between students, teachers, and administrators about STEM + entrepreneurship in the curriculum.

A Cross-Cultural Game Design Process Abroad by Sabeha Ahmed, Patience Boateng, Victor Salinas, and Christian Melendez
Grade: High School- Juniors and Seniors - Global Kids (New York, New York, USA)

AP Statistics Video Project - Body Image by Josephine Olivia Scherer and Erin Odegaard Orletsky
Grade: 12th - The Academy of Our Lady of Peace and Saint Augustine High Schools (San Diego, CA)

Applications of VR in Education - Enhancing Physics Simulations by Rishi Upadhyay
Grade: 11th - Monta Vista High School (California, USA)

Build Your Legacy Entrepreneurship Competition by Sarah Hohman and Ellianna Fry
Grade: 12th - North Penn-Mansfield Jr./Sr. High School-Southern Tioga School District (Pennsylvania, United States)

CLASS: Connected Learning Activities through Social Service by Abhijith K.S.
Grade: 9th - St. Albert's Higher Secondary School (India)

Connecting Science and Business: Integrating 3-D Printing into School Clubs and Encouraging Innovation by Sanjana Akula
Grade: 11th - Biotechnology High School (Freehold, New Jersey (United States))

Connecting Wechat and Education by Victoria Liu
Grade: 11th - OurEDU (California, USA)

Creating a video game which includes educational elements by Yaşar Baturalp Artar and Tunahan Sari
Grade: 10th - Nesibe Aydin Schools (Middle East, Europe and USA)

Finding and Using Great Open Source Media by Margaret "Laney" Blair
Grade: 11th - Harrison School for the Arts (USA)

Flies and Phenotypes: Our Genetics Lab Experience by Cheyenne Brooks and Eunice Daudu
Grade: 12th - Marymount School of New York (New York City, USA)

Focus on how to BE Social, not on how to DO Social.... by Simran Sehdev
Grade: XI - Kamla Nehru Public School (India)

Health Application using Sensors by Chloe Young with Aeron Young (8th Grade, Hwa Chong Institution)
Grade: 6th - Temasek Primary School (Republic of Singapore, Asia)

How high school students are already making a difference toward the detection of gravitational waves. by Valeria Ventura Subirachs
Grade: 9th - Freeport High School/ Pulsar search collaboratory (Freeport, NY)

How We Created Our School's First S.T.E.M. Week by Cheyenne Brooks and Kimora Kong
Grade: 12th - Marymount School of New York (New York City, USA)

Interactive presentations in learning by Darina Prokopenko and Anastasia Koroliuk
Grade: 9th - Kharkiv gymnasium 14 (Ukraine)

Iota Piscium - the app to safer household devices by Madhu Manivannan
Grade: 8th - University of Toronto Schools (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Kids Learning How to Code by Krish Mehra
Grade: 6th - Brady Middle School (Ohio, USA)

Multilingual Multicultural Multimedia: Globally Connected Mobile Learning Projects by Student Team
Grade: University - Baku American Center, New York Institute of Technology (Azerbaijan, USA)

Next Generation Sequencing of Urine Specimens: A Novel Platform for Genomic Analysis in Patients with Bladder Cancer by Caroline Lin
Grade: 12th - Marymount School of New York (New York City, USA)

Rapture: An Underwater Future by Jacob Langhoff
Grade: 12th - Monroe County Schools (Madisonville, Tennessee, USA)

Sharing the Robotics Love! by Hattie Compton-Moen
Grade: 9 (NZ Year 10) - St Margaret's College (New Zealand)

Solar Motor by Tammy Ng and Connie Lee
Grade: 11th - Marymount School of New York (Great Neck, NY and Forest Hills, NY)

The Future with Power and Confidence by Luma Juma’a and Dunia Basaleh
Grade: 11th - Innovation lab / The Clubhouse Network (Amman, Jordan)

TSA With The Willard Middle School by Bradley Cooper
Grade: 7th - Willard Middle School (USA)

Veggie World - from sustainability to enterpreneurship by Student Team
Grade: 6th - DPS, Bangalore South (India)

What's so great about being a Freelancer? by Shubam Verma and Simran Sehdev
Grade: 11th - Kamla Nehru Public School, Phagwara (India)


Coco Kaleel. "Making a Low-Temperature Differential Stirling Engine." Can the heat that rises from your morning coffee cup be harnessed? Can you imagine the possibilities of engines that use small temperature differentials like a bucket of ice or heat on the pavement? Could these engines help pump water in remote locations where fossil fuels aren’t readily available? What if you could make these engines inexpensively in your own garage? Coco Kaleel, a 9th grader from Los Angeles, will explore these questions and more in her discussion. Coco was honored to be a keynote speaker during last year’s conference with the topic “Making Makers: A Drill Press is a Girl’s Best Friend – A Boy’s, Too.” The Low-Temperature Differential Stirling Engine is a natural extension of that topic, putting to use the tools Coco discussed and demonstrating an actual project made with them. Coco Kaleel set out to make a Low-Temperature Differential Stirling Engine as her school science project. She will outline step-by-step instructions (photographs, too) for building one. She will also troubleshoot glitches in the making process for those interested in fabricating their own Stirling engines. This is a great project for demonstrating and learning about basic thermodynamics and for improving machining skills necessary for engineering careers. For students with access to maker spaces or innovation laboratories, Coco will outline the tools she used during each step of her making process including creating her own hot wire nichrome foam cutter and lathe dog in order to complete the project. Coco credits her inspiration to James R. Senft’s book “Introduction to Low-Temperature Differential Stirling Engines.”

Robert Hernandez (JOVRNALISM). Robert Hernandez, aka WebJournalist, has made a name for himself as a journalist of the Web, not just on the Web. He is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice at USC Annenberg, but he’s not an academic… he’s more of a “hackademic” and specializes in “MacGyvering” Web journalism solutions. He connects dots and people. He has worked for,,, La Prensa Gráfica, among others. Hernandez is also the co-founder of #wjchat and co-creator of the Diversify Journalism Project. His most recent work includes Augmented Reality, Wearables/Google Glass and Virtual Reality — he and his students produce VR experiences under their brand: JOVRNALISM. Their work can be seen in The New York Times, NPR and in their own iOS/Android app. He is the recipient of SPJ’s 2015 Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award. He has made it to imgur’s front page more than once.

Evan Wesley (Thirst Project). Evan is the Director of student activation for Thirst Project. He spends his time traveling around the United States, speaking to middle school, high school, and college students about the global water crisis. In 3 years, Evan has spoken to over 75,000 students as a Keynote speaker, working and speaking to groups including United Nations, UNICEF, Student Council, Key Club International, KIWANIS, HOSA, WordLink Peace and Justice, and Millennium Campus Network.


As usual, for our "peer-to-peer" online conferences, we depend on great volunteer moderators to help our presenters in their sessions rooms. Those who are Blackboard Collaborate capable, we need you! Sign up at Thank You!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Tiny House Summit Day 1 Videos Are Live... Watch the First 8 Speakers!

The first day of the 2017 Tiny House Summit is now live, with presentations by Macy Miller, Valerie Cook + Tim Boffe, Becky Elder, Darren Hughes, David & Jeanie Stiles, Jewel Pearson, Laura M. LaVoie, and Jenn Baxter. These videos will be available to watch for free for 24 hours (ending at 12:00 pm US Eastern Standard Time, Tuesday, February 21st), at which time they will be replaced by eight more!

​I really hope you enjoy these! There's lots to talk about in them. Join the conversations at or, or wherever you like to share (and we do hope you share - send people to to sign up)! And get ready for more great videos all week!

See you "online!"

Steve Hargadon
​Founder, Tiny House Summit

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Saturday LIVE! Show - “From Astronauts to Zimbabwe – the A to Z of Global Collaboration”

Saturday, February 18, 2017
“From Astronauts to Zimbabwe – the A to Z of Global collaboration”
Presenter: Steve Sherman

We are in for a real treat with this Classroom 2.0 LIVE presentation on February 18, 2017 by our special guest, Steve Sherman. Steve is not only an inspired, energetic, passionate global educator but he has an incredible sense of humor. He has many stories and experiences to share about his world travels "without the traveling" through the hundreds of activities he has been involved in with students through the use of technology.

Here's a taste of his humor in his profile statement which is anything but typical (read carefully).
Steve Sherman is the Chief Imagination Officer of an Educational NGO in Capetown, South Africa called Living Maths. It is a mathematics, problem-solving and science enrichment program. He teaches approximately 4500 students weekly in schools around Cape Town and now recently, the world. He is passionate about sharing knowledge and empowering young people. He is also a multi-award purchasing educator and was voted most adorable educational innovator by his unbiased mother. He feels that it is his destiny to spread the joy of problem-solving and creative thinking to anyone who is willing to listen and even to those who are not. He knows Karate, Ju-jitsu and 2 other Japanese words. Steve is an Olympic medallist for the short jump and an accomplished Yo-yo winder.

Remember to follow us on Twitter: #liveclass20

More information and session details are at If you're new to the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! show you might want to spend a few minutes viewing the screencast on the homepage to learn how we use Blackboard Collaborate, and navigate the site. Each show begins at 12pm EST (Time Zone Conversion) and may be accessed in Blackboard Collaborate directly using the following Classroom 2.0 LIVE! link at All webinars are closed captioned.

On the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! site ( you'll find the recordings and Livebinder from our recent “You're So Distracted You Probably (Don't) Think This Session is About You” session with Jason Neiffer. Click on the Archives and Resources tab.

Classroom 2.0 LIVE Team: Peggy George, Lorie Moffat, Tammy Moore, Paula Naugle, Steve Hargadon

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Call for Student Participation - 2017 STEM + Entrepreneurship Conference

The 2017 STEM + Entrepreneurship Conference, a student-organized event, will be held ONLINE on Saturday March 4th, 2017, and feature keynote speakers and crowd-sourced presentations by students in grades 6-12 and college. There is no cost to participate or attend.


Please share this outreach from the organizers: "Students of the global village, we have a question for you! Are you doing interesting projects or research in your classes related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or entrepreneurship?  Do you want to share your work with the world? In 2016, students from Australia to Asia presented at the 2016 Global Student Technology Conference.  Our free, annual online conference is a great way for you to present your work as well as a great opportunity to network with other students actively involved in STEM and Entrepreneurship. And help us support our conference by contributing to the conference Kickstarter campaign at This campaign goes to support the conference infrastructure needed to make the conference come alive!"

The 2017 STEM + Entrepreneurship Conference provides an international forum for the presentation, discussion, and sharing of best practices in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and entrepreneurship in schools and other academic settings, including:
  • Fostering a better understanding of how STEM and entrepreneurship engage students, teachers, and administrators in a conversation about learning.
  • Assisting teachers and administrators in understanding how STEM and entrepreneurship impact learning both in and out of the classroom.
  • Strengthening the relationship between students, teachers, and administrators about STEM + entrepreneurship in the curriculum.
Sign up at to register to attend, to be kept informed, or to submit a proposal. The call for proposals for the conference is now open, and submissions will be accepted on a first-come basis. While everyone is invited to attend the actual event, conference session proposals will only be accepted from students! 

Please also help us promote this event, particularly to students who might consider presenting or attending. This is our third year of a student-organized online conference (it was previously called the "Student Technology Conference"), and archived recordings of the previous years are available on the site to help students become familiar with the concept. As well, training and support are provided to presenters, many of whom will be presenting for the first time.

The primary and founding sponsor of this event is Marymount School of New York. Schools interested in becoming conference partners, or organizations interested in sponsoring, can email for more information.

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