Thursday, May 21, 2020

REINVENTING.SCHOOL Today with Howard Blumenthal - "Distance Learning" #reinventingschool #learningrevolution


Today we have our third episode of the weekly interview series "REINVENTING.SCHOOL," being held live on Thursdays at 4:00 pm US-EDT and hosted by Howard Blumenthal

Last week, the topic was money and trying to understand how local and global economics intersects with the education of our children ("Paying for School"). The recording is now available on the www.reinventing.school section of LearningRevolution.com, on YouTube, and soon by audio podcast (we'll let you know the link in future announcements).

This week, the topic is distance learning, a phenomenon that has suddenly captivated the world of school and education. Certainly, under the best of circumstances, with the most clever of professionals and parents, distance learning is an ideal short-term solution for students attempting to learn during this global mess. With second and third waves of coronavirus looming for later this year and 2021, along with the very large number of students for whom distance learning is a poor or otherwise unacceptable solution, there are big questions to be asked about how we learn, what we learn and why we learn.

To watch the live show at 4:00 pm US-EDT, or to access the recordings afterward, please go to http://www.reinventing.school (or https://learningrevolution.com/reinventingschool). 

For today's topic, host Howard Blumenthal welcomes Jessica Piotrowski, Associate Professor at The University of Amsterdam, in The Netherlands, and Director of the Center for Research on Children, Adolescents and the Media (CcaM); Monica Goyette, the Superintendent of Schools for the Mat-Su Borough School District in Palmer, Alaska in the U.S.; and David Weinberger, author of Everyday Chaos: Technology, Complexity, and How We're Thriving in a New World of Possibility, and senior researcher at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. He will also be joined by Aiden, a student from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Please join us for the live recording, or visit www.reinventing.school early next week to watch the recorded edition.
 
More about this week's guests:

Dr. Monica Goyette became the Superintendent of Schools for the Mat-Su Borough School District in April, 2017. An Alaska educator since 1998, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences, a Masters of Education in Guidance and Counseling, a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership, and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership/Curriculum & Instruction. Prior to becoming the Superintendent, Dr. Goyette worked as a counselor, teacher, school principal, executive director, and assistant superintendent of instruction. Dr. Goyette’s teaching and educational leadership experiences have shaped her agenda, which has an unwavering focus on student achievement and success. She looks forward to making learning meaningful and lasting for students; using capital assets resourcefully and wisely; and meeting the needs of students, parents, and employees.
https://www.matsuk12.us/domain/4644

Jessica Taylor Piotrowski, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). She is the Director of the Center for Research on Children, Adolescents, and the Media (CcaM), the Program Group Leader for Youth & Media Entertainment at ASCoR, and recently completed a 4-year term as the Chair of Children, Adolescents, and the Media division of the International Communication Association – the largest academic division of children and media scholars worldwide. An award-winning scholar, Dr. Piotrowski’s research investigates how youth process and comprehend media content, with specific attention to the potential benefits of media. She is particularly focused on understanding how young users process media content (cognitively, affectively, and physiologically) and the role of individual differences (dispositional, developmental, and social) in the selection and processing of media content. In recent years, she has begun to dive deeply into the topic of digital literacy in childhood and adolescence. Dr. Piotrowski frequently speaks at academic and trade conferences on the role of media in the lives of young people today. Moreover, with a strong belief in forging the divide between academic scholarship and societal practice, Dr. Piotrowski often shares her work in higher education classrooms, at public policy organizations, at children’s media organizations, and with childcare providers both within the Netherlands and worldwide. She is the co-author of the book Plugged In: How Media Attract and Affect Youth (Yale University Press, 2017), and regularly publishes in communication, psychology, and education journals.

Dr. David Weinberger: In books, articles, posts, classes, and talks, David Weinberger, Ph.D. explores the effect of the technology on ideas. He is a senior researcher at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and was co-director of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, and a journalism fellow at Harvard's Shorenstein Center. Dr. Weinberger has been a marketing VP and adviser to high tech companies, an adviser to presidential campaigns, and a Franklin Fellow at the U.S. State Department. In four books he has explored the effect of the Internet on knowledge, on how we organize our ideas, on business, and on the core concepts by which we think about our world. His new book, Everyday Chaos: Technology, Complexity, and How We're Thriving in a New World of Possibility (Harvard Business Review Press) argues that AI and the Internet are transforming our understanding of how things happen, enabling us to acknowledge the complexity and unknowability of our world. Dr. Weinberger has a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Toronto and lives in the Boston area.
http://www.weinberger.org/David

4995562699?profile=RESIZE_400xHoward Blumenthal created and produced the PBS television series, Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? He is currently a Senior Scholar at The University of Pennsylvania, studying learning and the lives of 21st-century children and teenagers. He travels the world, visiting K-12 schools, lecturing at universities, and interviewing young people for Kids on Earth, a global platform containing nearly 1,000 interview segments from Kentucky, Brazil, Sweden, India, and many other countries. Previously, he was a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist for The New York Times Syndicate, and United Features. He is the author of 24 books and several hundred articles about technology, learning, business, and human progress. As an executive, Howard was the CEO of a public television operation and several television production companies, and a state government official. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President for divisions of two large media companies, Hearst and Bertelsmann, and a consultant or project lead for Energizer, General Electric, American Express, CompuServe, Warner Communications, Merriam-Webster, Atari, and other companies.

Thursday, May 21 Events - The Learning Revolution Online Daily Education Conference #learningrevolution


Welcome to the Thursday, May 21st edition of the 2020 Learning Revolution daily online conference. The day's sessions are below. To see all sessions submitted so far, and to correspond with presenters, click hereRecordings of past sessions are listed on the Recordings page. The conference hashtag is #learningrevolution.

TODAY'S SESSIONS:
All times are US-Eastern Daylight Time - to see them in your own time zone and to get the links for attending live, click HERE.
  • 9:00 AM - Engaging in Global Inquiry: Teachers and Students as Agents of Change with Dr. Hiller Spires, Associate Dean and Executive Director, The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University
  • 12:00 PM - Who Will Teach the Children? Recruiting, Retaining & Refreshing Highly Effective Educators with Franklin P. Schargel, Senior Managing Associate, School Success Network
  • 2:00 PM - Grab and Go Strategies for Assessing Learning Online with Drew Schrader, School Program Manager, Challenge Success | Jen Cote, School Program Director
  • 4:00 PM - REINVENTING.SCHOOL Episode 3: “The Shift to Distance Learning” with Howard Blumenthal and special guests Jessica Piotrowski, Monica Goyette, and David Weinberger.

How you can participate in the Learning Revolution:

PRESENT: Submit to present a regular session on an education topic here. See the long list of potential strands here. If you present for a living and need to figure out an appropriate role in the Learning Revolution Conference, email admin@learningrevolution.com.
HOST: Host a conversation here. Instead of giving a formal presentation, would you like to guide a group discussion on a specific topic? Hosted conversations are listed in the conference calendar and held in a virtual Zoom room with up to 300 participants. Or start a regular "show"--we're looking for individuals who might want to host a regular topic-specific "show" or interview series during and after the conference--email steve@learningrevolution.com if this is you! 
ORGANIZE: Organize your own mini-conference inside of the Learning Revolution conference here. You create a group for your topic, come up with a strand tag for your topic/group, encourage your audience (and/or others) to join learningrevolution.com and to submit topic-specific presentation proposals.
SPONSORHelp by sponsoring or supporting this event-- you can become a conference partner or sponsor, you can sponsor a special speaker or a show, or you can hold a commercial conference session. Email steve@learningrevolution.com.