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.

See you online!

Friday, February 10, 2017

“You’re So Distracted You Probably (Don’t) Think This Session is about You!” - Classroom 2.0 Saturday LIVE! Show with Jason Neiffer

Saturday, February 11, 2017
“You’re So Distracted You Probably (Don’t) Think This Session is about You!”

Presenter: Jason Neiffer
We are excited to welcome Jason Neiffer as our special guest presenter on Classroom 2.0 LIVE on February 11, 2017.

Webinar Description:
Chances are you are reading this description on a digital device: laptop, cellphone or tablet. At the same time that this device is connecting you to a vast world of people and information, it is also distracting you with notifications, games, amusements, and low-value content designed to pull you in and dominate your finite well of attention. If you can't fight it, what chance does an impulsive adolescent have??! It is time to have an honest conversation about digital distraction. This presentation will approach the problem head on, with a look at the problem and suggestions of saving yourself AND your students from this growing problem!

Jason Neiffer is Assistant Director/Curriculum Director of the Montana Digital Academy, Montana’s public state virtual school. Since MTDA’s start in 2010, he has lead a team of over 100 teachers delivering over 100 course titles to tens of thousands students across the State of Montana. Before working with MTDA, Jason was a veteran classroom teacher with experience in two large high schools building diverse, successful programs in social studies, debate, speech, newspaper production and computer science. Jason is a leader in educational technology integration and popular speaker and trainer with experience working with thousands of teachers from all levels to improve their tech-savvy teaching. A doctoral candidate at the University of Montana, Jason is studying open education resources, online learning and the impact of internet filtering on classroom technology integration. Jason has been honored as a Distinguished Educator, Most Inspirational Teacher, Outstanding Teacher and winner of the ISTE “Making IT Happen” award.

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 “Formative Assessment with Technology” session with Dr. Monica Burns. Click on the Archives and Resources tab.

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


...and visit for daily Chromebook news, tips, and tricks.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

The 2017 Tiny House Summit

[The following is an article I wrote for the upcoming issue of Tiny House Magazine and which they've given me permission to publish. Please visit their site and consider subscribing!]

What would happen if you arranged for speakers from around the world to talk about tiny houses and small-scale living? And what if you did so online, so that meant there was no travel involved, either for the speakers or the attendees? What if you made it possible for anyone to watch from the comfort of their own home, in their pajamas even? And what if you made it free?

Well, we’re about to find out. The first ever Tiny House Summit will be February 20 - 24, online, through your computer or mobile device, and features 30+ great speakers and presenters, talking about all kinds of important topics: affordability, financial freedom, financing, zoning and regulation, insurance, building your own or buying from a builder, family living, environmental and healthy materials, energy and waste, solar power, design decisions, communities and renting, sustainability, minimalism, and even converting old school buses into tiny homes (skoolies)!

You could say that the Tiny House Summit is my “brainchild.” I’ve been running large-scale online events in education for the last ten years. I created one of the first modern social network for educators (Classroom 2.0), and then also co-created what was likely the first massive, online, “peer to peer” conference, called the Global Education Conference. I also created several other well-know events that run also each year, bringing together teachers, students, librarians, administrators, and others to learn with and from each other.

I became a fan of tiny houses when our family moved to Asheville, NC, just over three years ago, and soon thereafter I inherited the local tiny house meetup group. After having some success in holding meetings and regular events, I was asked by the current administrator of the local Facebook group for tiny houses if I’d be willing to also take over that group (a perfect fit!). Since then both groups have been associated and continue to grow and thrive--the Facebook group alone has over 1400 members, and the meetup group over 11000. This is largely because of lots of great people who pitch in, as it’s definitely a team effort!

In one of those monthly tiny house meetups, I asked the group if anyone had ever done an online event on tiny houses, and nobody could think of one… which of course meant we were off and running! I sent an email out to the group, asking for anyone who wanted to help work on this idea to join me on an adventure. Local entrepreneur Sera Turner became my lead organizer for the project, and together we coordinated almost a year of research and preparation.

One of the challenges that we have faced was that I wasn’t known in the broader tiny house community. Sera and I started attending tiny house festivals, and also reaching out to speakers we had heard or were aware of--asking what they thought of holding an online event, what they felt would be critical to do in such an event, and if they themselves would consider participating. Building trust with the cadre of tiny house movers and shakers definitely took some time, but I knew it would, and ultimately I think we’ve been able to show both the benefits of holding an event online and that we were willing to do what it would take to make the event happen. I also hoped that my own philosophical alignment with these pioneers that I admired so much would come through, and that they would recognize the intentions to enrich the greater tiny house movement.

Mirrored in the Tiny House Summit, and at the core of my educational events, is a particular philosophy of creating opportunities for regular people to meet each other and make connections. I believe that the advent of the Internet is dramatically changing not just learning, but how we work and organize (just think of all the YouTube creating and watching that tiny house people do!)  Just as my educational events have allowed thousands of teachers, librarians, students, and others to present to their peers, and hundreds of thousands to participate and network with each other, I’m hoping we can do the same in the tiny house world. In addition to invited speakers, anyone in the community can also propose to present on a tiny-house or small-scale-living related topic, and there’s free training for using the online software and presenting. We will have a few really great “community presentations” this year, and hopefully that will help people get the idea and we’ll get lots more in the future.

I’ve got over a half million total members in my educational networks, and while I like Facebook and Twitter, I think that they don’t always allow the depth of conversation--and the organizing and finding of those conversations--that are the hallmarks of a good “community of practice” (a phrase from the educational world that certainly applies to the tiny house movement). My son and I (mostly my son) have been working on a skoolie and the online forum has been invaluable. I hope that the same will be true for the Tiny House Summit, and in particular, that the network platform that have created as “home base” for the summit,, will become a uniquely valuable place for sharing beyond the actual event itself.

We have also tried to find a diversity of speakers to represent the variety of interests of the larger tiny house movement, and also my own personal passions. We sent out a survey to over 900 bloggers, builders, and do-it-yourselfers asking what topics they would want to make sure were covered during the Summit, and who they would want to hear from… so now you know how we came up with our 30+ speakers! There are a lot of personal reasons that people are interested in tiny houses and there are also some larger social implications as well. The move toward minimalism and financial freedom are compelling personal reasons to look at tiny living, and so for me is the large question of how we help those who are homeless. I volunteer for a local homeless program, and I consider myself a proponent of the “housing first” model of addressing homelessness. Providing shelter and a “roof of one’s own” is, I believe, the first step in helping the homeless, and tiny houses seem critically poised to provide this base-line response. As this goes to press, I think we’ve also nailed down a great speaker to talk about tiny housing as one approach to homelessness.

So, with an event this ambitious, that has taken a year to build, and is drawing on the expertise of well-known speakers, how can it be free? I’m using a financial model for online events that I really like, and which has become common enough that many reading this will recognize it from other online events you may have seen advertised. The presentations for each day of the Summit will be available to watch for free for the first 24 hours after they are released, and then as the next day’s set of presentations becomes available, the previous day’s set will become part of a larger package of recordings and bonus materials that can be purchased ($99). The reason I like this model is it commits to making sure no one is denied access to the sessions because of financial constraints, yet it still creates revenue to support the event.

More information, and to sign up, at And you can like the Facebook page and keep informed that way at

I hope to “see you” online!

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Thursday, February 02, 2017

Announcing the 2017 GlobalEd.TV Webinar Series - ​"Foundational Attitudes and Projects for Global Citizenship"

GlobalEd TV is a free, inclusive, and comprehensive webinar series which spotlights theories and best practices related to multiculturalism in schools and organizations all over the world. This 5-part series is hosted monthly by the Global Education Conference Network, the Learning Revolution, and Know My World; and the series is designed to inform educators, students, and parents about the role of cultural and global competence in education.

(Registered guests are not in any way required to attend the live sessions, and will receive links to the recording after each session. Attending live will provide an opportunity to ask questions and participate actively.)

This series will look at the foundations for providing students with the kinds of social and emotional attitudes needed to be effective global citizens, and it will explain and document real classroom projects that foster cultural identity, critical thinking, assumptions, communication and social responsibility. Every session will scaffold a learning path to build the appropriate attitudes for engaging in the world and with others. The culmination will be a social impact project for the local community. Each 1-hour session will feature a project being implemented in the diverse Know My World 3rd Grade Classroom in Taichung, Taiwan by educator and co-founder, Genevieve Murphy. Co-founder Lisa Petro will host the series and lead webinar participants through the project sequence, research behind each competency area and method, and share pre-recorded footage of students engaging in the instruction. At the end of each session, participants will receive a lesson sequence to replicate or modify in their classrooms.


Lisa Petro is a Curriculum Development Consultant and the Co-founder of Know My World, a Global Education Resource organization, which focuses in the development of Social, Emotional, Academic, and Cultural Learning (SECAL) through digital cross-cultural exchanges and integrated classroom projects. Lisa has designed Global Education curriculum and professional development workshops for teachers in the United States, Japan, Nepal, China, Mexico, Albania, Palestine and Taiwan with an emphasis on social/emotional learning and cultural competence in the classroom. Lisa continues to offer cross-cultural training in preparation for panel presentations at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women with girls and women from all over the world through The Grail NGO. She has also presented dynamic cross-cultural workshos at the East Asia Regional Conference for Overseas Schools in Thailand and China, Congreso de Preparatoria, Preparatorias del Tecnólogico de Monterrey, ITESM in Mexico, the State University of New York Multicultural Education Conference, The Global Education Forum, and the SUNY Collaborative Online Intercultural Learning. and


Genevieve Murphy is a global educator who has taught students K-12 in the United States, Japan and Taiwan. She currently designs and teaches Social and Emotional Learning at the American School Taichung in Taichung, Taiwan. Genevieve has presented professional development workshops on social, emotional and culutral projects in the United States, Japan, Nepal, China, Thailand and will be presenting at the 2017 EARCOS conference in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. She is also the Global Development Director and co-founder of Know My World, a global educational resource that emphasizes social, emotional and cultural learning through digital exchange and integrated classroom projects.


Mon. Feb. 20th - 7pm EST
​Cultures in the Classroom: Cultivating Cultural Identity with Students
​Connecting to self and understanding who we are is foundational when developing skills for global citizenship and building authentic relationships with others. In this session, global educators will explore initial activities to scaffold meaningful interactions for students based on cultural identity through self-awareness practices. Using Geert Hofstede’s Cultural Model diagram, students will produce class culture books that demonstrate their understanding of the key elements of culture.

Mon. March 20th - 7pm EST
Seeing is Being: Thinking Critically About Social Perspectives
Self-awareness provides a consistent platform for investigating the world and how it relates to our experiences when interacting with others. Based on the 4 C’s of 21st century learning, this project session supports students in distinguishing varied perspectives through critical thinking skills within their peer relationships. Students will learn about social awareness as a means to develop cultural sensitivity by comparing and contrasting their own perspectives with others, led by a series of critical thought practices including Didactic Questioning and the Socratic Method.

Mon. April 24th - 7pm EST
​Labeling: The Impact of Placing Names on Others
​Knowing who we are, the way we view our experiences and how we impact others provides students with a powerful set of skills and resources to create behaviors that are fair, inclusive and culturally appropriate. Building on the developmental process of sessions 1 and 2, this project session focuses on Conceptualising the Other (Roffey, 2010) and aims to guide students through the process of labeling based on judgement. Students will examine the kinds of words used to label themselves and others, calling attention to the positive and negative emotional impact.

Mon. May 22nd - 7pm EST
​Conscious Communication: Choosing Words
Applying self-awareness, openness, and sensitivity in social situations requires practice through communication with others. While engaged in dialogue, students must understand that not all communication will be easy or clear, and by taking ownership for their words and behaviors, they can demonstrate personal power by choosing what and how they communicate. Through the joining of English Language Arts and Social and Emotional Learning, students will participate in a series of role-playing exercises to practice strategies for conscious communication.

Mon. June 12th - 7pm EST
​Needs and Wants: Developing Personal Relationships in Service-Learning
Global Citizenship is most effectively demonstrated through the experiences students engage in with local and global communities. The cumulation of honing such attitudes and skills explored in this series, including self-awareness, openness, sensitivity and adaptability, can be displayed in a student’s ability to function effectively when working toward shared goals with others. Looking at the dynamics of Community Service-Learning, the last session of this series will demonstrate ways students can create distinctions between their needs and wants along with others, and the impact communicating their needs has on building community relationships.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Old PCs to Chromebooks, Tiny Houses, and More Chromebook Love...

Here are three fun new (slightly quirky) projects!

FIRST, we'll start with a "curation blog" I've started that has daily Chromebook tips and tricks from around the web. The blog is at (you can also get to with the forwarding shortcut It will be slanted toward education, but as a huge fan of Chromebooks in general, I'll collect and post anything that I think will be helpful. (I own a Google Chromebook Pixel, and it is by far the best computer I have ever owned.) You can subscribe by email to the posts, and you can send me any articles or posts you want me to include. (There is a commercial angle to this blog, as you'll see advertisements on it for things like this next project...)

SECOND, I'm hosting another / CloudReady webinar on schools converting their existing PCs and Macs into fully-functional Chromebooks, and making existing labs and carts with older computers useful again. The Webinar is this coming Thursday, February 2nd, 2017, from 2:00 - 2:30 pm US-EST (click here for your local time).

You can register to attend HERE, and by doing so will also receive a link to the recording if you can't make the live event.
More than 600 school districts have already used CloudReady to turn their existing PCs and Macs into fully functional Chromebooks. 
No need to buy new hardware: CloudReady is compatible with over 200 of the most common computer models sold in the past 9 years. 
And now, with their new step-by-step installation guide, CloudReady is easier to install than ever. 
In this session, we'll share how you can breathe life into existing labs and carts to make older computers useful again, enable 1:1 intiatives, and manage CloudReady machines alongside Chromebooks in the Google Admin console. Plus, receive a special 15% discount at the end just by attending!
FINALLY, and now for something completely different, tiny houses! Yes, you read that right. I'm running a free, online event on tiny houses and small-scale living February 20 - 24 called the Tiny House Summit, with an incredible lineup of speakers. Links are below. My doing this is not as far-fetched as you might think, since my interests in small-scale education solutions, peer-to-peer learning, student/learner agency, and self-direction turn out to match really well with the tiny house movement (plus I run a tiny house meetup group in my hometown with 1300 members, and there are even some schools where the students build tiny houses as a school project)! 

I hope you'll consider joining us, and tell your family and friends--all are welcome!
See you online!


Steve Hargadon