Wednesday, May 17, 2017

"Digital Literacy & Fake News" Keynote Panelists Announced + First Sessions for Mini-Conference


We're excited to announce the keynote panelists for our our second of three Library 2.017 mini-conferences: "Digital Literacy + Fake News," which will be held online (and for free) on Thursday, June 1st, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone).

In the first hour, Bryan Alexander will host our special opening panel discussion, joined by Mnar Muhawesh, Doug Belshaw, and Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe. More information on each of them is below. They and our session presenters will look deeply at the foundational relationship of libraries and librarians to media, information, and digital literacy. Bryan will also give a closing keynote at the end of the three-hour mini-conference.

We invite all library professionals, educators, students, and others to provide input and participate this event. The call for session proposals is still open, and the currently accepted conference sessions are listed at the bottom of this post.

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

What does “digital literacy” mean in an era shaped by the Internet, social media, and staggering quantities of information? How is it that the fulfillment of human hopes for a open knowledge society seem to have resulted in both increased skepticism of, and casualness with, information? What tools and understanding can library professionals bring to a world that seems to be dominated by fake news?

In this Library 2.107 mini-conference, we start with the foundational relationship of libraries and librarians to media, information, and now digital literacy, and then we ask some pointed questions. How should library and information professionals address the issues of fake news, propaganda, and biased research? What technical skills are required for critical thinking in the digital age? As learners increasingly move from just consuming information to also socially producing it, what are the new requisite skills of critical thinking and decision-making? What are appropriate uses for social media when conducting research? What is digital citizenship in a global, globally-diverse, and often globally-fragmented world? What work on digital literacy is available, what frameworks already support these efforts, what are the perspectives of the leading thinkers?

Participants are encouraged to use #library2017 along with #digitalliteracy, and #fakenews on their social media posts leading up to and during the event.

MORE INFORMATION:
The School of Information at San José State University is the founding conference sponsor, and additional support has been provided by Follett. 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.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS:
The call for proposals is still open HERE. We encourage all who are interested in giving a 25-minute presentation to submit.

WEBINAR PLATFORM:
The sessions will be held in Blackboard Collaborate, and can be accessed live from any personal computer and most mobile devices. (To see if your system is already configured for Blackboard Collaborate, you can try entering the practice room at http://www.thepracticeroom.me. If you aren't able to enter that room, see Behind the Blackboard Support.)

Registration will give you access to the live event and to the event recordings. An event reminder and additional connecting information will be sent just prior to the event.

KEYNOTE PANELISTS



Bryan Alexander
Futurist
@bryanalexander

Bryan Alexander is an internationally known futurist, researcher, writer, speaker, consultant, and teacher, working in the field of how technology transforms education. He completed his English language and literature PhD at the University of Michigan in 1997, with a dissertation on doppelgangers in Romantic-era fiction and poetry. Then Bryan taught literature, writing, multimedia, and information technology studies at Centenary College of Louisiana. There he also pioneered multi-campus interdisciplinary classes, while organizing an information literacy initiative. From 2002 to 2014 Bryan worked with the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), a non-profit working to help small colleges and universities best integrate digital technologies. With NITLE he held several roles, including co-director of a regional education and technology center, director of emerging technologies, and senior fellow. Over those years Bryan helped develop and support the nonprofit, grew peer networks, consulted, and conducted a sustained research agenda. In 2013 Bryan launched a business, Bryan Alexander Consulting, LLC. Through BAC he consults throughout higher education in the United States and abroad. Bryan also speaks widely and publishes frequently, with articles appearing in venues including The Atlantic Monthly, Inside Higher Ed. He has been interviewed by and featured in MSNBC, US News and World Report, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the National Association of College and University Business Officers, Pew Research, Campus Technology, and the Connected Learning Alliance. His two most recent books are Gearing Up For Learning Beyond K-12 and The New Digital Storytelling.
http://www.bryanalexander.org

Digital Literacy and Fake News



Doug Belshaw
Open Educator and Consultant
@dajbelshaw

Dr. Doug Belshaw is an internationally-recognised open educator, consultant and presenter with experience from Primary through to Higher education. After working with the non-profit Mozilla Foundation on Open Badges and leading work around a new Web Literacy Map he now brings his expertise to organisations worldwide through Dynamic Skillset.
https://dougbelshaw.com/




Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe
Professor/Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction, University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
@lisalibrarian

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe is Professor/Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction in the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as well as an affiliate faculty member in the university’s library school.At Illinois, she has also served as Acting Head of the University High School Library, Head of the Undergraduate Library, Acting Coordinator for Staff Development and Training, and Coordinator for Strategic Planning in the University Library. Previously, she was the Library Instruction Coordinator at Illinois State University and Reference Librarian at Parkland Community College. Lisa has been a member of the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Information Literacy Immersion Program faculty since 2003 and has taught Classic (Teacher and Program Track), Intentional Teaching, and Assessment Immersion as well as custom programs for institutions/regional areas. Lisa is a past-president of ACRL, which launched the Value of Academic Libraries Initiative during her presidency. Along with Debra Gilchrist, Lisa is also the lead designer for ACRL’s training program for the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education and the IMLS-funded Assessment in Action project. Lisa has presented and published widely on information literacy, teaching and learning, the value of academic libraries and library assessment, evaluation, and innovation. Her most recent book is Environments for Student Growth and Development: Libraries and Student Affairs in Collaboration (co-edited with Melissa Autumn Wong). Lisa has received the University of Illinois Library School Alumni Association Leadership Award, ONLINE World Best Practice Award, and Jane B. and Robert B. Downs Professional Promise Award. Lisa earned her Master of Education in educational psychology/instructional design and Master of Library and Information Science degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is currently a PhD student in Global Studies in Education in the Department of Educational Policy, Organization, and Leadership. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.
https://lisahinchliffe.com




Mnar Muhawesh
Founder, CEO and Editor in Chief, MintPress News
@mnarmuh

Mnar Muhawesh is founder, CEO and editor in chief of MintPress News, and is also a regular speaker on responsible journalism, sexism, neoconservativism within the media and journalism start-ups. She started her career as an independent multimedia journalist covering Midwest and national politics while focusing on civil liberties and social justice issues posting her reporting and exclusive interviews on her blog MintPress, which she later turned MintPress into the global news source it is today. In 2009, Muhawesh also became the first American woman to wear the hijab to anchor/report the news in American media. Muhawesh is also a wife and mother of a rascal four year old boy, juggling her duties as a CEO and motherly tasks successfully as supermom.
http://www.mintpressnews.com/author/mnarmuhawesh/



ACCEPTED CONFERENCE SESSIONS:

Combating Bias and Propaganda: A Cataloger's Perspective by Faye Leibowitz
Full Description HERE

Fighting against Fake news + content by Laura Malita
Full Description HERE

Information Literacy? Future Ready Librarians Can Do That! by Mark Ray - Director of Innovation and Library Services | Future Ready Librarians Lead
Full Description HERE

Media Literacy: Critical Thinking Questions for Analyzing Fake News by Frank W Baker
Full Description HERE

Passion Based Literacies + Social Media by Shannon Steimel
Full Description HERE

The role librarians will be playing in furthering democracy learning in their schools by Paul Loranger
Full Description HERE

What is fake news? Definitions from first-year college students. by Derek Malone
Full Description HERE

Monday, April 24, 2017

Streaming Live from NY Today - The Global Leadership Summit

Global Education Leadership Week (GLW) is a week-long celebration of leadership through global action in K-20 education, taking place this coming week, April 24 - 28, 2017, and organized by the Global Education Conference (GEC) Network. GLW presents opportunities for educators and organizations to learn from one another and share effective leadership principles, particularly within the context of an interconnected, global age. The ultimate goal of this event is to encourage more school and organizational leaders to make global education a priority within their institutions.

Our flagship event this week is an  face-to-face event with four panel discussions for global education leaders, the Global Leadership Summit, TODAY, Monday, April 14th, from 3:00 - 7:00pm US-EDT in New York at the Institute of International Education.


To access the livestream, go to the the GEC Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/globaledcon

There panel discussions this year are: ​"The Role and Responsibility of Media in Global Education," ​"Innovation in Global Education," "The Value of Exchange Programs," and "Understanding and Educating for Global Citizenship."

For the panels we have an incredible lineup of panelists: David Bornstein, Jenny M. Buccos, Holly Ornstein Carter, Dana Mortenson, David Rohde, Karen Blumberg, Karen Kirsch, Keith R. Krueger, Kevin Smith, Waidehi Gokhale, Melvin Harmon, Tonya Muro, Nancy Overholt, Lisa Petro, Maureen McLaughlin, Daniel Perell, Ken Simon, and Megan Wilhelm.

See their photos and bios HERE as well as the recording of last year's panels.

Also during Global Leadership Week, partner organizations, companies, school districts and individual schools have designed and are hosting virtual or face-to-face events to showcase global thought leadership. A listing of the currently scheduled events is below; you can find an up-to-the-minute listing, in your own time zone, HERE. (By the way--it is not too late to add your event to the live calendar! More here.)

See you online!


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Global Leadership Week - Information and Schedule

Global Education Leadership Week (GLW) is a week-long celebration of leadership through global action in K-20 education, taking place this coming week, April 24 - 28, 2017, and organized by the Global Education Conference (GEC) Network. GLW presents opportunities for educators and organizations to learn from one another and share effective leadership principles, particularly within the context of an interconnected, global age. The ultimate goal of this event is to encourage more school and organizational leaders to make global education a priority within their institutions.

During Global Leadership Week, partner organizations, companies, school districts and individual schools have designed and are hosting virtual or face-to-face events to showcase global thought leadership. A listing of the currently scheduled events is below; you can find an up-to-the-minute listing, in your own time zone, HERE. (By the way--it is not too late to add your event to the live calendar! More here.)

Our flagship event this week is an invite only, face-to-face networking meetup for global education leaders, the Global Leadership Summit, on Monday, April 14th, from 3:00 - 7:00pm US-EDT in New York this year at the Institute of International Education.  It is in the schedule below, will be streamed live publicly, will also be recorded and archived on the Global Leadership site. There are four panel discussions this year: ​"The Role and Responsibility of Media in Global Education," ​"Innovation in Global Education," "The Value of Exchange Programs," and "Understanding and Educating for Global Citizenship." AND we have an incredible lineup of panelists: David Bornstein, Jenny M. Buccos, Holly Ornstein Carter, Dana Mortenson, David Rohde, Karen Blumberg, Karen Kirsch, Keith R. Krueger, Kevin Smith, Waidehi Gokhale, Melvin Harmon, Tonya Muro, Nancy Overholt, Lisa Petro, Maureen McLaughlin, Daniel Perell, Ken Simon, and Megan Wilhelm. See their photos and bios HERE as well as the recording of last year's panels.


Our current plan is to stream this event live from our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/globaledcon.

Now, for the rest of the week's events!

GLOBAL LEADERSHIP WEEK SCHEDULE
US-Eastern Daylight Time

Saturday, April 22
11:00am
  • Lead 3 Symposium: The Leadership 3.0 Symposium is a collaborative effort of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), CUE, Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership (TICAL). It is truly “for administrators, by administrators.” Three organizations, one mission – Educational Leadership for the 21st century. 

Monday, April 24
9:00am
  • Growing Global Citizens Twitter Slow chat: We will look at how we can encourage teachers to grow more global citizens. We will be hosting a twitter slow chat using the hashtag #LCPSedChat. Questions will be posted each morning at 9 am Monday through Friday.  Please check back regularly to contribute to the discussion. 
  • Using social media for leadership development: This event will focus on leadership development through using social media as a strong connection to enhance their inter personnel skills. Students and alumni of the Access English microscholarship program will share their leadership success stories as posted on this group. 
12:00pm
  • Using WorldVuze to Foster Critical, Creative, and Collaborative Global Thinkers! Learn a new and exciting way to foster your students’ critical, creative, and collaborative thinking skills by using a free global student discussion platform, WorldVuze (www.worldvuze.com). On WorldVuze, your students can safely communicate their own perspectives on complex topics from democracy, poverty, climate change and urbanization and learn from the multiple and diverse perspectives of their peers around the world. Join a walk-through of the WorldVuze platform led by one of its' co-founders and explore ways you can actively engage your students in your curriculum through authentic, safe, and meaningful global dialogue by joining a discussion or by starting your own as a class. 
3:00pm
  • The 2017 Global Leadership Summit 

Tuesday, April 25
9:00am
  • Stevens Initiative Virtual Exchange Forum: The 2017 Stevens Initiative virtual exchange forum will serve as an opportunity for Stevens Initiative awardees and other virtual exchange practitioners to share the impact of their programs. It will also allow experts and stakeholders to chart a path for demonstrating the impact of virtual exchange, reaching new communities, and setting a learning agenda for the field. The Stevens Initiative is an international effort to expand access to virtual exchange to build global competence for young people in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa. The Initiative is a lasting tribute to Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, a public servant who dedicated himself to building understanding between people from different countries. The Initiative is housed at the Aspen Institute and is a public-private partnership of the family of Ambassador Stevens, the U.S. Department of State, the Bezos Family Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, LRNG, Vidyo, Twitter, Microsoft, and the governments of the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, and Algeria. 
3:00pm
  • Learn With the World through Global Project Based Learning with iEARN: Are you looking to connect your class to learn with the world? Join our 30 minute session on Facebook Live where we will share how iEARN is engaging educators and youth to in global, collaborative projects to make a meaningful contribution to the health and welfare of the planet and its people. In this session we will review best practices, tips, and advice for building connections with educators around the world and beginning online, collaborative projects. During this event we will share and answer your questions related to: Identifying strategies for networking with educators from different countries and building project teams; Reviewing tips and advice to prepare students for online global communication and project work with their peers; Sharing examples of global collaborative projects for different ages and subject areas.
7:00pm
  • Globaled.tv: "Labeling: The Impact of Of Placing Names on Others."  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 is designed to inform educators, students, and parents about the role of cultural and global competence in education.  Join us for part 3 of the current series "Foundational Attitudes and Projects for Global Citizenship" in which we will explore labeling and the impact of placing names on others. This session will provide a developed project sequence by Know My World, real life examples of implementation in the classroom and researched theories behind the activity design. 
Wednesday, April 26
4:00pm
  • A transformational study abroad experience in Costa Rica - Start with UPEACE! The Centre for Executive Education at the UN-mandated University for Peace partners with academic intuitions of all levels, from middle schools to doctorate programs, to create customized, powerful learning experiences that use Costa Rica as our campus. We cover all the logistics to make it easy for you, and draw on a deep network of on-the-ground partners to set up a unique experience combining classroom time, dynamic workshops, and visits to local businesses and organizations exemplifying the concepts we’re teaching.  We’ve run courses in many areas including language & culture, social responsibility, human rights, business, peace studies, education, sustainability and much more. We know starting the process can be daunting! We’ll share examples of past programs to help you imagine the best short-term study abroad program for your institution, and we’ll talk you through how the process works. 

Thursday, April 27
  • The Catalyst Conference (through Sunday): Global Online Academy's second annual online conference brings together more than 300 students seeking to spark change in their communities. These students have designed interactive projects that transform their coursework into real-world campaigns for change. Conference attendees are invited to view, discuss, and share this work. Free and open to the public. 
11:00am
  • Catalyst Conference Keynote: Sean Maguire of Plan International. This is a free, live video event with Sean Maguire of Plan International, a global advocacy organization dedicated to children's rights. Plan International launched to "Because I am a Girl" campaign. 
12:00pm
  • Inspire Action for Global Good through #TeachSDGs: Join in this special Twitter chat to discover ways to bring the Sustainable Development Goals to classrooms and support the work of the United Nations to meet the agenda for sustainable development by the year 2030. Together with UNICEF's World's Largest Lesson and TeachSDGs, discussion will center on projects, resources, and global events related to global education and the SDGs. Come and create your action plan to make positive change for people and planet through educational initiatives with our world of students!  
7:00pm
  • Cultivating Global Competence in California: California International Studies Project Executive Director Emily Schell hosts California Department of Education's Education Programs Consultant Letty Kraus in this webinar to share statewide efforts to develop and promote global education in K-12 schools. Participants will learn about and share their ideas about statewide recommendations, a new network for global educators, resources, and professional learning opportunities. 
8:00pm
  • #GlobalEdChat on Global Leadership: This is an interactive, online chat open to anyone around the world who would like to discuss Global Leadership. It will be led by iEARN and The Global Education Collaborative! 

9:00pm
  • Purposeful Creations: Using the Arts for Sustainable Development + Social Good: The power of art, music, dance, & creative forms of literacy to share a message with the world! Join for a Twitter chat with global PLN educators and educational organizations to discuss ways art can be used in our schools and communities to inspire positive change for people and planet. Connections to community art, the Sustainable Development Goals, various forms of multimedia, and tech tools for creation will be explored, and participants will have opportunity to share ideas from their classrooms and experiences. Join for this special session as we showcase and celebrate the ways the arts can impact our world. 
  • Water, a Vital Element: My ESL students and their families, as well as global guests will be  expressing themselves through a collaborative Padlet at the end of the session. They are invited to share their thoughts and feelings regarding the topic we selected for the event: “Water, a Vital Element.” Through the Sway presentation, we will be reflecting on the importance of understanding global issues as a way of directing our personal and professional projects based on leadership  to foster and support 21st Century hard and soft skills in the context of real world and local problems.

Friday, April 28
  • The Catalyst Conference (continues)
8:00am
  • Open for learning: This asynchronous event will present resources to support open educational practice and connected learning opportunities. Please engage with the resources using the links below, where you will be able to comment and interact. Here we can explore the boundaries of learning, connect to networks which can support your learners and acquire new skills in order to create more effective, internationally connected learning opportunities for all. Registration is not necessary, you can make use of these resources whenever suits you. All we ask is that you contribute to the discussion through commenting, completing the survey or sharing using the #wihea tag in any social media posts. 

Saturday, April 29
  • The Catalyst Conference (continues)
Sunday, April 30
  • The Catalyst Conference

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

First Raw Results from the Technology + Learning Survey at modernlearning.com

Today I'm publishing the survey results at ModernLearning.com for the 2017 Learning Revolution's survey on technology and learning, which is the initial part of a larger effort to create a worldwide online conference on this topic.

A summary report with some preliminary conclusions will be published there shortly. To say that I'm excited to release the report would be a dramatic understatement. Going through the results has given me an unparalleled opportunity to think about, and hopefully present to you, a practical framework for understanding where and how modern computer, Internet, Web, and social technologies make a difference for learning. The opportunity is obviously historic (think: the advent of the printing press), but so is the temptation to be distracted and diverted from fundamental truths about teaching and learning.

To stay informed of future updates, conference progress, and to receive a copy of the report by email when it is published, go here.


(As you can see, even though I'm using ModernLearning.com to host the survey results, that wasn't the favorite name for the conference!)

The original survey is on the site and you are welcome to fill it out. Newer responses won't be included in the forthcoming report, but will be be used to update the site and will inform future work done on this project and the conference.

Big thanks to the folks at Acer Education, who are sponsoring the survey and the report. With four decades of experience in the computing sector, Acer is dedicated to serving the needs of the education market and to furthering knowledge through technology. Acer's support for this project, to build a better understanding of the role of technology in learning, has been authentic: I developed the survey questions and the final report will reflect the survey responses and my own interpretations. Learn more about Acer Education here.

By mid-March, the survey had over 450 responses, with many significantly-detailed responses. In the survey, those who responded were asked if they would be willing to have their answers be made public, and for those who said yes (the majority), their answers are in "raw" (and uncorrected) form here while those who said no had their answers excluded. Publishing the raw responses is being done in the interest of giving back to those who replied so thoughtfully, and with the hope that these responses will elicit even more conversation, both publicly here (you can comment at the bottom of each page) or in your own learning communities. Questions 5, 7, & 8 would be great conversation starters for local discussions.

Best regards and happy reading,

Steve

Steve Hargadon
http://www.stevehargadon.com
http://www.learningrevolution.com

SURVEY QUESTIONS

  • What name do you think we should use for an online conference on "technology and learning?" RESPONSES
  • What speakers would you want to hear from at this conference? RESPONSES
  • What topics would you want us to be sure to cover? RESPONSES
  • Would you personally be interested in presenting? If so, on what topic? RESPONSES
  • When do you believe technology enhances learning, and when do you believe it does it not? RESPONSES
  • What's the best thing you've read, listened to, or watched related to the role of technology and learning? Why was it so helpful? RESPONSES
  • How has technology impacted your own learning? RESPONSES
  • Does your school, library, or organization have a specific learning philosophy that guides ed-tech purchases and implementation? If yes, what is that philosophy? RESPONSES
  • Do any of these phrases prompt a response from you about the role of technology in education: privacy, equity, learner agency, creativity, professional development, community, networking, digital citizenship, digital literacy, self-directed learning, personal learning, student voice, blended learning, mobile learning, online learning, and global learning? Feel free to elaborate. RESPONSES
  • Any other thoughts, comments, or ideas? RESPONSES

Sponsored by:

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Weekend Reading - Thinking Deeply (and in Challenging Ways) About Education

I was interviewed as part of the #EdLeader series by RE-ENVISIONED Co-Founder & Executive Director, Erin Raab, in which she asked me look at education through the lens of one of my children, Caroline.


I'm not sure if readers are going to find what I've said controversial, but I'm hopeful some of it is valuable thinking--even (especially?!) if you disagree. The full interview is here. Erin and I touched on a number of topics that I would say are part of thoughtfully "pulling back the curtain" on education, and which have become more and more preeminent in my thinking...

  • the significant degree to which most schools operate without a core philosophy of learning;
  • how social networking has largely become being in the "thick of thin things;"
  • the loss of ability to hold deep discussions where there can be disagreement;
  • the progression of institutions from their core missions to becoming focused on their own needs and survival;
  • individual capacity building, self-determinism, and self-direction (what I use the word "agency" to describe) as the true goals of helping educate someone else;
  • the unintentional thing most schools teach most students best is that they are not good learners;
  • how families are the preeminent influence on a child's success as a learner, but we do very little to help build healthy families;
  • one of the best questions you can ask a secondary-school student is how they would reinvent schools;
  • students recognize pretty clearly that success in school is mostly about being good at playing the game, not at becoming a deep learner;
  • we continue to believe that innovation and ideas should come from the top down, when most good thinking bubbles up from the bottom, and we should be supporting the important conversations at the most local level possible;
  • the importance of building learning cultures;
  • my belief that we inherit intellectual and emotional temperaments, just like we genetically inherit body types and characteristics, and that this is seriously under-appreciated;
  • my belief in the inherent worth, value, and capacity of every child;
  • that many people feel broken or wounded, especially from their school experiences;
  • while we use the language of empowerment for education, we act in controlling ways;
  • a system that produces unconfident and compliance-oriented consumers has lots of benefits to lots of groups;
  • asking people what their deepest learning experiences have been, then what the conditions of those experiences were, gets to the (human) heart of what really impacts learning and life changes;
  • there is value in comparing food and learning--we are comfortable that people like and need different foods, that our the best food cultures are rich with diversity and individual consumer and producer decision-making, but we want to centralize and control learning;
  • Plato's cave is the guiding allegory for our time;
  • the Internet is a bigger turning point in history than we fully recognize;
  • healthy dialog is at least, if not more important, to culture than specific beliefs;
  • I want to be remembered as the guy who created spaces for good conversation;
  • ideas spread because they are good at spreading, not because they are necessarily good for us, and we have to be very careful because of this;
  • the "Amish" view of being willing to evaluate technology adoption based on how it impacts values we care about;
  • my main takeaway from ten years of watching education trend after trend is that they never really make fundamental changes;
Here's the link to the actual interview: https://www.re-envisioned.org/a-new-conversation/2017/4/9/steve-founder-classroom-20. For those who will wonder, yes, I did clear it with Caroline to publish the interview.. :)

More about Erin's RE-ENVISIONED project:

10,000 Stories. One Shared Vision.

RE-ENVISIONED is a national movement to redefine the purpose of school. We believe schools should foster flourishing individuals and a thriving democratic society. But what does it mean to thrive or flourish?

To answer this, we're building the world's largest collection of stories about what it means to live good lives and the role schools should play in helping create them: 10,000 stories from people across the country. We'll use the stories to learn about our shared values and dreams and to create a new vision for why we send our children to school.

We work with people like YOU across the country: Catalysts - individuals, classrooms, schools, and community organizations - who interview people in their communities and foster empathy nationwide by sharing the stories on our website and social media: Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook (@reenvisioned).

Learn more and join the movement.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Library 2.017 Mini-Conference: DIGITAL LITERACY & FAKE NEWS

We're excited to announce our second of three Library 2.017 mini-conferences: "Digital Literacy + Fake News," which will be held online (and for free) on Thursday, June 1st, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone).

This event is being organized in partnership with futurist Bryan Alexander, who will serve as moderator for the opening panel and as the closing keynote speaker. Invited panelists and presenters will look deeply at the foundational relationship of libraries and librarians to media, information, and digital literacy. 

We invite all library professionals, employers, LIS students, and educators to provide input and participate this event.

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

What does “digital literacy” mean in an era shaped by the Internet, social media, and staggering quantities of information? How is it that the fulfillment of human hopes for a open knowledge society seem to have resulted in both increased skepticism of, and casualness with, information? What tools and understanding can library professionals bring to a world that seems to be dominated by fake news?

In this Library 2.107 mini-conference, we start with the foundational relationship of libraries and librarians to media, information, and now digital literacy, and then we ask some pointed questions. How should library and information professionals address the issues of fake news, propaganda, and biased research? What technical skills are required for critical thinking in the digital age? As learners increasingly move from just consuming information to also socially producing it, what are the new requisite skills of critical thinking and decision-making? What are appropriate uses for social media when conducting research? What is digital citizenship in a global, globally-diverse, and often globally-fragmented world? What work on digital literacy is available, what frameworks already support these efforts, what are the perspectives of the leading thinkers?

Participants are encouraged to use #library2017 on their social media posts leading up to and during the event.

MORE INFORMATION:
The School of Information at San José State University is the founding conference sponsor, and additional support has been provided by Follett. 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.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS:
We will have a limited number of slots for presenter sessions. The call for proposals is now open HERE. We encourage all who are interested in presenting to submit.

WEBINAR PLATFORM:
The sessions will be held in Blackboard Collaborate, and can be accessed live from any personal computer and most mobile devices. (To see if your system is already configured for Blackboard Collaborate, you can try entering the practice room at http://www.thepracticeroom.me. If you aren't able to enter that room, see Behind the Blackboard Support.)

Registration will give you access to the live event and to the event recordings. An event reminder and additional connecting information will be sent just prior to the event.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS (MORE TO COME)



Bryan Alexander
Futurist
@bryanalexander

Bryan Alexander is an internationally known futurist, researcher, writer, speaker, consultant, and teacher, working in the field of how technology transforms education. He completed his English language and literature PhD at the University of Michigan in 1997, with a dissertation on doppelgangers in Romantic-era fiction and poetry. Then Bryan taught literature, writing, multimedia, and information technology studies at Centenary College of Louisiana. There he also pioneered multi-campus interdisciplinary classes, while organizing an information literacy initiative. From 2002 to 2014 Bryan worked with the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), a non-profit working to help small colleges and universities best integrate digital technologies. With NITLE he held several roles, including co-director of a regional education and technology center, director of emerging technologies, and senior fellow. Over those years Bryan helped develop and support the nonprofit, grew peer networks, consulted, and conducted a sustained research agenda. In 2013 Bryan launched a business, Bryan Alexander Consulting, LLC. Through BAC he consults throughout higher education in the United States and abroad. Bryan also speaks widely and publishes frequently, with articles appearing in venues including The Atlantic Monthly, Inside Higher Ed. He has been interviewed by and featured in MSNBC, US News and World Report, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the National Association of College and University Business Officers, Pew Research, Campus Technology, and the Connected Learning Alliance. His two most recent books are Gearing Up For Learning Beyond K-12 and The New Digital Storytelling.
http://www.bryanalexander.org

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Hack Education Unconference & After-Party | Saturday, June 24th, ISTE "Unplugged!"


Hack Education, the unconference. Saturday, June 24th, 2017 - 9 am - 4 pm: Henry B. González Convention Center. SIGN UP HERE. More information here.

The After-Party. Saturday, June 24th, 2017 - 4:30 - 6:30 pm: Iron Cactus San Antonio Riverwalk. RSVP HERE.

Plus - Global Education Day. Sunday, June 25th, 2017 - 2:00 - 5:00 pm: REGISTER HERE (must be attending ISTE).