Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Learning Revolution Free PD - Google Summit - Student App Development - Maker Education - Reinventing Higher Ed

The Learning Revolution
Weekly Update

August 19th, 2014


Perhaps the greatest joy is learning how to motivate yourself.
- Floyd Maxwell

The Learning Revolution Project highlights our own "conference 2.0" virtual and physical events and those of our over 200 partners in the learning professions. We also highlight good conversations about learning taking place between educators, learners, leaders, and others from the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional and home learning worlds. The Internet is shifting the boundaries of these worlds, and we believe that as they increasingly overlap and integrate these conversations will be critical to framing and preparing for the learning revolution starting to take place.

To subscribe to this newsletter, please sign up at the Learning Revolution. Please share this newsletter with your friends and colleagues!

Updates

  • Did you miss the annoucement of our Online Summit Featuring Google for Education? September 6th + 7th!. We’re taking Google education summits online! The Learning Revolution Project is joining forces with CUE to expand globally connective opportunities for educators this September by hosting the first ever Online Summit Featuring Google for Education. This event will take place entirely online and all sessions will be recorded via Google Hangouts on Air. $40 registration includes access to recordings indefinitely, CUE membership and benefits for one year, and an opportunity to network with other educators interested in Google products across the United States and potentially the world. More information or register here!
  • Gaming in Ed: September 15th - 19th. Join the inaugural Gaming in Ed conference. This is a free event bringing together educators, researchers, game developers and innovators from around the world, being held Monday September 15th - Friday September 19th. Whether you're passionate about game-based learning or just getting your toes wet, Gaming in Ed celebrates the value that games offer in educational settings: a safe environment for taking on new roles, opportunities for creative problem solving and experimenting, and learning from failure. When done well, games can foster collaboration, strengthen critical and systems thinking, pose adaptive challenges, and spark inquiry. With guidance from educators, students aren't just players, but critical evaluators of games and game designers themselves. This conference will offer a variety of perspectives, from educators and game developers to researchers and administrators. Our goal is to have you walk away with practical information and inspiration for furthering game-based learning in class and beyond. The call for proposals is open until September 1st, so please share this opportunity with your colleagues. See you there!
  • We're about to announce three additional conferences for 2015: Maker Education, Reinventing Higher Ed, and Digital Citizenship. We're so excited about each--let me know at steve@hargadon.com if you want to help or be a part of the planning for these! Look for more information in the coming weeks.

Newsletter Sponsors

Click for more information

GIE Summit

Mad-Learn

Learning Revolution Events


Partner Spotlight

Art21

Art21 Art21 is a nonprofit contemporary art organization dedicated to introducing broad public audiences to today’s visual artists—stimulating critical reflection as well as conversation through the production of films, books, multimedia and Internet-based resources, educational programs, and special events. More information at http://www.art21.org/.

Interested in becoming a Learning Revolution Partner? Please fill out a Partner Application today.

One Week Calendar

All events are listed in US-Eastern Daylight Time. To become an event partner and have your events listed here, please email admin@web20labs.com.

  • Wednesday, August 20th at 9pm Teachers Teaching Teachers, Weekly conversations hosted by EdTechTalk, a collaborative open webcasting community. For more information, click here.
  • Saturday, August 23rd at 12pm CR20 LIVE Weekly Show: Carlos Fernandez on 81DASH, Join us this week to hear Carlos Fernandez share about 81DASH, a revolutionary communication platform for educators. Classroom 2.0 LIVE is an opportunity to gather with other member of the community in regular "live" web meetings. Visit http://live.classroom20.com for details.
  • Sunday, August 24th at 8:15pm Principalcast: Chris Wejr on Preparing for the New School Year, The Principalcast Podcast is weekly round table discussion about current topics in educational leadership. Each week we interview teachers, principals, superintendents, authors and presenters to learn about how to become more effective educators! We are dedicated to being the lead learners in all that we do.

For a full calendar of all upcoming events and conferences, click here.

Newsletter Sponsor

Click for more information

Choose2Matter

Deadlines

  • Gaming in Ed, September 15th - 19th, 2014
    Upcoming deadlines: The Call for Proposals for the inaugural Gaming in Ed conference is now open. Proposals can be submitted from now until September 1st, and we will begin accepting proposals after July 1st. Conference strands include Game-Based Learning: How to Use Games in Educational Settings, Games & Assessment, Connecting Educators With Game Developers: Make Your Voices Heard, Students as Content Creators & Game Designers, Research on Game-Based Learning, and Professional Development. Share your experience with game-based learning with an audience of game developers and peer educators!
  • Library 2.014, October 8th + 9th, 2014
    Upcoming deadlines: Presentation proposals will be accepted between now and October 1st for Library 2.014. This fully online, participatory conference presents a unique opportunity to showcase the excellent research and work that you do every day. How does your library manage digital collections? Is your library mobile friendly? Do you have a story to tell about maker spaces? Your participation as a presenter will steer the global conversation about the future of libraries. Please see the call for proposals and conference strands and consider submitting your proposal soon!
  • Global Education Conference, November 17th - 22nd, 2014
    Upcoming deadlines: The call for proposals for the 2014 Global Education Conference are now open. Proposals can be submitted from now until November 15. Please see the conference strands and consider submitting your proposal soon!

Highlighted Recordings

Monica Cochran from the Homeschool+ Conference - on "SelfDesign Learning"

Cochran
http://youtu.be/SVFX94yINHk

Carol Black from the Alt Ed Film Fest - on "Schooling the World"

Black
http://youtu.be/uYI6Poh_aVs

Cevin Soling from the Alt Ed Film Fest - on "The War on Kids"

Soling
http://youtu.be/2rbVsHzKefc

NMC Navigator Top Ten

Top Learning Tech Stories of the Week from the NMC/Horizon Project Navigator.

  1. Harvard’s 1,000 Kilobot swarm demonstrates the future of robotics
  2. 50 apps for the new school year
  3. Using Design Thinking to Create a School from Scratch
  4. Is This The School Library Of The Future?
  5. Magnets Join Race to Replace Transistors in Computers
  6. Creating an Ever-Flexible Center for Tech Innovation
  7. Canvas Network Announces Minecraft MOOCs and App in a Suite of 15 MOOCs for K-12 Teachers, Students and Parents
  8. MIT Team Turns 6.9 Million Clicks Into Insights To Improve Online Education
  9. New Technology Brings Science Education to Life
  10. 15 Cool Tech Tools For Education Market Differentiation

Conversations

Classroom 2.0

Education Revolution Google+ Community

  • Kids Need You in Their Corner. Rita Pierson shares her passion for developing meaningful, personal connections with each student in her recent TED Talk. Are you looking forward to making new connections this year?
  • Homeschooling Becoming Popular in the South. A recent article by T. Keung Hui of the News Observer describes the growing popularity of homeschooling in North Carolina. Citing a combination of dissatisfaction with Common Core implementation and the absence of religious lessons in public education, homeschooling has grown significantly in the past few years in the state. The state estimates there are 98,172 home-schoolers, marking the first time that North Carolina’s home-school enrollment has surpassed the number in private schools. Are these trends common among families you know?
  • First Female Winner of the Fields Medal in Mathematics. Iranian mathematician and Stanford professor, Maryam Mirzakhani, makes history as the first woman to be awarded a Fields Medal for her work with the application of mathematics to understanding dynamical systems. Read more about Mirzakhani's work and the work of her peers here.

Final Notes

NOTES

See you online!

Steve
Steve Hargadon
www.stevehargadon.com

Twitter Facebook Google YouTube

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Learning Revolution Events - Announcing Online Google Summit - Film Fest Big Week - Curiosity Hacked

The Learning Revolution
Weekly Update

August 13th, 2014


A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.
- Horace Mann

The Learning Revolution Project highlights our own "conference 2.0" virtual and physical events and those of our over 200 partners in the learning professions. We also highlight good conversations about learning taking place between educators, learners, leaders, and others from the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional and home learning worlds. The Internet is shifting the boundaries of these worlds, and we believe that as they increasingly overlap and integrate these conversations will be critical to framing and preparing for the learning revolution starting to take place.

To subscribe to this newsletter, please sign up at the Learning Revolution. Please share this newsletter with your friends and colleagues!

Updates

  • Announcing the first-ever CUE + Learning Revolution Online Summit Featuring Google for Education. We’re taking Google education summits online! CUE and The Learning Revolution (that's us!), the producers of the Google Teacher Academy and the Global Education Conference, are joining forces to expand globally connective opportunities for educators. This September, we will be hosting the first ever Online Summit Featuring Google for Education, highlighting the work of Google Certified Teachers, Google Education Trainers, Google Educators and Googlers themselves. This event will take place entirely online, all sessions will be recorded via Google Hangouts on Air, and participants will have access to recordings indefinitely. Registration and more information is available at www.giesummit.org.
  • Alt Ed Film Fest. It's a big week for the Alt Ed Film Fest director interviews. Be sure to check out the schedule below to make sure you're able to join us for some great interviews with the directors of Free to Learn, Grown Without Schooling, and Schooling the World. If you missed any of last week's interviews, be sure to check them out at https://www.youtube.com/user/vfilmfest/.

Newsletter Sponsors

Click for more information

Choose2Matter

GIE Summit

Learning Revolution Events


Partner Spotlight

Curiosity Hacked

Curiosity Hacked is a national non profit organization, founded in the Fall of 2012 in Oakland CA, that focuses on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) education, skill building and community engagement with the aspiration to help our children develop skills in the areas they are truly interested in, abilities that would allow them to dream big and create big. More information at http://curiosityhacked.org/.

Interested in becoming a Learning Revolution Partner? Please fill out a Partner Application today.

Partner Announcements


One Week Calendar

All events are listed in US-Eastern Daylight Time. To become an event partner and have your events listed here, please email admin@web20labs.com.

  • Tuesday - Thursday, August 12th - 14th at 8pm Alt Ed Film Fest, Join us for three evenings of live director interviews with Bhawin Suchak & Jeff Root on Free to Learn, Peter Kowalke on Grown Without Schooling, and Carol Black on Schooling the World. See the schedule and view each interview at http://www.virtualfilmfestival.com/live.html.
  • Friday, August 15th at 10am Google EdTechTeam Summit: Five Skills to Help You Discover, Use, and Share Great Digital Tools for Learning, As technology is integrated into classrooms, teachers need to know how to discover and use quality tools for learning, while meeting Common Core standards. Learn about five important skills for teachers, including how to: discover high quality apps, websites, and games for students; evaluate the learning potential of these tools; curate tools into useful collections; innovate by reimagining lessons to seamlessly weave in technology using a framework called App Flows; and collaborate by sharing best practices with other teachers on how you’re using digital tools in your classroom. Learn how you can achieve these five skill with Graphite, a free service by Common Sense Media. In a hands-on session, you’ll practice these important skills and reflect on how they can help you integrate technology into your curriculum.
  • Saturday, August 16th at 11:30am Making a Better World: Teaching Digital Citizenship and 21st Century Skills, Students grow up in a digital world with potential for communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creation. How can we help students participate safely, responsibly, and ethically in digital spaces? Learn about the eight 21st century learning skills students need to learn about digital citizenship. You’ll learn about free, research-based curriculum to help teach students safe, responsible, and respectful participants in a digital world, while fostering 21st-century skills and meeting ISTE and Common Core Standards. The curriculum is available online as downloadable lessons, and as iBooks textbooks, with interactive activities, videos, and assessments. You’ll also learn about Digital Passport, a game-based interactive for students in grades 3-5 that teaches the “rules of the road” for digital citizenship, and how to engage families with the Connecting Families program. You’ll do hands–on work by getting familiar with the curriculum, sampling lessons, and much more.
  • Saturday, August 16th at 12pm CR20 LIVE Weekly Show: Paul Bogush on "Assessments That Don't Suck", Is there a single kid in your class who looks forward to taking a test? Is regurgitating answers on a test that were learned by studying the night before causing your kids to have massive fits of boredom? Assessments can be fun, challenging, and memorable. Join us as we talk to Paul Bogush who will share 9 assessments that don't suck during a fun, challenging, and memorable Classroom 2.0 discussion. Details to join the webinar: http://live.classroom20.com
  • Monday, August 18th at 4pm Steven Anderson on "Building a Solid Digital Citizenship Program from Day One", The beginning of the school year is such an important time for digital citizenship. Schools are distributing their Acceptable Use Policies or Responsible Use Policies. Students may have access to new technologies. Teachers are often planning on integrating new digital tools into their teaching. And parents may be hopeful about the educational potential of digital tools, but also anxious about their kids’ media use. What are some ways for you to start off the school year right and set the foundation for your digital citizenship program throughout the year? Hear from Steven Anderson, who will share advice and strategies to build a positive school culture around digital citizenship. Get inspired with practical ways you can implement your digital citizenship program, and involve the school community throughout the year!
  • Monday, August 18th at 8pm TL News Night LIVE, This is a LIVE show presented in news show format featuring a Wrap up of “This Month in School Libraries” and deeper discussion of topical school library issues with special guest experts. Did we mention it was LIVE?

For a full calendar of all upcoming events and conferences, click here.

Deadlines

  • Gaming in Ed, September 15th - 19th, 2014
    Upcoming deadlines: The Call for Proposals for the inaugural Gaming in Ed conference is now open. Proposals can be submitted from now until September 1st, and we will begin accepting proposals after July 1st. Conference strands include Game-Based Learning: How to Use Games in Educational Settings, Games & Assessment, Connecting Educators With Game Developers: Make Your Voices Heard, Students as Content Creators & Game Designers, Research on Game-Based Learning, and Professional Development. Share your experience with game-based learning with an audience of game developers and peer educators!
  • Library 2.014, October 8th + 9th, 2014
    Upcoming deadlines: Presentation proposals will be accepted between now and October 1st for Library 2.014. This fully online, participatory conference presents a unique opportunity to showcase the excellent research and work that you do every day. How does your library manage digital collections? Is your library mobile friendly? Do you have a story to tell about maker spaces? Your participation as a presenter will steer the global conversation about the future of libraries. Please see the call for proposals and conference strands and consider submitting your proposal soon!
  • Global Education Conference, November 17th - 22nd, 2014
    Upcoming deadlines: The call for proposals for the 2014 Global Education Conference are now open. Proposals can be submitted from now until November 15. Please see the conference strands and consider submitting your proposal soon!

Highlighted Recordings

Scott Nine from the Homeschool+ Conference - on "From protest to politics: A provocation about the future of learning in the U.S."

Nine
http://youtu.be/GMcUNBISFFQ

Jackie Gerstein from the Homeschool+ Conference - on "Maker Education: An Idea Whose Time Has Come"

Gerstein
http://youtu.be/kZhli9EmAuo

Blake Boles from the Homeschool+ Conference - on "Hogwarts for Unschoolers"

Boles
http://youtu.be/SJUdZzSgcbY

NMC Navigator Top Ten

Top Learning Tech Stories of the Week from the NMC/Horizon Project Navigator.

  1. Higher education, business can collaborate in many ways
  2. Bandwidth Exceeded
  3. Wireless Charging, at a Distance, Moves Forward for uBeam
  4. Why Some Schools Are Selling All Their iPads
  5. Teens Run $67K Data Center Researching Cure for Cancer
  6. Self-assembling origami robot is world's first Transformer
  7. Comfortably numb: how virtual reality can soothe nervous patients
  8. AI, Robotics, and the Future of Jobs
  9. In the Bustling, Interactive Classroom, A Place for Digital Games
  10. The Beginner’s Guide To The Internet Of Things

Conversations

Education Revolution Google+ Community

  • Space, Google, and You. Brian Fagioli writes about Google Chrome's A Spacecraft for All beta test in his latest article. Users can explore space from the vantage point of a satellite, pausing along the way to watch news footage, lectures, and interviews with some of the amazing people involved in space exploration over the last several decades. This is a great Google experiment for you to share with your students and library users. Watch the amazing work that goes on behind the scenes during one of the most incredible crowdfunded research projects, the ISEE-3 Reboot Project. Try it yourself here.
  • Redeisgn Your Classroom. A recent article from Mind/Shift, written by Therese Jilek, reviews some of the classroom design innovations taking place at Hartland-Lakeside's school district in Wisconsin. Teachers realized that differentiated methods and changing their learning expectations for students required an environment that was radically different than rows or groups of desks. Creating comfortable spaces that reflected the world outside of the classroom began to take shape. Ranging from living room style comfort, to coffee shop style booths, these classrooms incorporate multiple design principles to facilitate many types of learning. Read more here.
  • The Case Against Full Day Kindergarten: Part 1. Amy, of Wildflower Ramblings and Hip Homeschool Moms, shares the first installment of her case against full day Kindergarten. Part 1 discusses how Kindergarten has changed from a playful learning atmosphere into an assessment-driven environment and how this negatively affects children. Amy's experience as a former Kindergarten teacher and now a homeschooling parent has made her an advocate of the half-day Kindergarten schedule -- what do you think? Share your thoughts here.

See you online!

Steve
Steve Hargadon
www.stevehargadon.com

Twitter Facebook Google YouTube

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Learning Revolution Events - AltEdFilmFest - Homeschool+ - Gaming in Ed Call for Proposals - Open Letter from a Highly Creative Child

The Learning Revolution
Weekly Update

August 5th, 2014


One of the reasons people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure.
- John W. Gardner

The Learning Revolution Project highlights our own "conference 2.0" virtual and physical events and those of our over 200 partners in the learning professions. We also highlight good conversations about learning taking place between educators, learners, leaders, and others from the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional and home learning worlds. The Internet is shifting the boundaries of these worlds, and we believe that as they increasingly overlap and integrate these conversations will be critical to framing and preparing for the learning revolution starting to take place.

To subscribe to this newsletter, please sign up at the Learning Revolution. Please share this newsletter with your friends and colleagues!

Updates

  • It's a Big Week For Us!. This week we kick off the second annual Homeschool+ Conference and the Alt Ed Film Fest! We're really excited for both of these events, and look forward to seeing many of you there! Just like our library, museum, and traditional education events, the Homeschool+ Conference is all about learning, so do consider joining us even if it's a new conversation for you. Please also see the notes below to learn more about how you can get involved with these events.
  • We Need Your Help This Week. We're looking for volunteers to help us support all of the great sessions taking place this Thursday and Friday, August 7th & 8th at the second annual Homeschool+ Conference. We'll provide the training and lots of support to those of you who are able to volunteer an hour or two of your time this week. Volunteering to help moderate sessions is a great way to get to know the presenters and to get better connected with our online learning communities. Please sign up to volunteer here. Thank you in advance for all of your help!

Newsletter Sponsor

Click for more information

Choose2Matter

Learning Revolution Events


Partner Spotlight

CountryDaySchool

Country Day World School is committed to preparing young people for a lifetime of discovery and learning. The World School program, with best in class curriculum, is a unique program for a limited number of qualified students. It is designed to socially and intellectually prepare students for high school and college. A rigorous educational program promotes academic excellence and teaches students to think and learn both independently and cooperatively. The curriculum is demanding, but flexible enough to accommodate individual learning styles and interests. Teachers in our learning community are innovative and creative, inside and outside the classroom, and students are encouraged to strive to reach their full potential in all that they do. Offering a small liberal-arts college atmosphere, students are respected as important participants by the faculty as they research issues, debate ideas, and present their work. More information at https://www.countrydaylargo.com/.

Interested in becoming a Learning Revolution Partner? Please fill out a Partner Application today.

Partner Announcements


One Week Calendar

All events are listed in US-Eastern Daylight Time. To become an event partner and have your events listed here, please email admin@web20labs.com.

  • Tuesday, August 5th at 7pm & Wednesday, August 6th at 8pm Alt Ed Film Fest Live Director Interviews with German Doin and Cevin Soling, Many of us take our education for granted. But what did we really learn in school, and who decided what was important for us to know? Was there a gap between what we learned in the classroom from our teachers, from our peers, and what we needed to know throughout the rest of our lives? What does the type of education we receive say about the world it prepares us to enter? These and many other questions are addressed in the seven documentaries chosen for this year's Alternative Education Film Festival. From homeschooling to unschooling, from Buenos Aires the Himalayas, and from America's common core to the self-directed 'curricula' of many home learners, we hope these films stimulate and inspire you to think about education's role in creating your life and the world. Join us at http://www.virtualfilmfestival.com/live.html this week for live interviews with German Doin of La EducaciĆ³n Prohibida and Cevin Soling on The War on Kids.
  • Tuesday, August 5th - Friday, August 8th Homeschool+ Conference, Join us for evening keynote speakers and two days of open conference sessions at the second annual Homeschool+ Conference. We're excited to feature keynote speakers Leslie Barson, Blake Boles, Monica Cochran, Oliver DeMille, Pat Farenga, Matt Hern, Jamie McMillin, Jerry Mintz, and Carlo Ricci. Check out the conference schedule and join us!
  • Wednesday, August 6th at 9pm Teachers Teaching Teachers, Weekly conversations hosted by EdTechTalk, a collaborative open webcasting community. For more information, click here.
  • Saturday, August 9th at 12pm Classroom 2.0 LIVE Weekly Show with Kyle Pearce, Kyle Pearce is a Tech Integration Specialist, MS math teacher & coach/curriculum developer in 1:1 environments @MathletePearce. Classroom 2.0 LIVE is an opportunity to gather with other member of the community in regular "live" web meetings. Special thanks for this go to our sponsor, Blackboard Collaborate, for providing the service that allows us to do this!
  • Sunday, August 10th at 8:15pm Principalcast: Ben Gilpin on #Edcampleadership, The Principalcast Podcast is weekly round table discussion about current topics in educational leadership. Each week we interview teachers, principals, superintendents, authors and presenters to learn about how to become more effective educators! We are dedicated to being the lead learners in all that we do.
  • Monday, August 11th at 8pm TL Virtual Cafe - #TLChat LIVE!, Second Monday of each month is the Teacher Librarian Twitter Chat. Follow #TLChat on Twitter to participate.
  • Monday, August 11th at 6pm PDT Galvanize San Francisco: gSchool Open House, Galvanize is excited to announce that gSchool is launching in our new SOMA campus! We're welcoming all prospective students, instructors, mentors, guest speakers and potential employers to join us for a gSchool SF Open House! Past students, current hiring partners, and the instruction team will be there to answer any questions and present on what gSchool is all about. Food and drinks will be provided! RSVP at http://gschoolsf.splashthat.com/.

For a full calendar of all upcoming events and conferences, click here.

Deadlines

  • Gaming in Ed, September 15th - 19th, 2014
    Upcoming deadlines: The Call for Proposals for the inaugural Gaming in Ed conference is now open. Proposals can be submitted from now until September 1st, and we will begin accepting proposals after July 1st. Conference strands include Game-Based Learning: How to Use Games in Educational Settings, Games & Assessment, Connecting Educators With Game Developers: Make Your Voices Heard, Students as Content Creators & Game Designers, Research on Game-Based Learning, and Professional Development. Share your experience with game-based learning with an audience of game developers and peer educators!
  • Library 2.014, October 8th + 9th, 2014
    Upcoming deadlines: Presentation proposals will be accepted between now and October 1st for Library 2.014. This fully online, participatory conference presents a unique opportunity to showcase the excellent research and work that you do every day. How does your library manage digital collections? Is your library mobile friendly? Do you have a story to tell about maker spaces? Your participation as a presenter will steer the global conversation about the future of libraries. Please see the call for proposals and conference strands and consider submitting your proposal soon!
  • Global Education Conference, November 17th - 22nd, 2014
    Upcoming deadlines: The call for proposals for the 2014 Global Education Conference are now open. Proposals can be submitted from now until November 15, and we will begin accepting proposals June 1st. Please see the conference strands and consider submitting your proposal soon!

Highlighted Recordings

Elizabeth Merritt from the Future of Museums Conference - on "Temporal Tourism: a brief visit to 3 museums of 2030"

Merritt
http://youtu.be/j2vKb0x5C1c

Alex Freeman from the Future of Museums Conference - on "NMC Horizon Report > 2013 Museum Edition Highlights"

Freeman
http://youtu.be/YrZKyJi-L-8

Denise Jones from the Future of Museums Conference - on "Infinite Art"

Jones
http://youtu.be/DW5IK6qPLAM

NMC Navigator Top Ten

Top Learning Tech Stories of the Week from the NMC/Horizon Project Navigator.

  1. How Technology Is Helping Students Take Ownership Of Their Work
  2. New vision-correcting display shows promise
  3. Let's Build Something Together-Maker Spaces and 20% Time
  4. A Quick Reminder That Technology Can Be Wonderful Telepresence robots make it possible for people with disabilities to visit museums.
  5. Technology in the classroom: myth vs reality
  6. Carts, 1:1 and BYOD: The Journey Towards Personal Student Devices
  7. edX CEO: 'It Is Pathetic That the Education System Has Not Changed in Hundreds of Years'
  8. Lessons courtesy of the robot in the classroom
  9. Duke Libraries Offers E-Books and Audiobooks for Personal Mobile Devices
  10. Beaverton School District Will Award Technology Grants to 17 Teams of Teachers

Conversations

Education Revolution Google+ Community

  • Why eBooks?. Julie Long's recent article in the SecurEdge Networks Blog lists several reasons that eBooks are good solutions for classroom content. From limiting our environmental footprint to teaching students advanced search skills to better navigate bulky text books, and from enriching text with multimedia content to freeing up physical spaces in our classrooms and libraries, eBooks certainly have a lot to offer. But what about the tactile reading experience of paper books, or the quickly scribbled notes in the margins that are inspired by our reading? Depending on your reading device, this all seems to be possible with eBooks. What do you think? How have your reading habits changed? Read more about eBooks here.
  • A Young Learner, on Learning. Kathryn P. Haydon, founder of Ignite Creative Learning Studio, writes the widely popular Open Letter to Adults from a Highly Creative Child on the Creativity Post. Haydon writes a letter from the perspective of a young creative learner to his teachers, responding to common criticisms of student behaviors. Often you say other things about me, like I’m a dreamer and I have a hard time paying attention, or that I need to apply myself. When you say these things, I’m not sure what you mean because I see myself differently. Read this letter -- can the students in your life relate to these mixed messages? Do you remember what it was like to deal with competing messages from adults in your life?
  • Planning Your #BestYearEver. Todd Finley writes 9 Ways to Plan Transformational Lessons: Planning the Best Curriculum Unit Ever, a great article for those of you who are kicking into high gear with planning for the upcoming school year. Citing educational research in student choice and creative instruction, Finley outlines some great curriculum design strategies. Behind the scenes, transformational teachers conscientiously labor over curriculum plans that look simple and even elegant to classroom observers. Find out how they do it here.

Global Education Conference

  • How You Can Get Involved with the Global Education Community. Lucy Gray, global education superwoman and organizer of the fifth annual GlobalEdCon, has shared a great post about how YOU can get involved with the global education community. Social media connections, open discussion forums, presentation opportunities, volunteer networking, and ongoing conversations about connecting with global educators -- these are just a few of the benefits of joining and contributing to the Global Education Community. Find your global education niche here.

See you online!

Steve
Steve Hargadon
www.stevehargadon.com

Twitter Facebook Google YouTube

Monday, August 04, 2014

The Homeschool+ Onlinle Conference and AltEdFilmFest Start Today!

homeschoolplus2014.png
Our 2014 Homeschool+ Conference start tonight! This online and free event provides an opportunity to share strategies, practices, and resources for those who are involved with homeschooling, unschooling, free schools, democratic schools, and other forms of alternative, independent, and non-traditional education. We have pre-conference keynotes tonight, tomorrow, and Wednesday evenings (US Time), and then full conference days on Thursday and Friday (see the current full schedule below). We hope you will join us for some or all of the conference sessions!


Along with the conference, we’re running and “Alternative Education Film Festival” (AltEdFilmFest) with seven films available to view online during this month, and with live (and recorded) directors’ interviews that are listed in the Homeschool+ Conference schedule, as well as at http://www.virtualfilmfestival.com/alternative-education.html.


Go to http://www.homeschoolconference.com/page/attending-schedule for the conference and film festival hour-by-hour schedule in your own time zone and links to attend each session.


Please help us promote the conference and the film festival as widely as possible. Please forward this email if you can. Sample tweets and blog posts are also at the bottom of this email, below the schedule. Thank you in advance for your support--you help keep these types of events free!


Seeking Volunteers and Sponsors. We could use some additional moderator-trained volunteers. If you are available to help, email Amy Brinkley at amy@learningrevolution.com. And there is still time for additional sponsors to come on board--contact Steve at steve@hargadon.com.


See you online!


Steve Hargadon & Pat Farenga
Homeschool+ Conference Co-Chairs


P.S. We’ve just released the audio recording of the Ocean Robbins conference keynote! Ocean is not available this week to do a live session, so we recorded this interview a couple of weeks ago to release today! Download to play at http://audio.edtechlive.com/OceanRobbinsJuly2014.mp3 or listen at http://www.homeschoolconference.com in the keynote box on the front page.


SCHEDULE (US-Eastern Daylight Time Version)
The schedule is likely to have small changes--be sure to follow the live schedule at:


Monday, August 4
12noon
  • Release of Ocean Robbins Keynote
7:00pm
  • KEYNOTE: Oliver DeMille
8:00pm
  • KEYNOTE: Jerry Mintz on "The Importance of Alternative Education"


Tuesday, August 5
12:00noon
  • KEYNOTE: Carlo Ricci on "Love, Parenting, and Learning"
7:00pm
  • ALT ED FILM FEST: German Doin on "La Educacion Prohibida" - Director Interview
8:00pm
  • KEYNOTE: Jamie McMillin


Wednesday, August 6
7:00pm
  • KEYNOTE: Matt Hern
8:00pm
  • ALT ED FILM FEST: Cevin Soling on "The War on Kids" - Director Interview


Thursday, August 7


10:00am
  • KEYNOTE: Pat Farenga on "Why We Need Alternatives to School"
11:00am
  • A Survey of 75 Grown Unschoolers - Gina Riley, Ph.D.
  • DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER: Clark Aldrich on "The Future of Everyone's Education Depends on the Success of Homeschoolers and Unschoolers"
  • Learn with the world: Global connection and authentic collaboration - Julie Lindsay
12:00pm
  • Future-Proof Careers: Preparing Our Kids For Success In Careers That May Not Be Invented Yet! - Beth Campbell Duke, The Career Tutor at Personal Brand Academy
  • Making School Optional: Helping Families Embrace Self-Directed Learning - Kenneth Danford, Co-Founder and Executive Director
  • Zero is Beautiful: Teaching Mathematics as if People Mattered - Aravinda Pillalamarri
1:00pm
  • DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER: Judy Arnall on "To University from Unschooling: Why the digital generation needs adults more than content"
  • Myths of Education - Truths I've Learned Through the Homeschool Journey - Heather Martinson, Owner
2:00pm
  • DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER: Scott Nine on "From protest to politics: A provocation about the future of learning in the U.S."
  • Emerging Options in Education - Lori Dunlap, MBA
  • Homeschooling and Science a Winning Combination - Blair Lee M.S., author R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey Chemistry 1 and Biology 2
3:00pm
  • DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER: Bernard Bull on "Beyond the Dining Room Table: 10 Trends That are Transforming Homeschooling in the Digital Age"
  • DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER: Jackie Gerstein on "Maker Education: An Idea Whose Time Has Come"
  • From Home Education to Higher Education: Preparing for the Transition - Lori Dunlap, MBA
4:00pm
  • KEYNOTE: Blake Boles on "Hogwarts for Unschoolers"
5:00pm
  • Be Your Own Geek: Increase Your Skills to Teach Tech - Erin Lorandos, Librarian I
  • DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER: Amos Blanton on "Digital tools for learners with agency: Scratch, Constructionism, and the Maker Movement"


Friday, August 8
9:00am
  • Incorporating a Digital Learning Platform in Homeschool Learning Enviornments To Improve Learning Outcomes - Noel Kuriakos, Quantified Teacher
10:00am
  • KEYNOTE: Leslie Barson on "The Otherwise Club: An Invitational Discovery Community supporting Home Educating Families"
11:00am
  • A Journey: Home Schooling Special Learning Needs - Mandi Sharkey
  • Homeschooling: Beginning (or Beginning Again) with the End in Mind - Lori Lane - Founder and Executive Director
  • Unschooling and Radical Changes in Eating - Mary Herrington Captain Supermom
12:00pm
  • 5 Steps to Unleashing the Brilliance of Your Child - Kathy Magnusson M.Ed
  • DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER: Luba Vangelova on "An Introduction to Self-Directed Learning"
  • Teaching and Evaluating Digital Literacy for Home Based Learning - Laura Loveday, MLIS
1:00pm
  • KEYNOTE: Monica Cochran on "SelfDesign Learning"


Tuesday, August 12
8:00pm
  • ALT ED FILM FEST: Bhawin Suchak & Jeff Root on "Free to Learn" - Director Interview


Wednesday, August 13
8:00pm
  • ALT ED FILM FEST: Peter Kowalke on "Grown Without Schooling" - Director Interview


Thursday, August 14
8:00pm
  • ALT ED FILM FEST: Carol Black on "Schooling the World" - Director Interview


Tuesday, August 26
8:00pm
  • ALT ED FILM FEST: Ian Reid on "Building the Machine" - Director Interview


HELP US PROMOTE THE CONFERENCE AND THE FILM FESTIVAL!


HOMESCHOOL+ CONFERENCE - August 4 - 8, 2014
www.homeschoolconference.com
Logo http://www.homeschoolconference.com/page/press-publicity
Hashtag #Museums14


Sample Tweets
  • Explore teaching & learning practices. Join free, online #homeschool14 Aug. 7+8 #homeschooling #unschool #educhat #hs http://ow.ly/yjnAp
  • Share your #homeschool story at the free, online #homeschool14 Aug. 7+8. #homeschooling #unschool #educhat #hs http://ow.ly/yjnFP


Sample Post
  • Join the second annual Homeschool+ Conference, August 7th + 8th, 2014, two days of crowdsourced presentations, plus three nights of preconference keynote sessions. This online and free event provides an opportunity to share strategies, practices, and resources for those involved with homeschooling, unschooling, free schools, democratic schools, and other forms of alternative, independent, and non-traditional education. While the Homeschool+ Conference is geared toward those participating in or wanting to learn more about homeschooling, unschooling, free schools, democratic schools, and other forms of alternative/non-traditional education, this conference will also be valuable for traditional educators looking to expand their scope and understanding of teaching and learning practices. Learn more at www.homeschoolconference.com.


ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION FILM FESTIVAL - August 2014
www.altedfilmfest.com
Logo http://www.virtualfilmfestival.com/uploads/1/1/9/8/11988273/676495.png?184
Hashtag #altedfilmfest


Sample Tweets
  • Month-long #altedfilmfest + director interviews all August part of #homeschool14 conf. #alted #homeschool http://www.altedfilmfest.com
  • Don’t miss director interviews + online #altedfilmfest all August. Thinking about the how and why of education http://www.altedfilmfest.com
Sample Post
  • Many of us take our education for granted. But what did we really learn in school, and who decided what was important for us to know? Was there a gap between what we learned in the classroom from our teachers, from our peers, and what we needed to know throughout the rest of our lives? What does the type of education we receive say about the world it prepares us to enter?

    These and many other questions are addressed in the seven documentaries chosen for this year's Alternative Education Film Festival (altedfilmfest). From homeschooling to unschooling, from Buenos Aires the Himalayas, and from America's common core to the self-directed 'curricula' of many home learners, we hope these films stimulate and inspire you to think about education's role in creating your life and the world.

    In association with the 2014 Homeschool+ Conference, AltEdFilmFest showcases the films below during the month of August, 2014, with live broadcast interviews featuring film directors throughout the month. Details, including contact information and promotional materials, can be found here: http://www.altedfilmfest.com.