Thursday, April 17, 2014

Learning Revolution Conference Schedule - Online and Free NEXT WEEK

Our first-ever Learning Revolution Conference kicks off this coming Monday, April 20th, online and free, with a terrific set of keynote and distinguished speakers and a full day of conference sessions on Thursday, April 24th. The schedule is below.

Please forward to your friends and colleagues - this event is free!

The LearningRevolution.com project has over 200 partner organizations and bridges schools, libraries, museums, and the work, adult, online, non-traditional and home learning worlds. Our theme for this conference is "What Are We Learning About Learning?" As the Internet shifts the boundaries of when, where, and how we learn, we believe our learning worlds will increasingly overlap.

All sessions are recorded and the recordings are generally available within an hour of a session's completion. Keynote recordings will be uploaded to the Learning Revolution YouTube channel. Mobile users will be able to connect to sessions by going to LearningRevolution.com on your mobile device. Live chat and help during the conference will be at theconferencelounge.me. Tweets with session reminders and links can be tracked at @learnrevproject. Volunteer moderators--we need you. Please sign up here! Wish you'd signed up to present a session? We're still taking submissions for our May 1 Reinventing the Classroom conference here!


Times are US-Eastern Daylight Time. To see the schedule in your own time zone, with session descriptions and links to attend, please go to http://learningrevolution.com/page/attending-schedule.

Monday, April 21

7:00pm  KEYNOTE - Ian Jukes on "What 21st Century Learning Really Looks Like"

8:00pm  KEYNOTE - Bronwyn Stuckey on "The Minecraft Experience - Curating Learning"

9:00pm  KEYNOTE - Bernard Bull on "Eight Laws of the Self-Directed Learner"

Tuesday, April 22

7:00pm  KEYNOTE - Carlo Ricci on "Learning and Love"

7:00pm  KEYNOTE - Howard Rheingold on "Co-learning, Social Media, Peeragogy, and Open/Connected Learning"

8:00pm   KEYNOTE - Maria Droujkova on "Math 2.0"

9:00pm   KEYNOTE - Mark Treadwell on "The Neuroscience of Learning – A Model for how the brain learns"

Wednesday, April 23

7:00pm  KEYNOTE - David Loertscher on "The Flat Co-Taught Learning Experience: A 'Core' Idea"

8:00pm  KEYNOTE - Cindy Mediavilla on "Learning by Doing: Internships and Residencies"

9:00pm  KEYNOTE - Bernajean Porter on "Futuring with StoryTelling Inspires Communities, Schools and Student Lives"

Thursday, April 24

7:00am  KEYNOTE - Pat Farenga on "What is the role of the teacher when children learn on their own?"

8:00am

  • eTwinning: creativity and innovation through collaboration - Grazina Likpetriene, Vladimir Mosijenko, Tanja Gvozdeva, & Larisa Tichonova
  • INSTILLING GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP IN AND OUT OF THE CLASSROOM - Adam Carter, Teacher & Global Citizen
  • Mobile Literacy with Audiobooks - Sue Toms, Head of Libraries
  • Multimedia and language and literature/ Medios audiovisuales y lengua y literatura - J. Daniel García

9:00am

  • Building better teachers: Designing online instruction to impact student satisfaction. - Dr. Rochelle Franklin, Director of Faculty Training and Development
  • Kids Afield: Technology, Nature, Communication - Robin K. Long,Teacher Environmental Education, Biology and General Science
  • Learning through your workplace - Lidmyla Kovalova, CEO of G.U.N. Academy

10:00am

  • DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER: Beyond the University: New MOOC Audiences and Providers - Leonard Waks, Professor Emeritus Educational Leadership
  • Electronic Portfolios as Spaces for Students to Engage with Learning - Gina Marandino - Educational Technology Specialist
  • Hit Learners with Music! They feel NO pain! - Theodore Lalos, EFL teacher

11:00am

  • Application of Experiential Learning Theory in Technology Enhanced Learning - Dr.Revathi Viswanathan
  • Improving Modern Language Speaking Proficiency - Harry G. Tuttle, Ed. D
  • RADIO SOLIDARIA AMIGA ONLINE Y RADIOSOLAMICHILDRENS UNA EXPERIENCIA DE APRENDIZAJE - Mª Magdalena Galiana Lloreet- docente infantil y primaria

12:00pm  KEYNOTE - Stephanie Sandifer on "Mobile Learning Among the Museums of Houston, Texas: A Blended & Personalized Learning Environment Leveraging Community Resources for Improved Learner Outcomes"

1:00pm

  • DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER: SAMR as a Framework for Moving Towards Education 3.0 - Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D., Online Faculty- Educational Technology
  • Revolutionize Data Reporting to Revolutionize Data Use - Jenny Grant Rankin, Ph.D. (Former Teacher, Site Admin, & District Admin)
  • Teaching Another Country's Culture With Mobile Devices - Harry G. Tuttle, Ed. D
  • What is Project-Based Learning (PBL)? - Judy Ha, Training and Development Manager

2:00pm

  • Authentic Learning Experiences: A Real World Approach to PBL - Dayna Laur - Educational Consultant
  • Best Practices for Discussion Boards - Marla Cartwright, Faculty Developer
  • Do students see technology the way we do? - Mrs. Maha Hassan

3:00pm

  • Disrupting the Classroom: What connected learning really means for your classroom - Sieva Kozinsky, CEO
  • How to Assess Project-Based Learning (PBL) - Jessica Chung, Assistant Director, Education
  • Rethinking Lesson Design with App Flow - Kelly Mendoza, Sr. Manager of Professional Development
  • Students + Computers = Engagement - Valerie R. Burton, English Language Arts Teacher

4:00pm

  • Digital Citizenship: A Whole-Community Approach - Kelly Mendoza, Sr. Manager of Professional Development
  • Putting the Students in the Driver's Seat - Paul Bond, Library Instruction Coordinator
  • Using the internet and social media to facilitate self-determined learning. - Rocco Ricci, PhD candidate

5:00pm  KEYNOTE - Steve Wheeler on "Students driving change: how learners are making the difference in the digital age"

6:00pm

  • Liberating ourselves from a textbook format: Innovative, inclusive, transformative and transdisciplinary ideas from teacher candidates - Melda N. Yildiz, Faculty
  • Transmedia Games For Learning - Randall Fujimoto, Game-Based Learning Designer

7:00pm

  • A Framework for eLearning - Dave Hallmon, Instructional Designer
  • Living the DREAM: Creating AWARENESS through Environmental Education - Carolyn Stevenson, Ed.D, Director of Education
  • Social Network Champions: new course collaboration opportunity - Carole McCulloch (CoachCarole)

8:00pm  KEYNOTE - Roger Schank on "Out with the old and in with the new: a plan for redesigning high school so that it is fun and useful"

9:00pm  KEYNOTE - Michael Strong on "Creating Great Educational Communities"

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Learning Revolution Free Events - Great, GREAT Keynotes - MiniCon - ISTE Unplugged! - Striving for Failure?

The Learning Revolution
Weekly Update

April 15th


The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man.
- T.S. Eliot

The technologies of the Internet and the Web are reshaping where, when, and from whom we learn--and even how we think about learning. The Learning Revolution Project highlights our own virtual and physical events and those of our more than 200 partners. 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 they will be critical to framing and preparing for the learning revolution starting to take place.

To subscribe to this newsletter, please sign up at http://learningrevolution.com. Please share this newsletter with your friends and colleagues!

Updates

Partner Spotlight

21st Century Schools

21st Century Schools provides professional staff development, curriculum design and consulting for the purposes of designing 21st century schools. We believe that the development of everything from policies to facilities to lesson plans should be guided by our compass roses, Critical Attributes of 21st Century Education and the Multiple Literacies for the 21st Century. (http://21stcenturyschoolsinternational.weebly.com/compass.html) More information at http://www.21stcenturyschools.com/.

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Partner Announcements

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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, April 16th at 4pm Webinar: What We Know About Families’ Use of Educational Media, Ask any parent about their children’s media use, and most will tell you they’re interested in media that help their kids learn. But what are parents’ experiences with their children’s use of educational media? In our community’s next webinar, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center will share the results from Learning at Home: Families’ Educational Media Use in America, a report from a national survey of over 1500 parents of children ages 2-10. You’ll hear how children and parents use media together, overall and by platform, and also how parents’ media use with their children changes as they get older. More information here.
  • Wednesday, April 16th at 4:30pm Free BrainPOP Webinar: STEAM Video Game Design - Tales From Students in the Field!, Peek into a STEAM game design lab with POPstar David Conover and some of his Pflugerville, TX students. They’ll share their unique experiences developing a “Circuit of Sustainability” and collaborating with the local PBS station (KLRU) and the Thinkery, a children's makerspace museum, on the design of innovative real-world games. David’s program is one of just three in the country to be involved with that collaboration. You’ll leave this webinar with new ideas for empowering students to communicate, collaborate, and create through game design. More information here.
  • Wednesday, April 16th at 9pm Teachers Teaching Teachers, Weekly conversations hosted by EdTechTalk, a collaborative open webcasting community. For more information, click here.
  • Sunday, April 20th at 8pm I Have a Question EdTechWeekly, Weekly attempt to crowdsource answers to education questions from our community of communities. Tag your questions #eduquestion or post them on our Facebook page or Google+ community.
  • Monday, April 21st Learning Revolution Conference Keynote Speakers, Join us Monday night for two amazing keynote speakers - 7pm with Ian Jukes on "What 21st Century Learning Really Looks Like" and 8pm with Bron Stuckey on "Virtual Worlds and Gaming in Education." See the schedule in your local time zone and join the sessions here.
  • Monday, April 21st at 3:30pm Webinar: Appy Hour - Challenge Math and Science Learners with Brilliant, Are you looking for ways to challenge high-achieving middle and high school students in math and physics? Brilliant is an online community of learners who share and solve physics and math problems. Perfect for AP students or those competing in math or science competitions, learn how Brilliant is a great website to challenge learners. View the session live on our YouTube channel, and join the Twitter conversation using the hashtag #appyhour. Regsiter here.
  • Monday, April 21st 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? More information here.
  • Tuesday, April 22nd Learning Revolution Conference Keynote Speakers, Join us Tuesday night for 4 amazing keynote speakers - 7pm with Carlo Ricci on "Learning and Love," 7pm (also) with Howard Rheingold on "Co-learning, Social Media, Peeragogy, and Open/Connected Learning," 8pm with Maria Droujkova on "Natural Math," and 9pm with Mark Treadwell on "How the Brain Learns." See the schedule in your local time zone and join the sessions here.
  • Tuesday, April 22nd at 1pm CoSN - Smart Education Networks by Design, New advances in technology, including mobile devices, are making it possible for students to learn anytime, anywhere and to experience personalized learning. These advances can only happen if school systems have networks in place that support the new and dynamic context of learning. CoSN’s new initiative, Smart Education Networks by Design, is designed to address the challenges facing school systems by providing school system leaders the knowledge to wisely invest in educational networks for today and tomorrow. Learn about the resources that can help district leaders develop the next generation network infrastructure necessary to support multiple mobile devices on and off campus, the delivery of digital content, and administration of online assessments. Read more and register for this event here.
  • Tuesday, April 22nd at 5pm Personalize Learning Webinar: Leaving to Learn - Webinar #5 with Elliot Washor of Big Picture Learning, See why it is important to involve community to educate kids and why kids are less willing to compromise now. Elliot will share why in traditional schools kids have "no say and no way to get say" and why they are leaving to learn. He will explain how design is in the doing and how internship programs that are advisory-based support passion. Join this Blackboard Collaborate session here.
  • Wednesday, April 23rd Learning Revolution Conference Keynote Speakers, Join us Wednesday night for three amazing keynote speakers - 7pm with David Loertscher on "Personal Learning Environments," 8pm with Cindy Mediavilla on "Learning by Doing: Internships and Residencies," and 9pm with Bernajean Porter on "StoryTelling That Inspires Communities, Schools and Student Lives." See the schedule in your local time zone and join the sessions here.
  • Thursday, April 24th Learning Revolution Conference All Day, Join us for a full day of conference sessions, plus five (yes, five!) great keynote speakers - 7am with Pat Farenga on "What is the role of the teacher when children learn on their own?," 12 noon with Stephanie Sandifer on "Mobile Learning Among the Museums," 5pm with Steve Wheeler on "Students driving change: how learners are making the difference in the digital age," 8pm with Roger Schank on "Being an Education Revolutionary," and 9pm with Michael Strong on "Creating Great Educational Communities." See the schedule in your local time zone and join the sessions here.

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

Deadlines

  • Reinventing the Classroom, May 1st, 2014
    Upcoming deadlines: Presentation proposals will be accepted between now and April 25th for Reinventing the Classroom. Conference strands include Teaching with Technology, Student Devices, Online Learning, Subject Specific Ed Tech, Creative Ed Tech, Web 2.0 & Social Software, and Administrative Support. Please see the call for proposals and submission instructions here.
  • Reform Symposium MiniCon May, May 4th 9:30am - 1pm EDT
    Upcoming deadlines: Sign up for the Tech & App Smackdown - Share your favorite web tool or app as we celebrate our amazing presenters from 2013 and look forward to #RSCON5 on July 11-13th, 2014. Your presentation will only be 2 minutes long with 2 images as your presentation. Or sign up to be an Inpire Presenter! You are invited to do a 3 to 5 minute presentation that either (1) gives us highlights of your RSCON4 presentation or (2) gives us a sneak peek at what you are thinking about presenting for RSCON5. Space is limited for these presentations, so sign up soon.
  • 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!

Highlighted Recordings

Dean Shareski & Vicki Davis from the Connected Cafe - on "Connected Leadership"

Davis-Shareski
http://youtu.be/F6chrs1qs_E

David Loertscher from the Future of Education Interview Series - on "Physical and Virtual Learning Commons"

Loertscher
http://youtu.be/XmooWI236tw

Eric Sheninger from the School Leadership Summit - on "Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times"

Sheninger
http://youtu.be/23-8pUxg-Bs

NMC Navigator Top Ten

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

  1. Researchers use Google Glass to help Parkinson’s sufferers
  2. "Fixing" Higher Education Requires a Diversity of Assessments and Reforms
  3. Librarians Go From Quiet to Crowd Pleasers
  4. The New Digital Learning Playbook: Understanding the Spectrum of Students’ Activities and Aspirations
  5. What We Really Need To Know About Ed Tech
  6. Schools Shift from STEM to STEAM
  7. Using Humor in the Classroom
  8. 10 Courses With a Twist
  9. North Arizona University Launches Online Competency-Based Degrees
  10. What Does Learning Look Like? A Look At Physical And Digital Spaces

Conversations

Classroom 2.0

  • Digital Citizenship Infographics. Two excellent resources for your classroom, library, or media center from our friends at Common Sense Media. Thanks for sharing these, Karen!
  • Hot Topic: BYOD. There's a lot of talk around BYOD this week in Classroom 2.0. Morgan Thie discusses the class-bound implications of BYOD, as well as concerns about student behavior in digital spaces. Joseph Schools talks about the age old PC vs. Mac debate as it relates to BYOD, and provides some beyond-the-classroom benefits to relying on a personal device. What are your thoughts? Share them here.
  • Your Curated Reading List. Volume 3 of Karen Cameron's Best of the Week is out! She's put together a list of the best artiles on Classroom Management, Reading and Language Arts, STEM, History and Social Studies, and more. Check out her list here.

Education Revolution Google+ Community

  • The Data Driven Education Trend. Kirsten Winkler's latest article, The New Oil, explores the privacy concerns and market implications of student data being collected during this ed tech explosion. Read more about this issue, and Kirsten's thoughts on the potential of data in our lives.
  • Game Based Learning, Dyslexia, and Reading Comprehension. Sara Biggs' article discusses new research out of Oxford University suggests that video games may be potential tools for improving concentration and reading in people with dyslexia The research suggests that there is a positive correlation between the multi-tasking skills that students develop while playing video games and their improved ability to focus on reading-based activities. This is very exciting research! Read more about this study here.
  • Doubling Our Efforts to Keep Kids in School. The NEA shared this article that discusses nation-wide efforts to re-engage high school dropouts. According to the NEA, one in five students drops out of high school. The article describes some really neat outreach programs that are helping to match drop outs with mentors who help them either return to school or complete their GED certificate. Learn more here - this might be a great opportunity to create community partnerships and put your school and library volunteers to work!

Library 2.0

  • Books Gone Wild. Middle school librarian, Michelle Lowe, is looking for ways to encourage her students to help keep the collection in good shape so that other students can find the books they're looking for. Does anyone have any tips for getting students to help you keep the library in order? Share your ideas here.
  • Sneak Peek at Library 2.014. The Library 2.014 Proposals are already coming in! Are you thinking about presenting at the fourth annual conference in October? Check out what your colleagues are hoping to share. This is a great opportunity to find people who might be interested in co-presenting with you on a particular topic. We're looking forward to your sessions!

Final Notes

I was invited to give a fast five-minute talk as part of Fail Fest at the 2014 CoSN conference last month. The idea was to talk about a failure and then relate the benefits of failure to education. This has become something of a buzz-word topic lately.

I decided that the word "failure" doesn't actually capture the core educational value that I think we're really talking about. For me, the word instead is "risk." Failure is a one of the natural outcomes of risk, but we're not striving for failure--instead, we are encouraging risk and acknowledging that failure will often be the result.

Without risk, there is no progress.

Babe Ruth's batting average of .342 reminds us that in many arenas of life, to be great is to only connect with the ball some portion of the times that one goes to bat. What is important is not being so afraid of failure that one doesn't ever want go to bat. A high-stakes, test-driven education environment induces the opposite of risk-taking, it creates fear, and so results in little intellectual progress.

If we consider baseball and the batting average as a simplified but reasonable analogy for life, then what conditions exist in baseball that might inform our thinking about how we structure learning opportunities? I'd suggest that first is the recognition of the role of skill, and the importance of both individual and team skill-building. Second is the critical importance of practice with good coaching. Third would be the significant number of opportunities to perform (playing many game each season, with several times at bat in every game). And finally would be measurements that mean something to both the players and the coaches, and that are recognized as not perfect but enormously helpful.

We could go even further and think about how to help learners develop the "mindsets" of those who are able to take risks and who accept that success on their part requires a certain amount of failure. Here we would think about helping them learn from others' assessments, but focus primarily on developing personal competence, confidence, and their own measures for improvement. Great players (learners) believe in themselves because they know they are prepared and ever-preparing. We would recognize that each leaner will have individual strengths, and playing to those strengths is just as important as improving in areas of weakness. We'd help them recognize the role of chance in life, that things won't be fair, and how to still move forward bravely no matter the circumstance. And we'd help them keep life in perspective and remember that after the game or school is done, who you are becoming is ultimately more important than if you won a particular game or aced a particular test.

Celebrating failure itself, of course, makes no sense; nor does never allowing for it. Education is a choice we make in how we think about learners. If we want learners who will take risk, build their skills and talents, and then learn to live their lives fully as contributors and creators, we'll recognize that they need to learn to prepare and take risks, and that failures are an inevitable part of that process.

See you online!

Steve
Steve Hargadon
www.stevehargadon.com

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Learning Revolution - Week's Free Events - May Is Ed Tech Month - Geo-Educators - Natural Math - Oxygen Masks and You

The Learning Revolution
Weekly Update

April 8th


Play is the highest form of research.
- Albert Einstein

The technologies of the Internet and the Web are reshaping where, when, and from whom we learn--and even how we think about learning. The Learning Revolution Project highlights our own virtual and physical events and those of our more than 200 partners. 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 they will be critical to framing and preparing for the learning revolution starting to take place.

To subscribe to this newsletter, please sign up at http://learningrevolution.com/.

Updates

  • Learning Revolution Big Events Updates. In case you missed the big email announcement with information about this year's growing list of events, please visit my blog to see the news. We're so excited to have such a great list of offerings for you, so please remember to share with your colleagues!
  • Reinventing the Classroom - Correction. Some of you noticed that the announcement about our exciting ed tech event on May 1st, Reinventing the Classroom, had a broken link -- sorry about that! The conference details and call for proposals can be found at http://reinventingtheclassroom.com. Don't miss this terrific opportunity to present to or learn from others, and that will kick off a month of great ed tech events.
  • May is Ed Tech Month: Free PD Webinar Series by PowerUp WHAT WORKS. Our friends at PowerUp WHAT WORKS, an American Institutes for Research project, and the Learning Revolution are excited to announce an 8-session professional development webinar series in May for teachers, ed tech coordinators, and school leaders. Topics will include how to integrate technology into English Language Arts and Math classrooms, differentiated instruction, technology implementation strategies, and more. These sessions will be delivered by top-notch researchers and practitioners who you can learn more about here. We will provide PD certificates to those who participate in the series, so please give a heads up to your colleagues and mark your calendars for Tuesday and Thursday evenings in May! More details will be coming soon.

Partner Spotlight

natural math

Natural Math How do you want your child to feel about math? Confident, curious and deeply connected? Then Moebius Noodles is for you. It offers advanced math activities to fit your child’s personality, interests, and needs. Learn how you can create an immersive rich math environment for your baby. Find out ways to help your toddler discover deep math in everyday experiences. Play games that will develop your child’s sense of happy familiarity with mathematics. A five-year-old once asked us, “Who makes math?” and jumped for joy at the answer, “You!” Moebius Noodles helps you take small, immediate steps toward the sense of mathematical power. More information at http://www.naturalmath.com/.

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

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

Partner Announcements

National Geographic: Last month, National Geographic announced its brand new community for educators: the Geo-Educator Community. National Geographic defines a geo-educator as any individual working to improve young peoples' understanding of the world. The Geo-Educator Community is a space for geo-educators to share resources, collaborate on projects, learn from one another and give support. You can connect with the Geo-Educator Community through a variety of online platforms including Twitter, Facebook and the secure educator site, Edmodo. Through these platforms you can join interdisciplinary discussions on getting students outside or connecting classrooms to peers around the world through global collaborative projects. You can also find weekly highlights of useful resources for geo-educators of all backgrounds and educational settings. Together, National Geographic and geo-educators across the country are working to make their students ready to engage successfully with their interconnected world. Join them and proclaim yourself a geo-educator today. Learn more at geo-education.org.

nat-geo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoK7UFmKP6o

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One Week Calendar

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

  • Wednesday, April 9th at 4pm Thinking Scientifically: Video and Formative Assessment with POPstar Robert Miller, POPstar Robert Miller - an award-winning 5th-grade teacher - hosts this interactive workshop covering inquiry-based science curriculum; the creative use of video; and one of his favorite resources, NSTA’s Formative Assessment Probes. Take advantage of Robert’s expert tips for explaining frequently misunderstood science topics; gathering student data; and helping students think scientifically. Join here.
  • Wednesday, April 9th at 9pm Teachers Teaching Teachers, Weekly conversations hosted by EdTechTalk, a collaborative open webcasting community. For more information, click here.
  • Thursday April 10th - Saturday April 12th in San Mateo, CA Leadership 3.0 Symposium, The Leadership 3.0 Symposium is a collaborative effort of the ACSA, Computer Using Educators and Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership. It is truly “for administrators, by administrators.” Three organizations, one mission – Educational Leadership for the 21st century. Learn more here.
  • Thursday, April 10th in Milfold, MA CoSN - 2014 Massachusetts CTO Clinic, Join the Massachusetts Educational Technology Administrators Association (METAA) for their 5th annual CTO Clinic. The theme, "On the Road Topics," will focus on the paradox: You know your schools' cultures, you know what they need, but how do you move forward? Learn more here.
  • Saturday, April 12th at 12pm CR20 LIVE Weekly Show - Featured Teacher Donna Roman, Donna Adams Román is a 5th grade teacher at Mill Creek School in Illinois, blogger, trainer, and presenter committed to providing rich learning opportunities for her learners and professional learning network. She is a recent recipient of ISTE’s first place SIGOL Online Learning Award (2013) and a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert. Donna is active in Professional Development online and in her district, CoSN, ISTE, Flat Classroom®, and iEARN. Join here and follow #liveclass20.
  • Sunday, April 13th at 8pm I Have a Question - Ed Tech Weekly, Weekly attempt to crowdsource answers to education questions from our community of communities. Tag your questions #eduquestion or post them on our Facebook page or Google+ community.
  • Monday, April 14th in Nashville, TN Free Tools to Help Schools Harness Technology for Learning, Join Common Sense Media to learn about their suite of free resources to help schools harness the potential of technology for learning. Three main resources will be covered. Participants will first learn about teaching students digital citizenship using a free K-12 curriculum aligned to Common Core Standards, available online or on iPads. Second, they’ll be introduced to the 1-to-1 Essentials Program, which offers a customizable roadmap of key pieces schools need to prepare for a 1-to-1 device rollout. Last, participants will learn about Graphite, a service that helps teachers find the best apps, games, and websites for students and use them in their teaching. More details here.
  • Monday, April 14th at 8pm TL Virtual Cafe - #TLChat LIVE!, Second Monday of each month is the Teacher Librarian Twitter Chat. Follow #TLChat on Twitter to participate.

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

Deadlines

  • Learning Revolution Conference Online, April 24th - 25th, 2014
    Upcoming deadlines: Presentation proposals are being accepted between now and April 15th for the inaugural Learning Revolution Conference Online. The conference strands include Learning Theory, Learning Practice, Learning Science, Learning Spaces, and Technology & Learning. Please see the call for proposals and submission instructions here. Don't miss out on a great opportunity to connect about learning!
  • Reinventing the Classroom, May 1st, 2014
    Upcoming deadlines: Presentation proposals will be accepted between now and April 25th for Reinventing the Classroom. Conference strands include Teaching with Technology, Student Devices, Online Learning, Subject Specific Ed Tech, Creative Ed Tech, Web 2.0 & Social Software, and Administrative Support. Please see the call for proposals and submission instructions here.
  • 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!

Highlighted Recordings


Kim Cofino from the Global Education Conference - on "Adventures in International Education"

cofino
http://youtu.be/pJM71vTD2p4

Sugata Mitra from the Learning 2.0 Conference - on " Learning 2.0"

mitra
http://youtu.be/fVyx3EfpbLc

Pam Moran & Ira Socol from the School Leadership Summit - on "Maker Leaders Build Hope"

moran-socol
http://youtu.be/X9jrQZCBLe8

NMC Navigator Top Ten

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

  1. 10 things wrong with what kids learn in school
  2. Technology and the Future(s) of the University
  3. Teaching kids about privacy and social media gains traction
  4. New Lingua.ly Mobile App Turns Real World Environment Into Engaging Language Learning Opportunity
  5. Adding Coding to the Curriculum
  6. Famous Dinosaur Chase Reconstructed in 3-D
  7. Classrooms go tech heavy
  8. 5 Ways To Do EdTech On A Shoestring Budget
  9. New strategy would drop college textbook costs to zero
  10. Why do we make students sit still in class?

Conversations

Classroom 2.0
  • Too Cool for Cartoons?. Classroom 2.0 member and instructional designer, Joe Ribera, develops distance learning materials for educators and wants to know whether animation is an appropriate alternative to the "talking head" model of delivering video instruction. What do you think? Share your feedback with Joe here.
  • CEET Meet: Disrupting Assessment with Digital Badges. Sue Hellman has shared this PD opportunity for teachers that will discuss how digital badges are transfroming the age-old model of assessment in schools. This event takes place online April 4 - 12 in short, targeted sessions. Learn more about it here.
  • Glean: STEM Video Streaming for Your Classroom or Library. Karen Cameron has shared another great tool with us this week: Glean, free video lessons for students. Tags enable searching by subject, from Dividing Polynomials to Speciation. This is a great way to complement your lesson plans, and a neat tool for libraries to use to spice up after-school homework programs!

Education Revolution Google+ Community
Global Education Conference
  • ePals and Smithsonian Announce Junior Folklorist Challenge. Global Education member, Susan McLester, announces a global challenge for young story tellers. This project, which also teaches the authentic journalism skills of interviewing, shaping stories and more, is a great way to keep kids engaged and learning as we bring the school year in for a landing. See the full press release and details about how to participate here.
  • Free Resource to Assess Global Competency. Mark Otter shares the VIF standards for global competency which are based on understanding, investigating, connecting, and integrating. The assessment resource provides grade-specific competencies and examples, and is a great tool for you to assess your own classroom. Thanks, Mark!
  • Looking for French, Spanish and Italian Participants. Alicia from Know My World is hoping to find participants in Spain, Italy, or France for a digital exchange project. Please forward to your European colleagues for a great opportunity to participate. Thanks, Alicia!

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Final Notes

There's a story I tell about airline masks, and although I believe I read it somewhere authoritative, I cannot say for sure it is true. It's still worth telling. The idea is as follows.

We're likely familiar with the phrase that is repeated by flight attendants giving safety briefings before a flight departs: "In case of emergency, oxygen masks will drop down in front of you. Please pull the mask down toward your face and place the mask over your mouth and nose. If you are traveling with a child, please attend to yourself first, then the child."

The conventional wisdom about these instructions is that you will not be able to help a child if you yourself are not alive and conscious. I have no reason to think that this is not good advice, and it has broader application to making sure we care for ourselves in order to be of help to others. Certainly when we think about teaching and learning, there is a good lesson here about the importance of the health and well-being of the adults who care for children and youth.

Additionally, although usually not recognized, and potentially of deeper import to teaching and learning, is a secondary explanation I have heard for these instructions. This is that children are reluctant to do something that they have not seen adults doing, and the best way to ensure that they accept the oxygen mask on themselves is if they see an adult they trust doing so first. I call this the "You, first" principle, and I believe it is one of the most significantly less-understood concepts in our current shallow models of thinking about learning.

For those of us who love reading, it's not usually because someone made or paid us to read, but rather because we're likely to be able to point back to adults we watched who loved reading themselves. Think of something you love to do, or a significant way in which you contribute to the world, and I suspect strongly you can identify the individuals who modeled for you that living in such a way could be done. The teachers who have most significantly impacted my own children are those who showed their own love of learning, and who demonstrated how to live with energy, passion, and devotion. They are some of my personal heroes for modeling their own "lives of learning" and in so doing have challenged my own children to do the same.

It's one thing to say that our children are going to need to new skills to navigate the sea of information that is the Internet... to say that they will need to become curators of knowledge, to be able to think deeply and critically, to make and create, and to represent their own thinking and activities online and with others. It's quite another thing--and a huge challenge, to be honest--to navigate these waters ourselves so that we can model how it is done. It is maybe such a large challenge that we are afraid to try for own fears of failure. But we must, for perhaps there has never been a more important time in the history of learning for humankind. The potential is enormous, but so are the challenges, as the answers to the hardest issues of our world right now will require deep thinking, sympathetic understanding, and clarity of communication; what they definitely do not need are students who have taken all the tests but have never been inspired by a great learner, and who have never come to believe in their own ability to lead lives of significance.

See you online!



Steve
Steve Hargadon
www.stevehargadon.com

Monday, April 07, 2014

Big Event Announcements: Learning About Learning, Reinventing the Classroom, ISTE Unplugged, Gaming in Ed, Library 2.014

Hang on to your hat--a flurry of event announcements:  two big events coming up within just a few weeks that are going to be TERRIFIC; really fun notes about what we'll be doing at ISTE this year as part of "ISTE Unplugged;" a brand new conference announcement for "Gaming in Ed;" the call for proposals our annual Library 2.0 conference; and more... :)

All events are free (thanks to our terrific sponsors!).

Learning Revolution Online Conference - April 21st - 25th, 2014
This event brings together people who are thinking about learning from our different and important learning places: the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional, and home learning worlds. What are we "learning about learning?" We will explore and bridge the conversations about learning that are common to these worlds, including: learning theory, learning practice, learning science, learning space design, and technology for learning.  Monday - Wednesday are pre-event keynote evenings; Thursday and Friday are conference days. To learn more or submit a presentation proposal sign up at the Learning Revolution site. (I'm also looking for a core team of evangelists to drum up interest and excitement in the different learning worlds--contact me if you can help!)

Reinventing the Classroom - May 1st, 2014
Thanks to sponsorship from Classflow we have just announced a new, free world-wide conference which will be held online and will focus on innovative classroom uses of ed tech.  Oh, so much fun, Classroom 2.0 fans! Conference strands include the following topics:  Teaching with Technology, Student Devices, Online Learning, Subject-Specific Ed Tech, Creative Ed Tech, Web 2.0 & Social Software, and Administrative Support. Learn more and sign up to present at ReinventingtheClassroom.com.

ISTE Unplugged -  June 27 - July 1
What do Audrey Watters and Kevin Honeycutt have in common? They are both going to be in Atlanta playing special roles at the annual five-day social media party that is ISTE Uplugged! Audrey will be hosting the all-day unconference ON FRIDAY that we now call Hack Education (previously EduBloggerCon), and Kevin is going to be convening a "digital jam" (in the way that only Kevin can) for the now-annual post-unconference Party--which is being hosted this year by ClassFlow, who have stepped up and are exclusively sponsoring all the ISTE Unplugged events (huge thanks to them for this!). Also--don't miss our annual Global Education Day (now ON SATURDAY) and the always-happening-place-to-be Bloggers' Cafe. This is the EIGHTH year of our activities at ISTE, so come join us! (And don't forget that everything at ISTE this year is a day earlier than usual.)

Gaming in Ed - September 15 - 19, 2014
I'm so excited to announce another brand new online event, the first Gaming in Ed conference, with co-chair Allisyn Levy from BrainPOP. This conference is so new we haven't even settled on the strand list yet, but the first phase of the conference site is up and we will be announcing updates and some amazing keynote speakers. The call for proposals will open on May 15th. Details at GaminginEd.com.

Library 2.014 - October 8 - 9, 2014
Now in its fourth year, our future of libraries and librarianship virtual conference is always an amazing event--thanks in no small part to co-chair Sandy Hirsh from the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at San José State University--and the amazing keynote speakers she gets. The call for proposals opened April 1, so please consider presenting! We'll also be having Connected Librarians Day on October 3, focusing on K-12 and teacher librarians.

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Of course, Global Ed Con in November will be celebrating its FIFTH year, and the call for proposals will open May 1. Get ready! RSCON MiniCon number one was this past weekend, number two is in May, and the full deal is July 11 - 13. Stay tuned... Homeschool Conference II is August 7 - 8, Search Matters is August 14,  and don't miss our weekly newsletter and all the other event fun at The Learning Revolution Project.

See you online!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Learning Revolution - Week's Free Events - Reinventing the Classroom - Library 2.014 - The Real 1:1 - Reclaim Learning

The Learning Revolution
Weekly Update

April 1st


A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.
- Andrew Carnegie

The technologies of the Internet and the Web are reshaping where, when, and from whom we learn--and even how we think about learning. The Learning Revolution Project highlights our own virtual and physical events and those of our more than 200 partners. 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 they will be critical to framing and preparing for the learning revolution starting to take place.

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Updates

  • Reinventing the Classroom. Ever since I started Classroom 2.0 I've looked forward to holding an event specifically about Ed Tech in the classroom. Thanks to Promethean (who are also sponsoring Hack Education and ISTEUnplugged.com this year!), we're pleased to announce and issue the call for proposals for Reinventing the Classroom. Please visit the new conference website at http://www.ReinventingtheClassroom.com/ and we hope that you'll consider attending and/or presenting just one month from now on May 1st!
  • Library 2.014 Call for Proposals Now Open. The call for proposals for the fourth annual Library 2.0 conference - Library 2.014 - also opens today. This two-day, free online conference is designed to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing among information professionals worldwide. Please see the conference strands and the call for proposals for more information. Mark your calendars for October 8th and 9th -- we look forward to seeing you there!
  • #RSCON5 MiniCon Kicks Off Sunday. Join us this Sunday, April 6th, for a sneak peek at RSCON5 with our first Reform Symposium MiniCon! We'll get started at 9:30am EDT with the opening ceremony and a musical performance by Jason Levine, followed by keynote superstar Steven Anderson. Next up will be one hour of Inspire Presentations, and the fun and fast-paced Technology Smackdown before the closing ceremony at 1pm EDT. Look for details on the website and follow #RSCON5 to see what we're up to!
  • National Geographic Announces Geo-Educator Community. National Geographic has announced the official launch of its new community for educators, the Geo-Educator Community. The Geo-Educator Community provides a space for geo-educators to share resources, collaborate on projects, learn from each other and give support. National Geographic defines a geo-educator as an educator working to improve young people’s understanding of the world. Geo-educators can join the community through a variety of online platforms including Twitter, Facebook, and the secure educator site, Edmodo (www.geo-educatorcommunity.org). The community already hosts vibrant discussion ranging from getting students outside, involved in community service projects, and connected to classrooms around the world. Geo-educators are also engaged in serious discussion on how to implement geo-education across the country and around the world. Learn more at www.geo-education.org.

Partner Spotlight


CommonSenseMedia

Common Sense Media Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. We exist because our nation's children spend more time with media and digital activities than they do with their families or in school, which profoundly impacts their social, emotional, and physical development. As a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization, we provide trustworthy information and tools, as well as an independent forum, so that families can have a choice and a voice about the media they consume. More information at http://www.commonsensemedia.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 Standard Time. To become an event partner and have your events listed here, please email admin@web20labs.com.

  • Wednesday, April 2nd at 4:30pm BrainPOP Refresher, Freshen up on the BrainPOP basics with this overview webinar. We'll take a tour of our sites and newest features, sharing a wealth of tips and best practices for getting the most out of your subscription and engaging your students. A perfect webinar for veteran users and new subscribers alike! Join here.
  • Wednesday, April 2nd at 7pm Student-Centered Learning: Make the Shift!, The Common Core State Standards require students to think critically and be effective consumers and producers of information and media. In other words, they can’t just passively receive learning. They have to be able to actively create it too. This ISTE webinar will focus on ways teachers can create active, student-centered, digital age classrooms that help students meet the Common Core and ISTE Standards. Registration and fee information here.
  • Wednesday, April 2nd at 9pm Teachers Teaching Teachers, Weekly conversations hosted by EdTechTalk, a collaborative open webcasting community. For more information, click here.
  • Thursday, April 3rd at 8pm #Globaledchat, Topic: Building a Global Citizenship Program at Your School. Join us for this live Twitter discussion. We would love to hear your experiences integrating global education in your classrooms and at your schools!
  • Saturday, April 5th at 12pm CR20 LIVE Weekly Show with Erin Klein, We are so excited to have Erin Klein as our Featured Teacher! Erin is a 2nd grade teacher in the Cranbrook Educational Community, Bloomfield Hills, MI. She will be sharing some of her fantastic classroom projects and teaching ideas in this inspirational, jam-packed show. Besides her amazing student-centered classroom Erin is an education technology expert and a master of project based learning. In her blog, Kleinspiration, Erin shares strategies and tools to help educators create transformational schools of the 21st century. Classroom 2.0 LIVE is an opportunity to gather with other member of the community in regular "live" web meetings. Details to join the webinar at http://live.classroom20.com. Follow us on Twitter: #liveclass20
  • Sunday, April 6th at 9:30am - 1pm RSCON5 MiniCon, We will feature musical guest Jason Levine, keynote speaker Steven Anderson, a technology smackdown event that anyone can sign-up for, and eight mini-presentations that highlight RSCON4 and give you a sneak peek at what to expect at our annual Reform Symposium Free Online Conference (RSCON5), that will take place July 11-13th, 2014 and feature 60+presentations, 2 plenaries, 10 keynotes, student presenters, and much more. Learn more here.
  • Monday, April 7th at 4pm Teaching Digital Citizenship in an iPad Classroom, If you have iPads, you know that teaching digital citizenship is more important than ever. With the tablet classroom in mind, Common Sense Media, well-renowned for their digital citizenship curriculum and resources, now offers resources for teaching digital citizenship in an iPad classroom. Participants will learn about two resources that teach students to be safe, responsible, and respectful in a digital world: 1) Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum in interactive eBooks, and 2) Digital Passport. Learn more here.
  • Monday, April 7th at 8pm TL Virtual Cafe - Libraries and the 1:1 School: Final Nail in the Library Coffin?, Learn about the role of libraries and librarians in a 1:1 school. Hoover High School librarians and administrator(s) will discuss the successes, pitfalls, and follies involved in launching a 1:1 iPad program for our 9-12 grade school of approximately 3000 students with an emphasis on the role of the library and librarians in this process. Join here.

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


Deadlines

  • Learning Revolution Conference Online, April 24th - 25th, 2014
    Upcoming deadlines: Presentation proposals are being accepted between now and April 15th for the inaugural Learning Revolution Conference Online. The conference strands include Learning Theory, Learning Practice, Learning Science, Learning Spaces, and Technology & Learning. Please see the call for proposals and submission instructions here. Don't miss out on a great opportunity to connect about learning!
  • Reinventing the Classroom, May 1st, 2014
    Upcoming deadlines: Presentation proposals will be accepted between now and April 25th for Reinventing the Classroom. Conference strands include Teaching with Technology, Student Devices, Online Learning, Subject Specific Ed Tech, Creative Ed Tech, Web 2.0 & Social Software, and Administrative Support. Please see the call for proposals and submission instructions here.

Highlighted Recordings


Mike Lawrence & Mike Muir from the School Leadership Summit - on "Reclaim Your School's Teacher's Lounge - Develop Educational Entrepreneurs!" and "Leading Beside: Change that Sticks"

Lawrence-Muir
http://youtu.be/aZsnxoVTOYo

Kelly Mendoza from the School Leadership Summit - on "Making a Better World: Digital Citizenship Resources for K-12"

Mendoza
http://youtu.be/ohu7RcKZid4

Karen Blumberg & Rekha Puri from the Global Education Conference - on "LINEglobal - Gateway to India"

blumberg-puri
http://youtu.be/C-NCJdZybug

NMC Navigator Top Ten

Top Learning Tech Stories of the Week from the NMC/Horizon Project Navigator.
  1. Penn State Students Plan a Landing for Their Lunar Lion
  2. Oculus founder says Facebook deal will make virtual reality cheaper and better
  3. Twitter launches inaugural European #MuseumWeek
  4. 7 Fabulous iPad apps to create short animations for your flipped classroom
  5. 3D Printed Skull Saves Young Woman's Life
  6. Bloom's Taxonomy Wheel for iPad Apps
  7. How to Reinvent Project Based Learning to Be More Meaningful
  8. The Company Reinventing How To Learn A New Language
  9. Museum's iBook contest gets kids talking tech
  10. How You (Or Your Students) Can Use Stop-Motion Animation in Your Classroom

Conversations

Classroom 2.0
  • Classroom 2.0 Ning Users: Your Feedback Wanted!. One of our very favorite Classroom 2.0 members and leaders, Peggy George, is asking for your participation in a great reserach project that's being spearheaded by Rose Arnell. Rose has chosen to focus her doctoral research on the Classroom 2.0 community and is looking for survey participants who fit the following criteria: Must be a K-12 teacher, have been a Classroom 2.0 member for 1 year or more, and have contributed in some way to the Ning community. Does this sound like you? Please let Rose know you're interested by filling out this questionnaire.
  • Common Core Writing Prompts. Karen Cameron has shared an excellent resource for writing assignments in the Common Core classroom. Writing Prompts is a Tumblr page that includes hundreds of informal writing prompts, each prompt comes with an accompanying photo and a brief explanation of how the prompt fulfills Common Core Standards. Bookmark this page for writing inspiration. Thanks, Karen!

Education Revolution Google+ Community
  • Creating Learning Objectives in eLearning Environments. Christopher Pappas shares this article on avoiding the pitfalls of poor instructional design, i.e. using an LMS/CMS as a document repository with a built-in discussion forum. The article outlines important questions that you should answer before jumping into the design process, and then gives you examples of how to map course activities onto your proposed learning objectives. Great read for those of you who are using online learning tools. Thanks, Chris!
  • Why Your School Board Matters. Laruie Corzett shares this recent article from the Atlantic that discusses the impact of the school board on the quality of education in local communities. Findings of the study showed that schools who have individuals with a keen interest in student learning serving on the school board (not surprisingly) showed higher academic performance. Interestingly, these board members oftentimes are not people with a background in education. This study has sparked a lot of conversation in the education community. Join the conversation here.

Submit a Video or Quote

We'd like to feature a user submitted video each week. Get creative! Post your short video answer to the question: What does the learning revolution mean to you? We'll be highlighting one video each week, and sharing the rest on our YouTube channel. You need to include #learningrevolution in the title of your YouTube video.

OR

Do you have a great quote on education? Send us your favorite education quote to add to our collection and we'll be sure to give you a shout out in our next newsletter.

Kudos

We had a great time at the second annual School Leadership Summit last week. If you missed out, you can always check out conference keynotes and highlighted speakers on YouTube and check out even more sessions on the recordings page. We always appreciate the feedback that we receive from conference participants, and would like to share some of those comments here. Thank you!

  • Rediscovering the leader in me!
    -Piyush Maru
    India
  • It's really exciting to tune in to this PD opportunity and still be in my building where I can be available as needed.
    -Alexandra Anderson
    Manassas, VA
  • A model of future professional development.
    -Dana Nistor
    Romania
  • GREAT interaction among participants...highly thought provoking presentations thus far that have facilitated that interaction!
    -Cynthia Cornwell
    Virginia
  • So glad it is happening and is so accessible!
    -Jen Wyld
    Oregon, USA
  • Great conference. Love the format, the tools, the sharing. I never stop learning from these events and how simple Steve and others make this seem.
    -Randy LaBonte
    Victoria, Canada
  • This summit has allowed me to hear a wide variety of topics/presenters that I would never have had an opportunity too.
    -Kristin Gunson
    Eugene, Oregon

Final Notes

I've been reading a lot on the history of modern public education, and am struck in particular by changes in the late 1800's that began to explore the scientific measurement of mental processes, essentially creating the field of psychology. The idea that the scientific method could discover psychological cause and effect in the same way that it had in the physical world has been enormously attractive, and in many ways has born both compelling fruit and controversy. The advent of propaganda, or the use of emotions and symbols to influence behavior, was so effective that we take modern marketing techniques to manipulate our decision-making for granted, and it's hard to deny the power that they wield. On the other hand, seeing human behavior as largely (or even sometimes, solely) determined by outside influences can blind us to something that is much harder to measure: individual agency. That conscious decision-making and self-determination are harder to measure does not mean that they don't exist, but they are less quantifiable, and therefore less compelling to the kind of public policy-making that depends on broad measuring and sound-bite results. By shifting the way we view the mind, we have also shifted how we view education--from promoting individual competencies that allow students to become good thinkers and decision-makers, to stimulus-response activities that we use to influence students to learn specific skills or information that we believe society will need from them. While the former would create the capacity for innovation and engagement in the difficult tasks of life and culture, the latter train only for compliance and lead away from true creativity and creation.

Which interestingly leads me to a sort-of tongue-in-cheek motto I'd like to put on a t-shirt: "The Real 1:1 Program is Building Relationships." If we measure our education by tests and grades, we see standardization as the path to where we currently are; however, if we measure our education by finding areas of life where we both care and are competent to contribute to making a difference in the world, we likely measure our education by moments when individuals opened our eyes to something important, or trusted us to take on a responsibility, or challenged us to do something we didn't think we could, or took the time to help us see something that we were previously unable to. That these activities are harder to measure doesn't mean that they are any less important than the easily measurable--they are often much more so. As my dad used to say, "Because we cannot measure the things that have the most meaning, we give the most meaning to the things we can measure."

There is another dangerous outcome of intellectual or behavioral measurements as our only yardsticks, and it is one that is hard to say out loud: that some students are more likely to succeed than others, and therefore deserve more time and attention. Religious schools that believe in the inherent worth and value of every individual tend to not let go of the desire to find and explore the good in every child. Intriguingly, school systems that are born from arguments of the economic benefits to a country from strong educational programs, often take the same approach to bringing every student to their highest potential. When we do not believe in every individual's unique value, religious or economic, we test, measure, and then find that some significant percentage of our students (and teachers?) are failures. We cannot afford that, financially, spiritually, or culturally.

Gandhi used the symbol of the spinning wheel to encourage regular Indians to take back their economic destiny (to spin their own thread and make their own clothing). Somehow we must find a similarly compelling story for education that recognizes its value to both the individual and the society, but starts with empowering and building the skills of each individual. Somehow we must reclaim learning from the domain of measurement and stimulus-response policy-making, and remember the importance of agency, individual worth, self-direction, and relationships to true learning.

See you online!



Steve
Steve Hargadon
www.stevehargadon.com