Sunday, May 02, 2010

This Coming Week's Live and Interactive Events

Below are this week's public, free, and interactive webinars through LearnCentral.org, the social learning network for education that I work on for Elluminate.

The time of the events below will show up automatically in your own time zone when you are registered in LearnCentral and when you have chosen your time zone in your profile. Event recordings are posted and available after the events if you aren't able to attend them live. Be on the lookout for Australia-time-friendly events as part of the new Australia Series, and Spanish-language Webinars from the Aula 2.0 Series!

A number of folks have emailed me looking for an easy calendar import / RSS feed for these events, and while the developers at LearnCentral are working on a good long-term solution, you'll find my Google Calendar "hack" at LearnCentral.tv. Hope it helps!

I also hope you'll consider hosting your own public webinars using the LearnCentral public room--instructions are available by joining the "Host Your Own Webinar" group on the main announcement tab (http://www.learncentral.org/group/3432/host-your-own-webinars).

Monday, May 3rd
  • 5pm PDT (US) / 8pm EDT (US) / 12am (next day) GMT/UTC (intl times):
    TL CAFE
    “Common Core Standards.
    " Hosted by Ernie Cox & Barbara Anderson. “The most recent draft of the Common Core Standards were released in March 2010 for public review and comment. This webinar will provide background on the development of these standards. A final version is scheduled to be released in early Spring 2010. Our guests will give us several perspectives on what impact these standards will have on K-12 education and school libraries. Join us to articulate comments for the final version and to explore the potential role of the school librarian.”
    LearnCentral Link: http://www.learncentral.org/event/67237

  • 10:45pm PDT (US) / 2:45am (next day) EDT (US) / 5:45am GMT/UTC (next day) (intl times):
    AUSTRALIA SERIES
    Tech-Talk Tuesdays: 3D Virtual Worlds - One School's Journey " with host Anne Mirtschin.. “Steve Collis is our guest presenter for this session. Steve is a multi award winning innovative teacher at Northern Beaches Christian School in NSW. This school established a locked 3D virtual world at the start of 2009 using the Second Life software. Students were recruited and keen to lead the virtual space. These students then submitted building projects for approval, implemented them, equipping the island with educational facilities such as a virtual art gallery, radio station, book shop (selling student compositions), tutorial centre and customisable Maths maze.”
    LearnCentral Link: http://www.learncentral.org/event/70321
Tuesday, May 4th
  • No Events
Wednesday, May 5th
  • 2:30am PDT (US) / 5:30am EDT (US) / 9:30am GMT/UTC (intl times):
    STUDENTS 2.0 SERIES
    RSS - finding what you're interested in and bringing information to you,” with Jenny Luca. What is RSS (Really Simple Syndication) and how can you use it to bring information to you and help you to direct your own learning? This session will introduce you to Google Reader, Netvibes and other methods of bringing RSS feeds from sites that regularly update content to you. ”
    LearnCentral Link: http://www.learncentral.org/event/68341

  • 3am PDT (US) / 6am EDT (US) / 10am GMT/UTC (intl times):
    AUSTRALIA SERIES
    “eT@lking -Twitter”
    with host Anne Mirtschin. Jess McCulloch, my amazing and inspirational colleague in all things web2.0, will be the co-presenter tonight speaking about twitter. Please note there is something for everyone- new and old to twitter! Some of the following will be discussed:- why twitter, how to join twitter, choosing a twitter handle, the all important personal profile, how to find people, who should we follow?, how many to follow, how to make lists, how to get the most out of twitter, using twitter in education and the classroom, tips for experienced tweeters and your questions!!!”
    LearnCentral Link: http://www.learncentral.org/event/71298

  • 8am PDT (US) / 11am EDT (US) / 3pm GMT/UTC (intl times):
    “Seth Godin Discusses His Book Linchpin and Implications for ”
    with Steve Hargadon. Steve will interview Seth Godin live in Elluminate next week about his newest book, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?, and the implications for education.
    LearnCentral Link: http://www.learncentral.org/event/71871/

  • 9:30am PDT (US) /12:30pm EDT (US) / 4pm GMT/UTC (intl times):
    Shannon's Bright Ideas Center - Sharing Multimedia,” with host Shannon Autrey Forte. Sharing Multimedia in Elluminate can be done in multiple ways. We explore the how's and why's of which tool to use for which multimedia files.
    LearnCentral Link: http://www.learncentral.org/event/68281

  • 10am PDT (US) / 1pm EDT (US) / 5pm GMT/UTC (intl times):
    ELLUMINATE LIVE SERIES
    Reconcile Paradoxes To Improve Performance.” This event is part of Thiagi and Tracy's monthly series in Training Magazine Network. Effective performance consultants don't solve problems; they reconcile paradoxes. True performance technologists are systematic and spontaneous; rigid and flexible; impulsive and reflective; controlling and empowering; compassionate and mercenary; and playful and serious. They achieve long-term and short-term results by employing rational and intuitive approaches. In this interactive session, learn how to use oxymorons for fun and profit. Figure out why the opposite of every profound truth is also a truth and learn how to bring about a healthy multiple-personality syndrome. This session will answer all your questions – and question all your answers.
    LearnCentral Link: http://www.learncentral.org/event/62848 (pre-registration required)

  • 12pm PDT (US) / 3pm EDT (US) / 7pm GMT/UTC (intl times):
    EDUCATION IN A DIGITAL WORLD 2.0 SERIES
    Developing Higher Order Thinking Through Blogging,” with host Brad Ovenell-Carter. The idea that students are digital natives is a myth. Like any other idea up for adoption, there is a normal distribution of interest in and ability with social media and other emerging web technologies among K12 students. To be sure, many are quite comfortable, if not always wise, users of social media such as Facebook or IM. But none of the potential educational advantages of such tools or of cloud computing are self-evident; and just as students had to be taught to see a pencil as a learning tool, they need to be taught to see the web as a learning tool.
    LearnCentral Link: http://www.learncentral.org/event/65723 (30 minute session)

  • 2pm PDT (US) / 5pm EDT (US) / 9pm (GMT/UTC (intl times):
    Classrooms Without Boundaries: Technology Tools for Learning." Tired of your first life? Do you learn better in your p.j.'s? Can you fit a classroom in your pocket? Learn about several technology tools that enhance Pre-K through Higher-Ed teaching and learning. Ever evolving 21st Century tools provide innovative experiences for learners of all ages!
    LearnCentral Link: http://www.learncentral.org/event/49904
Thursday, May 6th
  • 10am PDT (US) / 1pm EDT (US) / 5pm GMT/UTC (intl times):
    ELLUMINATE LIVE SERIES
    The Cost Of A Ghost: The Economics Of Poor Hiring Decisions In Selling And How To Avoid Them.” Hiring for strategic selling is one of the most important aspects of effective execution. Hiring an ineffective strategic sales person—we call him a “ghost”—can cost your company hundreds of thousands—perhaps millions—in lost opportunities.This webinar will arm you with facts and formulas you can use to estimate the cost of a ghost for your company. You can use these estimates to justify a fact based, professional hiring process. We will also describe best hiring practices, including the criteria and processes you should be using as well as approaches to assessing candidates.
    LearnCentral Link: http://www.learncentral.org/event/62849 (pre-registration required)

  • 4pm PDT (US) / 7pm EDT (US) / 11pm GMT/UTC (intl times):
    EDUBLOGS SERIES
    “Edublogs Serendipity - unconference session.”
    Join Jo Hart in our fortnightly unconference sessions. Bring along the burning issues and hot topics YOU would like to discuss. Topic is chosen by poll at the start of the session.
    LearnCentral Link: http://www.learncentral.org/event/67249

  • 5pm PDT (US) / 8pm EDT (US) / 12am (next day) GMT/UTC (intl times):
    FUTURE OF EDUCATION SERIES
    Interview of John Taylor Gatto.” Steve interviews John Taylor Gatto, New York City Teacher of the year in 1989, 1990, and 1991, and New York State Teacher of the Year in 1991—and also the author of several books critical of compulsory schooling.
    LearnCentral Link: http://www.learncentral.org/event/72125
Saturday, May 8th
  • 9am PDT (US) / 12pm EDT (US) / 4pm GMT/UTC (intl times):
    LEARNING GAMES NETWORK SERIES
    Choosing and Using Video Games in the Classroom: Evaluation & Assessment. There’s usually no scan form or fill-in-the-blank test for game-based learning. What are some alternative approaches to measure growth?
    LearnCentral Link: http://www.learncentral.org/event/58448/
  • 9am PDT (US) / 12pm EDT (US) / 4pm GMT/UTC (intl times):
    CLASSROOM 2.0 LIVE!
    Piclits!” Special guest will be Terry Friedlander, Founder PicLits.com and Carrie, Piclits Site Admistrator will share how to use Piclits in the classroom.
    LearnCentral Link: http://www.learncentral.org/event/72167

  • 10am PDT (US) / 1pm EDT (US) / 5pm GMT/UTC (intl times):
    Designing eGames: The User Interface.” A player will ultimately interact with the game through its Graphic User Interface, or GUI. Determining how a user will control and communicate with the game is an important part of the overall experience. We’ll take a look at some tricks designers use to make GUI’s easier to use.
    LearnCentral Link: http://www.learncentral.org/event/61841
Thanks for your attention, and see you online!
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