Saturday, April 30, 2011

Week of May 1, 2011 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

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, or you can check the new event time converter on the event page. Event recordings are posted and available after the events if you aren't able to attend them live. If you are looking for an easy calendar import / RSS feed for these events, you'll now find a link on your calendar page or the calendar page of specific groups!

We hope you will consider hosting your own public webinars using the free 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).

Thanks for your attention, and see you online!

EPORTFOLIOS IN MAY: COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE (Australia Series)
Mon 2 May 03:00AM New York / Mon 2 May 07:00AM GMT / Mon 2 May 05:00PM Sydney
Coach Carole. Presentations from a panel of CoP 'ers: Presentation one Ken Gooding for eWorks VIC,Presentation two Rodney Lofts for the Melbourne Moodle User Group,Presentation three Allison Poot for PebblePad, TAS, Presentation four Sarah Chesney for JISC UK
http://www.learncentral.org/event/153736

DIVING INTO DIGITAL BOOKS: ADDING EREADERS TO YOUR LIBRARY (TL Cafe)
Mon 2 May 08:00PM New York / Tue 3 May 12:00AM GMT / Tue 3 May 10:00AM Sydney
Gwyneth Jones. Kindles, Nooks and iPads, Oh My! Implementing eReaders into your library program is about more than just jumping on the latest technological bandwagon or attempting to reinvent your library in order to stay relevant. It’s about good practice. Join Buffy Hamilton and Jennifer LaGarde as they discuss how eReaders have helped them provide students with a) access to the most up to date titles, b) the unique ability to efficiently link works of fiction with nonfiction resources and, c) the opportunity to interact with texts in ways that are simply not possible with traditional, library owned, books – all in an environment that both appeals to and enhances their skills as 21st century learners.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/127625

PCTI (PEER COACHING) - S7 WHAT'S WORKING? PROTOCOL - #4 (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Mon 2 May 09:30PM New York / Tue 3 May 01:30AM GMT / Tue 3 May 11:30AM Sydney
Shelee King George. What's Working?, one of 34 activities in Peer Coaching, centers on a success analysis protocol -- a guided discussion designed to encourage reflection and a focus on replicating success. Is the protocol useful among educators generally? Can it be used well with students? Join us to discuss these and related issues, and see the latest videos from Shelee King George Productions!
http://www.learncentral.org/event/155533

TECH TALK TUESDAYS: PHISHING, SCAMS, ONLINE SECURITY AND MORE! (Australia Series)
Tue 2 May 02:00AM New York / Tue 3 May 06:00AM GMT / Tue 3 May 04:00PM Sydney
Anne Mirtschin. The recent scams and security leaks involving Sony Play Station brings to the fore, issues with online security. This session will be a general discussion amongst participants of personal experiences with any of these, ways to keep secure online and approaches to take when we are phished and scammed! Come join along and join in the conversations. If you can, bring examples of any phish, security or scams that you have come across or been involved in.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/155733

VODOU, SANTERÍA, AND CANDOMBLÉ: AFRO-EUROPEAN RELIGOUS ENCOUNTERS IN THE CARIBBEAN AND LATIN AMERICA (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Tue 3 May 07:30PM New York / Tue 3 May 11:30PM GMT / Wed 4 May 09:30AM Sydney
Mary Risner. Part III of a 4 session series to introduce Latin American themes to encourage teachers to integrate area studies across the curriculum. Participants are invited to collaborate on a wiki that will share online resources and activities related to Latin America for classroom use.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/151420

EXCHANGES THAT WORK WITH ANVILL (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Wed 4 May 06:00PM New York / Wed 4 May 10:00PM GMT / Thu 5 May 08:00AM Sydney
Jeff Magoto. ANVILL gives your students a platform for speech-based activities that go well beyond the classroom. Today's session will focus on what language instructors do to make those exchanges meaningful and lasting.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/153742

DOCENTES INGENIOSOS (Aula 2.0)
Thu 5 May 09:00PM New York / Fri 6 May 01:00AM GMT / Fri 6 May 11:00AM Sydney
Tomas Chaskel. Integrarse y formar Redes sociales de investigación y docencia. Conocer herramientas que permitan mediar contenidos docentes, conocimiento y dictar cursos a través de Blogs de contenidos, aprenderán a subir contenidos y manejar el concepto de gagets y códigos incrustados Elaborar y compartir enlaces de documentos compartidos y a generar conocimiento en Red: Google doc, e integrar esta información y publicarla en el BLOG.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/155470

PCTI (PEER COACHING) - S7 WHAT'S WORKING? PROTOCOL - #5 (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Thu 5 May 09:30PM New York / Fri 6 May 01:30AM GMT / Fri 6 May 11:30AM Sydney
Shelee King George. What's Working?, one of 34 activities in Peer Coaching, centers on a success analysis protocol -- a guided discussion designed to encourage reflection and a focus on replicating success. Is the protocol useful among educators generally? Can it be used well with students? Join us to discuss these and related issues, and see the latest videos from Shelee King George Productions!
http://www.learncentral.org/event/155536

CSOV NEWSCAST (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Fri 6 May 08:00AM New York / Fri 6 May 12:00PM GMT / Fri 6 May 10:00PM Sydney
Molly Williams. Join Molly for a student newscast.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/153372

CLASSROOM 2.0 LIVE (Classroom 2.0 LIVE)
Sat 7 May 12:00PM New York / Sat 7 May 04:00PM GMT / Sun 8 May 02:00AM Sydney
Kim Caise, Lorna Costantini and Peggy George. Classroom 2.0 co-hosts will lead a conversation about using technology tools and resources in the classroom.
http://www.learncentral.org/node/155904

Friday, April 29, 2011

Free Virtual Conference Saturday, April 30th

The normal Classroom 2.0 LIVE show isn't being held this Saturday, April 30th, 2011 because of the Way Out West (WOW) Virtual Conference being streamed live from 8am - 4pm Pacific Daylight Time (thanks Blackboard Collaborate / Elluminate).  To attend the sessions you need to register, but the conference is free (make sure you follow both registration steps to get into the Moodle!):  http://www.aztea.org/moodle.

They keynote is being given by Angela Maiers and Steve Farber, and is entitled "Passion-Driven Teaching, Learning, and Leadership."  I'll be moderating a follow-up panel close to the end of the day (2:40pm Pacific / 5:40pm Eastern) called "Connecting Passion to Action."   The panelists will include Angela and:
More information on the panel, and a direct link to the Elluminate session if you choose not to register for the rest of the conference, is available on Angela's blog at http://www.angelamaiers.com/2011/04/conference-hosted-by-the-arizona-technology-in-education-association.html.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

April 28 - Dale Stephens on "UnCollege"

Join me Thursday, April 28th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Dale Stephens, who has received a great deal of public notice lately for his launch of UnCollege - a "social movement supporting self-directed higher education."

Date: Thursday, April 28th, 2011
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 12am GMT (next day--international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Elluminate. Log in at http://tr.im/futureofed. The Elluminate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Elluminate, please visit http://www.elluminate.com/support. Recordings of the session will be posted within a day of the event at the event page.
Event and Recording Pagehttp://www.learncentral.org/event/154671

From the Uncollege website:

Hi! I’m Dale.  I was unschooled from 6th until 12th grade and enrolled at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas following ‘high school.’  I was frustrated with some aspects of my college experience and spent much of my first semester thinking and writing about what could be done to address my concerns.

Over winter break, some unschooled friends and I — namely Rebecca Goldman (attending Dartmouth) and Demetri Sampas (attending Pacific Lutheran) — were conversing about our frustrations with higher education.  We found that we had precisely the same frustrations about college, even though we attend different institutions.

After pondering this conversation I came to the conclusion that our frustrations with higher education stem not from the specific institutions we attend but rather from what we had in common: unschooling. We threw around some ideas via email, and Rebecca suggested “we should just start our own college a la the movie ‘Accepted.’”

I loved the idea.

Unschooling provided an excellent education.  As unschoolers we were free to learn whenever and wherever we pleased.  We researched areas of interest, sought out mentors, and connected with other learners.  We took our knowledge from theory to practice by starting organizations and creating internships.   We learned for the sake of learning — not to pass a test.  We found innovative ways to apply what we learned.  We were forced to think independently and analytically.   We learned how to interact with our peers and function in a classroom setting by taking college courses.   By serving as both teacher (planning our courses) and student (doing the coursework) we practiced goal setting, self-evaluation, and created an unconventional yet vital leadership experience.

I decided that as a former unschooler I could make Rebecca’s homeschooler college a reality.

I launched UnCollege on January 21st, 2011.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Rescheduled for May 11th - Interview with Hugh McGuire, Founder of LibriVox.org

Join me Wednesday, May 11th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Hugh McGuire, the founder of LibriVox.org, the terrific crowd-sourced audiobooks service.  We'll talk Web 2.0, books, learning, and more in the context of thinking about education.

Date: Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 12am GMT (next day--international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Elluminate. Log in at http://tr.im/futureofed. The Elluminate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Elluminate, please visit http://www.elluminate.com/support. Recordings of the session will be posted within a day of the event at the event page.
Event and Recording Pagehttp://www.learncentral.org/event/154669

From his site:  "I do bookish R and D on the web. I build webby things, and find out if people like them. I also write and speak often enough about media, publishing, the web, technology, mass collaboration, online community-building, open culture, copyright, in places like Huffington Post, Forbes.com, and O’Reilly Radar. I’m also editing an O’Reilly book about the future of publishing."

Monday, April 25, 2011

Week of April 25, 2011 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

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, or you can check the new event time converter on the event page. Event recordings are posted and available after the events if you aren't able to attend them live. If you are looking for an easy calendar import / RSS feed for these events, you'll now find a link on your calendar page or the calendar page of specific groups!

We hope you will consider hosting your own public webinars using the free 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).

Thanks for your attention, and see you online!

IPADS AND OTHER MOBILE MAYHEM - A TALK WITH TRAVIS ALLEN (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Mon 25 Apr 08:00PM New York / Tue 26 Apr 12:00AM GMT / Tue 26 Apr 12:00PM Sydney
Rushton Hurley. Travis Allen created a video while in high school called "iSchool," (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68KgAcx_9jU) and has since become a powerful voice for how mobile technologies can change education. Learn more about his effort, the iSchool Initiative, by joining us for this Next Vista Digital Dream Team webinar.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/152094

MORE THAN "ONE DROP": RACE IN LATIN AMERICA (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Tue 26 Apr 07:30PM New York / Tue 26 Apr 11:30PM GMT / Wed 27 Apr 11:30AM Sydney
Mary Risner. Part II of a 4 session series to introduce Latin American themes to help teachers integrate area studies across the curriculum. Participants are invited to collaborate on a wiki that will share online resources and activities related to Latin America to use in the classroom.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/151411

1 TOOL AT A TIME WEBINAR (TL Cafe)
Tue 26 Apr 08:00PM New York / Wed 27 Apr 12:00AM GMT / Wed 27 Apr 12:00PM Sydney
Gwyneth Jones.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/133552

HUGH MCGUIRE ON LIBRIVOX (Future of Education Series)
Tue 26 Apr 08:00PM New York / Wed 27 Apr 12:00AM GMT / Wed 27 Apr 12:00PM Sydney
Steve Hargadon. Steve interviews Hugh McGuire, creator of LibriVox, the terrific crowd-sourced audiobooks service.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/154669

ET@LKING: EMBERS OF THE WORLD (Australia Series)
Wed 27 Apr 08:00AM New York / Wed 27 Apr 12:00PM GMT / Thu 28 Apr 12:00AM Sydney
Coach Carole. In this et@lking interaction, you will meet Debbie Nicol, an Australian expatriate of 15 years, currently living in Dubai. Curating her own business, www.businessenmotion.com Debbie deals with strategic corporate change, and learning and development initiatives. She works closely with an online, international corporate academy driving the corporate culture evolution, being an ambassador for the social constructivist approach to learning. Throughout her corporate journey, she realized an organization wont change until the very last person engages with it. Herein lay the challenge, whereby she discovered that traditional methods simply weren’t forging this engagement. The connection simply didn’t exist. Similarly nor did it exist in many personal lives, until the layers of distortion were removed. This was the impetus for the creation of a new personal and social development model called ‘embers of the world’ (www.embersoftheworld.com) , based around the framework of ‘Reflect, Connect – Collaborate, Innovate – Become’. With change at its heart, is ‘embers’ a concept to be taught, facilitated, connected with or simply ‘caught’? And to what level? It’s aiming for change on both an individual level as well as the UN level, so quite a spectrum. And how is technology being applied currently, and how will it in the future?
http://www.learncentral.org/event/153733

P2PU COURSE - CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT (Math 2.0 Series)
Wed 27 Apr 07:30PM New York / Wed 27 Apr 11:30PM GMT / Thu 28 Apr 11:30AM Sydney
Maria Droujkova.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/131375

PAM MORAN AND IRA SOCOL: FROM SCIENTIFICALLY-MANAGED TO COMMUNITY-DRIVEN SCHOOLS (Future of Education Series)
Wed 27 Apr 08:00PM New York / Thu 28 Apr 12:00AM GMT / Thu 28 Apr 12:00PM Sydney
Alison Saylor. Pam Moran and Ira Socol: From Scientifically-Managed to Community-Driven Schools.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/154670

REDES SOCIALES EN LA ESCUELA: SI O NO? (Aula 2.0)
Wed 27 Apr 09:00PM New York / Thu 28 Apr 01:00AM GMT / Thu 28 Apr 01:00PM Sydney
Tomas Chaskel. La penetración masiva de las redes sociales entre los jóvenes estudiantes de educación básica, media y superior las ha convertido en el principal medio de interacción social hoy en día. Los usuarios de estas redes invierten cada vez mas de su tiempo para compartir y transmitir información en estas redes. Deberían las instituciones educativas adaptarlas como una herramienta mas para detonar competencias? Como regular el uso apropiado de las redes sociales en la escuela? Están los docentes y la escuelas preparados para ello? Redes sociales en la escuela: Si o No.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/154571

MATH PICKLE (Math 2.0 Series)
Wed 27 Apr 09:30PM New York / Thu 28 Apr 01:30AM GMT / Thu 28 Apr 01:30PM Sydney
Maria Droujkova. Math Pickle is a professional development site for K-12 mathematics teachers. It uses videos to showcase fantastic problems that deserve to be in every classroom.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/151765

DALE STEPHENS ON "UNCOLLEGE" (Future of Education Series)
Thu 28 Apr 08:00PM New York / Fri 29 Apr 12:00AM GMT / Fri 29 Apr 12:00PM Sydney
Steve Hargadon. Join Steve for a conversation with Dale Stephens, creator of the 'Uncollege' social movement to support self-directed higher education.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/154671

THE KNOWLEDGE SHARING PLACE (Knowledge Sharing Place)
Thu 28 Apr 08:00PM New York / Fri 29 Apr 12:00AM GMT / Fri 29 Apr 12:00PM Sydney
Dean Mantz. Join Tina, Barbara and Dean as we feature Michael Thorton from Meriwether Lewis Elementary school from Charlottesville VA. Come hear Michael talk about how he encourages life-long learning behaviors in his students and see example projects that demonstrate just how far his students can push the envelope of learning.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/153096

CSOV STUDENT NEWSCAST (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Fri 29 Apr 08:00AM New York / Fri 29 Apr 12:00PM GMT / Sat 30 Apr 12:00AM Sydney
Molly Williams. Join Molly as she hosts this student newscast webinar.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/151418

WOW AZTEA VIRTUAL TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE 2011 (AzTEA )
Sat 30 Apr 11:00AM New York / Sat 30 Apr 03:00PM GMT / Sun 1 May 03:00AM Sydney
Peggy George. You are invited to join this free virtual conference with a theme of “Connect, Communicate, Collaborate!” and our day will jump-start with two incredibly inspiring keynote speakers: Angela Maiers and Steve Farber on the topic of Passion in Teaching and Learning. The day is a combination of inspirational speakers and practical technology tools for classroom use and concludes with an outstanding panel of educational leaders: Steve Hargadon, Angela Maiers, Amy Sandvold, George Couros and Lisa Nielsen discussing “Now that We’re Feeling the Passion, What Do We Do Next?” We will also have a really fun “Smackdown” will take place at 12:45pm and we’d love to have you consider signing up to share your favorite Web 2.0 tool. A Smackdown is a fast and furious presentation that can be shared in a web tour in Elluminate. You will have 2-3 minutes to show and tell about your tool. The conference is FREE and virtual (hosted on Elluminate), so you can participate from home either alone or with friends. Registration is required to participate in live sessions or to access recordings and resources. Random drawings for “door prizes” will be held in selected sessions including books from our keynote speakers among other things.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/153861

BUBBLZ MATH CLOWNING (Math 2.0 Series)
Sat 30 Apr 02:00PM New York / Sat 30 Apr 06:00PM GMT / Sun 1 May 06:00AM Sydney
Maria Droujkova. Mathematical clowning is a growing phenomenon. Join "Bubblz" as she introduces her unusual profession!
http://www.learncentral.org/event/151767

LEARN TO BE - ONLINE LEADERSHIP EXCHANGE (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Sat 30 Apr 03:00PM New York / Sat 30 Apr 07:00PM GMT / Sun 1 May 07:00AM Sydney
Jingshen Zhao. Learn To Be is a non-profit that provides free online tutoring to children in underserved communities. The Online Leadership Exchange is a meeting open to the public where leaders from the various University Chapters come together to share updates and discuss best practices. More information about Learn To Be is available at http://www.learntobe.org.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/147488

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Today - Barry Schwartz on Doing the Right Thing in an Institutional World

Join me today, Thursday, April 21st, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Barry Schwartz, author of The Paradox of Choice and Practical Wisdom.  We will explore how can think about promoting and cultivating wise and moral action in an educational world increasingly dominated by discussions of "sticks and carrots," i.e., punishments and incentives.

Date: Thursday, April 21st, 2011
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 12am GMT (next day--international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Elluminate. Log in at http://tr.im/futureofed. The Elluminate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Elluminate, please visit http://www.elluminate.com/support. Recordings of the session will be posted within a day of the event at the event page.
Event and Recording Pagehttp://www.learncentral.org/event/142212

Barry Schwartz is the Dorwin Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action at Swarthmore College.  He has been there since receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1971.  He has written 11 books and more than 100 articles for professional journals. He is a fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science.

The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less was named one of the top business books of the year by both Business Week and Forbes Magazine. The book explores how too many choices can paralyse people into inaction and cause them to be dissatisfied with even good decisions.  The themes of his newest book, Practical Wisdom:  The Right Way to Do the Right Thing, with co-author Kenneth Sharpe, are outlined in the following TED talk video.



Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing

The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Today - Don't Miss David Schenk on "The Genius in All of Us"

Join me today, Tuesday, April 19th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with David Shenk, author of The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You've Been Told About Genetics, Talent, and IQ Is Wrong.  This is a ground-breaking--even liberating--book on talent and potential that has radical implications for how we think about education.

Date: Tuesday, April 19th, 2011
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 12am GMT (next day--international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Elluminate. Log in at http://tr.im/futureofed. The Elluminate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Elluminate, please visit http://www.elluminate.com/support. Recordings of the session will be posted within a day of the event at the event page.
Event and Recording Pagehttp://www.learncentral.org/event/142210

David Shenk is the award-winning and national-bestselling author of six books, including The Genius in All of Us ("deeply interesting and important" - New York Times), The Forgetting ("remarkable" - Los Angeles Times), Data Smog ("indispensable" - New York Times), and The Immortal Game ("superb" - Wall Street Journal). He is a popular lecturer, a short-film director, and a correspondent for TheAtlantic.com. He has contributed to National Geographic, Slate, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Gourmet, Harper's, Spy, The New Yorker, NPR, and PBS. Shenk lives in Brooklyn.

The Genius in All of Us: New Insights into Genetics, Talent, and IQHis most recent book, The Genius in All of Us: New Insights Into Genetics, Talent, and IQ (Doubleday, 2010), was welcomed as "a deeply interesting and important book" by the New York Times, "profound," by the London Evening Standard, and "a thinking man's Outliers" by New York magazine.  Salon's Laura Miller said, "The Genius in All of Us has quietly blown my mind." (More reviews here).

Monday, April 18, 2011

Special Webinar - Live from the Middle East: Classroom Connections Amidst Political Changes

Join us on Wednesday, April 20th, for a very special live and interactive event with educators from Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon, and Morocco.  We'll be discussing the political changes taking place in the Middle East, the impact of technology on both politics and education, and student-to-student interactions worldwide.  Hosted by Ed Gragert, Executive Director of iEARN-USA, this event is jointly sponsored by iEARN-USA, the Global Education Collaborative, and the Global Education Conference.

Date: Wednesday, April 20th, 2011
Time: 12pm Pacific / 3pm Eastern / 19:00 GMT (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Elluminate. Log in at https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2008350&password=M.99FE0DD46154902A21DBBF11F33F43. The Elluminate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Elluminate, please visit http://www.elluminate.com/support. Recordings of the session will be posted within a day of the event at the event page.
Event and Recording Page:  http://www.learncentral.org/event/153806

iEARN-USA is a member of iEARN (International Education and Resource Network), the world's largest, most experienced online K-12 non-profit network that enables young people worldwide to use the Internet and digital media to collaborate on educational projects.  iEARN encourages collaboration between students and educators within the global network. iEARN places high priority on building partnerships that include project work and online and face-to-face training. Teacher and student partnerships are sustained and new ones formed through interaction in online projects, professional development, and special events.

Dr. Edwin H. Gragert is Executive Director of iEARN-USA. Since 1988, iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) has pioneered the educational use of innovative communications technology and teacher professional development to facilitate on-line collaborative project-based learning in elementary and secondary schools in 130 other countries worldwide. Approximately two million students are working daily on collaborative projects through iEARN.

He served as the Executive Director of ICYE-US, an international high school and community service youth exchange program and also served on the staff of the International Relations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Dalia Khalil (Egypt) is the founder and director of the Egyptian Association for Educational Resources (E-ERA), a non-profit and non-governmental organization that implements iEARN in Egypt and works in the fields of Civic Education, ICT into Education, Professional Development, Youth Empowerment and Leadership, and Cross Cultural Understanding and Exchanges. Among E-ERA’s major projects is building an alumni network for ACCESS micro-scholarship graduates, offering leadership training and promoting volunteerism. Khalil is a doctorate student at the University of Phoenix with a focus on Educational Leadership. She has a MA in Quality Management in Education from the University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom, TEFL certificate from the University of California-Santa Cruz, and a BA in Economics and Political Sciences from Cairo University. Her dissertation’s topic is on Egypt’s Pipeline for Youth Leadership (ages 15 – 25). Khalil is an Eisenhower Fellow, active member in many service organizations e.g. Rotary International, and an advocate for youth, development, and cross-cultural understanding.

Héla Nafti (Tunisia) was born in Tunis.  She finished secondary education in Tunis then studied at La Sorbonne University, Paris, where she received degrees in English Literature and American Civilization.  She became a teacher and taught for 17 years in a high school in Tunis.  She is now a senior inspector in ELT at the Ministry of Education, training and inspecting pre-service and in-service teachers.  She has also taken part in textbook writing, in developing curricula, in designing national tests, in developing digital content, in translating documents for the Ministry of education and other institutions, and in evaluating documents.  As a teacher, she has tried to implement values of citizenship, solidarity and openness in her students.  She is a member of SOROPTIMIST International, president of the Tunisian Alliance of Female teachers, a member of the TELTA association (Tunisian English Learning and Teaching Association), and a member of the Tunisian Association for Active citizenship.  Her hobbies are mainly travelling, reading and going to the cinema.

With over 20 years in education, Eliane Metni (Lebanon) has focused on global learning since 1999 and developed professional development programs for teachers internationally.  Through these years, online collaboration has played a key role in shaping her perception of the use of ICT in educational programs and in enabling students to learn from and with their peers worldwide how we all are citizens of this planet.  She has completed a BA in economics and a MS in online learning and teaching. As part of a research study with California State University, Hayward (2001), she designed the iEARN teachers’ professional development courses methodology to integrate online project-based learning in curricula.  She has co-designed and managed the Douroub online teachers' empowerment program in Yemen (2005), initiated and run the Global Educators' Course (2006) and currently direct the I-DO project in collaboration with the Ministry of Education in Lebanon (funded by Cisco).  She is based in Lebanon and directs IEA, the International Education Association, a Lebanese NGO committed to global education, chairs iEARN-Lebanon, co-coordinates the Global Teenager Project internationally, and chairs The Round Table Foundation.

Abdellah GHAZI (Morocco) is a teacher of English as a second language for about 15 years in a public high school. He is currently the vice President of MEARN. He has been avery  active member in facilitating various workshops about the use of technology in teaching and students implementation of projects in their learning. Mr Abdellah GHAZI has  strong expereince on the use of ICTs on the field of Education and Training .He also was a fellow at the University of Minnesota as leader in education and served as a teacher in ST Paul high school. In addition to that, he is also a teacher at VATEL INTERNATIONAL CAMPUS, teaching business English and Tourism Management.He also participated in many national and international events.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Week of April 17, 2011 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

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, or you can check the new event time converter on the event page. Event recordings are posted and available after the events if you aren't able to attend them live. If you are looking for an easy calendar import / RSS feed for these events, you'll now find a link on your calendar page or the calendar page of specific groups!

We hope you will consider hosting your own public webinars using the free 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).

Thanks for your attention, and see you online!

MANAGING SCOPE CREEP: EXPECT SURPRISES (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Mon 18 Apr 01:30PM New York / Mon 18 Apr 05:30PM GMT / Tue 19 Apr 05:30AM Sydney
Lou Russell. People like to think of scope creep as a preventable disease, but it is really more like a chronic illness. It will happen and it needs to happen. While projects are going on, businesses and worlds change constantly, so project scope will change also. The problem is getting everyone to see that the project has changed so the proper adjustments to money, time and quality are decided intentionally, not by default. Learn great ways to manage this very real dynamic.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/130263

NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION FOR LIBRARY MEDIA SPECIALISTS (TL Cafe)
Mon 18 Apr 08:00PM New York / Tue 19 Apr 12:00AM GMT / Tue 19 Apr 12:00PM Sydney
Gwyneth Jones. Join this webinar to discuss national board certification for library media specialists.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/146823

DELT11: PARTICIPATORY ACTION RESEARCH AND TESOL (4) (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Tue 19 Apr 09:00AM New York / Tue 19 Apr 01:00PM GMT / Wed 20 Apr 01:00AM Sydney
Benjamin Stewart. This session will give TESOL practitioners an opportunity to share experiences with participatory action research. Planning and data collection techniques will be discussed in order to assist the practitioner in finding ways to improve.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/151559

DEMOCRACY AND JUSTICE IN LATIN AMERICA (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Tue 19 Apr 07:30PM New York / Tue 19 Apr 11:30PM GMT / Wed 20 Apr 11:30AM Sydney
Mary Risner. Part I of a 4-session series to introduce Latin American themes to encourage teachers to integrate area studies across the curriculum. Participants are invited to collaborate on a wiki that will share online resources and activities related to Latin America for classroom use.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/151400

AUTHOR DAVID SHENK ON HIS IMPORTANT BOOK, THE GENIUS IN ALL OF US (Future of Education Series)
Tue 19 Apr 08:00PM New York / Wed 20 Apr 12:00AM GMT / Wed 20 Apr 12:00PM Sydney
Steve Hargadon. Join Steve Hargadon and David Shenk for a webinar on The Genius in All of Us.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/142210

DWC ORIENTATION SESSION FOR BBVISTA CERTIFICATION (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Wed 20 Apr 11:00AM New York / Wed 20 Apr 03:00PM GMT / Thu 21 Apr 03:00AM Sydney
Sharifa Hajjat. DWC Orientation Session for BbVista Certification
http://www.learncentral.org/event/151010

P2PU COURSE - CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT (Math 2.0 Series)
Wed 20 Apr 07:30PM New York / Wed 20 Apr 11:30PM GMT / Thu 21 Apr 11:30AM Sydney
Maria Droujkova.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/131374

YAYMATH! (Math 2.0 Series)
Wed 20 Apr 09:30PM New York / Thu 21 Apr 01:30AM GMT / Thu 21 Apr 01:30PM Sydney
Maria Droujkova. Robert Ahdoot invites you to discuss the first ever math video collection filmed in a live classroom!
http://www.learncentral.org/event/151764

STUDY BREAK: RETAIN MORE STUDENTS AND DECREASE COSTS WITH COLLABORATION TECHNOLOGIES (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Thu 21 Apr 02:00PM New York / Thu 21 Apr 06:00PM GMT / Fri 22 Apr 06:00AM Sydney
Gailene Nelson. Are you faced with budget cuts, less time, and more projects - all while your enrollment continues to grow? Using Blackboard Collaborate in the classroom is nothing new, but also using it for multi-campus meetings cuts down on travel for department meetings, trainings, users group meetings, and administrative meetings. Learn how you can use collaboration solutions to cut travel times and get some work done - all while accommodating more students.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/151751

SPECIAL EARTH DAY EVENT: TEACHING ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE THROUGH HANDS-ON PROJECTS (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Thu 21 Apr 07:30PM New York / Thu 21 Apr 11:30PM GMT / Fri 22 Apr 11:30AM Sydney
Carol Cross. Author and homeschooling mom Kathleen M. Reilly will talk about hands-on projects about energy and the environment that you can do with your students and/or children to help them learn important scientific concepts involved in preserving the planet.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/150252

AUTHOR BARRY SCHWARTZ ON HIS BOOK, THE PARADOX OF CHOICE. (Future of Education Series)
Thu 21 Apr 08:00PM New York / Fri 22 Apr 12:00AM GMT / Fri 22 Apr 12:00PM Sydney
Steve Hargadon. Steve Hargadon will talk with Barry Schwartz on The Paradox of Choice.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/142212

CAPTURING LEARNING AS IT HAPPENS: STREAMFOLIO IN EPORTFOLIOS (Australia Series)
Thu 21 Apr 10:00PM New York / Fri 22 Apr 02:00AM GMT / Fri 22 Apr 02:00PM Sydney
Coach Carole. A group of Northern NSW Community Colleges have been trialling the use of e-portfolios for RPL with medical receptionists and staff working in the aged care industry. Integral to their trial has been the use of video to ‘capture learning as it happens’ using the Streamfolio E-Portfolio. Val and her team will share with you their experiences and key learnings for both the MediSkills and CareSkills projects.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/148461

LEARN TO BE - ONLINE LEADERSHIP EXCHANGE (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Sat 23 Apr 03:00PM New York / Sat 23 Apr 07:00PM GMT / Sun 24 Apr 07:00AM Sydney
Jingshen Zhao. Learn To Be is a non-profit that provides free online tutoring to children in underserved communities. The Online Leadership Exchange is a meeting open to the public where leaders from the various University Chapters come together to share updates and discuss best practices.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/147487

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Looking for Opportunities or Sponsorship

As the Social Learning Consultant for Elluminate, I've had a terrific two-year, full-time association with a company I have loved and a product I deeply believe in. But change inevitably comes, and the acquisition of Elluminate and Wimba by Blackboard last year has freed up some of my time, since Elluminate's community marketing efforts are largely being absorbed into the larger Blackboard family.

While I'm still working part-time for Blackboard on LearnCentral.org's community management (including the close-to-my-heart "Host Your Own Webinar" program), I'm now branching out and looking for additional engagements and sponsorship. I've created a website for this purpose at http://www.Web20Labs.com, where the different community-based projects for education that I've started are listed: including the award-winning Classroom 2.0 network, Future of Education interview series, and Global Education Conference. All have at their heart collaboration, openness, and conversation--reflecting my strong belief that participation and engagement in education and specifically in professional development are not just important, but crucial.

I hope you'll visit http://www.Web20Labs.com to give me feedback or to reach out and partner in some way. You can also learn more about what I do at http://www.SteveHargadon.com. You can reach me by email at steve@hargadon.com or using the contact form at the Web 2.0 Labs site. If I've made a difference for you personally or professionally in some way and you'd like to contribute a public letter of recommendation, those are also most welcome!

I'm so very appreciative of the work that I've been able to do the last two years at Elluminate. I've been able to work with great people on projects I really believe in, to help people learn about the value of online "synchronous" activities, and to play a role in helping many regular folks hold those activities for free. It's a tremendous organization that has let me represent the company and their product to our community, and our community to them. So, three big cheers for Elluminate, and here's hoping for future opportunities to make a difference in the education world.

All my best,

Steve

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

April 14 - Jerry Mintz on the Education Revolution and Democracy in Education

Join me Thursday, April 14th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Jerry Mintz, a leading voice in the alternative school movement for over 30 years and the founder of the Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO).

Date: Thursday, April 14th, 2011
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 12am GMT (next day--international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Elluminate. Log in at http://tr.im/futureofed. The Elluminate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Elluminate, please visit http://www.elluminate.com/support. Recordings of the session will be posted within a day of the event at the event page.
Event and Recording Pagehttp://www.learncentral.org/node/151808

Jerry Mintz has been a leading voice in the alternative school movement for over 30 years. In addition to his seventeen years as a public school teacher and a public and independent alternative school principal, he has also founded several alternative schools and organizations and has lectured and consulted around the world.

Jerry was the first executive director of the National Coalition of Alternative Community Schools (NCACS), and was a founding member of the International Democratic Education Conference (IDEC).

In 1989, he founded the Alternative Education Resource Organization. He continues to serve as AERO's director and as the Managing Editor of AERO’s networking magazine, The Education Revolution.

In addition to several appearances on national radio and TV shows, Jerry’s essays, commentaries, and reviews have appeared in numerous newspapers, journals, and magazines including The New York Times, Newsday, Paths of Learning, Green Money Journal, Communities, Saturday Review, Holistic Education Review as well as the anthology Creating Learning Communities (Foundation for Educational Renewal, 2000).

Jerry was also Editor-in-Chief for the Handbook of Alternative Education (Macmillan, 1994), and the Almanac of Education Choices (Macmillan/Simon & Schuster, 1995). He is the author of No Homework and Recess All Day: How to Have Freedom and Democracy in Education (AERO, 2003) and is editor of Turning Points: 35 Visionaries in Education Tell Their Own Story (AERO, 2010).

Monday, April 11, 2011

April 27th - Pam Moran and Ira Socol: From Scientifically-Managed to Community-Driven Schools

Join special host Alison Saylor on Tuesday, April 27th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Pam Moran and Ira Socol on the shift from scientifically-managed to community-driven schools. This webinar is sponsored and coordinated by TIE Colorado.

Date: Wednesday, April 27th, 2011
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 12am GMT (next day--international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Elluminate. Log in at http://tr.im/futureofed. The Elluminate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Elluminate, please visit http://www.elluminate.com/support. Recordings of the session will be posted within a day of the event at the event page.
Event Page:  http://tiecolorado.org/2011/04/leadership-preconference-elluminate-session/
Elluminate Recording:  https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2011-04-27.1619.M.9E9FE58134BE68C3B413F24B3586CF.vcr&sid=2008350

Background Information from the speakers: Educators face a multitude of barriers in their efforts to support contemporary learners - changing learning demographics, decreased funding, increased high-stakes everything, the most rapidly changing communications technologies since at least the 1840s, and little to no professional practice learning time. The scientific management system we use in educational leadership today tends to bring us consistently to the four failures of information learning and applied action identified by the 9/11 Commission Report: failures of management, imagination, policy, and capacity. We fail to properly use our people and resources. We fail to imagine both what is possible and what is likely. We fail to create adaptive conditions which can respond rapidly to changing circumstances. and we fail to create either the human or technological capital necessary to meet oncoming needs.

What is the cause of this cycle of failure? How can we change?

We structure everything we do in schools and departments through a 20th century scientific management model that has led to the current industrial school approach permeating all that education is today. Educators continue to work in egg crate environments, isolated from each other even though they all simultaneously need to be learners, leaders, teachers and decision-makers. The current scientific management system fails students, teachers, and administrators despite our attempts to address problems generated within the industrial school model. These problems won't disappear until we transition into a model that changes the way we manage, use policy, build capacity, and imagine differently for today and tomorrow. We know the silos of departments, schools, and classrooms work against the natural human inclination to work together to solve problems, share ideas, work for the good of the community, and nurture the next generation into the work and play of the community.

The "Age of Reason"/"Industrial Revolution" system of scientific management system accomplishes exactly what it was intended to do one hundred and thirty years ago - high dropout rates, gender-differentiated pay, widget-learning, and Theory X leadership styles. We'll challenge the old scientific management model in use today and bring forward for discussion a contemporary community-driven mindset that pushes our "what if" thinking about the topics of management, imagination, policy, and capacity. We see "what if" thinking as leading away from tiered hierarchies, isolated work, cookie cutter solutions, and dis-integrated decisions. Instead, "what if" thinking can lead to educational communities that function together to make decisions that respond to real needs within the community, gives voice to community members in new and powerful ways, and change teaching places to learning spaces. We'd like to consider with the audience how decisions are made to select and use learning tools and technologies,set-up professional learning, structure class activity and teach learners; keeping in mind that the system we use today is one we created and also have the power to change, a few voices at a time.

Pam Moran and Ira Socol bring differently diverse backgrounds to the conversation about leadership in contemporary education.

Pam, the Superintendent of the Albemarle County Public Schools in Virginia has worked in every level of K-12 education, teaching science in high school and middle school, serving as a secondary assistant principal and an elementary principal, and as adjunct faculty for the University of Virginia. She has led curricular and professional development, and now supports a 13,000 student school division covering 726 square miles.

Ira, a research and teaching assistant in the College of Education at Michigan State University, has worked in law enforcement, architecture, art and design before becoming a leader in technological services to those with special needs, working in universities, K-12 schools, businesses, and vocational rehabilitation services. His research explores both the re-design of educational institutions with Universal Design technology and the history of education and technology, research which is done and presented globally.

Though Moran’s experience as a student was continual success, and Socol struggled through school as a special needs student, both have come to understand that the system design of the American school fails far too many children, and that real change, real reform, requires both new paradigms of leadership and new understandings of the process of learning.


Moran works in leadership roles in Virginia and national organizations, Socol through Michigan’s technology leadership program and conferences around the nation. The two have combined to begin rethinking top to bottom leadership in schools, working in part from the historical viewpoint that the post-industrial, post-Gutenberg age needs to reconnect with the human leadership forms which dominated previous ages, just as many of our communication skills now must look to models which existed prior to the invention of the printing press.

The inside-out and outside-in perspectives brought by these educators are unified through interactive storytelling, co-facilitated conversations which lead to direct change actions which begin to shift schools and classrooms from traditional environments to contemporary learning spaces. They believe that educators who think, laugh, dream, create, design and build together will accomplish deep change with agility, commitment, and understanding within their own school communities, moving teachers away from the teaching wall as the dominant form of instruction, engaging learners in passion-driven, project-based learning work, and using the communications technologies of the present and future to re-write the rules of access, inclusion, and connectivity.

April 12 - Interview with Karl Speak on Personal Branding as Making a Difference for Others

Join me Tuesday, April 12th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Karl Speak, co-author of Be Your Own Brand, as we discuss how we might think about both students and educators following their personal passions. While the word "brand" has marketing connotations that feel awkward in the world of education, the book defines the core ethos of a strong personal brand as "using one's values and distinctive qualities to make a difference for others." The book represents a very healthy look at this topic, and you can read the introduction to the book for free at http://www.scribd.com/doc/47554986.

Date: Tuesday, April 12th, 2011
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 12am GMT (next day--international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Elluminate. Log in at http://tr.im/futureofed. The Elluminate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Elluminate, please visit http://www.elluminate.com/support. Recordings of the session will be posted within a day of the event at the event page.
Event and Recording Pagehttp://www.learncentral.org/event/142209

Karl D. Speak is a global expert known for his pragmatic and unconventional approach to using brand as a leadership platform for customer-centric employee-engaged cultures. Karl's innovative work on personal brand and internal brand building has been implemented in companies in twenty-three countries. Karl is a best-selling author and sought-after speaker. As an accomplished presenter, Karl's energetic style and wide-reaching knowledge of brand make him a favorite speaker with audiences around the world.

Brand Tool Box, Ltd., the company he founded in 1984, is that global leader in developing and implementing internal brand-building programs. Through Brand Tool Box, Karl has implemented his contemporary approach to brand management and internal brand building with a wide range of corporate clients. Clients such as 3M, American Express, AT&T, BASF, BMW, Cabela's, Cargill, Consumers Energy, EDMC, FedEx, Honeywell, IBM, ING, Mosaic, Motorola, Securian, Skandia, Sony Corporation, St. Jude Medical, Syngenta, Target Corporation, The Scotts Company, The Wall Street Journal, Toro, and Walgreens have benefited from Karl's consulting and internal brand-building programs.

Karl has taught in the MBA programs at University of Minnesota, Saint Thomas University, and has been guest lecturer at University of Westminster in London, Capella University, and ESADE University in Madrid, among others.

Be Your Own Brand: Achieve More of What You Want by Being More of Who You Are

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Week of April 11, 2011 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

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, or you can check the new event time converter on the event page. Event recordings are posted and available after the events if you aren't able to attend them live. If you are looking for an easy calendar import / RSS feed for these events, you'll now find a link on your calendar page or the calendar page of specific groups!

We hope you will consider hosting your own public webinars using the free 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).

Thanks for your attention, and see you online!

EFACILITATE: HOW DO YOU TEACH OTHERS TO EFACILITATE? (Australia Series)
Mon 11 Apr 03:00AM New York / Mon 11 Apr 07:00AM GMT / Mon 11 Apr 07:00PM Sydney
Coach Carole. There are quite a number of ways in which you can learn to be an online facilitator. How did you learn? What would you share with teachers who are new to the role of e-facilitator? How would you support Let's explore the strategies, best practice and courses available for learning about efacilitation. If you’d like to present for a few minutes on how you teach new efacilitators, please contact me or simply join us on the day, them in their learning journey?
http://www.learncentral.org/event/151200

LEARNING MATHEMATICS WITH VIDEO GAMES (Math 2.0 Series)
Mon 11 Apr 08:00PM New York / Tue 12 Apr 12:00AM GMT / Tue 12 Apr 12:00PM Sydney
Maria Droujkova. Join Keith Devlin in a question and answer session about his mathematics game development, and the new book, Mathematics Education in a New Era.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/151761/

MELBOURNE MOODLE USER GROUP (Australia Series)
Tue 12 Apr 06:00AM New York / Tue 12 Apr 10:00AM GMT / Tue 12 Apr 10:00PM Sydney
Coach Carole. The topic will be ‘How to use Elluminate in conjunction with Moodle for Online courses’. It will cover how to set up an Elluminate room, upload your slides and how to give your students access to the link before and recording after. Michael Gwyther from Yum Productions (http://www.yum.vic.edu.au) will be running the session as he holds a Black Belt in Elluminate and is knows how to run engaging sessions. If you are a Moodle user, come on in and join in the fun and support a local Melbourne Moodle community of practice.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/143323

TEACHING WITH SCRATCH ANIMATION (Middle School Portal 2: Math & Science Pathway)
Tue 12 Apr 07:00PM New York / Tue 12 Apr 11:00PM GMT / Wed 13 Apr 11:00AM Sydney
Mary Henton. Are you looking for fun way for students to demonstrate what they have learned using technology? Scratch Animation is a free tool that allows students to express themselves through presentations, cartoons, and even video games. Come learn how virtually any subject can be taught through Scratch. This webinar will include the "basics," additional resources, and a brainstorming session for this wonderful software produced by MIT.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/139848

ADVENTURES IN COLLABORATIVE AUTHORING: EDUCATION FOR A DIGITAL WORLD 2.0 (Community)
Tue 12 Apr 08:00PM New York / Wed 13 Apr 12:00AM GMT / Wed 13 Apr 12:00PM Sydney
Sandy Hirtz. Soon to be released, Education for a Digital World 2.0: Innovations in Education embodies an interactive and collaborative model of writing and publishing that demonstrates the powerful opportunities afforded by online technologies, innovative thinking, and cooperation around the world. The first edition, Education for a Digital World: Advice, Guidelines, and Effective Practice from Around the Globe was published by the Commonwealth of Learning and BCcampus in July 2008. These collaboratively authored books represent a shift in how educators are sharing their research, experience, and best practice in blended and online teaching and learning. Facilitated completely through virtual interactions, this new model of authoring went beyond writing and editing to become an international effort in community building and professional growth. Join this presentation to preview the book and chat with the authors.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/151058

KARL SPEAK ON:  BE YOUR OWN BRAND (Future of Education Series)
Tue 12 Apr 08:00PM New York / Wed 13 Apr 12:00AM GMT / Wed 13 Apr 12:00PM Sydney
Steve Hargadon. Steve Hargadon will interview Karl Speak on his book, Be Your Own Brand.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/142209

ET@LKING: IPADS IN ELEARNING (Australia Series)
Wed 13 Apr 06:00AM New York / Wed 13 Apr 10:00AM GMT / Wed 13 Apr 10:00PM Sydney
Coach Carole. Join this webinar and discuss the iPad/Flip camera project at Upper Yarra Community College.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/151202

P2PU COURSE - CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT (Math 2.0 Series)
Wed 13 Apr 07:30PM New York / Wed 13 Apr 11:30PM GMT / Thu 14 Apr 11:30AM Sydney
Maria Droujkova.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/131373

ASSISTMENTS (Math 2.0 Series)
Wed 13 Apr 09:30PM New York / Thu 14 Apr 01:30AM GMT / Thu 14 Apr 01:30PM Sydney
Maria Droujkova. The ASSISTments Platform ASSISTS students in learning while it gives teachers assessMENT of their students' progress. The ASSISTments platform is a generic system for any subject from math to English to science. Different researcher teams have funding to build libraries of content in ASSISTments. Currently ASSISTments is best known for the mathematic content inside of ASSISTments, but increasingly individual teachers are using ASSISTments to write their own content which they can share with the other teachers. More than half of the questions in ASSISTments have been built by teachers, and that number is growing fast.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/151762

A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE ON GIFTED EDUCATION (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Thu 14 Apr 02:00PM New York / Thu 14 Apr 06:00PM GMT / Fri 15 Apr 06:00AM Sydney
Margaret Keane. Tim Dracup, Gifted Education Consultant, looks at how countries are serving their gifted population worldwide.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/141276/

VOCABULARY DEVELOPMENT (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Thu 14 Apr 04:00PM New York / Thu 14 Apr 08:00PM GMT / Fri 15 Apr 08:00AM Sydney
Kimberly Lightle. Science and literacy instruction in the elementary grades is the focus of a new series of web seminars for the 2010-2011 school year. The series is sponsored by Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears, an NSF-funded project that provides professional development and instructional resources to elementary teachers Best practices and creative approaches in vocabulary development, with an emphasis on science vocabulary.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/89911

JERRY MINTZ TALKS ABOUT "EDUCATION REVOLUTION" (Future of Education Series)
Thu 14 Apr 06:00PM New York / Thu 14 Apr 10:00PM GMT / Fri 15 Apr 10:00AM Sydney
Steve Hargadon. Steve Hargadon will discuss "Education Revolution" with Jerry Mintz.
http://www.learncentral.org/node/151808

CSOV STUDENT NEWSCAST (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Fri 15 Apr 08:00AM New York / Fri 15 Apr 12:00PM GMT / Sat 16 Apr 12:00AM Sydney
Molly Williams. Join this webinar for a CSOV Student Newscast.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/151416

MISSION US (Classroom 2.0 LIVE)
Sat 16 Apr 12:00PM New York / Sat 16 Apr 04:00PM GMT / Sun 17 Apr 04:00AM Sydney
Kim Caise, Lorna Costantini and Peggy George. Join us as guests Kim Flack and Joanne Henning share about the multimedia project they designed featuring free interactive adventure games set in different eras of U.S. history titled 'Mission US'.
http://www.learncentral.org/node/151807

LEARN TO BE - ONLINE LEADERSHIP EXCHANGE (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Sat 16 Apr 03:00PM New York / Sat 16 Apr 07:00PM GMT / Sun 17 Apr 07:00AM Sydney
Jingshen Zhao. Learn To Be is a non-profit that provides free online tutoring to children in underserved communities. The Online Leadership Exchange is a meeting open to the public where leaders from the various University Chapters come together to share updates and discuss best practices.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/147485