Saturday, August 27, 2011

Week of August 29, 2011 - Live and Interactive Webinars in Blackboard Collaborate

Below are this week's public, free, and interactive Webinars through LearnCentral.org, the social learning network for education that I work on for Blackboard Collaborate (formerly 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!

TECH TALK TUESDAYS: LEARNING TO SCRATCH (Australia Series)
Tue 29 Aug 02:00AM New York / Tue 30 Aug 06:00AM GMT / Tue 30 Aug 04:00PM Sydney
Anne Mirtschin. Marc Grossman, all the way from the UK will be our global presenter for this session. Learn how to use Scratch for effective learning and programming in your classroom. Scratch is a popular, free programming language for everyone.It has been developed by MIT and allows users to develop programming skills in a user friendly environmnet and to create interactive stories, games, music and art. Outcomes can be shared online. In this session, Marc will cover the following:- Learning to Scratch -What can Scratch be used for -Where to download Scratch from! -How to move and draw with Scratch -The different types of Scratch blocks -How to find resources for Scratch.
http://www.learncentral.org/node/170274

DISEÑO DE PRESENTACIONES DIGITALES CON PREZI (Aula 2.0)
Tue 30 Aug 11:00AM New York / Tue 30 Aug 03:00PM GMT / Wed 31 Aug 01:00AM Sydney
Tomas Chaskel. Taller práctico básico sobre el uso de la herramienta gratuita Prezi para el diseño de presentaciones digitales interactivas: Creación de cuenta, configuración de una presentación, botones de herramientas (Zebra), creación de bloques de texto, agregar imágenes y vídeos, conectar nodos de conocimiento, vizualizar presentaciones, compartir enlaces y diseñar presentaciones colaborativas. EXPOSITOR: Prof. Antonio Delgado- Labora como Diseñador Instruccional en la Universidad de Puerto Rico en Arecibo. Administrador de plaraformas de eLearning: MOODLE, Blackboard y Edu 2.0, Bloguero Educativo (Edumorfosis), TuiterEducador (@edumorfosis), Educador Conectivista, Colaborador en las redes educativas: Aula 2.0, EducaPR, CLED y expositor en diferentes eventos educativos nacionales e internacionales.
http://www.learncentral.org/node/170313

TALLER MEMORIAS EN RED - #DDHHYC (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Tue 30 Aug 11:30AM New York / Tue 30 Aug 03:30PM GMT / Wed 31 Aug 01:30AM Sydney
Luz Pearson. 2do encuentro de la comunidad de aprendizaje del curso Memorias en Red
http://www.learncentral.org/node/169725

RICHARD AND REBECCA DUFOUR ON PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITIES TO IMPROVE SCHOOLS (Future of Education Series)
Tue 30 Aug 05:00PM New York / Tue 30 Aug 09:00PM GMT / Wed 31 Aug 07:00AM Sydney
Steve Hargadon. Join me Tuesday, August 30th, at an earlier-than-normal time for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Richard and Rebecca DuFour on using Professional Learning Communities to improve schools.
http://www.learncentral.org/node/170480

ADVOCACY IN YOUR LIBRARY PROGRAM (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Tue 30 Aug 07:30PM New York / Tue 30 Aug 11:30PM GMT / Wed 31 Aug 09:30AM Sydney
Lisa Perez. Attend this session to learn about advocacy tips for school librarians.
http://www.learncentral.org/node/169832

SABERES 2.0 - DISEÑO DE PRESENTACIONES DIGITALES CON PREZI (Aula 2.0)
Tue 30 Aug 09:00PM New York / Wed 31 Aug 01:00AM GMT / Wed 31 Aug 11:00AM Sydney
Tomas Chaskel. Taller práctico básico sobre el uso de la herramienta gratuita Prezi para el diseño de presentaciones digitales interactivas: Creación de cuenta, configuración de una presentación, botones de herramientas (Zebra), creación de bloques de texto, agregar imágenes y vídeos, conectar nodos de conocimiento, vizualizar presentaciones, compartir enlaces y diseñar presentaciones colaborativas. EXPOSITOR: Prof. Antonio Delgado-Labora como Diseñador Instruccional en la Universidad de Puerto Rico en Arecibo. Administrador de plaraformas de eLearning: MOODLE, Blackboard y Edu 2.0, Bloguero Educativo (Edumorfosis), TuiterEducador (@edumorfosis), Educador Conectivista, Colaborador en las redes educativas: Aula 2.0, EducaPR, CLED y expositor en diferentes eventos educativos nacionales e internacionales.
http://www.learncentral.org/node/170311




The 2011 Worldwide Virtual Library Conference
November 2 - 3, All Free, All Online in Blackboard Collaborate
Submit to present or to be kept informed at http://www.Library2011.com



EPCOP MOOC WEBINAR
(Australia Series)
Wed 31 Aug 06:00AM New York / Wed 31 Aug 10:00AM GMT / Wed 31 Aug 08:00PM Sydney
Coach Carole. Webinar at 8 pm (Sydney time) Wednesday August 31st (note this event replaces the usual Tuesday session for the EpCoP MOOCers and is open to all.) My Showcase is an e-portfolio system with a difference! Dave Waller and David Sowden from My Showcase have stepped in to deliver an exciting look into their system that provides a neat segue between a personal learning space and an eportfolio. MyShowcase™ is an open source web application which offers personalised evidence gathering for e-portfolios. In our Bb C room at 8 pm (Sydney time) Join us in our Blackboard Collaborate room here: http://tinyurl.com/29tyznz See our googlesite for recording.
http://www.learncentral.org/node/167792

TAKE YOUR CLASSROOM GLOBAL! (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Wed 31 Aug 11:00PM New York / Thu 1 Sep 03:00AM GMT / Thu 1 Sep 01:00PM Sydney
Kate Lang. Today’s world is changing fast, and students need to be prepared to both compete and collaborate in an increasingly digitized and interconnected global society. Join Jennifer D. Klein of TakingITGlobal in this webinar to explore how to harness online tools to build transformative global learning experiences that build students’ technology skills while empowering them to be active global citizens. Sharing experiences garnered through 19 years teaching in a variety of settings, Jennifer will discuss the importance of global education and the potential of technology to connect students with global peers, humanizing global challenges and inspiring youth to work together for positive change.
http://www.learncentral.org/node/169138

APRENDIZAJE EN RED CON USO DE TIC (ARTIC) - SESIÓN 3 (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Thu 1 Sep 07:00PM New York / Thu 1 Sep 11:00PM GMT / Fri 2 Sep 09:00AM Sydney
Diego Leal. Tercera sesión del curso abierto ArTIC (http://artic.pbworks.com
http://www.learncentral.org/node/170227

Friday, August 26, 2011

Live Tuesday August 30th (Early Time) with Richard and Rebecca DuFour on Professional Learning Communities to Improve Schools

Join me Tuesday, August 30th, at an earlier-than-normal time for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Richard and Rebecca DuFour on using Professional Learning Communities to improve schools. The DuFours have made two papers available for those who would like to read up before the interview:
Date: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011
Time: 2pm Pacific / 5pm Eastern / 9pm GMT (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at http://futureofed.info. The Blackboard Collaborate 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 Blackboard Collaborate, please visit the support and configuration page. Recordings of the session will be posted within a day of the event at the event page.
Recordings: The full Blackboard Collaborate recording is at https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2011-08-30.1411.M.9E9FE58134BE68C3B413F24B3586CF.vcr&sid=2008350 and a portable .mp3 audio recording is at http://audio.edtechlive.com/foe/dufours.mp3. The LearnCentral event page is http://www.learncentral.org/node/170480.

Rebecca B. DuFour, M.Ed., served as a teacher, school administrator and central office coordinator. As a former elementary principal, she helped her school earn state and national recognition as a model professional learning community and a Blue Ribbon School. She has co-authored nine books, was one of the featured principals in the 2001 Video Journal of Education production, “Leadership in an Age of Standards and High Stakes” and was the lead consultant and featured principal in their 2003 program, “Elementary Principals as Leaders of Learning.” She has written for numerous professional journals, reviewed books for the Journal of Staff Development and authored a quarterly column for Leadership Compass, published by the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

Richard DuFour, Ed.D, is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on applying the principles of professional learning communities in the real world of schools. He draws upon 34 years of experience as a public school educator – teacher, principal, and superintendent – and his two decades as a leader of one of the most recognized and celebrated schools in America, Adlai Stevenson High School District 125 in Lincolnshire, Illinois. Dr. DuFour has authored fourteen books, has published more than eighty articles on the Professional Learning Community concept, and served as a columnist for the Journal of Staff Development for nearly a decade. He has received numerous state and national awards for distinguished educational service and scholarship.

Revisiting Professional Learning Communities at Work: New Insights for Improving Schools  Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Communities at Work  Raising the Bar and Closing the Gap: Whatever It Takes  How to Develop a Professional Learning Community: Passion and Persistence

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Week of August 22nd, 2011 - Live and Interactive Webinars in Blackboard Collaborate

Below are this week's public, free, and interactive Webinars through LearnCentral.org, the social learning network for education that I work on for Blackboard Collaborate (formerly 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!

ATLAST EXPLORE WEBINAR #1 (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Mon 22 Aug 07:00PM New York / Mon 22 Aug 11:00PM GMT / Tue 23 Aug 09:00AM Sydney
Rochelle Rodrigo. Meet the ATLAST Explore participants and start networking using Google+. Session will also include a brief how-to on Google+ and a brainstorming activity of ways to implement Google+ with students.
http://www.learncentral.org/node/169644

EPCOP MOOC WEBINAR (Australia Series)
Mon 22 Aug 09:00PM New York / Tue 23 Aug 01:00AM GMT / Tue 23 Aug 11:00AM Sydney
Coach Carole. EpCoP MOOC webinar
http://www.learncentral.org/node/167791

TECH TALK TUESDAYS: DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP/SOCIAL NETWORKING WITH STUDENTS (Australia Series)
Tue 22 Aug 02:00AM New York / Tue 23 Aug 06:00AM GMT / Tue 23 Aug 04:00PM Sydney
Anne Mirtschin. David Simpson (http://www.learningteaching.net.au) will discuss the use of facebook and other social networking sites in education and the need for/issues around digital citizenship education in Secondary schools.
http://www.learncentral.org/node/169213

TALLER MEMORIAS EN RED - #DDHHYC (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Tue 23 Aug 11:30AM New York / Tue 23 Aug 03:30PM GMT / Wed 24 Aug 01:30AM Sydney
Luz Pearson. 1er encuentro - Derechos humanos y Comunicación - comunidad de aprendizaje Memorias en Red, región América Latina
http://www.learncentral.org/node/169627

PD STANDARDS AND LF WA NEXT STEPS (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Tue 23 Aug 05:30PM New York / Tue 23 Aug 09:30PM GMT / Wed 24 Aug 07:30AM Sydney
Shelee King George. Join us as we review the Professional Learning Standards newly released by Learning Forward and an opportunity to connect with other members across Washington state. View the new Learning Forward Washington Web site and plans for professional learning opportunities during the year. We will be increasing our online collaboration opportunities this year and our first meeting will be a small taste of how this can work.
http://www.learncentral.org/node/168441



The 2011 Worldwide Virtual Library Conference
November 2 - 3, All Free, All Online in Blackboard Collaborate
Submit to present or to be kept informed at http://www.Library2011.com



THE KNOWLEDGE SHARING PLACE
(The Knowledge Sharing Place)
Thu 25 Aug 07:00PM New York / Thu 25 Aug 11:00PM GMT / Fri 26 Aug 09:00AM Sydney
Dean Mantz. Come join Tina and Barbara, of LiveBinders, and Dean Mantz as we talk learning in the 21st Century classroom. Join the conversation as Tina and Barbara explain new enhancements in LiveBinders that aid in the ability for resources to be shared along with opportunity to create collaboratively. We will also be crowd sourcing a monthly webinar schedule to offer PD based sessions using Common Core Standards and STEM resources.
http://www.learncentral.org/node/169159

BOB COMPTON ON THE FINLAND PHENOMENON (Future of Education Series)
Thu 25 Aug 08:00PM New York / Fri 26 Aug 12:00AM GMT / Fri 26 Aug 10:00AM Sydney
Steve Hargadon. Join Steve Hargadon on Thursday, August 25th, for a live and interactiveFutureofEducation.com webinar with Bob Compton, producer of the new documentary film The Finland Phenomenon, an "inside look at the world's finest secondary education system." Narrated by Dr. Tony Wagner of Harvard (a previous guest on our show), the film does a very good job of showing the surprising factors that educators and policy-makers in Finland believe accounts for their consistently being ranked as one of the best (if not the best) education system in the world--including students starting school at age 7, limited homework and testing, highly-esteemed and compensated teachers, and "trust" at all levels. We'll talk about these and other fascinating aspects of education in Finland for an hour with Bob.
http://www.learncentral.org/node/169777

THE "MENDELEY": A FREE REFERENCES MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Thu 25 Aug 04:30PM New York / Thu 25 Aug 08:30PM GMT / Fri 26 Aug 06:30AM Sydney
Hery The. In general, references management software is expensive. On the other hand, in the digital era, with the increasing in demand of school works, students couldn't afford to use it. The "Mendeley" provides free services online and offline for free. In this presentation, I will guide participants step by step on sign up and download Mendeley to their computer/mobile devices. In addition, I will do a demo on how to "cite while you write", and "manage library/references".
http://www.learncentral.org/node/168875

CLASSROOM 2.0 LIVE-FEATURED TEACHER CAROLYN STANLEY (Classroom 2.0 LIVE)
Sat 27 Aug 12:00PM New York / Sat 27 Aug 04:00PM GMT / Sun 28 Aug 02:00AM Sydney
Peggy George. Saturday, August 27th will be another session of our “Featured Teacher” series featuring Carolyn Stanley. Join us as Carolyn shares ways she uses technology to motivate and engage her Middle School students. She will be sharing her experiences as an evolving teacher- from the traditional to one who is always learning about how technology can enhance our classrooms and make them vibrant student-centered learning stations Classroom 2.0 LIVE is an opportunity to gather with other member of the community in regular "live" web meetings. Special thanks for this go to our sponsor, Blackboard Collaborate, for providing the service that allows us to do this! Thanks so much for being a part of this community!
http://www.learncentral.org/node/169409

Live Thursday August 25th with Bob Compton on The Finland Phenomenon

Join me Thursday, August 25th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Bob Compton, producer of the new documentary film The Finland Phenomenon, an "inside look at the world's finest secondary education system." Narrated by Dr. Tony Wagner of Harvard (a previous guest on our show), the film does a very good job of showing the surprising factors that educators and policy-makers in Finland believe accounts for their consistently being ranked as one of the best (if not the best) education system in the world--including students starting school at age 7, limited homework and testing, highly-esteemed and compensated teachers, and "trust" at all levels. We'll talk about these and other fascinating aspects of education in Finland for an hour with Bob.

Date: Thursday, August 25th, 2011
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 12am (next day) GMT (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at http://futureofed.info. The Blackboard Collaborate 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 Blackboard Collaborate, please visit the support and configuration page. Recordings of the session will be posted within a day of the event at the event page.
Recordings: The full Blackboard Collaborate recording is at https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2011-08-25.1639.M.9E9FE58134BE68C3B413F24B3586CF.vcr&sid=2008350 and a portable .mp3 audio recording can be downloaded at http://audio.edtechlive.com/foe/bobcompton.mp3. The LearnCentral event page is http://www.learncentral.org/event/169777

The Finland Phenomenon.  Finland's education system has consistently ranked among the best in the world for more than a decade. The puzzle is, why Finland? Documentary filmmaker, Bob Compton, along with Harvard researcher, Dr. Tony Wagner, decided to find out. The result of their research is captured in a new film, "The Finland Phenomenon: Inside the World's Most Surprising School System. In the 60-minute film, Dr. Wagner guides the viewer through an inside look at the world’s finest secondary education system. A life-long educator and author of the best-selling book "The Global Achievement Gap, Dr. Wagner is uniquely qualified to explore and explain Finland’s success. From within classrooms and through interviews with students, teachers, parents, administrators and government officials, Dr. Wagner reveals the surprising factors accounting for Finland's rank as the #1 education system in the world. 

From Bob's website:  "My name is Robert Compton but my friends call me Bob. I have been around since the fifties and am glad to have lived during such interesting times. I have a wide range of interests and I hope that you and I can learn something from each other.

"I graduated from Principia College with a Bachelor of Arts degree. After graduation I began my career in systems operations with Telenet Communications, the first X.25 communications network. I joined IBM Corporation initially as a systems engineer, and later became a sales representative selling mainframe computer systems. I left IBM to continue my education at Harvard University Graduate School of Business where I received my Masters in Business Administration.

"A year after Harvard, I landed a position at First Chicago Venture Capital. From there, I moved to Indiana where I served as a general partner at CID Equity Partners from 1987 to 1997. My signature deal was help-desk software developer Software Artistry, which went public in 1995 and was acquired two years later by IBM for about $200 Million. I was President and Chief Operating Officer of Sofamor Danek Group, Inc., which at the time was the world’s largest supplier of implants, computer-assisted surgery products, and biologics for spinal surgery. Medtronic acquired Sofamor Danek Group, Inc. in January 1999 for $3.7 billion. I have served on numerous corporate Boards of Directors in an array of industries and have been the lead investor in over 20 businesses, five of which have had successful public offerings. I am currently the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vontoo Corporation, the Founder and CEO of True South Studios, as well as the Founder and Chairman of Indian Math Online.

"I am an active philanthropist, who has endowed scholarships at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, given a grant to support Teach for America and the University of Memphis School of Business. I have given research grants to InMotion Musculoskeletal Research Institute, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. I have also given money to support St. George’s High School, Exchange City, Memphis, and the Indie Memphis Film Festival.

"After traveling to India in 2005, I was inspired to create the documentary Two Million Minutes: A Global Examination to take a deeper look at how the three superpowers of the 21st Century-China, India and the United States are preparing their students for the future. As the American public school system fails to adapt to this century, schools in China and India produce four times the number of high school graduates as the U.S. and educate these students to a much higher level. After revealing the decline of American Education in Two Million Minutes, I searched the world for a solution to the education crisis. Two Million Minutes: The 21st Century Solution demonstrates that American students are capable of competing globally given the right curriculum, the right teachers, and expectation for success. Despite the decline of public education, the decades ahead can be ones of prosperity and economic growth, provided the American people have the gumption to embrace the 21st Century Solution. In 2009, I released a documentary, which opens a window into Chinese capitalism. Win In China is the world’s largest and most lucrative business-plan competition, and beneath the game show’s surface lies a subtle view of Chinese business practices, ambitions, ethical norms and competitive behaviors."

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Free Teacher 2.0 Workshop in Melbourne August 30th

I'm going to be in Melbourne, Australia, in a couple of weeks and thanks to some great networking by Andrew Hiskens and Hamish Curry (with thanks also to Anne Mirtschin and Jenny Luca) I'm going to be leading a free, all-day workshop at the amazing Experimedia in the State Library of Victoria. The title of the workshop is: Teacher 2.0: Your Personal and Professional Growth.

This is a project I've been working on for the last few months, with the goal of helping educators learn to use the Web for their own learning--in part to help them understand where these tools will have pedagogical value for them in the classroom, but also to help them rejuvenate their own learning and careers.  I continue to believe that we cannot expect educators to teach "21st Century Skills" if they aren't experiencing the benefits of these technologies personally, and that the surest way to improving education is to help educators become "lead learners" and in a position to influence their students and public policy.

If you're in the Melbourne area, I hope you'll join us!

Date: Tuesday 30 August, 8:30am – 4pm

Venue: State Library of Victoria, Experimedia.  Main Entry, Swanston Street

Cost: FREE

Bookings: http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/event/teacher-20-your-personal-and-professional-growth

Description:  Dramatic changes are going to continue to take place in education because of the Web. While change is never easy, but always constant, the Web is providing amazing new opportunities for educators to explore their own interests and passions, build personal learning networks, and have a significant impact on their students, their schools, and their own careers. This exclusive hands-on, FREE workshop will explore these trends and help you, as the "lead learner", build educational resources for you and your students. A personal laptop or mobile device is highly recommended. Places are strictly limited; catering included. Registration is from 8:30am for a prompt start at 9am.

Supported by:



Schedule:
8:30 am – Participant arrival and registration. Tea and coffee will be served
9:00 am – Welcome and overview of the day's sessions (this will start promptly at 9.00 am so please be on time)
9:15 am – Introductory session 'Starting with Yourself: Interests and Passions'
9:30 am – School 2.0: The Teacher as Lead Learner
10:15 am – Morning Tea
10:30 am – Building Your "Personal Web Presence" (PWP)
12:00 pm – Lunch (please advise of dietary requirements upon booking)
1:00 pm – Building Your "Personal Learning Network" (PLN)
2:30 pm – Afternoon Tea
2:45 pm – Project Building
3:45 pm – Concluding session: wrap-up and Sharing
4:00 pm – End

Monday, August 15, 2011

Week of August 14, 2011 - Live and Interactive Webinars in Blackboard Collaborate

Below are this week's public, free, and interactive Webinars through LearnCentral.org, the social learning network for education that I work on for Blackboard Collaborate (formerly 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!

COLLABORATE INTERACTIVE SLIDE DESIGN (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Mon 15 Aug 01:00PM New York / Mon 15 Aug 05:00PM GMT / Tue 16 Aug 03:00AM Sydney
Tammy Moore. This webinar will be a sharing of best practices for interactive design of activities for the Collaborate version 11 platform. We will look at how to use the new features and the old favorites to design slides to make the whiteboard an interactive experience for the moderator and participants. Come and share your favorite tips and tricks as well as wbds. No need to RSVP. Just drop on in.
http://www.learncentral.org/node/168496

EPCOP MOOC WEBINAR (Australia Series)
Mon 15 Aug 09:00PM New York / Tue 16 Aug 01:00AM GMT / Tue 16 Aug 11:00AM Sydney
Coach Carole. EpCoP MOOC webinar
http://www.learncentral.org/node/167790

TECH TALK TUESDAYS: THE STUDENT VOICE (Australia Series)
Tue 15 Aug 02:00AM New York / Tue 16 Aug 06:00AM GMT / Tue 16 Aug 04:00PM Sydney
Anne Mirtschin. Scott Duncan (@sduncan0101) will discuss the necessity of listening to students, valuing their opinions and including them in the school decision making processes. Scott recently presented a similar session at the Innovations Showcase for the Department of Education in Victoria, Australia. If time permits, he will share innovative uses of technology in his classroom and school.
http://www.learncentral.org/node/168917

THE VALUE OF PEER COACHING (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Tue 16 Aug 01:00PM New York / Tue 16 Aug 05:00PM GMT / Wed 17 Aug 03:00AM Sydney
Matt Huston. Teachers and schools face enormous challenges, from new technologies that shape how students learn, to declining budgets for professional development, to rising expectations for student achievement. Learn how Peer Coaching can help align professional development with 21st Century teaching and learning practices. Peer Coaching was recently recognized by ISTE as providing "highly effective professional development" for teachers. (http://www.iste.org/learn/coaching-white-paper.aspx) Understand why Peer Coaching works, what coaches and the teachers they work with gain from Peer Coaching, and how to get started with Peer Coaching.
http://www.learncentral.org/node/168451

INTERVIEW WITH DR. GARY LOPEZ ON HIPPOCAMPUS.ORG (Future of Education Series)
Tue 16 Aug 08:00PM New York / Wed 17 Aug 12:00AM GMT / Wed 17 Aug 10:00AM Sydney
Steve Hargadon. Join Steve Hargadon for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Dr. Gary Lopez to discuss HippoCampus, a project of the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE) to provide high-quality, multimedia content on general education subjects to high school and college students free of charge.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/168964



The 2011 Worldwide Virtual Library Conference
November 2 - 3, All Free, All Online in Blackboard Collaborate
Submit to present or to be kept informed at http://www.Library2011.com



SERVICE-LEARNING
(Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Wed 17 Aug 05:00AM New York / Wed 17 Aug 09:00AM GMT / Wed 17 Aug 07:00PM Sydney
Keith Wilson. Service-learning is an instructional approach that engages students while increasing academic achievement by providing rigour and relevance in the curriculum. It promotes cognitive, social-emotional, and experiential engagement in meaningful learning. In quality service-learning experiences, teachers guide students through a learning process that facilitates high academic performance and empowers them to enact genuine social change in their communities. In these regular sessions participants will be shown ways that service-learning can be introduced into schools without disrupting established norms until it’s seen as the right thing to do. Opportunities for sharing your own best practice are actively sought and encouraged.
http://www.learncentral.org/node/168577

GAME BASED LEARNING - AN INTRODUCTION (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Thu 18 Aug 02:00PM New York / Thu 18 Aug 06:00PM GMT / Fri 19 Aug 04:00AM Sydney
Margaret Keane. During this webinar, Patrick will be introducing the concept of Game-based Learning, explain how it can be employed in instructional settings, and provide practical information on how to harness this engaging medium.
http://www.learncentral.org/node/167251

INTERVIEW WITH JEFF PIONTEK (Future of Education Series)
Thu 18 Aug 08:00PM New York / Fri 19 Aug 12:00AM GMT / Fri 19 Aug 10:00AM Sydney
Steve Hargadon. Join Steve Hargadon for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Jeff Piontek, Head of School at Hawaii Technology Academy, on on education change and reform.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/168966

LEARNING FORWARD WA EXEC BD WEBINAR (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Thu 18 Aug 09:30PM New York / Fri 19 Aug 01:30AM GMT / Fri 19 Aug 11:30AM Sydney
Shelee King George. LFWA Exec Board prepares to lead a webinar on the national professional learning standards. Although a planning meeting in the Blackboard Interface, feel free to stop in and help us plan. You may want to do something similar with local schools in your area as well.
http://www.learncentral.org/node/168811

ADOBE YOUTH VOICES AND POV (Classroom 2.0 LIVE)
Sat 20 Aug 12:00PM New York / Sat 20 Aug 04:00PM GMT / Sun 21 Aug 02:00AM Sydney
Peggy George, Kim Caise, & Lorna Costantini. The topic for Saturday, August 20th will be “Adobe Youth Voices POV” with special guests Kim Flack and Leslie Rule. Kim and Leslie will share about “Project VoiceScape”, a collaboration between the Adobe Youth Foundation and PBS’ POV which hosted a contest for middle and high school students through documentary videos, photography, print media, radio diaries, animation, Web communications and other media. Students that participated in this project will share their videos and experiences throughout the competition.
http://live.classroom20.com/

"LEARN TO BE" NATIONAL LEADERSHIP EXCHANGE (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Sat 20 Aug 09:30PM New York / Sun 21 Aug 01:30AM GMT / Sun 21 Aug 11:30AM Sydney
Jingshen Zhao. Learn To Be provides free online tutoring in primary and secondary math, science and language arts. Please join us if you are interested to meet with student leaders from our various university chapters (http://learntobe.org/university-chapters) as we exchange best practices discuss updates in our national network.
http://www.learncentral.org/node/167551

ONLINE MODEL UNITED NATIONS DEBATES - FALL 2011 KICK-OFF (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Sun 21 Aug 09:00AM New York / Sun 21 Aug 01:00PM GMT / Sun 21 Aug 11:00PM Sydney
Jingshen Zhao. More information can be found on http://o-mun.org. We are going to introduce how a Blackboard Collaborate room can be used to host debates between youth delegates. We will also be introducing Twitter and iEtherpad as tools for research and paper writing.
http://www.learncentral.org/node/168839

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Live Thursday August 18th with Jeff Piontek on Education Change and Reform

Join me Thursday, August 18th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Jeff Piontek, Head of School at Hawaii Technology Academy, on on education change and reform.

Date: Thursday, August 18th, 2011
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 12am (next day) GMT (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at http://futureofed.info. The Blackboard Collaborate 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 Blackboard Collaborate, please visit the support and configuration page. Recordings of the session will be posted within a day of the event at the event page.
Recordings: The full Blackboard Collaborate recording is at https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2011-08-18.1533.M.9E9FE58134BE68C3B413F24B3586CF.vcr&sid=2008350 and the portable .mp3 audio is at http://audio.edtechlive.com/foe/jeffpiontek.mp3. The LearnCentral event page is http://www.learncentral.org/event/168966

Jeff Piontek is an author, keynote speaker and teacher (most importantly). He has worked with many at-risk school districts nationally as a consultant on affecting educational change and reform. Jeff started out as a Science teacher in the South Bronx, NYC and worked his way up to the Director of Instructional and Informational Technology in NYC.

Jeff's latest book; Blog's Wiki's and Podcast's, Oh My! Electronic Media in the Classroom has been well received by the education community and is in its second printing. His newest book will be released in March and continues his work on STEM education and 21st Century Skills.

He has received many accolades including the latest from Governor Linda Lingle for Innovation in the economy for his STEM education work nationally. Jeff sits on the National Governor's Association STEM committee as well as the State of Hawaii Economic Development Workforce Committee, which he was appointed to by the Governor.

Jeff has embarked recently on a new venture at Hawaii Technology Academy and the school has performed at the top of the public schools in Hawaii its first year and doubled to 500 students in its second year.

Blogs, Wikis, and Podcasts, Oh, My!: Electronic Media in the Classroom

Live Tuesday August 16th with Gary Lopez on HippoCampus.org and Teaching with the Power of Open, Digital Resources

Join me Tuesday, August 16th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Dr. Gary Lopez to discuss HippoCampus, a project of the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE) to provide high-quality, multimedia content on general education subjects to high school and college students free of charge.

Date: Tuesday, August 16th, 2011
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 12am (next day) GMT (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at http://futureofed.info. The Blackboard Collaborate 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 Blackboard Collaborate, please visit the support and configuration page. Recordings of the session will be posted within a day of the event at the event page.
Recordings: The full Blackboard Collaborate recording is at https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2011-08-15.1907.M.9E9FE58134BE68C3B413F24B3586CF.vcr&sid=2008350 and a portable .mp3 audio recording will be available soo. The LearnCentral event page is http://www.learncentral.org/event/168964

Gary Lopez is the Founder and Executive Director of Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE, http://www.montereyinstitute.org), a non-profit corporation dedicated to helping meet society’s need for access to quality education, and the manager of the National Repository of Online Courses (NROC) and HippoCampus (http://www.hippocampus.org). MITE receives it major funding from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Lopez was the founder and president of Archipelago (1983-1997), a developer of award-winning analog and digital products for the education market.  Archipelago created hundreds of films, videodiscs, software programs, book series for many of the largest educational publishers in the United States, including Harper Collins, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Saunders, and Prentice Hall. Archipelago also produced nationally-broadcast television programming for PBS and The Cousteau Society. Archipelago was acquired by Harcourt Brace in 1993.

Lopez is also the former President and CEO of NETg (1997-2002), a pioneer in providing e-Learning solutions to many of the largest corporations in the world, including Shell, IBM, AT&T, Honeywell and Motorola. Under his leadership, NETg developed a library of more than 1,200 multimedia-based courses, grew to more than 800 employees, and had offices in 30 countries. NETg was acquired by Thomson Corporation in 2001.

In 2006 Lopez created and produced the television special, Voyage to Kure, the inaugural episode of the PBS series, Jean-Michel Cousteau Ocean Adventures. The documentary film was cited by President George W. Bush as his inspiration for the establishment of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands National Monument (Los Angeles Time, June 15, 2006).

Dr. Lopez received a BS in Zoology from University of California, Davis in 1973, and a Ph.D. in Marine Biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 1982. He served as a lecturer in both the Biology and Earth Sciences departments of University of California, San Diego, and was a visiting professor at CISESE, Ensenada, Mexico.

HippoCampus is a project of the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE). The goal of HippoCampus is to provide high-quality, multimedia content on general education subjects to high school and college students free of charge.

HippoCampus was designed as part of Open Education Resources (OER), a worldwide effort to improve access to quality education for everyone. HippoCampus content has been developed by some of the finest colleges and universities in the world and contributed to the National Repository of Online Courses (NROC), another MITE project. NROC makes editorial and engineering investment in the content to prepare it for distribution by HippoCampus. Both HippoCampus and NROC are supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Week of July 25, 2011 - Live and Interactive Webinars in Blackboard Collaborate

Below are this week's public, free, and interactive Webinars through LearnCentral.org, the social learning network for education that I work on for Blackboard Collaborate (formerly 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!

COOL-ABORATE CONVERSATIONS: BLACKBOARD COLLABORATE (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Mon 8 Aug 01:00PM New York / Mon 8 Aug 05:00PM GMT / Tue 9 Aug 03:00AM Sydney
Lorrie Moffat. Are you a veteran Elluminate user and are curious about v11? Join us as we talk about features in the Blackboard Collaborate online classroom. The first hour of the session will be about the features most moderators use while the second hour will be about advanced whiteboard features.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/168077

CARIBBEAN ONLINE EDUCATORS CONFERENCE 2011 (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Mon 8 Aug 07:00PM New York / Mon 8 Aug 11:00PM GMT / Tue 9 Aug 09:00AM Sydney
LeRoy Hill. The Caribbean Educators Network (CEN) will be hosting a FREE Online Educators Conference (e-conference) from August 8-13th under the theme 'Open For Learning: Using Technology To Move Forward'. The theme captures the notion of openness through the use of technology as a way of advancing learning and professional development. Openness in education addresses the broad themes of access to education, the development of open educational resources and the use of technology promote open educational resources.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/154292

"MINI-GEEK FEST" MONTHLY ONLINE CONVERSATION AUGUST, 2011 (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Mon 8 Aug 09:00PM New York / Tue 9 Aug 01:00AM GMT / Tue 9 Aug 11:00AM Sydney
Peggy George. Do you get excited and energized by talking with other educators about technology tools and resources? Do you often feel overwhelmed with all of the new tools and feel you don’t have time to keep up with everything? If you do, then the Mini-Geek Fest is here for you! No homework, no assignments, no cost—just an hour online, once a month to listen, share and discuss technology tools for your classroom, websites and more. . It's not a presentation or a tutorial, but a conversation--think of it like a "show and tell" where ALL participants can contribute. Join co-hosts Kim Thomas and Peggy George in AzTEA Elluminate from the comfort of your own home.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/168122

EPCOP MOOC WEBINAR (Australia Series)
Mon 8 Aug 09:00PM New York / Tue 9 Aug 01:00AM GMT / Tue 9 Aug 11:00AM Sydney
Coach Carole. In this webinar we will unpack and discuss some of the many ways in which practitioners think about e-portfolios! Are they for lifelong learning? Do I need one for my current courses? Could I use one for Recognition of Prior Learning? We will hear from the MOOCers about their discoveries, their plans for participating in the MOOC and we will find out just what impact e-portfolio learning is having on them so far. Come along and join the MOOCers and listen to what they have to say.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/167789

TECH TALK TUESDAYS: USING TECHNOLOGY TO ENGAGE IN NUMERACY (Australia Series)
Tue 8 Aug 02:00AM New York / Tue 9 Aug 06:00AM GMT / Tue 9 Aug 04:00PM Sydney
Anne Mirstchin. Learn how edmodo, wikis and web tools are used to engage students from years 5 to 9. Meet Penny Bentley, our presenter, who has been experimenting with the use of web 2.0 tools to engage students in maths and numeracy to improve their learning outcomes. Penny will explain how she uses games for skills practice, audioboo and an ipad app ShowMe for kids to talk about/reflect on what they are doing. Penny has created a wiki for each of her private tutorial students where they embed their work. Her use of Edmodo will also be shared. Please join us and share in the conversations.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/168168


The 2011 Worldwide Virtual Library Conference
November 2 - 3, All Free, All Online in Blackboard Collaborate
Submit to present or to be kept informed at http://www.Library2011.com




BYOL: A GAME CHANGER (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Tue 9 Aug 07:00PM New York / Tue 9 Aug 11:00PM GMT / Wed 10 Aug 09:00AM Sydney
Cary Harrod. What happens to learning when 353 seventh graders walk into class with their own laptop, netbook or tablet? After five months of intensive planning, we launched our BYOL in January 2011, forever changing the story of what it means to teach and learn in our district. Join us for this informative session where administrators, teachers and students from our district will share their personal journey through a BYOL. We'll save some time to hear the stories of other districts who have taken or are thinking of taking the BYOL path and of course we'll leave time for questions from the community. Together, we can re-imagine learning.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/165930

DOUGLAS RUSHKOFF ON PROGRAM OR BE PROGRAMMED (Future of Education Series)
Tue 9 Aug 08:00PM New York / Wed 10 Aug 12:00AM GMT / Wed 10 Aug 10:00AM Sydney
Steve Hargadon. Steve interviews Douglas Rushkoff returning to talk to us about his new book, Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age. We'll talk about the difference between directing technology and being directed by it, and the implications of this in education.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/168281

ET@LKING: SCOOP.IT (Australia Series)
Wed 10 Aug 06:00AM New York / Wed 10 Aug 10:00AM GMT / Wed 10 Aug 08:00PM Sydney
Anne Mirstchin. Scoop.it allows users to create attractively laid out online magazines. In this session, Nellie Deutsch will discuss the use and potential of Scoop.it in education. Learn how to create a scoopit and why it is an increasingly popular topic centred media.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/168252

ACTION RESEARCH IN EDUCATION (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Wed 10 Aug 09:30PM New York / Thu 11 Aug 01:30AM GMT / Thu 11 Aug 11:30AM Sydney
Hery The. Topics covered in this presentation are: 1) What is action research? 2) How do teachers implement the action research? 3) What are the benefit of doing an action research?
http://www.learncentral.org/event/167412

RESPONDING TO STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES ON YOUR CAMPUS: LEGAL ISSUES AND PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Thu 11 Aug 01:00PM New York / Thu 11 Aug 05:00PM GMT / Fri 12 Aug 03:00AM Sydney
Jana Colter. This webinar will provide an overview of the ADA and Section 504 and the still uncertain impact of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. Everyone knows the law, but the devil is in the details regarding institutional obligations to meet the needs of student with physical and/or psychological disabilities on your campus.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/167392

ALAN BLANKSTEIN ON IMPROVING INDIVIDUAL SCHOOLS (Future of Education Series)
Thu 11 Aug 08:00PM New York / Fri 12 Aug 12:00AM GMT / Fri 12 Aug 10:00AM Sydney
Steve Hargadon. Steve interviews Alan Blankstein on his latest book, The Answer Is in the Room: How Effective Schools Scale Up Student Success. Citing wisdom from top educational experts and building on what is already working, Blankstein offers tools for finding excellence in schools, scaling these practices across learning communities, and transforming low-performing schools into high-performing schools.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/168282

CLASSROOM 2.0 LIVE (Classroom 2.0 LIVE)
Sat 13 Aug 12:00PM New York / Sat 13 Aug 04:00PM GMT / Sun 14 Aug 02:00AM Sydney
Kim Caise, Lorna Costantini and Peggy George. Join this webinar to talk about technology tools and resources used in the classroom.
http://www.learncentral.org/event/168280

Live Tuesday August 9th with Douglas Rushkoff on "Program or Be Programmed"

Join me Tuesday, August 9th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Douglas Rushkoff returning to talk to us about his new book, Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age. We'll talk about the difference between directing technology and being directed by it, and the implications of this in education.
Thinking twice about our use of digital media, what our practices are doing to us, and what we are doing to each other, is one of the most important priorities people have today—and Douglas Rushkoff gives us great guidelines for doing that thinking. Read this before and after you Tweet, Facebook, email or YouTube. —Howard Rheingold
Date: Tuesday, August 9th, 2011
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 12am (next day) GMT (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at http://futureofed.info. The Blackboard Collaborate 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 Blackboard Collaborate, please visit the support and configuration page. Recordings of the session will be posted within a day of the event at the event page.
Recordings: The full Blackboard Collaborate recording is at https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2011-08-09.1511.M.9E9FE58134BE68C3B413F24B3586CF.vcr&sid=2008350 and a portable .mp3 audio recording is at http://audio.edtechlive.com/foe/rushkoff2011.mp3. The LearnCentral event page is http://www.learncentral.org/event/168281

Winner of the first Neil Postman award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity, Douglas Rushkoff has written a dozen best-selling books on media and society, including Cyberia, Media Virus, Coercion (winner of the Marshall McLuhan Award), Get Back in the Box, and Life Inc. He has made the PBS “Frontline” documentaries Digital Nation, The Persuaders, and Merchants of Cool. His most recent book, Program or Be Programmed, explores the biases of digital media and our reluctance to seize the opportunity before us.

A columnist for The Daily Beast and Arthur Magazine, his articles have been regularly published in The New York Times and Discover, among many other publications. His radio commentaries air on NPR and WFMU, his opeds appear in the New York Times, and he is a familiar face on television, from ABC News to The Colbert Report.

Rushkoff has taught at New York University and the New School, played keyboards for the industrial band PsychicTV, directed for theater and film, and worked as a stage fight choreographer. He blogs at http://www.rushkoff.com/wordpress.


Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age