Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Live Interview Thursday Sept. 29th on "iPads in the Classroom--a Success Story"

Working in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Education and Emmy Award Winning Director, Allyson Rockwell, the Mason-Lake and Oceana ISDs are working on a documentary film chronicling the success in the pilot kindergarten and second grade iPad classrooms in Ludington, Michigan. The classroom pilots, funded by 21st Century Learning Environments, have had "tremendous success" and are gaining much attention at the state and national levels. The documentary project has already received funding, and those involved have submitted a grant application to expand the ipads to all pre-K-2 students in the three counties. We'll talk with members of the team involved in this project, and give time for Q and A.

Date: Thursday, September 29th, 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=2011-09-29.1440.M.9E9FE58134BE68C3B413F24B3586CF.vcr&sid=2008350 and a portable .mp3 audio recording is at http://audio.edtechlive.com/foe/ipads.mp3.

As State Director of Educational Technology and Data Coordination at the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), Bruce Umpstead is responsible for implementing Michigan's online learning graduation requirement and the State Educational Technology Plan. His major professional points of emphasis are using technology to support research based school improvement and innovation programs, creating incentives for technology adoption, and taking technology-based innovations to scale in education.

Ashley McDonald has been given an amazing opportunity to implement iPads in her kindergarten classroom for the past two school years. Her students have accomplished far more than she ever imagined, as she feels iPads are a great resource to level instruction so that all students needs are being met. She attended Grand Valley State University from 2002 to 2006 with undergrad in Elementary Education, emphasis in Integrated Science. Her first teaching job was a kindergarten position in Phoenix, Arizona. While in Arizona she obtained my Masters degree in Early Childhood Instruction, specializing in reading. This is her 6th year teaching.

Director/Producer Allyson Rockwell, has worked produced/directed numerous corporate, political, industrial and educational videos. She has produced documentary films from the Sub-Arctic of northern Quebec to Leon, Nicaragua on topics ranging from a controversial hydro-power plant and it's effect on the environment to a holocaust survivor who’s inspiration helps to change our world. Recently she won an Emmy award for “Detroit Remember When: The Jewish Community” which documented the history of the Jewish community in the Detroit area and just completed and educational outreach program called “FlipClips” where she worked with teens to create short films about what makes them proud of their community. As a producer for smART TV, Rockwell produced an educational series bringing arts and culture programming to middle school students. She was also a producer for “The Learning Classroom: Theory Into Practice” which is a 13-part video- and Web-based course for teacher education and professional development. It was created through a partnership between the Annenberg Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting with the course content and this print guide developed by Stanford University’s School of Education. The project uses media and telecommunications to advance excellent teaching in American schools.

Tom Johnson serves as the Director of Technology for the Mason-Lake and Oceana ISDs, two regional intermediate school districts in Western Michigan. His career in education, both as student and educator, has been non-traditional. Leaving college after three years and entering the private sector, Mr. Johnson was drawn to a 'make a difference' and a career in education. He worked twelve years in K-12 education before completing his bachelors degree in Community Development and Administration. However, this didn't limit his impact as he strove to make education relevant for students and to leverage technology to do so. Earning his Masters in Education, completely online, in under two years his focus narrowed on impacting teaching and learning directly. Having successfully written and managed nearly 100 grants, most in educational technology, over the past eighteen years, his vision for the future of education is one of students engaged and collaborating with learning driven by curiosity and social interaction. As someone who personally longed for relevance and the freedom to learn in his own way and at his own pace, Mr. Johnson is an advocate for and believes in the potential of all students.

Amber Kowatch is a Second Grade Teacher at Franklin Elementary School in Ludington, MI. She is a graduate of Lake Superior State University where she is currently working to complete her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Her first teaching job landed her in Sault Ste. Marie, MI at a well funded charter school that used technology to its’ fullest potential. This has led Amber to do everything possible to use technology in her classroom. As most public schools are faced with difficult budgets, Ludington Area School District is as well. Not having the funding to purchase technology, Amber was approached to lead a pilot program using iPads one to one in her second grade classroom. This project has gained national attention and is currently being used as the basis for a documentary. The iPad pilot has been extremely successful in engaging Amber’s students on their own educational journey and has changed the way her students learn and the way she teaches!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Live Tuesday Sept. 27th with Cecilia d'Oliveira from MIT's OpenCourseWare

Join me Tuesday, September 27th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Cecilia d’Oliveira, Executive Director, OpenCourseWare (OCW) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Cecilia was the technology director for OCW since 2002, and in 2008 was named executive director. She was also a winner of a 2010 WISE Award.

Date: Tuesday, September 27th, 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=2011-09-27.1602.M.9E9FE58134BE68C3B413F24B3586CF.vcr&sid=2008350 and a portable .mp3 audio recording is available at http://audio.edtechlive.com/foe/opencourseware.mp3.

Cecilia d’Oliveira is Executive Director of OpenCourseWare at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology. Ms. d'Oliveira leads the team that works with MIT faculty to publish MIT's course materials openly and with organizations around the world who are implementing their own opencourseware programs as institutional initiatives or national education policy. From 2002 to 2008 she served as MIT OpenCourseWare's Technology Director with responsibility for  building the technical infrastructure for the program. Over 25 years she has worked in a variety of information technology positions, focused on technology innovation in support of MIT education, research and business initiatives. Ms. d’Oliveira received a Master's degree from M.I.T.'s Sloan School of Management and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from MIT.


From the OpenCourseWare Site:  In 1999, MIT Faculty considered how to use the Internet in pursuit of MIT's mission—to advance knowledge and educate students—and in 2000 proposed OCW. MIT published the first proof-of-concept site in 2002, containing 50 courses. By November 2007, MIT completed the initial publication of virtually the entire curriculum, over 1,800 courses in 33 academic disciplines. Going forward, the OCW team is updating existing courses and adding new content and services to the site.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Closing of LearnCentral.org

Today, Blackboard Collaborate has announced the end-of-year closing of the LearnCentral.org social network for educators. I'm posting the full announcement, plus the FAQ, below. As well, a discussion forum has been set up at http://www.learncentral.org/forums/site-announcements/learncentral-sunset-discussion to answer any specific questions and provide transition help.

As you can imagine, this is a tough day for all of us who've been involved with LearnCentral. It is the right decision, but that doesn't mean it won't be hard for those of you who have appreciated or depended on the unique functionalities of the network. Foremost for me, right now, though, is to give each of you a HUGE "thank you" for being on this journey with us. As we all know, not every Web project succeeds, but you helped to explore the exciting combination of what we liked to call the "LC3:"  a social network for educators, a personalized repository for collecting and sharing educational resources, and synchronous meeting capability.

An unfortunate casualty of the closure decision is the "host-your-own-webinar" program. You'll notice this takes place immediately, although previously-scheduled events can take place through the end of the year. I'd love for this program to continue in some fashion, so if you know an organization that might like to sponsor it, have them reach out to me directly. Those of you who have followed my work with Elluminate and now Blackboard will know that I went to part-time status after the acquisition, but let me express again my appreciation for having been able to work for a company, and on projects, around a product that I truly believe in and believe will continue to make a huge difference to students and educators around the world.

Here's the official letter from Maurice Heiblum, President of Blackboard Collaborate. The FAQ follows. If I can answer any questions or be of any help, feel free to reach out to me personally at steve.hargadon@blackboard.com.
Subject:  LearnCentral Important Announcement
Following the acquisition of Elluminate and Wimba by Blackboard we have been working hard to meet our commitments to our combined user communities including exceptional customer service, a unified team, and a collective product roadmap.  In July, we were excited to deliver to you Blackboard Collaborate 11, a product that inherited the best from both the Elluminate and Wimba platforms but which was simpler, easier to use and truly designed by the educators that use it.  
Over the past year, we have also looked closely at our community networking project, LearnCentral, and have decided to close LearnCentral on December 31, 2011.
While LearnCentral held much promise as a general social networking platform for educators, we recognize that it never became the preferred destination for educators, and we don't believe that continued development would provide significant benefits that aren't available to educators through other services. In addition, we have learned from our clients that they prefer us to focus on the web conferencing, instant messaging, and voice authoring products which are our core capability.  
We are making this announcement at this time to make sure that those of you using LearnCentral have ample time to make plans for using another service, a number of which are listed below and that also offer features similar to LearnCentral. These are free, established social networking projects, and should serve you well.
If you are sharing or delivering instructional content, please take a look at the Blackboard CourseSites platform, where you can create interactive websites to support learning and collaboration. While typically geared toward delivering instruction, it can also be used to share, discuss and develop curriculum and teaching best practices. In addition, CourseSites offers access to a 50-seat Collaborate room. 
We know there are likely to be questions about the transition, some of which are answered below.  We have also opened up a discussion thread at http://www.learncentral.org/forums/site-announcements/learncentral-sunset-discussion for you to ask about anything that is not covered here.
vRooms:  The free, 3-person vRoom program will continue, but with a modified entry point. Your existing vRooms will be available until December 31, 2011. Before that date we will send an email to all LearnCentral users with specific information on how to sign up for a new vRoom through the main Blackboard Collaborate site.
Elluminate or Blackboard Collaborate Recordings:  All recordings that you may have added as resource links in LearnCentral will continue to be available, however, the links to access them will change. The recording links on LearnCentral actually point to the native recording files stored elsewhere. If you launch a recording, you’ll notice the true URL in the browser address bar which starts with https://sas.elluminate.com/ - After, 12/31/2011, you will need to access these recordings with the https://sas.elluminate.com/ links, so please ensure you separately save the URLs for those recordings if you have not already done so. 
Uploaded Content:  All uploaded content in LearnCentral portfolios will be unavailable after December 31st.  Please make sure that you download any content in your portfolios that is important to you.
Host-Your-Own-Webinar Program:  The host-your-own-webinar program will be discontinued.  Any already-scheduled events can be held up until December 31, 2011, but the regular weekly email promotion will stop this week. If you’d like continued access to recordings of past events, please follow the process listed in the “Elluminate Recordings” section above.  Again, we recommend looking at CourseSites as a free alternative that may serve as a replacement for users of this program by using the free 50-seat Collaborate room in CourseSites.
We want to thank you for choosing to be a valued member of the LearnCentral public community for educators.  We hope you've been able to connect with your colleagues and make new ones, to share and discover valuable relevant resources, and to participate in online discussions and live webinars.  We have enjoyed working alongside you for the past three years, and we appreciate all that you have done to support education.
Sincerely,
Maurice Heiblum
President
Blackboard Collaborate



Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When is LearnCentral closing?
A: We are closing LearnCentral on December 31, 2011.

Q: Why is LearnCentral shutting down?
A: We will be focusing our community networking efforts on established and dedicated sites geared towards educators, such as wecollaborate.com, Classroom 2.0, EdWeb, etc. (Fuller list below)

Q: What does this mean for LearnCentral users?
A: Many of the online learning tools available on LearnCentral are now available in CourseSites, our free, fully hosted online course creation and facilitation service that includes the web conferencing features of Blackboard Collaborate and is available to instructors for up to five courses.

Q: What are other services I can use that are similar to LearnCentral?
A: Benefits from an offering like LearnCentral are also available to educators through other services. There are free, established social networking projects that should serve existing LearnCentral users well:


Q: Why are you making this announcement now?
A: We want to ensure that people using LearnCentral have ample time to make plans for other resources available to educators.

Q: Who can I contact with questions about LearnCentral?
A: You can access a discussion thread at http://www.learncentral.org/forums/site-announcements/learncentral-sunset-discussion to ask questions. You can also reach out to Steve Hargadon directly.

Program-Specific Questions

Q: What will happen to vRoom?
A:  The free, three-person vRoom program will continue, but with a modified entry point through the main Blackboard Collaborate site. We will send an email to all LearnCentral users with specific information on how to sign up for a new vRoom through Blackboard Collaborate.

Q: What will happen to Elluminate or Blackboard Collaborate recordings?
A: All recordings added as resource links in LearnCentral will continue to be available with modified access links. After December 31, 2011, these recordings can be accessed through the https://sas.elluminate.com/ links, so please ensure you separately save the URLs for those recordings if you have not already done so.

Q: What will happen to my uploaded content?
A: All uploaded content in LearnCentral portfolios will be unavailable after December 31, 2011.  Please make sure to download any content in your portfolios that is important to you.

Q: What will happen to the host-your-own-webinar program?
A: The host-your-own-webinar program will be discontinued. Any already-scheduled events can be held until December 31, 2011. The regular weekly email promotion will stop the week of September 19, 2011. If you’d like continued access to past program recordings, please follow the process listed in the “Elluminate or Blackboard Collaborate Recordings”.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Anne Mirtschin, Hero

Rural-school accounting teacher and global collaborator extraordinaire, Anne Mirtschin, has created this presentation on web-conferencing for learning. She is amazing.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A (Now) Open Letter to Marc Andreessen About Venture-Funded Ed Tech Start-Ups

I wrote this letter last week to Marc Andreessen after seeing him quoted (originally in the WSJ) as actively backing aggressive start-up firms, with plans to disrupt health care and education "by great new software-centric entrepreneurs." I'm going to call a little hubris here, but I want to be clear that in my view Marc's not alone--it's just that I happen to have corresponded with him before so I had somewhere to vent. I haven't heard back from Marc, and really don't expect to, but seems that every day that I'm reading about some millions being funded to an ed tech software start-up, or some gathering on education technology solutions that doesn't seem to actually involve educators at all.

Really?

So to all of you excitedly starting ed tech ventures with visions of making things better: do you folks honestly think you're so smart that you don't need to spend some time actually doing some serious learning about the problems you're thinking you're going to solve? Have you even gone to one of the long-standing educational technology events and talked (or more importantly, listened) to devoted educators who have been thinking about these things for years, if not decades?  Do you know what Seymour Papert thought? What about John Dewey? Or John Taylor Gatto, or Ted Sizer?  For heaven's sake, Gary Stager? Do you know what progressivism, constructivism, or connectivism are (I'm not even sure I do, and I've been working on this for a few years now). You're right next door to Stanford, so have you read or listened or talked to Larry Cuban, or Linda Darling-Hammond, Carol Dweck, or Denise Pope? Maybe I'm not giving you (the universal VC ed tech group you) enough credit, but I'm guessing that the answer is no.

If it is no, then, c'mon. Seriously. If education is so broken that you're going to make it better by being completely different, then can you define your philosophy of education? If it's not so seriously broken, and you're just going to solve some small problems, then are you sure that your solutions are actually making things better? A case in point: if you are creating a better system for tracking student data and outputs that increases the efficiency of viewing students as raw material that a system fabricates into something it wants, is that the right thing to do? Many of you come from an Open Source background--does this actually harmonize with your personal feelings about what education should be?

My letter:
Marc: 
I don't know if I'll get to you with this email address, but worth a try. 
I just read some of your comments about edtech in the Betsy Corchoran's EdSurge newsletter. I'd suggest some caution. 
My FutureofEducation.com interview series started with my passionate interest in the role of technology in changing education. What I've come to see over the last three years is that education is a highly personal activity, and the evolution of the interview series might be valuable to you--as the discussions have moved significantly toward pedagogy and away from technology. 
I've been intrigued by the VC interest in education because: 
1. There's seems to be little discussion of the historically deep pedagogical and philosophical threads around learning. "Silver bullet" solutions to education should throw up some huge red flags. There's a human/cognitive tendency to believe we have solutions when we only have a surface-level understanding of problems, and that seems to be going on in spades right now. 
2. As with humanitarian work, those with the money often bring the wrong set of measurements to the task, and their animated conversations about doing good are often completely divorced from the actual individuals and issues involved. 
3. There's an extensive and rich movement related to education and technology that's been taking place through social media (including on many Ning networks) with passionate, devoted, and experienced educators working together in really amazing ways to reshape education. This is the peer-to-peer kind of dramatic movement that has kinship with the democracy movements in the Middle East. Were someone really interested in helping to reshape education, I'd suggest starting to look at what's going on there and trying to figure out how to support and encourage it. I haven't seen any movement by the VC crowd to actually involve these folks in what they are doing, and that should be worrisome. 
For what it's worth. 
Steve

SXSWEDU Collaboration Ideas

Thanks to Jennifer Openshaw and Karen Fasimpaur I'm thinking about SXSWEDU (http://www.sxswedu.com/). Anyone want to work together on any of the following ideas?

  • School 2.0: Teachers as the Critical Groundswell for the Future of Education
  • Open Source Software in Education: Why It's Been a Non-Starter
  • Hack Your Education: If and When Students Should Be Calling the Shots
  • Technology, Pedagogy, and the Lure of the Silver Bullet: The Fatal Blindness of Ed Tech VC
  • Learning 2.0: The Impact of Cognitive Science on Education
Proposals are due October 1, so email me or comment here posthaste!  :)

Monday, September 19, 2011

Live Tuesday Sept. 20th with Filmmaker Bob Gliner on "Lessons from the Real World"

Join me Tuesday, September 20th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with award-winning documentary producer Bob Gliner about his education movie, Lessons from the Real World: "Learning to read, do math and other subjects happens when students care about what they are learning, rather than drilling them with subject matter largely divorced from their real lives. This engaging documentary provides a first hand look at K-12 schools and classes that weave community and societal problem solving through their curriculum as a way of both preparing students for active participation in democratic society, as well as motivating them to learn basic skills as part of a meaningful educational experience."

Date: Tuesday, September 20th, 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=2011-09-20.1642.M.9E9FE58134BE68C3B413F24B3586CF.vcr&sid=2008350 and a portable .mp3 audio recording is at http://audio.edtechlive.com/foe/bobgliner.mp3. The LearnCentral event page is http://www.learncentral.org/node/172591.

Bob Gliner is an award winning documentary producer with more than 30 programs to his credit. His programs have appeared on PBS stations throughout the United States and have also been shown to classes in a wide variety of university and public school settings, as well as by nonprofit organizations. His primary focus is social problems and social change - both inside the United States and throughout the world. He has shot programs in such disparate locales as Russia, Macedonia, Viet Nam, India, Tanzania, Israel, Ecuador, and Cuba. He is competent in all aspects of the production process from initial stages of researching and organizing the production to script writing, interviewing, camera and editing. He is also a professor of sociology at San Jose State University in San Jose, California.

Lessons from the Real World:  "Many people feel our public schools are failing, or at best, muddling through. What to do about this critical issue has almost exclusively focused on the efforts of No Child Left Behind  and now Race to the Top legislation to improve test scores in core subjects like math and reading.

"The future of our nation and our ability to compete in the economic marketplace with other countries is considered to hinge on these high stakes tests, with teachers, schools and entire school districts held accountable for failure.  The results, afforded much media coverage, have been mixed though the process has produced many students turned off to formal education.   An equally important consequence is that the increased narrowing of the curriculum to try to achieve these limited objectives, has undermined the ability of students to become active, informed and engaged citizens in a democratic society – capable of doing something about the issues which dramatically impact their lives.

"Lessons From the Real World, contends, like many educators, that focusing on test scores to improve student achievement is looking in the wrong place.

"Learning to read, do math and other subjects will come if students care about what they are learning, rather than drilling them with subject matter largely divorced from their real lives, and the community and societal problems which often impact those lives.

"In Portland, Oregon, teachers at a wide range of schools are putting this idea into practice.  While this is their story, it can help point the way to rethinking how schools  everywhere can be successfully transformed.

"Lessons From the Real World, a highly informative and entertaining documentary, filled with engaging teachers, students and lessons will surely bring much needed attention to a long neglected and critical aspect of the debate around public education.

"Since its release in April 2011, Lesson From The Real World has aired on many PBS stations across the country. It was also screened at the SOS (Save Our Schools) Conference in Washington D.C. in July 2011 and at the AERO Conference in Portland, Oregon in August."

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Library 2.011 Conference Presentation Proposal Deadline Extended to September 25

This note is for those of you who have been following the inaugural Library 2.011 Worldwide Conference. As you know, September 15 was the deadline for submitting presentation proposals, but the number of conference site signups over the past four days has been incredible--clearly, many people are just now learning about the conference. Therefore, we’ve decided to extend the deadline for submitting a short abstract of your presentation. Speaking proposals are now due by Sunday, September 25. To view the six thought-provoking topic strands, visit: http://www.library20.com/page/strands-proposals.

If you already submitted your presentation proposal, we thank you for your timeliness. To show our appreciation, we will give you the choice of time slots for presenting. Proposals are currently being reviewed, and once accepted, we’ll send you an early link to the scheduling page. Then simply choose an available time slot and date, and we’ll see you online (there will be lots of training sessions in October to help you learn to use Blackboard Collaborate).

In addition to the new deadline of Sunday, September 25 for submitting proposals, here is an updated set of important dates to note:

  • September 30:  Acceptance notification of presentations that were submitted by the original deadline of September 15 will be emailed.
  • October 1:  Presentations submitted by the original deadline of September 15 will be allowed to start scheduling presentation times.
  • October 6:  Presentations submitted by the extended deadline of September 25 will be allowed to start scheduling presentation times.
  • November 2: The conference begins!

If you haven’t already done so, take a moment to look through the set of presentation proposals that have been submitted to date: http://www.library20.com/forum/categories/library-2011-conference/listForCategory.

We are also very thankful for the support of our sponsor and partner organizations and everyone who has helped to spread the word about the conference.

As a reminder, this exciting event will be held online in multiple languages and time zones, and it’s free to attend! We’ll see you online November 2-3!

Teacher 2.0 - Join My Self-Paced, Online, and Free Workshop

About the same time that we started organizing the super-fun Teacher 2.0 workshop in Melbourne, I got a call from Peter Slutsky. Peter previously worked at Ning and is now teamed up again with Gina Bianchini (one of the co-founders of Ning) on new project she's started called Mightybell.

The history is that Gina hired me as a consultant in the early days of Classroom 2.0 to help evangelize her then-free Ning platform to the education audience. I'd gotten to know Gina by interviewing her for my education series, and I just called her and told her she needed to hire me. To her great credit (and my continued appreciation), she did hire me. The work I did for Ning for 18 months became a model for me of what I consider to be a privileged role I've had for the last five years: that of trying to authentically make a difference for educators while working for commercial companies that also allowed me to keep shepherding my free social projects.

Peter and Gina were now reaching out to see if I'd consider being a launch partner (uncompensated) at Mightybell by creating an educational "experience."  While I wasn't sure I fully understood the concept, it seemed like it might be a good fit with the upcoming workshop and my Teacher 2.0 network, both of which based on helping educators to use the Web for their own personal and professional development.

Basically, Mightybell is a way to create a step-by-step "experience" for others where they share that experience with fellow "travelers" through commenting and dialog. It didn't take me long, once I took the outline from our Melbourne workshop and starting creating the steps for a Teacher 2.0 Mightybell experience, to begin to see the magic of an incremental and socially-based learning experience. While I have lots of suggestions for Mightybell around filtering or organizing that community experience for specific "groups" that might want to go through an experience together (Peter is getting several emails a day from me!), I have to say that I think this is a brilliant concept.

So I encourage you to come and join me at my "Steve Hargadon's Teacher 2.0: Using the Web for Your Personal and Professional Growth." It's free and hopefully it's both fun and helpful! Please let me know what you think.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Announcing the 2011 Global Education Conference!

Because I was traveling, my co-chair for the 2011 Global Education Conference, Lucy Gray, took the lead on announcing our new conference website, dates, and call for proposal. But while I might be a week (or two!) late to the party, I promise I'm just as excited!

Part of my excitement is that we are organizing the conference in a Ning network. This has some tremendous advantages, including ease of communication, but also a proposal system that allows you to connect with potential presenters in advance on ideas you care about, and to comment on specific proposals. This particular brainstorm came about as part of the Library 2.011 Conference I'm running out of the Library 2.0 Ning network, so let me know what you think--I'm kind of stunned by the implications of an open proposal and networking process.

But on to the actual announcement!

The second annual Global Education Conference, a week-long event bringing together educators and innovators from around the world, will be held Monday, November 14 through Friday, November 18, 2011. The entire conference will be broadcast online for free using the Blackboard Collaborate platform (formerly known as Elluminate/Wimba).

The Global Education Conference is a collaborative and world-wide community effort organized by the Global Education CollaborativeClassroom 2.0, and Web 2.0 Labs, and is aimed at increasing opportunities for globally-connecting education activities and initiatives. Last year’s conference featured 387 sessions and 60 keynote addresses from 62 countries with over 15,000 participant logins. Sessions will be held in multiple time zones and multiple languages over the five days, and all of last years sessions are currently archived as a standing educational resource at http://globaledcon.weebly.com/recordings.html.

The Call for Proposals for the 2011 event is now open at http://globaleducation.ning.com/page/call-for-proposals. Presenters can submit proposals for general sessions focused on one of four possible tracks: Teacher Track; Student Track; Curricular Track; and Policy and Leadership Track. Proposals should focus on ideas, projects, and initiatives that promote global understanding and collaboration. The deadline for submissions is October 15 and participants will be notified of acceptance by October 30. Keynote presentations are by invitation only.

Session proposals are to be non-commercial. Interest in commercial sponsorship or presentations should be directed to me at steve@hargadon.com.

As we did last year, we encourage non-commercial organizations to become conference partners (we had over 90 partner organizations last year!). Conference partners will be given a spotlight session this year. More information at http://globaleducation.ning.com/page/conference-partners.

We'll also be hoping for another incredible outpouring of volunteer support like we had last year (those of you who helped were AMAZING!). If you'd like to help promote awareness of the conference by serving on our International Advisory Board go to http://globaleducation.ning.com/page/intl-advisory-board, or if you are willing to volunteer to help moderate sessions (making you an absolute rockstar!) go to http://globaleducation.ning.com/page/volunteers-1.

For further information, please join our network at http://globaleducationconference.com and follow conference announcements on Twitter (@GlobalEdCon) and the hashtag #GlobalEd11.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Library 2.011 Conference Proposals Due Thursday September 15th!

Almost 2,500 people have signed up from 133 countries to participate in the Library 2.011 worldwide conference. The conference is free, being held virtually, and should be a GREAT event. You can sign up any time at http://www.library2011.com. Three quick notes:

1. Presentation proposals are due this Thursday, September 15th. Library 2.011 presents a unique opportunity to showcase the excellent research and work related to libraries and librarians. If you would like to present, please take a few minutes of your time to submit your talk proposal. It just requires an abstract--your entire presentation doesn’t need to be completed. For instructions on how to submit your proposal, visit: http://www.library20.com/page/call-for-proposals. To view examples of presentation topics for each subject strand, click here: http://www.library20.com/forum/categories/library-2011-conference/listForCategory.

2. We have a terrific list of partner organizations who've joined us (including ALA, SLA, ALISE, ASIST, and the Ontario Library Association). Whether you are a small school library or a multi-national organization, we want to encourage you to become a conference partner. There are no financial obligations for being a partner organization--all we ask is that you actively promote the conference to your membership and network, and encourage participation as well as presentations and submissions. More information at http://www.library20.com/page/conference-partners.

3. Once you've signed up at the conference website, you can let us know if you want to volunteer or to serve on the International Advisory Board. Links to do so are on the site!

Week of September 12, 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!

BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIAL (TL Cafe)
Mon 12 Sep 08:00PM New York / Tue 13 Sep 12:00AM GMT / Tue 13 Sep 10:00AM Sydney
Gwyneth Jones. Back to School Special: Best Year Ever!
http://www.learncentral.org/node/169124

EPCOP MOOC WEBINAR (Australia Series)
Mon 12 Sep 09:00PM New York / Tue 13 Sep 01:00AM GMT / Tue 13 Sep 11:00AM Sydney
Coach Carole.
http://www.learncentral.org/node/167794

"MINI-GEEK FEST" MONTHLY ONLINE CONVERSATION SEPTEMBER, 2011 (AzTEA 2.0 Professional Development)
Mon 12 Sep 09:00PM New York / Tue 13 Sep 01:00AM GMT / Tue 13 Sep 11:00AM Sydney
Peggy George. Fun, open, sharing session of web 2.0 tools and teaching resources. Join us and come prepared to share your favorites. 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. Join co-hosts Kim Thomas and Peggy George in AzTEA Elluminate from the comfort of your own home. Professional Development credit (1 hour) will be available. The show will be on the second Monday of each month, 6-7PM (MST-AZ). It's not a presentation or a tutorial, but a conversation--think of it like a "show and tell" where ALL participants can contribute. Shows will be recorded and archived so you can listen to the recordings later if you can't participate in the live sessions. We look forward to an exciting and interesting conversation!
http://www.learncentral.org/node/168992

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN UP 2.0? (Australia Series)
Tue 12 Sep 02:00AM New York / Tue 13 Sep 06:00AM GMT / Tue 13 Sep 04:00PM Sydney
Anne Mirtschin. This is an unconference Tech Talk Tuesdays session,where participants can share what they have been up to in learning and teaching. Bring your favourite technological tools, newest experiments, ideas, resources, problems, issues and open them up for discussion.
http://www.learncentral.org/node/171833

TALLER MEMORIAS EN RED - #DDHHYC (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Tue 13 Sep 11:30AM New York / Tue 13 Sep 03:30PM GMT / Wed 14 Sep 01:30AM Sydney
Luz Pearson. 4to encuentro de la comunidad de aprendizaje del curso Memorias en red
http://www.learncentral.org/node/169727

HOWARD GARDNER ON COGNITIVE SCIENCE AND SCHOOL REFORM (Future of Education Series)
Tue 13 Sep 08:00PM New York / Wed 14 Sep 12:00AM GMT / Wed 14 Sep 10:00AM Sydney
Steve Hargadon. Join Steve Hargadon on Tuesday, September 13th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Harvard professor and well-known author Howard Gardner. In particular, we are going to talk about the new edition of his 1991 book, The Unschooled Mind: How Children Think and How Schools Should Teach, looking at school reform from the perspective of cognitive science.
http://www.learncentral.org/node/171686



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 2011 Global Education Conference
November 14 - 18, All Free, All Online in Blackboard Collaborate
Submit to present or to be kept informed at http://www.GlobalEdCon.com



GETTING TEENS & TWEENS TO READ W/ANITA BEAMAN (ISLMA)
(Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Wed 14 Sep 07:30PM New York / Wed 14 Sep 11:30PM GMT / Thu 15 Sep 09:30AM Sydney
Lisa Perez. Attend this session with Anita Beaman to learn how to get teens and tweens excited about reading. This event is hosted by the Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA).
http://www.learncentral.org/node/168240

APRENDIZAJE EN RED CON USO DE TIC (ARTIC) - SESIÓN 5 (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Thu 15 Sep 07:00PM New York / Thu 15 Sep 11:00PM GMT / Fri 16 Sep 09:00AM Sydney
Diego Leal. Quinta sesión del curso abierto ArTIC (http://artic.pbworks.com)
http://www.learncentral.org/node/170230

SAM CHALTAIN ON "FACES OF LEARNING" (Future of Education Series)
Thu 15 Sep 08:00PM New York / Fri 16 Sep 12:00AM GMT / Fri 16 Sep 10:00AM Sydney
Steve Hargadon. Join Steve Hargadon on Thursday, September 15th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar Sam Chaltain, DC-based writer and education activist, on his new book Faces of Learning: 50 Powerful Stories of Defining Moments in Education. Sam was a guest last year on FutureofEducation.com to talk about his previous book, American Schools: The Art of Creating a Democratic Learning Community, and we'll continue our conversation on education using his collection of the personal learning stories of fifty individuals–from well-known public figures to ordinary Americans–who share "inspirational stories about transformational teachers, powerful learning environments, and pivotal moments of self-discovery."
http://www.learncentral.org/node/171713

CLASSROOM 2.0 LIVE-LIZZIE CHASE (AU) (Classroom 2.0 LIVE)
Sat 17 Sep 12:00PM New York / Sat 17 Sep 04:00PM GMT / Sun 18 Sep 02:00AM Sydney
Peggy George. Lizzie Chase, Australian educator, will share a series of free downloadable English lessons at http://otherworlds.yolasite.com for upper primary and lower secondary students, integrating Web 2.0 tools into student responses to 12 books, so that they can create multimedia texts. There is a focus on research skills, digital storytelling and visual arts tools.
http://www.learncentral.org/node/171720

O-MUN DEBATE (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Sun 18 Sep 08:30AM New York / Sun 18 Sep 12:30PM GMT / Sun 18 Sep 10:30PM Sydney
Luc Noordholland de Jong. Students will simulate the United Nations and debate the issue of cyber warfare. Please register via http://o-mun.org/register and learn more about our program at http://o-mun.org/about. To learn more about the event please visit http://events.o-mun.org/243896/show.
http://www.learncentral.org/node/171271

Friday, September 09, 2011

Live Thursday Sept. 15 with Sam Chaltain on "Faces of Learning"

Join me Thursday, September 15th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Sam Chaltain,  DC-based writer and education activist, on his new book Faces of Learning: 50 Powerful Stories of Defining Moments in Education. Sam was a guest last year on FutureofEducation.com to talk about his previous book, American Schools: The Art of Creating a Democratic Learning Community, and we'll continue our conversation on education using his collection of the personal learning stories of fifty individuals–from well-known public figures to ordinary Americans–who share "inspirational stories about transformational teachers, powerful learning environments, and pivotal moments of self-discovery."

Date: Thursday, September 15th, 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 available at https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2011-09-15.1730.M.9E9FE58134BE68C3B413F24B3586CF.vcr&sid=2008350 and a portable .mp3 audio recording can be accessed at http://audio.edtechlive.com/foe/chaltain2011.mp3. The LearnCentral event page is http://www.learncentral.org/node/171713.


Sam Chaltain is a DC-based writer and education activist. He works with schools, school districts, and public and private sector companies to help them create healthy, high-functioning learning environments.

Previously, Sam was the National Director of the Forum for Education & Democracy, an education advocacy organization, and the founding director of the Five Freedoms Project, a national program that helps K-12 educators create more democratic learning communities.

Sam spent five years at the First Amendment Center as the co-director of the First Amendment Schools program. He came to the Center from the public school system of New York City, where he taught high school English and History. Sam also spent four years teaching the same subjects at a private school in Brooklyn.

Sam’s first teaching experience was in Beijing, China, where he joined the faculty of the Foreign Languages department at Beijing Normal University as a visiting lecturer. He taught two American History & Literature courses to third-year undergraduates.

Sam’s writings about his work have appeared in both magazines and newspapers, including the Washington Post, Education Week and USA Today. A periodic contributor to CNN and MSNBC, Sam is also the author or co-author of five books: The First Amendment in Schools (ASCD, 2003); First Freedoms: A Documentary History of First Amendment Rights (Oxford University Press, 2006); American Schools: The Art of Creating a Democratic Learning Community (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009); We Must Not Be Afraid to be Free: Stories Of Free Expression in America (Oxford, 2011); and Faces of Learning: 50 Powerful Stories of Defining Moments in Education (Jossey-Bass, 2011).

Sam has a Master’s degree in American Studies from the College of William & Mary, and an M.B.A. from George Washington University, where he specialized in non-profit management and organizational theory. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he graduated with a double major in Afro-American Studies and History.

Live Tuesday Sept. 13 with Howard Gardner

Join me Tuesday, September 13th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Harvard professor and well-known author Howard Gardner. In particular, we are going to talk about the new edition of his 1991 book, The Unschooled Mind: How Children Think and How Schools Should Teach, looking at school reform from the perspective of cognitive science and his work on multiple intelligences.

Date: Tuesday, September 13th, 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=2011-09-13.1430.M.9E9FE58134BE68C3B413F24B3586CF.vcr&sid=2008350 and a portable .mp3 audio is available at http://audio.edtechlive.com/foe/howardgardner.mp3. The LearnCentral event page is http://www.learncentral.org/node/171686

Howard Gardner is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  He also holds positions as Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and Senior Director of Harvard Project Zero. Among numerous honors, Gardner received a MacArthur Prize Fellowship in 1981. He has received honorary degrees from 26 colleges and universities, including institutions in Bulgaria, Chile, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, and South Korea. In 2005 and again in 2008, he was selected by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines as one of the 100 most influential public intellectuals in the world. The author of 25 books translated into 28 languages, and several hundred articles, Gardner is best known in educational circles for his theory of multiple intelligences, a critique of the notion that there exists but a single human intelligence that can be adequately assessed by standard psychometric instruments.

During the past two decades, Gardner and colleagues at Project Zero have been involved in the design of performance-based assessments; education for understanding; the use of multiple intelligences to achieve more personalized curriculum, instruction, and pedagogy; and the quality of interdisciplinary efforts in education. Since the middle 1990s, in collaboration with psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and William Damon, Gardner has directed the GoodWork Project--a study of work that is excellent, engaging, and ethical. More recently, with long time Project Zero colleagues Lynn Barendsen and Wendy Fischman, he has
conducted reflection sessions designed to enhance the understanding and incidence of good work among young people. With Carrie James and other colleagues at Project Zero, he is also investigating the nature of trust in contemporary society and ethical dimensions entailed in the use of the new digital media. Among new research undertakings are a study of effective collaboration among non-profit institutions in education and a study of conceptions of quality, nationally and internationally, in the contemporary era. In 2008 he delivered a set of three lectures at New York's Museum of Modern Art on the topic "The True, The Beautiful, and The Good: Reconsiderations in a post-modern, digital era."

The Unschooled Mind: How Children Think and How Schools Should Teach

Five Minds for the Future

Multiple Intelligences: New Horizons in Theory and Practice

Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Reframed: Educating for the Virtues in the Twenty-First Century

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Week of September 5, 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!

EPCOP MOOC WEBINAR (Australia Series)
Mon 5 Sep 09:00PM New York / Tue 6 Sep 01:00AM GMT / Tue 6 Sep 11:00AM Sydney
Coach Carole. A free webinar about the E-portfolio Massive Open Online Course (EpCop MOOC), a free e-portfolio professional development activity.
http://www.learncentral.org/node/167793

TALLER MEMORIAS EN RED - #DDHHYC (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Tue 6 Sep 11:30AM New York / Tue 6 Sep 03:30PM GMT / Wed 7 Sep 01:30AM Sydney
Luz Pearson. 3er encuentro de la comunidad de aprendizaje de Memorias en Red
http://www.learncentral.org/node/169726

SABERES 2.0 - REFLEXIONES SOBRE LA EDUCACIÓN ACTUAL: PROPUESTA PARA EL SIGLO XXI (Aula 2.0)
Tue 6 Sep 09:00PM New York / Wed 7 Sep 01:00AM GMT / Wed 7 Sep 11:00AM Sydney
Tomas Chaskel. La ponencia pretende ofrecer un perfil de la educación actual. Dónde estamos parados, y, hacia dónde de vemos ir. Se analiza el perfil de los educadores y de los estudiantes en la sociedad del conocimiento. La finalidad de la misma es ofrecer una propuesta para hacer educación para el siglo XXI. Nuestros estudiantes nos piden a gritos un cambio de paradigma, ¿Por qué se lo negamos?. Debemos de reflexionar. Bernabé Soto: Profesor de Historia, Diseñador de la Instrucción On-line, Tecnólogo Educativo, Conferenciante y escritor 2.0.Diseñador de la instrucción para National University College.Publicaciones en revistas: EducaPR, El sol, American Learning & Media para Latinoamérica y Tinta Electrónica.Blog: El discurso de un diseñador de la instrucción.Twitter: Bernabe
http://www.learncentral.org/node/170314

APRENDIZAJE EN RED CON USO DE TIC (ARTIC) - SESIÓN 4 (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Thu 8 Sep 07:00PM New York / Thu 8 Sep 11:00PM GMT / Fri 9 Sep 09:00AM Sydney
Diego Leal. Cuarta sesión del curso abierto ArTIC (http://artic.pbworks.com)
http://www.learncentral.org/node/170228


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



CSOV STUDENT NEWS
(Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Fri 9 Sep 08:00AM New York / Fri 9 Sep 12:00PM GMT / Fri 9 Sep 10:00PM Sydney
Molly Williams.
http://www.learncentral.org/node/170354

CLASSROOM 2.0 LIVE-AZ TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION MATRIX (Classroom 2.0 LIVE)
Sat 10 Sep 12:00PM New York / Sat 10 Sep 04:00PM GMT / Sun 11 Sep 02:00AM Sydney
Peggy George. The topic for Saturday, September 10th will be “AZ Technology Integration Matrix” with special guest Cherie Stafford. Join us as Cherie shares how the Arizona Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) is used to help teachers integrate technology into the classroom. More information and session details are at http://live.classroom20.com. If you haven't used Blackboard Collaborate before (formerly Elluminate), we encourage you to view the Orientation Tutorial to prepare for the session. Each show begins at 12pm Eastern (GMT-5).
http://www.learncentral.org/node/171061

WORLD SAVVY AMERICAN YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM ORIENTATION (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Sat 10 Sep 03:00PM New York / Sat 10 Sep 07:00PM GMT / Sun 11 Sep 05:00AM Sydney
Laura Klivans.
http://www.learncentral.org/node/170985

LEARN TO BE FOUNDATION NATIONAL INITIATION (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Sat 10 Sep 09:30PM New York / Sun 11 Sep 01:30AM GMT / Sun 11 Sep 11:30AM Sydney
Jingshen Zhao. Learn To Be provides free online tutoring in primary and secondary math, science and language arts. We welcome all teachers and parents to learn about how we work and where we are going this year. http://www.learntobe.org
http://www.learncentral.org/node/170932