Monday, February 27, 2012

Live Tuesday February 28th with David Weinberger on How the Internet Is Transforming Knowledge and Expertise

Join me Tuesday, February 28th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with David Weinberger about his new book, Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room


We used to know how to know. We got our answers from books or experts. We’d nail down the facts and move on. But in the Internet age, knowledge has moved onto networks. There’s more knowledge than ever, of course, but it’s different. Topics have no boundaries, and nobody agrees on anything.

"Yet this is the greatest time in history to be a knowledge seeker . . . if you know how. In Too Big to Know, Internet philosopher David Weinberger shows how business, science, education, and the government are learning to use networked knowledge to understand more than ever and to make smarter decisions than they could when they had to rely on mere books and experts.

"This groundbreaking book shakes the foundations of our concept of knowledge—from the role of facts to the value of books and the authority of experts—providing a compelling vision of the future of knowledge in a connected world." (From the book's description.)

Date: Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 01:00 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: The full Blackboard Collaborate recording is at https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2012-02-28.0537.M.9E9FE58134BE68C3B413F24B3586CF.vcr&sid=2008350 and a portable .mp3 audio recording is at http://audio.edtechlive.com/foe/davidweinberger.mp3.

David Weinberger is co-author of the best-seller The Cluetrain Manifesto, which InformationWeek called the most important business book since Tom Peter's In Search of Excellence. He is also the author of the critically-acclaimed Small Pieces Loosely Joined: A Unified Theory of the Web and of Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder

David is a senior researcher at Harvard Law's Berkman Center for the Internet & Society, Co-Director of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab at Harvard Law School, and is a Franklin Fellow at the United States State Department (2009-2011).  He has been published in a wide variety of journals, including Wired and Harvard Business Review many times, as well as in Scientific American, The New York Times, Smithsonian, Foreign Policy, Salon, USA Today, the Boston Globe, The Guardian...even TV Guide.  He has a Ph.D. in philosophy (from the Univ. of Toronto) and taught philosophy in college for 6 years, has been a frequent commentator on National Public Radio, and is frequently cited by national and international news media.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Live (Early) Friday February 24th with Dennis Littky on Big Picture Schools Schools

Join me Friday, February 24th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Dennis Littky to talk about "The Big Picture:"  his book, Big Picture Schools, and Big Picture Learning. The Big Picture Learning design is "a dynamic approach to learning, doing, and thinking that has been changing the lives of students, educators, and entire communities since 1995. All of components of the design are based on three foundational principles: first, that learning must be based on the interests and goals of each student; second, that a student’s curriculum must be relevant to people and places that exist in the real world; and finally, that a student’s abilities must be authentically measured by the quality of her or his work." Please note that this interview is at an earlier-than-normal time!

Date: Friday, February 24th, 2012
Time: 11am Pacific / 2pm Eastern / 19:00 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=2012-02-24.0944.M.9E9FE58134BE68C3B413F24B3586CF.vcr&sid=2008350 and a portable .mp3 audio recording at http://audio.edtechlive.com/foe/dennislittky.mp3.

Dennis Littky is the co-founder and co-director of Big Picture Learning and the Met Center in Providence. He is nationally known for his extensive work in secondary education in urban, suburban, and rural settings, spanning over 40 years. As an educator, Dennis has a reputation for working up against the edge of convention and out of the box, turning tradition on its head and delivering concrete results. Presently, Dennis’s focus is to expand the Big Picture Learning design to include college-level accreditation through College Unbound, where students will have the opportunity to earn a B.A. and advanced certifications through a critically challenging, real-world based, and entrepreneurial course of study.

Dr. Littky holds a double Ph.D. in psychology and education from the University of Michigan. His work as a principal at Thayer Junior/Senior High School in Winchester, N.H. as featured in an NBC movie, A Town Torn Apart based on the book Doc: The Story of Dennis Littky and His Fight for a Better School. In 2004, he (along with Samantha Grabelle) published a book about the Big Picture Learning design entitled The Big Picture: Education is Everyone’s Business, which went on to win the Association of Educational Publishers’ top award for nonfiction in 2005. In 2003, Dennis was recognized as a leader in the small schools movement and awarded the Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education. Fast Company ranked Littky #4 among the top 50 Innovators of 2004, and the George Lucas Educational Foundation selected both Dennis and co-founder Elliot Washoras part of the Daring Dozen – the Twenty Most Daring Educators in the World.  More at http://www.bigpicture.org/.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

PBS NewsHour Is Hoping You'll Give Them Feedback! Online Meeting Tomorrow.

PBS NewsHour is part of our great experiment to help tap the tremendous capacity of the Classroom 2.0 and Library 2.0 audiences and help worthwhile education projects get feedback from real educators. We think you have a lot of advice to offer those who want to serve education!

First, if you haven't already joined the PBS NewsHour feedback group, you can do so at http://www.classroom20.com/group/pbs-newshour.

Second, whether you are a member of that group or not, please consider coming to their first live feedback event tomorrow, Wednesday, February 15th, at 2pm US-Pacific / 3pm US-Mountain / 4pm US-Central / 5pm US-Eastern / 22:00 GMT.

Leah Clapman, the Online NewsHour Managing Editor for Education, entreats you: "We need, crave, appreciate your feedback! Come tell us how to make teaching current events easy and rewarding. This will be an informal discussion of the NewsHour's overall strategy and your ideas for teaching current events. Thanks again for being a valuable part of our education consulting team!"

Date: Wednesday, February 15th, 2012
Time: 2pm Pacific / 5pm Eastern / 9pm GMT
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at http://bit.ly/edincubator or https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2008350&password=M.3A365CAA7F47517E637C7DE59DBB34. The Blackboard Collaborate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early.
Preparation: To make sure that your computer is configured for Blackboard Collaborate, please visit the support and configuration page at http://support.blackboardcollaborate.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=8336&task=knowledge&questionID=1473.

We hope you will join me and Leah, Veronica, Imani and Thai (the team from PBS NewsHour).

Monday, February 13, 2012

Join Us for Community Activities at the CUE Conference in Palm Springs



CUE Unplugged is a series of crowd-sourced activities that take place in, around, and with the support of the annual CUE (Computer Using Educators) Conference, held in Palm Springs each year.

All of these events are free and do not require signing up anywhere except to be registered for CUE, so just come join us! Specific locations will be posted prior to the conference. And a HUGE thanks to CUE for making this all possible!

Thursday, March 15th (9am - 3pm) - SOCIALEDCON: SocialEdCon (formerly EduBloggerCon) is an "unconference" activity allowing educators to create and then hold a set of informal discussions. Started five years ago with a very small meeting (me and Barbara Barreda!) at Shakey's Pizza in Palm Spring and held for the last several years the day before CUE, SocialEdCon graduates this year to our own room during the conference! Come join us early Thursday morning to plan the day, then feel free to come and go as you please, attending both traditional CUE sessions and our unconference ones! There are no formal presentations, just "conversations" that you or others facilitate. To lead a session, it is not expected that you prepare material but that you have a topic you want to open to discussion. Let others know you're going to be there by joining the CUE SocialEdCon group at Classroom 2.0.

Friday, March 16th (All day)- UNPLUGGED: Originally conceived as a "fringe festival" or a "salon de refuses," CUE Unplugged is an all-day alternate presentation venue inside the conference--anyone can sign up to present on a topic that might not have been current when proposals for the conference were due, or maybe even a topic that didn't get accepted to the main conference! Or maybe you were too nervous to even apply! Held in a formal presentation area at CUE, these sessions are also streamed live to those not able to physically attend CUE. Sessions are half the normal length of a CUE presentation. A signup page will be posted shortly--check back or wait for an announcement at http://www.classroom20.com. The unplugged sessions are not for commercially-sponsored presentations, however, so please do not submit to present on any commercial project or product with which you have any association.

ALL CONFERENCE, March 15th - 17th, - THE BLOGGERS' CAFE: Also in it's FIFTH year now, the Bloggers' Cafe is an informal, couch-chairs-floor gathering area in the conference center for bloggers, social media mavens, and anyone else who wants to find and connect with others. A beehive of constant activity and conversation, the Bloggers' Cafe makes it hard to go do anything else once you discover it.

Previous years' activities are stored at http://cueunplugged.wikispaces.com

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Learning Instead of Teaching - Nicholas Negroponte

Thanks to Gary Stager for sending me the following video of Nicholas Negroponte talking about rethinking global education based on learning rather than teaching.



The current experiment he describes in the video--to see if the millions of children in villages that have no schools can learn to read by themselves--should be married to 1) Sugata Mitra's work on social learning by groups of children, and 2) the education team I've heard that Amazon has looking at providing Kindles in similar circumstances.

Still hoping I can get both Nicholas and Sugata on the FutureofEducation.com show for interviews!  

This Week: "Unplugged Ed" Tonight; Empowering Teachers; Alan Blankstein; Free Conference Events Coming Up; Hacking Education with Audrey Watters

TONIGHT:
  • Join me as I talk tonight with Laurette Lynn, the "Unplugged Mom," about "unplugging from the conventional and artificial process" of traditional education. More details, with instructions on joining in the live session HERE.
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
  • Read the DMLcentral interview with me about about the process of rebuilding educational narratives , the value of thinking of education as a process, and the importance of engagement and empowerment for not just students but also teachers, administrators, families, and communities. And consider attending the DML Conference March 1 - 3 in San Francisco!
INTERVIEWS:
  • This THURSDAY, February 9th, join me as I talk with Alan Blankstein on "Improving Individual Schools" and we discuss his latest book, The Answer Is in the Room.
  • On FRIDAY I'll be appearing live on the Blended Librarians Online Learning Community Webcast, speaking on the topic of "Building a Successful Online Learning Community for Librarians." You aer welcome to join, and more information is HERE.
  • The SATURDAY Classroom 2.0 LIVE! show this week hosts Steven Anderson on "TPACK and the Common Core Standards."
  • NEXT WEEK interviews are with Khalid Smith from Startup Weekend EDU (Tuesday the 14th) and Jane Hart on "Social Learning" (Thursday the 16th). Details and links will be posted at http://www.futureofeducation.com.
  • Recordings from last weeks interviews are now posted:  hear Cable Green talk about the "Obviousness of Open Policy" and Barbara Bray, Kathleen McClaskey, Shannon Miller, and Lisa Nielsen discuss "Personal Learning Profiles." The recording of the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! show with William Sites on "Using Evernote" has also been posted
REMINDERS:
  • Looking for your contributions to the 5th anniversary Classroom 2.0 book!  Join the project HERE. Great submissions coming in!
EVENT CALENDAR:
  • MARCH 15 - 17 (Palm Springs, CA + Virtual): Free social media fun at CUEunplugged during the annual CUE Conference, March 15 - 17--SocialEdCon, Bloggers' Cafe, and anyone can present (streamed as well).  
  • APRIL 26 (Virtual): The first-ever (and free), Classroom 2.0 Gaming in Education virtual conference. More information and announcements shortly at Classroom20.com.
  • JUNE 23 - 26 (San Diego, CA + Virtual): The free and totally fun ISTEunplugged before and during the annual ISTE Conference, including the 5th-year celebration of what used to be called EduBloggerCon but is now SocialEdCon
  • OCTOBER 3 - 5 (Virtual):  The free Future of Libraries world-wide conference, Library 2.012. Sign up for free at http://www.library20.com.
  • NOVEMBER 12 - 16 (Virtual):  The free and amazing 2012 Global Education Conference.  http://www.globaledcon.com.
  • In the planning stages:  
    • The Social Learning Summit this spring
    • Search Matters virtual conference on the importance of search literacy (with a little help from our friends at Google!).
    • AltEdCon, the first world-wide virtual conference on alternative education:  homeschooling, unschooling, distance learning, etc.
    • Bootcamp 2.0 virtual summer professional development institutes taught by some of your favorite Web 2.0 gurus.
    • Community 2.0:  Social Networking in Education
EDINCUBATOR:
  • Join the educator council for PBS NewsHour HERE
HACK EDUCATION PODCAST:
SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:
  • Many of the free community activities that I bring to you through Web 2.0 Labs are looking for appropriate and authentic sponsorship! Email me if you'd like to support one of the events or activities above.
Have a great week!

Webcast: Building a Successful Online Learning Community for Librarians

Thursday, February 9, 2012
3pm EST

Steven Bell and John Shank, co-founders of the Blended Librarians Online Learning Community have invited me to join them for a live webcast event.
In this interview session our first question will likely be “Steve, how do you manage so many projects simultaneously?” A review of his website reveals that Hargadon manages or participates in multiple online communities and produces several online interview series that feature leading educators and technologists. Hargadon is also recognized for launching the Library 2.011 Conference that was attended by over 5,000 librarians from countries around the globe. In this webcast we’ll learn more from Hargadon about managing successful online communities, and how to get one’s colleagues engaged in sharing ideas and information in virtual environments. Hargadon will reflect on the Library 2.011 Conference, and share what’s next. We’ll also be hearing Hargadon share his thoughts about the future of higher education and libraries in an increasingly digital world.
This is a free event and no advance registration is needed, however, to attend, you need to be a member of the Blended Librarians Online Learning Community. If you are already a member, here is a link into the Learning Times Network that will get you to the Community and enable you to join the webcast: http://home.learningtimes.net/library?go=6025033.

If you need to join the Blended Librarians Online Community in order to register (no fee to join): 1. Go to the Blended Librarian website at http://blendedlibrarian.org 2. Click on the “Join” button on the home page of Blendedlibrarian.org and follow the instructions. 3. When you reach the screen that asks for the “invitation key” enter the word: blended 4. After you receive confirmation of your Learning Times account you can return to this email message and use the link above for registered members of Learning Times. Click on the link, and then you’ll find the page where the webcast takes place. 5. They recommend that those participating in the webcast obtain a microphone or headset in order to make use of the VoIP technology that allows conversation between the speakers and participants. A microphone or headset is not required to participate. 6. Please plan on allowing yourself sufficient time to log in to the webcast on February 9, 2012. If it is the first time attending a Learning Times event it may take a few extra minutes to log on to their Elluminate webcasting software. 

Live Thursday February 9th with Alan Blankstein on Improving Individual Schools

Join me Thursday, February 9th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with 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.

Date: Thursday, February 9th, 2012
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=2012-02-09.1546.M.9E9FE58134BE68C3B413F24B3586CF.vcr&sid=2008350 and a portable .mp3 audio recording is at http://audio.edtechlive.com/foe/alanblankstein.mp3.

Award-winning author and visionary educational leader Alan M. Blankstein is founder and president of the HOPE Foundation, a not-for-profit organization whose honorary chair is Nobel Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu. A former “high-risk” youth, Alan began his career in education as a music teacher. He has worked in youth-serving organizations since 1983, including the March of Dimes, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National Educational Service (now Solution Tree), which he founded in 1987 and directed for 12 years. He has created award-winning publications and video staff development programs. He is the author of the best-selling book Failure Is Not an Option®: Six Principles That Guide Student Achievement in High-Performing Schools, which received the 2005 Book of the Year award from Learning Forward (formerly NSDC), and has been nominated for three other national and international awards.

In addition to authorship of this award-winning book, Blankstein is Publisher of three Failure Is Not an Option® video series and Senior Editor along with Paul Houston of the thirteen-volume The Soul of Educational Leadership series. Blankstein also co-authored the Reaching Today’s Youth curriculum and has published articles in Educational Leadership, The School Administrator, Executive Educator, High School Magazine, Reaching Today’s Youth, and Inside the Workshop. He has also provided keynote presentations and workshops for virtually every major educational organization.

Blankstein is on the Harvard International Principals Centers advisory board, served as Board member for Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, is former Co-Chair of Indiana University’s Neal Marshall Black Culture Center’s Community Network and advisor to the Faculty and Staff for Student Excellence (FASE) mentoring program. He also served as advisory board member for the Forum on Race, Equity, and Human Understanding with the Monroe County Schools in Indiana, and on the Board of Trustees for the Jewish Child Care Agency (JCCA), in which he was once a youth in residence.

The Answer Is in the Room: How Effective Schools Scale Up Student Success

Live Today - Laurette Lynn on Unplugged Education

Join me today, Tuesday, February 7th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com interview with Laurette Lynn, the "Unplugged Mom." A self-proclaimed pioneer of Unplugged Education, Laurette believes and actively promotes learning not only without school, but "without any systematized, institutionalized or prescribed methodology that isn’t specifically determined by our own organic, instinctual and natural drive to learn, grow and discover our world." To her worldwide audience, she blogs and podcasts about the value of “unplugging from the conventional and artificial process of both learning and living in order to reconnect with discovery, understanding and knowledge in the natural environment."

Date: Tuesday, February 7th, 2012
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 1am (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: The full Blackboard Collaborate recording is available https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2012-02-07.1503.M.9E9FE58134BE68C3B413F24B3586CF.vcr&sid=2008350 and a portable audio recording is available at http://audio.edtechlive.com/foe/unpluggedmom.mp3.

Laurette Lynn is convinced that the modern forced schooling system has almost completely robbed society of some of the qualities of basic humanity including critical thought, creative intelligence, and overall wellness of being. Through her work, she supports and advocate for the practice of natural organic learning through home-based independent learning,  rather than manufactured and institutionalized, forced schooling. She coined the term “unplugged education” because she believes that essentially true learning is what happens naturally when we ‘unplug’ from the compulsory standards that mainstream culture has "placed nefariously upon us."  More information about Laurette, including links to her blog and podcast, can be found at http://www.unpluggedmom.com/laurette-lynn.

Monday, February 06, 2012

"Helping Educators..." My Interview with DMLcentral


HELPING EDUCATORS NAVIGATE WEB 2.0 IN A CONNECTED WORLD: A FEW MOMENTS WITH STEVE HARGADON

Steve Hargadon’s career in education technology stems from a passionate interest in the role of technology in changing education. Known for being at the forefront of open education resources, web 2.0, and virtual live events, Hargadon has become the go-to expert in educational social networking. In 2007, he created Classroom 2.0, a social networking community for educators using web 2.0 and collaborative technologies, which in the past five years has grown to a network of more than 63,000 members worldwide. He also hosts the Future of Education interview series, a weekly podcast for which he has interviewed a rich and diverse group of key researchers, practitioners, and thought leaders from the ed tech and digital media & learning fields. His newest venture, Teacher 2.0, is designed to help promote the personal and professional growth of educators in a web 2.0 world. As discussions in educational technology begin to shift away from the technology and become more centered around pedagogy, we asked Hargadon what it really means to reimagine learning for a digital age.
When you created Classroom 2.0, your hope was that “those who are ‘beginners’ find it a supportive place to start being part of the digital dialogue.” Tell us about that mission.
Five years ago, the primary tool for educators to start talking to each other was blogging, but blogging was actually a very caustic environment. In order to get your blog comments noticed, you had to say something controversial. Blogging had a lot of all-caps arguments. When Ning shifted their services to a create-your-own-social-network format, I had a lightbulb moment. These educators who want to talk to each other -- for whom blogging had been the primary method -- should be able to do so in this new environment where instead of feeling that they had to write a five paragraph essay, they could write a one-sentence question or comment. I saw right away this incredible potential for what we were trying to accomplish with education blogging but within the framework of social networking.

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Live Thursday, February 2nd - Panel on Personal Learning Profiles

Join me today, Thursday, February 2nd, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com panel discussion on "Personal Learning Profiles," also referred to in variously as "personal success plans," "learner profiles," or "personalized learning paths."  Joining us are Barbara Bray, Kathleen McClaskey, Shannon Miller, and Lisa Nielsen to tell us about their work in this area and to answer our questions. With a growing sense of the value of personalized, customized, and student-driven learning, what is the best way to capture and communicate students' learning plans and goals? Who should "own" these profiles/plans, both in terms of responsibility and ultimate control? How can and should personal learning profiles interact with student portfolios? And my perennial question: in a vision of teachers as lead-learners, what provisions are being made to bring personal learning profiles to the profession itself?

Date: Thursday, February 2nd, 2012
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 1am (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=2012-02-02.1707.M.9E9FE58134BE68C3B413F24B3586CF.vcr&sid=2008350 and a portable .mp3 recording is at http://audio.edtechlive.com/foe/personallearning.mp3.

Barbara Bray is a Creative Learning Strategist who believes that anyone at any age can learn. She has worked with schools, districts, individuals, businesses, and non-profit agencies around the world. Her dream has been to create an online place that was safe and secure with all the tools and resources all in one place. She did it with My eCoach as early as 1999 — way before there were blogs, wikis, Twitter or Facebook. Barbara is what you call a “Digital Pioneer.”

Barbara is a teacher, writer, change agent, risk-taker, instructional designer, connector, and visionary. Whenever anyone told Barbara she couldn’t do something, she took it more like a challenge. Barbara knows that teachers need support with the shift to 21st Century Skills. New and veteran teachers are overwhelmed with day-to-day tasks plus being asked to teach and integrate technology. The big question even today is “how do you fit everything in that is expected of you and meet the needs of all students?”

Barbara writes a regular column on professional development for OnCUE (Computer Using Educators) as well as regularly posts helpful materials and resources on her blog. She works tirelessly to find and research new tools and methods that help educators. Now with multiple opportunities to network using social media and join various online communities, teachers and learners are confused. Barbara makes it her job to determine what is authentic, valid, cost-effective, safe, user-friendly, and relevant for her clients. Find her on the web at http://barbarabray.net or email barbara.bray@gmail.com.

Kathleen H. McClaskey, resident of Ed Tech Associates, is a recognized UDL and Digital Learning Consultant with 28 years experience in using technology in the classroom. Kathleen is a frequent international, national and regional workshop presenter on topics that include Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Technology for Diverse Learners, Math and Technology: Bringing Research to Practice, Built in Moodle: The Universally Designed Digital Learning Environment and most recently, Personalized Learning Toolkit with Barbara Bray. In the last decade, she directed and designed the professional development in technology-based projects in math, science, literacy and autism. She currently curates four topics in Scoop.it:  Personalized Learning, Universal Design for Learning, Leveling the Playing Field with Apps and Math, Technology and UDL:  Closing the Achievement Gap.  Twitter: @khmmc

Shannon McClintock Miller is the district teacher librarian and technology specialist at Van Meter Community School in Van Meter, Iowa. She encourages her students to have a voice while learning, creating, collaborating, and connecting to others within their school and around the world. Shannon is the author of the award winning Van Meter Library Voice blog and enjoys writing for ISTE's Leading & Learning journal, various blogs, and in other forums. She has had the opportunity to speak in Iowa and around the country about advocacy, technology, social media, and making a difference in education and the lives of others. She is a member of ISTE, SIGMS, ALA, AASL, and ILA (Iowa Library Association). Shannon serves as the advocacy chair on the Iowa Association of School Librarians and on the Iowa Center for the Book Advisory Council as the public school students and libraries representation. Shannon also serves on the School Library Month advisory board. She is a StudyBlue Teacher Advocate and FableVision Learning Ambassador. In 2010, she was also chosen to be part of the Cengage Learning/School Library Journal New Leaders Program. In March 2011, Shannon was awarded the Connecting People Shorty Award. Shannon can be found at @shannonmmiller on Twitter and online at shannonmmiller.com.

Lisa Nielsen writes for and speaks to audiences across the globe about learning innovatively and is frequently covered by local and national media for her views on “Passion (not data) Driven Learning,” "Thinking Outside the Ban" to harness the power of technology for learning, and using the power of social media to provide a voice to educators and students. Ms. Nielsen has worked for more than a decade in various capacities to support learning in real and innovative ways that will prepare students for success. In addition to her award-winning blog, The Innovative Educator, Ms. Nielsen’s writing is featured in places such as Huffington Post, Tech and Learning, ISTE Connects, ASCD Wholechild, MindShift, Leading and Learning, The Unplugged Mom, and is the author the book Teaching Generation Text.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

News: Cable Green on Open Policy; The Classroom 2.0 Book!; PBS NewsHour Feedback; CUEunplugged; Gaming in Ed Virtual Conference; Podcast with Audrey Watters

This has been an exciting week, and it's only half over! Building on my primary focus this year to build several virtual and physical conferences, you'll see we've set dates for four events below, and have a couple more on the active drawing board. But that's not all...

TONIGHT:

  • Join me as I talk tonight with Cable Green from Creative Commons for the FutureofEducation.com interview series. He'll be covering his favorite topic right now, "The Obviousness of Open Policy," and we'll talk about this straightforward proposal to require that government-funded work be released under open licensing. More details, with instructions on joining in the live session HERE.


ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • Classroom 2.0 celebrate's it's 5th anniversary in March, and to celebrate we've created a community-sourced Classroom 2.0 publishing project to build a treasury of your best wisdom and practices for using the Web in education. Not just the creation of a book, but also the building of an ecosystem to encourage and provide YOU now and in the future with the opportunity to take new leaps in this world of peer-expertise--and in particular, to becoming a published author. :)  Join the project HERE.
  • Are you a "computer-using educator" in the western states? If so, you'll either be attending the CUE conference March 15 - 17, or you should be! No pressure, but this year--like we do at ISTE--we're running a bunch of cool community activities in and around the formal events, including an all-day SocialEdCon (formerly EduBloggerCon) that is now going to be all day on Thursday, the first full day of the conference! We'll also be doing a one-day anyone-can-present series in our own room this year on Friday, and (of course) an all-conference Bloggers' Cafe. Do we dare say it will be more fun than you've ever had at CUE?! More information at http://www.CUEunplugged.com.
  • The first-ever, Classroom 2.0 Gaming in Education virtual conference will be April 26th! With intial sponsorship from BrainPOP to get this conference off the ground, it will be in the great spirit of our other inclusive and free conferences that we like to think are game-changers (smile) and bring people together from all over the world. Look for more information and announcements at Classroom20.com.
  • The Future of Libraries world-wide conference, Library 2.012, now has dates:  October 3 - 5. Wahoo! Huge thank to the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at San José State University for stepping up to be the founding sponsor again this year! Sign up at http://www.library20.com.
  • We've also set dates for the 2012 Global Education Conference:  November 12 - 16. Again, all free, all virtual, and the best fun you can have without sleeping for five days!  http://www.globaledcon.com.
  • On the drawing board, and just looking for dates:  a "Search Matters" virtual conference on the importance of search literacy (with a little help from our friends at Google!), and AltEdCon, the first world-wide virtual conference on alternative education:  homeschooling, unschooling, distance learning, etc.
OTHER EVENTS:
  • David Loertscher was on the FutureofEducation.com interview series last night to talk about the "learning commons" and about "personal learning environments," and his recordings are posted HERE. Last week we heard from Lee Crockett on 21st-century "fluencies" (HERE). Hundreds of other interview recordings can be found HERE.
  • Tomorrow night is an amazing panel on "Personal Learning Profiles" with Lisa Nielsen, Barbara Bray, Kathleen McClaskey, and Shannon Miller. I'm a little behind, but the blog post will appear at http://www.stevehargadon.com later today or early tomorrow!
  • Next week, our guests on FutureofEducation.com will be Laurette Lynn ("the unplugged mom") and Alan Blankstein.
  • The next Classroom 2.0 Saturday LIVE! show will be February 4th on "Using Evernote in the Classroom" with guest Wiliam Stites. 
  • Be sure, if you are going to ISTE this year (June 23 - 26) in San Diego that you consider booking yourself to get in Friday night so that you can attend our 5th-year of what used to be called EduBloggerCon but is now SocialEdCon. Oh, and it's just the start of 5 days of incredible fun all rolled up in a package of alternate and community-led events called ISTEunplugged! Do join us!
EDINCUBATOR:
  • Our first teacher/student/educator council in EdIncubator has started! It's the PBS NewsHour, and they are very anxious to hear from you as they build out their teaching materials. Join them HERE. The good folks at PBS are helping us test this service out, and we've got a bit of a waiting list going for other startups and organizations looking to do the same, so be sure to contact me at steve@hargadon.com for more details if this sounds like something you'd like to set up for your organization.
HACK EDUCATION PODCAST:
  • If you haven't become acquainted with the cutting and ironic humor of Audrey Watters yet, you just must listen in on our somewhat irreverent look at educational technology each week. The podcast link is at http://feeds.feedburner.com/edtechlive/hackeducation. (Her rant about Apple's misguided education announcement two weeks ago was only exceeded by her thoughts this week about Pearson becoming a sponsor of Startup Weekend edu! Recorded at Science Leadership Academy where we were actually physically together, this week's recording isn't at our normal sound quality level... sorry!)
SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:
  • Many of the free community activities that I bring to you through Web 2.0 Labs are looking for appropriate and authentic sponsorship! Email me if you'd like to support one of the events or activities above.
Have a great week!