Friday, June 22, 2012

UniquelyBeautiful.net and World Vitiligo Day


Some of you may know that I have the skin condition Vitiligo, and that I run a social network for those with Vitiligo called VitiligoFriends.org. There is often significant emotional distress for those with Vitiligo, perhaps going back to it's confusion with leprosy, and maybe even a biological aversion response because of that.

The VitiligoFriends.org network is private (meaning, you can't get past the front page without registering and indicating that you either have Vitiligo or are a friend or loved one of someone who does) because it has our names, some photos, and a lot of conversation that members might not be willing to contribute more publicly. So in honor of World Vitiligo Day on the 25th, I've started a website at http://www.UniquelyBeautiful.net to showcase the unique beauty of those with Vitiligo--both for others to see, and for those of us with Vitiligo to appreciate our own unique beauty.

If you have Vitiligo, I encourage you to send a face shot or a photo that has your face in it (without makeup), and I'll add it to our growing wall of beautiful Vitiligo faces. No names, no contact information, no private details, no conversation, just our faces. Someone with Vitiligo coming to this site might feel instantly better about him or herself, knowing the rest of us exist. Someone who doesn't have it would hopefully begin to recognize the diversity and beauty of who we are.  


Send your photo to me at steve@hargadon.com. If you don't have Vitiligo on your face, but elsewhere on your body, still send the face shot!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

More Interview Videos from Maker Faire

EdSurge has posted some more of the interviews held at their DIY Learning Pavilion part of Maker Faire Bay Area 2012 (also see John Seely Brown's interview here).

Katie Rast of Fab Lab San Diego talks about bringing more hands on learning to higher education. She gives us the Fab Lab philosophy as well as explains how they hope to support professors who are ready to try teaching with one.



Diego Fonstad of Fab Lab Castilleja talks about introducing a Fab Lab to an all girls, grades 6-12 school. He discusses how to integrate Fab Lab into a curriculum that uses making to teach the arts and humanities in addition to STEM.



Dale Dougherty explains the value of personal projects and DIY learning as well as what the newly announced Maker Education Initiative hopes to achieve.



Torbjorn Skauli talks about kids coding and his personal experience learning to code at the EdSurge DIY Learning pavilion at Maker Faire 2012. Learn more about Scratch here: https://www.edsurge.com/scratch

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Wednesday - Brainstorming an Educational Profile Service

I'm part of a working group led by Karen Cator, Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. The group is focused on online communities of practice (many of which are social networks like Classroom 2.0), the work being documented and extended at the Connected Educators site.

Karen has regularly raised an idea that I find very compelling as well: the creation of a unifying educational profile site that would allow educators and learners to build a profile page indicating their professional and educational interests (work or school affiliation, grade levels, subjects, etc.), allow the building of a set of links to individual information and activity on the Web, and maybe even to "surface" or showcase RSS or content/conversation feeds.

Let's call it ConnectEDU.me. My page would be http://www.connectedu.me/stevehargadon (this is known as a "vanity URL").  ConnectEDU.me might be compared to LinkedIn or About.me, but with a feature set build around education. If there were tags I could use to identify my interest areas, I could use those tags to find other educators or learners interested in the same things or from the same area, as well as finding out where they are participating in engaged conversations. Maybe the site would recommend to me others with similar interests. I could put in my preferred contact and geographical information. I would like to link to my blog, to my Twitter account, to my profile pages at the several Ning networks I'm a part of, to websites or wikis I've created or participate in cultivating, to my YouTube channel, to online or eportfolio pages, to publications, and to anything else that would reflect my work and interests and help me to make connections with others.


LIVE BRAINSTORM SESSION

Date: Wednesday, June 20th, 2012
Time: 3pm Pacific / 6pm Eastern (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=2012-06-20.1523.M.9E9FE58134BE68C3B413F24B3586CF.vcr&sid=2008350
Resources: The Google Doc for brainstorming is HERE. The MightyBell resource and conversation space is HERE.



I'd love some help in exploring the pros and cons of this idea, and of what it would take to make it a reality (should people feel this would be valuable).  If you're available for a live brainstorm session, the link and more information are just above.  If you're not available, feel free to post a comment or email me directly (steve@hargadon.com). I'm particularly interested in the following (and any other feedback you'd like to give!):
  1. Does it make sense to have a separate site/service just for education? Would this be done just as well at LinkedIn, About.me, Facebook, or somewhere else?
  2. If you already have a personal web presence that serves this function, would this augment or detract from that? For example, my blog already serves in many ways as my "profile site." However, it does occur to me that I don't have links to my profile pages in other networks on my blog, nor do I have RSS feeds from my contributions at those sites--which probably makes some sense to do! If you have a personal web presence already, would you also want a profile page? If you don't have a unifying profile page anywhere, do you like the idea of being able to easily set one up?
  3. This kind of an educator profile page has been done before. In Australia, it was at me.edu.au but is no longer in service. LearnCentral, the network I worked on for Elluminate, also arguably had this kind of functionality at its core--but it, too, no longer exists. Do you know of others? Of those that went out of service, have you got ideas as to why they didn't last? Is this just an idea that looks better in concept than in reality? 
  4. I've mentioned the features of identifying interest areas, of linking to other sites, and of bringing in feeds from those sites to have them visible on the profile page. What else would you want to be able to do or show? LearnCentral also had forum discussions, a content repository and sharing system, individual calendars, groups, and more. It was intended to be a one-stop shop for all educators and students. How important would it be for such a site have all these features, or should it instead be very simple?
  5. Lesson- and resource-sharing sites are being built by many groups right now. How would you rank the importance of content sharing service to a unifying profile site? In other words, is finding and connecting to other people more or less important than finding lesson plans or content?
  6. How valuable would/could this be for students? If students could use the site, would the feature set be different?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Thursday Interview - Finkelstein on Virtual PD, Non-Traditional Learning Environments, and Badges

Join me Tuesday, June 12th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Jonathan Finkelstein, founder and executive producer of LearningTimes, the "global leader in creating innovative, interactive online learning solutions." Learning Times has produced live online conferences, webcasts, podcasts, and educational programs for more than 400 organizations and associations in technology, publishing, museums, libraries, K – 20 education, government, training and non-profits. Jonathan is also the director of the BadgeStack Project, the first system designed for badge-empowered learning and community-building, and the first to issue Mozilla Open Badges.

We'll talk about the changing nature of professional development (PD) in particular and learning in general with the rise of online meeting technology, and how informal and non-traditional learning environments are impacting how we think about education. We'll discuss peer-to-peer learning trends, and argue about the need for "micro-credentials and badge-empowered learning," which he is pioneering as part of major initiatives with groups such as the Smithsonian Institution, the New York City Department of Education, Yale University, and IMLS-funded programs for museums and libraries across the United States.

Date: Tuesday, June 12th, 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: The full Blackboard Collaborate recording is at https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2012-06-12.1711.M.9E9FE58134BE68C3B413F24B3586CF.vcr&sid=2008350 and a portable .mp3 audio recording is at http://audio.edtechlive.com/foe/finkelstein.mp3.

Jonathan Finkelstein is author of Learning in Real Time (Wiley), contributing author to The Digital Museum, board member of the AAM Media & Technology Committee, and host of thousands of pioneering online events for education, museum, and library audiences.  A frequent keynote speaker, he is the moderator and producer of countless live webcasts, online conferences and virtual world events. With approximately 30,000 hours of live online facilitation experience to his name, Finkelstein leads the popular "Certified Synchronous Training Professional" program, which has trained hundreds on skillful live online facilitation.

Prior to founding LearningTimes in 2002, Jonathan was a co-founder at HorizonLive (now Blackboard Collaborate), and designed the first synchronous collaboration platforms for academia, associations and other non-profits. He also hosted a highly-acclaimed, interactive weekly live online talk show about the people, technology and business of learning.

The son of two New York City public school teachers, Finkelstein graduated with honors from Harvard University.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Thursday Interview - Creating Personal Student Brands

Join me Thursday, June 7th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Christine DiPaulo and some of the students who have taken part in her iAm course on "personal branding." "Personal branding," she says, "is a current trend and is an ideal way to have high school students think about what they can do to create the Brand of YOU?" Christine and a team of Apple Distinguished Educators have created the "iAm Collection," an authoring curriculum for a course that anyone can teach which challenges students to find their voice through a series of introspective exercises:
Students begin by developing their own personal brand and express their discoveries through digital reflections, culminating with resuME, a dynamic presentation of the story of you. We want to inspire our students to tell their story and motivate them to be the best themselves they can be.
Christine will go through the iAm course and material with us, and several of her students will share their individual journeys--including personal brand statements, logo designs, and resuMEs.

Date: Thursday, June 7th, 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 at https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2012-06-07.1420.M.9E9FE58134BE68C3B413F24B3586CF.vcr&sid=2008350 and a portable .mp3 audio recording is at http://audio.edtechlive.com/foe/iam.mp3. A Mightybell resource space with documents and examples is at https://mightybell.com/spaces/770b7ce08577790f.

Christine DiPaulo teaches Digital Media Arts and Design at Jenkintown Middle High School. She provides technology professional development district wide to administration, faculty, and staff. Christine is a secondary certified math teacher, with Business Education certification and MSc as K12 certified Instructional Technology Specialist. She previously taught mathematics courses at The Center for Arts and Technology. In 2009 she became an Apple Distinguished Educator. She is a Google Certified Teacher and has been honored as a 3E Institute Entrepreneurial Educator in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 for collaborative challenge based learning both in and out of her classroom.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Today - Ruth Suehle on Openness in Education

Join me today, Tuesday, June 5th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Ruth Suehle, community marketing manager for the Fedora Project, as we talk about openness in education including, but also beyond, technology. Ruth Suehle works for Red Hat and is the moderator of the Life channel on opensource.com, a site that explores the success of applying open source principles outside of software. She's a maker at heart who is often behind a sewing machine, rolling fondant, or looking for the next DIY project. You can find her on Twitter and identi.ca as @suehle and blogging at GeekMom.com.

Date: Tuesday, June 5th, 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 is at https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2012-06-05.1719.M.9E9FE58134BE68C3B413F24B3586CF.vcr&sid=2008350 and a portable .mp3 audio recording is at http://audio.edtechlive.com/foe/ruthsuehle.mp3.

Monday, June 04, 2012

ISTE Unplugged - Great Events at ISTE Start on Saturday Before the Conference with SocialEdCon and the SocialEdCon Party!


ISTEunplugged.com.
San Diego Convention Center

ISTE Unplugged is a series of independent events that take place in, around, and with the support of the annualISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) conference, the "world's premier educational technology event" which attracts nearly 20,000 people. And for the sixth year hundreds of educators interested in social media, technology, teaching, and learning will build and participate in "unplugged"-style activities as a part of their ISTE experience. And you are invited!

All of the following events are free, so just come join us (you do need to be registered for ISTE for all activities except SocialEdCon and the after-party, which are open to anyone)! If you aren't attending ISTE, check out our ISTE LIVE! streamed sessions, which available to watch for free either live or recorded later. HUGE thanks to ISTE for making this all possible!

SOCIALEDCON - Saturday, June 23rd: SocialEdCon (formerly EduBloggerCon) is the flagship event of ISTE Unplugged and draws 200 - 300 participants from around the world. This is our SIXTH year--wow! An all-day actual "unconference" on teaching and learning in the Web 2.0 world, we start by building a session schedule together and then spend the rest of the day in engaged conversations around amazing topics. More information and sign-up page.

SOCIALEDCON AFTER-PARTY! - Saturday, June 23rd Evening: Brand new event this year, we're having a SocialEdCon "After Party" from 7 - 9pm at the Marriott, and it's going to be a BLAST. Thanks to StudyBlue we'll be doing a mobile apps sharing theme to start, and then thanks to Startup Weekend Education we'll move into educators giving 1-minute "pitch" ideas for ed tech startups ideas and some prizes. Don't miss this! More Information and signup page.

GLOBAL EDUCATION SUMMIT - Sunday, June 24th Afternoon: Another first-time event, the Global Ed Summit is a 3-hour mini-conference organized by Lucy Gray for those interested in globally-connecting students and teachers, and a physical followup to the hugely popular online Global Education Conference.  More Information.

THE BLOGGERS' CAFE - Monday, June 25 - Wednesday, June 27th: Also in it's SIXTH 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. More Information.

ISTE LIVE - Monday, June 25 - Wednesday, June 27th: Slightly re-branded for this year, ISTE Live is a three-day alternate presentation venue inside the conference where 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! These sessions are also streamed live to those not able to physically attend ISTE. To Sign Up, to Watch, or for More Information.

THANKS TO OUR 2012 SPONSORS! (There's still time to add yourself to this list! :)