Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Join the Live Community Conversations to Close Connected Educator Month

August is coming to a close this week, and although there are a number of elements of CEM that will continue after the month is over, there will be a series of special wrap-up and next-step sessions in the next few days to close the formal festivities for now.

We've invited some guests to help facilitate the conversations, and
while there are expert panels on some relevant issues we haven’t covered yet in the month, these final sessions are not about sitting and listening to experts. They’re about YOU. 

We really hope that you will join us to share what you've learned, to talk about any important conclusions you've come to, and to look forward together. A number of the sessions do require that you register up in advance, so please do so for the ones you plan on attending.

Wednesday, August 29, 1–2:30 PM ET 

Connected Education and Badges
In today’s environment, there can be too little recognition of the effort you’re making to become a connected educator and help others. Into this void largely informal forms of recognition have evolved, especially badges. We kickoff the CEM wrap-up with a special panel that will discuss badges in general, but more particularly potential criteria for and implementation of a new series of cross-community, cross-organizational, series of badges specifically for connected educators and connected communities, designed to complement, supplement, include, promote, and draw on existing badge systems. During the session, we also plan to unveil a new catalog of badges from a range of issuers related to being a connected educator. 

  • Moderator: Darren Cambridge
  • Panelists: Richard Culatta, Lisa Dawley, Tom de Boor, Dan Hickey, Erin Knight
  • Location (no registration required):  http://bit.ly/connecteded_badges

Wednesday, August 29, 3–4:30 PM ET 

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
Beyond badges lies the broader question and CEM theme of how we should be incenting and recognizing educators for what we (or they, if you're an administrator) do to invest in developing our practice and our craft.  Drawing on discussions in the 
Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due forum, as well as on other relevant CEM events, activities, and resources, with the help of thought leaders in the field like Al ByersClaudia LamoreauxPam MoranLisa Schmucki, and more, we will collectively generate takeaways and action items on the subject for the Department of Education and the field.

Wednesday, August 29, 7–8:30 PM ET 

Connected Education: Students Speak!
For most, if not all educators, the ultimate incentive to develop our practices is student learning and achievement: we’re willing to do anything for our students if it helps them learn. A special panel of students will share what connected learning has meant to them and, especially, what it’s meant to have a connected educator (or two) in their lives.  They’ll also share their own tips for educators and ideas for a more connected educational world.

Thursday, August 30, 10–11:30 AM ET 
It’s Personal: Personalized Learning for Students and Educators
There’s a revolution afoot in education, and at its core are two interrelated concepts—connected education and personalized learning. Personalized learning has been the focus of one of our kick off panels, a month-long forum, and a number of CEM events and activities created by participating organizations. Drawing on discussions in the 
It’s Personal forum, as well as on other relevant CEM events, activities, and resources, with the help of thought leaders in the field like Barbara BraySteve NordmarkNicole Pinkard, and James Rickabaugh, we will collectively generate takeaways and action items on this key subject for the coming school year and beyond.

Thursday, August 30, 12–1:30 PM ET 
Beyond Top Down: Distributed Leadership and Teacher-Led Change
Connected education provides unique opportunities for educators to take the lead in the redefining of the profession that’s going on, to insure it meets our needs and the needs of our students.  Distributed leadership and teacher-led change was the subject of another CEM kick-off panel and a month-long forum; it’s also been implicitly in the DNA of the entire Connected Educator Month endeavor, including these final sessions.  So it’s especially important that we hear from you as we strategize together (with thought leaders like 
Shelly Blake-Plock, Lisa Dabbs, 
Gwyneth Jones, David Loertscher, and Shelly Terrell) about the best ways we can all use online communities and networks to insure the voice of practice is heard at the highest levels and drives the direction of education. 

Thursday, August 30, 2–3:30 PM ET 
Knocking On the Door: Connected Education and New Technologies
What tools do we have available to us today to begin the re-imagination of education, and what’s on the horizon for us?  New technologies and innovations were the subject of one of our kick-off panels and a month long forum; the CEM calendar has also been chock-full of events and activities showcasing new platforms, offerings, elements, and techniques.  Drawing on all the above, and with the help of thought leaders like 
Charles Fadel, Bobbi Kurshan, 
Greg Limperis, Sylvia Martinez, Jeff Piontek, Robin Raskin, and Audrey Watters, we’ll collectively weave a vision for the connected future as we want to see it unfold, the new technologies and innovations we most want to see developed, as well as those we simply want to see made more available and used in our classrooms and beyond.

Thursday, August 30, 4–5:30 PM ET 
Systems Conveners in Education
Getting better at doing things across different geographies, departments or other silos is an increasing challenge for many of us. It calls for a new kind of leadership, which we are calling systems convening. Who are these systems conveners and what are the challenges they face? Join us for a special panel discussion to look at some early work on systems convening and to hear from people who have taken up this role.

  • Moderators: Darren CambridgeJulie Duffield
  • Panelists: Etienne Wenger-TraynerBeverly Wenger-TraynerPatrice LinehanNancy MovallLeisa GallagherSylvia Currie
  • Location: Register for this session here today

Friday, August 31, 11–12:30 PM ET
Professional Learning and The Learning Profession: 21st Century PD
So the revolution is underway, but so is the school year, or it’s about to be.  What we can and should be doing to develop ourselves as 21
st century educators was the focus of another CEM kick-off panel and month-long forum, and many, if not all, CEM events and activities created by participating groups were focused on professional development in one form or another.  We’ll use all of the above, and the help of thought leaders likeJackie GersteinWill RichardsonKathy Schrock (and more) to communally generate a PD road map for ourselves, as well as action items to share with the department and the field.

Friday, August 31, 1–2:30 PM ET 
The First Six Weeks: Getting 2012-13 Off To The Right Start
Even more immediately upon us are the critical first six weeks of the school year, which so often set the tone for what we can achieve throughout.  For this reason, the first six weeks were a final CEM kick-off and forum focus, and an implicit target of many CEM events and activities.  Of all the main CEM themes, this is the one we most fully control ourselves today, and as result this open discussion, drawing on the 
First Six Weeksforum and other relevant CEM events/activities (as well as the expertise of Suzie Boss,Lyn HiltDavid Rosas, and others) will be about generating takeaways and action items not for the Department or ‘the field,’ but for ourselves, to begin to put in place today.

Friday, August 31, 3–4:30 PM ET 
Connected Educator Month: What We’ve Learned
Beyond the explicit themes of CEM, there have been a huge range of events and activities during the month.  And even within the areas most explicitly covered, there has probably been more learned than we can all assimilate right away.  In this final CEM session of the month, and with the help of a number of special guests, including 
Barnett BarryMilton ChenGavin DykesStephanie Sandifer, and others, we consider the entire expanse of CEM activities and seek to distill them down to a handful of the top takeaways we can and should all carry with us into the school year and beyond, as well as the top policy implications of the month.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Thursday - Michael Strong on Socratic Teaching, Entrepreneurism, and Education

Join me Thursday, August 30th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Michael Strong, a pioneer in education and independent learning. He is the author of The Habit of Thought: From Socratic Seminars to Socratic Practice, and the founder of innovative Socratic, Montessori, and Paideia schools and programs in Alaska, Florida, California, Texas, and New Mexico. Moreno Valley High School, the charter school for which Michael was the founding principal, was ranked the 36th best public high school in the U.S. on the Washington Post's 2006 Challenge Index.  He is a pioneer in innovative education models. His methods have been successful in developing underprivileged students as complex, thinking human beings and demonstrating the profound potential for human flourishing through innovation in educational practices. He currently serves on the board of Consious Capitalism, Inc., and his most recent book is Be the Solution: How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the Worlds Problems.

Michael and I will get to talk about not just the core issues in education, but also about his perspective on entrepreneurship--both as a student activity and as a means of addressing educational goals.

Date: Thursday, August 30th, 2012
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm 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=2012-08-30.1108.M.9E9FE58134BE68C3B413F24B3586CF.vcr&sid=2008350 and a portable .mp3 audio recording is at http://audio.edtechlive.com/foe/michaelstrong.mp3. An amazing follow-up discussion is at http://audio.edtechlive.com/foe/michaelstrong2.mp3.
Mightybell Discussion and Resource Space: https://mightybell.com/spaces/60a066e073eda22d

Tuesday - Tony Wagner on Creating Innovators

Join me Tuesday, August 28th, for another live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Tony Wagner, this time on his latest book, Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World. Tony recently accepted a position as the first Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard. Prior to this, he was the founder and co-director of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for more than a decade. Creating Innovators is a "provocative look at why innovation is today’s most essential real-world skill and what young people need from parents, teachers, and employers to become the innovators of America’s future" (from the publisher catalog).

Date: Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm 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=2012-08-28.1631.M.9E9FE58134BE68C3B413F24B3586CF.vcr&sid=2008350 and a portable .mp3 audio recording is at http://audio.edtechlive.com/foe/tonywagnercreatinginnovators.mp3.
Mightybell Discussion and Resource Space: https://mightybell.com/spaces/3d0f0836f5a57871# (includes links to Tony's website and the main book website, as well as the ability to add or comment on other resources).

"IN THIS GROUNDBREAKING BOOK, education expert Tony Wagner provides a powerful rationale for developing an innovation-driven economy. He explores what parents, teachers, and employers must do to develop the capacities of young people to become innovators. In profiling compelling young American innovators such as Kirk Phelps, product manager for Apple’s first iPhone, and Jodie Wu, who founded a company that builds bicycle-powered maize shellers in Tanzania, Wagner reveals how the adults in their lives nurtured their creativity and sparked their imaginations, while teaching them to learn from failures and persevere. Wagner identifies a pattern—a childhood of creative play leads to deep-seated interests, which in adolescence and adulthood blossom into a deeper purpose for career and life goals. Play, passion, and purpose: these are the forces that drive young innovators.

"Wagner then looks more widely at the education system and shows how we can apply this knowledge as educators and what parents can do to compensate for poor schooling. He takes readers into the most forward-thinking  schools, colleges, and workplaces in the country, where teachers and employers are developing cultures of innovation based on collabora- tion, interdisciplinary problem-solving, and intrinsic motivation. The result  is a timely, provocative and inspiring manifesto that will change how we look at our schools and workplaces, and provide us with a road map to creating the change makers of tomorrow.

"Creating Innovators [is] not just be a book about innovation. It [is] innovative in its format, as well.  Noted filmmaker Bob Compton, who teamed up with Tony to make “The Finland Phenomenon,” has produced more than 60 original videos that expand on key ideas and passages in the book through interviews with young innovators, their parents, teachers, mentors, and senior executives from some of the world’s most innovative companies; footage taken in highly innovative schools and companies, like IDEO, is also included in the book. These short 1-2 minute videos will be embedded in the e-book and also accessible in the print version by scanning QR codes that will be placed throughout the book." (From the publisher catalog.)

Friday, August 24, 2012

Friday - Final Day of the Learning 2.0 Conference with Sugata Mitra, Audrey Watters, Angela Maiers, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, Heidi Hayes Jacobs, and More!

This is it! The fifth and final day of our virtual (and free) Learning 2.0 Conference. Tonight we almost reached 5,000 attendee logins for the week--wahoo! And have we got a great day planned for you!

Sugata Mitra tells us about students teaching themselves. Audrey Watters denounces robot learning. Angela Meiers reminds us that we matter. Heidi Hayes Jacobs reappears after a scheduling snafu. Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach explains the connection between "Connected Educator Month" and her book, The Connected Educator. And we'll have our now-traditional conference closing celebration, where virtual treats are shared, and we learn from you what your big take-ways have been and what we should plan for next time.

Details on these great keynotes (and the recordings from previous days) are at http://www.classroom20.com/page/learning-2-0-keynote-speakers.

The list of all of Friday's sessions is below. A full hour-by-hour schedule for your time zone can be found HERE. Once you are seeing the calendar, you can click on any session title to copy the link into the Blackboard Collaborate room for that session. (NOTE: TIMES BELOW HAVE BEEN CORRECTED)

Friday, August 24 - Times in US-Eastern Daylight Time (international time links)

9:00am--KEYNOTE: Angela Maiers
10:00am--ePortfolios to Enhance Students' Career Opportunities - Gina Marandino - Educational Technology Specialist
10:00am--Three Clicks and You're In...to 3rd Party Providers - Katie Leach, Online Course Coordinator/Gifted Support Teacher
11:00am--KEYNOTE: Audrey Watters
12:00pm--Put It Where They're Looking - Text Your Students From Gmail and More! - Sean J. O'Neil, Technology Coordinator
1:00pm--KEYNOTE: Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach
2:00pm--Mobile Learning with QR Codes in the Language Classroom - Paul Wallace, Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology
3:00pm--How Content and Learning Changes When Students Become the Online Teachers - Michelle Pacansky-Brock, Community College Educator and Author
3:00pm--Learning is Personal: Android Tablet use in the 5t Grade encourages student agency - Marie Bjerede
4:00pm--KEYNOTE: Sugata Mitra
5:00pm--KEYNOTE: Heidi Hayes Jacobs

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Thursday - Day Four of the Learning 2.0 Conference with Gina Bianchini, Yong Zhao, and More!

Hard to believe we're at day four of the virtual (and free) Learning 2.0 Conference. We have some great sessions and keynotes for you! Don't miss Gina Bianchini talking about Ning, Mightybell, and creating social software that educators love. Yong Zhao tells us about the ideas from his newest book, World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students. David Loertscher leads an all-star panel of librarians--Gwyneth Jones, Michelle Luhtala,Shannon Miller, and Joyce Valenza--to talk about technology and librarians. And I interview Gordon Dryden on the newest version of his incredible best-selling UNLIMITED: The New Learning Revolution and the Seven Keys to Unlock It. Details on these and other great keynotes (and the recordings from previous days) are at http://www.classroom20.com/page/learning-2-0-keynote-speakers.

The list of all the sessions is below. A full hour-by-hour schedule for your time zone can be found HERE. Once you are seeing the calendar, you can click on any session title to copy the link into the Blackboard Collaborate room for that session. (NOTE: TIMES BELOW HAVE BEEN CORRECTED)

Thursday, August 23 - Times in US-Eastern Daylight Time (international time links)

10:00am--Gen Z - Curators of Social Media - Kathy Beck, Instructional Technology Coordinator
10:00am--How To Make Glogster Work for You - Kathy Scarpato/Master Teacher of Training
11:00am--KEYNOTE: Gina Bianchini
12:00pm--Gamify Your Curriculum: Quest-Based Learning with 3DGameLab - Sean J. O'Neil, Technology Coordinator
12:00pm--Take Your Classroom Global! - Kate Gatto, Education Program Manager, TakingITGlobal
1:00pm--KEYNOTE: Yong Zhao
2:00pm--Social and Cognitive Presence as Factors in Learning and Student Retention: An Investigation of the Cohort Model - Sue Alman, Faculty
2:00pm--Student-directed learning: MicroGlobalScope in the classroom - Dejan Boskovic, Mc.S.Biology teacher
3:00pm--Resources,Resources, Resources - Rashidah Tutashinda Educational Technology
4:00pm--Cell Phones for Literacy - Willyn Webb, adjunct professor/high school administrator
5:00pm--KEYNOTE PANEL: Technology and Librarians, David Loertscher moderates a panel with Gwyneth Jones, Michelle Luhtala,Shannon Miller, and Joyce Valenza
7:00pm--When You Go Flat, You Never Go Back: Meet the Flat Classroom! - Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davis, Directors and Co-Founders Flat Classroom
8:00pm--KEYNOTE: Gordon Dryden on UNLIMITED: The New Learning Revolution and the Seven Keys to Unlock It
9:00pm--Connecting Curriculum (Math) to Real-World Situations to Create Investigations with Students - Kristen Beck, Middle School Mathematics Teacher and Writing Project Fellow
9:00pm--It takes a Guild - A Guild of Educators! - Kae Novak
10:00pm--Exploring the opportunities of social media for Indigenous teaching and learning approaches - Dr Henk Huijser
10:00pm--The Changing Space of Education - Anne Mirtschin

Tonight's Pitchfire - Bring Your Best Ideas for Education

Not one to shy away from experimenting with an online event (especially during Learning 2.0), I want to invite you to tonight's virtual "Pitchfire" from 7 - 9pm US-Eastern Time (international time conversions). We'll be hosted by Startup Weekend EDU's Khalid Smith, and we're modeling what we do after the hugely-successful physical event we did on Saturday night at ISTE as part of ISTEunplugged.

Here's the core idea: log in to http://www.pitchfire.me (a Blackboard Collaborate virtual room), where we will  open the microphone and webcam for educators (and others)--prepared in advance or not!--will get a short amount of time to make a passionate appeal for a product or service that they would like to propose, or would like to see offered, to educators. This is rough-draft stuff, just something you really think you could do or needs to be done to help support or improve teaching and learning. After a few brave folks start us off, we think you'll feel emboldened to contribute.

Then we'll do some group voting on the ideas, letting you brainstorm, collaborate, and maybe even combine forces with other. We'll recognize the most popular ideas, and hope that some of you walk away feeling excited or empowered to help make some change happen. Who knows--maybe a really fantastic idea will appear tonight and some of you will even want to work on it together; or maybe you just want to bask in the adulation of an adoring crowd as you wow us with your brilliant idea!

Some quick ground rules:

  • Be supportive. Ideas in their rough stage can be fragile. That doesn't mean that there isn't room for constructive advice or criticism, but let's not hurt anyone's feelings. :)
  • Don't pitch an idea if you're worried about "protecting" it or your financial interests. This is a space for sharing and idea-building. If you've got plans for the "next big thing" that you don't want anyone to steal, this is not the place to bring that idea or attitude. 
  • At the same time, if you like and idea and want to move forward on it, reach out to those who helped the idea along and collaborate with them. There's nothing quite so tacky as taking someone else's idea and not collaborating. Really.
  • Remember: this is an experiment. We've never done this before! 
See you online!

Blackboard Collaborate instructions:  To make sure that your computer is configured for Blackboard Collaborate, please visit the support and configuration page: http://support.blackboardcollaborate.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=8336&task=knowledge&questionID=1473. You do not have to have a microphone or webcam to participate, but it will make it more fun if you do!

Wednesday - Day Three of the Virtual Learning 2.0 Conference, Including a "Pitchfire!"

Tuesday we had 20 hours of great virtual sessions and keynotes in our Learning 2.0 Conference. The session recording links are HERE and the links for the full Blackboard Collaborate recordings of the keynotes a part of the keynote session descriptions HERE. MP3 (audio only) recordings of the keynotes are available at FutureofEducation.com.

Join us Wednesday for whatever sessions you have time for--they are all free and first-time attendees are especially welcomed. A quick outline of the day is below; a full hour-by-hour schedule for your time zone can be found HERE. Once you are seeing the calendar, you can click on any session title to copy the link into the Blackboard Collaborate room for that session. Full keynote descriptions can be found HERE.

Wednesday night is another experimental, virtual event: an educational "Pitchfire" with Khalid Smith! Khalid lead's the Startup Weekend Education events, and he'll be master of ceremonies for two hours of excitement and fun as educators (and others), prepared in advance or not (!), will get time at the microphone to make a passionate appeal for a product or service they'd like to propose or would like to see offered to educators. We'll do group voting, brainstorming, and maybe even some team-building. There's no advanced signup to pitch an idea--just come ready to have some fun!

Wednesday, August 22 - Times in US-Eastern Daylight Time (international time links)

9:00am--KEYNOTE: Heidi Hayes Jacobs from curriculum21
10:00am--Global Kitchen Project: Promoting Healthy Eating Among Children & Engaging Educators in Developing Project Based Learning Activities - Melda Yildiz
10:00am--Magical Moments in Mobile Learning - Shelly Sanchez Terrell, Teacher Trainer
11:00am--KEYNOTE: Lee Rainie from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project 
12:00pm--Reading, Writing and Collaborating Through Discussion Boards - Professor of Business Law; Director, Center for the Scholarly Advancement of Learning and Teaching
12:00pm--Scaffolding Bloom's Taxonomy with VoiceThread - Vicki Phillips, General Education Coordinator and English Faculty
1:00pm--KEYNOTE: Esther Wojcicki from Palo Alto High School and Creative Commons
2:00pm--Getting Started with Digital Book Groups - Todd Rosenthal, Librarian
2:00pm--Wikified Schools - Using Wikis to Improve Communication & Collaboration - Stephanie Sandifer, Technology Coach
3:00pm--KEYNOTE: Julie Evans from Project Tomorrow
4:00pm--Photo Essays as a medium and voice for reflection - Raheel Tajuddin Lakhani
5:00pm--Digital Authentic Assessment - Kati Searcy, Ed.S., NBCT
6:00pm--Authentic Global Collaboration Through Writing - Robert Sbaglia
6:00pm--The Data System Elephant in the Room: Improving Data Analysis Accuracy - Jenny Grant Rankin, Chief Education and Research Officer
9:00pm--Are students being kept as prisoners of their teacher's past? - Keynote Student Panel - Lisa Nielsen
9:00pm--Building your PWP (Personal Web Presence) - Alice Keeler - Technology Integration Specialist
11:00pm--Grades are not motivating - Alice Keeler - Educator

See you online!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Day Two of the Virtual Learning 2.0 Conference - Keynotes and Sessions Begin!

We had a fun and fascinating day today with the first ever SocialEdCon unconference held virtually. Over 225 people showed up, and while lack of familiarity with the unconference format and with Blackboard Collaborate (as well as some tangible hesitation to use a microphone or webcam) mean that we now have some specific ways to think about making this kind of event better--I actually think the format has HUGE potential. Thanks to all who participated in this grand experiment!

Tuesday, August 21st, is day two of Learning 2.0, and boy do we have some great sessions for you. Listed below are the scheduled events in US-Eastern Daylight Time, but to see them in your own time zone and to be able to click right into the Blackboard Collaborate rooms, you'll want to go to the hour-by-hour calendars and find the one for your time zone: http://www.classroom20.com/page/2012-learning-2-0-sessions-schedule. And links to the bios for the keynote speakers are here: http://www.classroom20.com/page/learning-2-0-keynote-speakers.

All sessions are free, and we encourage you to publicize and invite others!

9:00am--Games In Education - Students As Game Designers - Dorian Love
9:00am--Makerspaces, Game Design, and Badging: A Community-Wide Conversation - Kristin Fontichiaro, Clinical Assistant Professor
10:00am--Changing Trends in Teaching and Learning Methods - Dr.Revathi Viswanathan
10:00am--Doing Online Relearning through Information Skills (DORIS): Using Social Media in Higher Education - Juan D. Machin-Mastromatteo, M.Sc.
11:00am--KEYNOTE: David Warlick
12:00pm--Creating a miniMOOC for k-12 - Verena Roberts -Learner
12:00pm--DeforestACTION: Global Education for Environmental Stewardship - Sara Hassan - Program Officer
1:00pm--CoderDojo - Erica Payne, Library Media Specialist
1:00pm--From Singapore to Somalia: How Digitally Connected Youth are Reforming Model United Nations - Lisa Martin, Director
2:00pm--KEYNOTE: Marc Prensky
3:00pm--How to Gamify Your Classroom - Kate Fanelli, teacher
3:00pm--Transform Learning by Making Learning Personal - Kathleen McClaskey, Co-founder of Personalize Learning
4:00pm--KEYNOTE: Michelle Pacansky-Brock
5:00pm--Content Creation Standards for use in Tablets & Smartphones - Peter F. Young, Director
5:00pm--SlideSpeech: Web and Mobile Presentations with Text-to-Speech Voice Over - John Graves, PhD Student
6:00pm--KEYNOTE: Lucy Gray
7:00pm--Crowdsourcing Knowledge Through Social Media - Torrey Trust, Ph.D. Student in Education
7:00pm--Tracing Spaces of Knower's Autonomy for Knowledge Construction in IB Curriculum - Raheel Tajuddin Lakhani
8:00pm--KEYNOTE: Rob Fried on The Passionate Teacher, The Passionate Learner, and The Game of School
9:00pm--Group projects with Google Docs - Alice Keeler - Google Certified Teacher
9:00pm--SPONSOR SESSION: Aspen Curriculum and Learning - Bob Darby Pat D'Alfonso
9:00pm--The Missing Link-Parents. How to Relieve Parental Fear of Social Media and Turn Them Into Allies For School Transformation - Holly Clark Lower School Dean
10:00pm--If You Blog it, They Will Come - Jason Graham

Day One of Learning 2.0 - SocialEdCon, the Virtual Unconference

Today is the first day of the free and virtual Learning 2.0 Conference, being held in conjunction with Connected Educator Month. While tomorrow is the actual start of the formal sessions and keynotes--there's a pretty incredible lineup of speakers--today is the (very cool) experiment of holding a virtual SocialEdCon.

SocialEdCon (formerly EduBloggerCon) is the six-year-old unconference on social media, technology, and education change that is held a couple of times a year at different ed tech conference, and annually in its largest incarnation the Saturday before the ISTE conference. A couple of hundred folks gather at the start of the day and write out on poster board the titles of "conversations" they would like to have that day, and then everyone adds their names to the conversations that are of interest to them, and the most popular ones are scheduled for one-hour blocks during the day. Many people tell us it's their favorite day of the conference.

Can this be done virtually? We think yes, and we'll have the answer today! Now, we know for a lot of folks that this is the start of the school year, and you may not have all day to participate. The day starts with a welcome and organizing meeting at 10:00am US-Eastern Time (International Time Link) and finishes seven hours later at 5:00pm, and and you are welcome to join us for as little or as much as you are able.

THE ORGANIZING AND ATTENDING SPACE FOR SOCIALEDCON IS HERE. Click to join this Mightybell space, and then join in the fun. The session topics, voting, and the overall organization of the day will take place in the first hour, and then the actual detail session titles and links will be posted afterwards, so be sure to come back and look. If you can make it for the start or all of the day, be sure to help us establish the sessions, and then enjoy the ones you want! Instructions are in the "Welcome" and "Schedule" posts.

The actual sessions, including the organizing meeting, will take place in Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). We will be use audio, webcam, chat, the whiteboard, polling, and any other features of the program we can. To make sure that your computer is configured for Blackboard Collaborate, please visit the support and configuration page: http://support.blackboardcollaborate.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=8336&task=knowledge&questionID=1473. Each session will then have its own Blackboard Collaborate room for the actual meeting and a separate Mightybell space for curating resources and ideas.

Special thanks to the sponsors and supporters of Learning 2.0:

There are still opportunities for commercial sponsorship of Learning 2.0, and both recognition and authentic appreciation for financial support will be given to those who choose to sponsor. Contact Steve Hargadon directly at 
steve@hargadon.com or 916-283-7901.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Thursday - Paulo Blikstein from Stanford on Cutting-Edge Technologies for Inner-City Learning

Join me Thursday, August 16th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Paulo Blikstein, assistant professor at Stanford University’s School of Education and (by courtesy) Computer Science Department. He is the director of Stanford's Transformative Learning Technologies Lab and director of Stanford Makers' Club and FabLab@School project.

Paulo’s research focus on the confluence of expressive technologies for learning and critical pedagogy. He adapts cutting-edge technologies for use in inner-city schools, such as computer modeling, robotics, and rapid prototyping, creating constructionist learning environments in which children learn science and mathematics by building sophisticated projects and devices. His research interests also include the applications of complexity sciences in education and computational literacy, particularly the new knowledge representation infrastructures emerging from the use of computational representations.

Blikstein has worked extensively with inner city students in developing countries, such as Brazil, Mexico, Senegal, and Costa Rica, and also in the US. He completed his PhD. at the Center for Connected Learning and Computer-Based Modeling at Northwestern University, and holds a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering and a MEng. in Digital Systems Engineering from the University of São Paulo, Brazil (1998, 2001), as well as a MSc. degree from the MIT Media Lab (2002), where he was also a visiting scholar (2003). Outside of academia, Paulo studied Film and directed scientific documentaries. Paulo has published several book chapters and papers about his work in education (most available at http://www.blikstein.com/paulo). (Bio courtesy of his Stanford faculty page.)

Date: Thursday, August 16th, 2012
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm 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=2012-08-16.1124.M.9E9FE58134BE68C3B413F24B3586CF.vcr&sid=2008350 and a portable .mp3 audio recording is at http://audio.edtechlive.com/foe/pauloblikstein.mp3.
Mightybell Discussion and Resource Space: https://mightybell.com/spaces/4e1610ba4af8f3f8

Monday, August 13, 2012

Six Great Topic Forums from Connected Educator Month

I have to say, I've been really appreciative of the opportunity to participate in the organization of Connected Educator Month, and while the kickoff days and preparation for the virtual Learning 2.0 Conference (next week!) have consumed a lot of my attention, I want to make sure you don't miss out on the six open forum discussions where you can ask questions or weigh in on some really great topics.

Connected Education and the First Six Weeks of School

Immediate Questions: 
  • What are the key to-dos to get 2012–13 off to a great start in the classroom, and how can educators stay on top of and successfully manage all the competing demands involved? How can being connected help?
  • What is your favorite first day activity, and why? Are there certain things that should be done or not done on the first day of school? What is mission critical?
  • What are your 3 must have's in the back to school letter?
  • What are some goals for you, as an educator, for the first 6 weeks of this school year? How can connecting with other educators help you achieve them?
The Big Picture: How can teachers use online communities and networks to help with this most critical period of the new school year for which we’re all planning? How can communities and networks best adapt to changing needs of educators throughout the year?

Beyond Top-Down: Distributed Leadership & Teacher-Led Change

Immediate Questions: 
  • What are the ways educators can use networks and online communities to effect change in their school, their district, and their profession in the coming school year and beyond?
  • How can we help administrators, board members, parents, and others recognize the value of educators being connected?
  • How can we help non-connected educators to become more connected?
  • How important is is that we start formally recognizing educators' informal learning, and do you have ideas about how we could do that?
  • What digital literacies do you see as being critical for educators today?
  • How significantly do you think that the technologies of the Internet have impacted peer professional development?
The Big Picture: How can grassroots networks and distributed leadership shape the future of education? How can decision makers at all levels be informed by and be responsive to expertise these networks enact?

It’s Personal – Personalized Learning for Students and Educators

Immediate Questions: 
  • What practical steps can educators take to personalize learning for their students in 2012–13, and how can technology facilitate this?
  • What does personalized or personal learning mean to you?
  • How do you see teachers' roles changing?
  • Where are you in the process of personalizing learning?
  • Where are the conversations, models, and examples of personalizing learning? Please share.
The Big Picture: How close are we to being able to realize the dream of personalized, differentiated, passion-based learning for educators and students, and what still has to happen to make this fully real?

Knocking On The Door: New Technologies & Connected Education

Immediate Questions: 
  • How can educators best take advantage of big or emerging technological trends (for example, mobile or gaming) in their classrooms this year?
  • What new technologies hold the most promise for enhancing "Connected Education?"
  • What are the upsides and downsides to commercial educational products?
  • Do we focus too much on the "scale" and not enough on the "social" when thinking about educational innovation from the Web?
  • Is there an easy way to describe the interplay between technology and pedagogy?
  • Are digital technologies different than previous technologies?
The Big Picture: What innovations and technologies being explored and leveraged outside education today have the greatest potential to be repurposed or extended to create educational value?

Professional Learning

Immediate Questions: 
  • What steps should every educator consider taking to become more connected, and what are the key resources that can help?
  • How has the role of the organization or leader charged with providing professional development shifted?
  • What and where are the best (social) opportunities for educators to work on and learn for their practice in the coming year?
  • In this time of 21st learning, what is the educator’s responsibility in seeking out and participating in professional development?
  • Can Twitter, blogs, webinars and such replace inservices and conference as a means to professional learning? Is there such a thing as DIY PD?
  • As many states implement the common core, how can teachers virtual learning networks support implementation and bring the student voice into curriculum planning and pedagogy?
The Big Picture: The traditional model of professional development is based on the educational organization identifying and offering professional development opportunities.  In this time of 21st learning, what is the educator’s responsibility in seeking out and participating in professional development?

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

Immediate Questions:
  • How should educators’ investment in learning to improve their performance and enrich the profession be supported, incentivized, documented, and recognized? 
  • Does your school or district offer any formal recognition or credit for participated in connected learning activities (communities of practice, Twitter, webinars, etc.)?
  • What ideas do you have for better, more authentic ways to issue credit for professional learning?
  • Describe any personal experience you have had with Virtual Learning Communities and what aspects of those collaborations that you found effective.
  • What kind of formal credit for PD is most useful to you in your career? 
The Big Picture: More broadly, how can educators be more fully recognized and rewarded for what we contribute to the well-being of society?

Have fun!

Friday, August 10, 2012

The Free Learning 2.0 Conference: Great Keynotes and Sessions and YOU!

The Learning 2.0 virtual conference is just around the corner (August 20 - 24 http://www.learning20.com). We have an incredible lineup of keynote speakers and some GREAT practitioner sessions--AND there is still time for you to sign up to present (we hope you will do so)!

Learning 2.0 is a free conference and is held online, in multiple time zones, over the course of five days. It is a unique chance to participate in a global conversation on rethinking teaching and learning in the age of the Internet. It is organized in conjunction with Connected Educator Month, and the conference is based on a highly inclusive model for participation and designed to encourage peer professional development--which means we want you to come and learn from each other! The conference includes an all-day virtual unconference (SocialEdCon online!) as well as a special educational start-up "pitchfire" event. Subject strands include changes in the classroom, in student learning, in teacher personal and professional growth, in schools, and in pedagogy.


We have an incredible set of keynote speakers for you: Julie Evans, Gina Bianchini, Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Lee Rainie, Angela Meiers, Sugata Mitra, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, Michelle Pacansky-Brock, Marc Prensky, Audrey Watters, and Yong Zhao.

As well, there are pre- and post-conference interviews with David Deubelbeiss, Lee Rainie, Alfie Kohn, Gary Stager, Stephen Downes, Howard Gardner, Rudy Crew, Roger Schank, Paulo Blikstein, Rob Fried, Gordon Dryden, Tony Wagner, and Michael Strong.

Monday (August 20):
Tuesday (August 21):
  • Conference Sessions
  • 11am Eastern:  Keynote with David Warlick
  • 2pm Eastern: Keynote with Marc Prensky
  • 4pm Eastern:  Keynote with Michelle Pacansky-Brock
  • 8pm Eastern: Interview with Rob Fried on Passion in Education
Wednesday (August 22):
  • Conference Sessions
  • 9am Eastern:  Keynote with Heidi Hayes Jacobs
  • 11am Eastern: Keynote with Lee Rainie
  • 1pm Eastern: Keynote with Esther Wojcicki
  • 7pm Eastern: Virtual "EdIncubator" Pitchfire Event with Startup Weekend Edu & Khalid Smith (2 hours)
Thursday (August 23):
  • Conference Sessions
  • 11am Eastern:  Keynote with Gina Bianchini
  • 1pm Eastern: Keynote with Yong Zhou
  • 5pm Eastern: Keynote Panel on Technology and Librarians with Gwyneth Jones, David Loertscher, Michelle Luhtala, Shannon Miller, and Joyce Valenza.
  • 8pm Eastern: Interview with Gordon Dryden on The New Learning Revolution
Friday (August 24):
  • Conference Sesions
  • 9am Eastern:  Keynote with Angela Meiers
  • 11am Eastern:  Keynote with Audrey Watters
  • 1pm Eastern: Keynote with Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach
  • 4pm Eastern: Keynote with Sugata Mitra


The conference is free to attend. The conference schedule and links for each virtual session will be posted at http://www.learning20.com during the week before the conference begins, with listings by time zones for anywhere in the world. The conference sessions are being held in Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate), and can be accessed live from any personal computer. (All sessions will also be recorded and posted quickly after the conference.)

To check that your computer is ready to use Blackboard Collaborate, please click HERE. "Step 1" will indicate if you have a version of Java that is compatible, and then "Step 2" lets you actually go into a test session. We encourage you to do this in advance of the conference. If you have any difficulties, you can ask for help in the WeCollaborate.com user community.


The Learning 2.0 Conference is a unique chance to participate in a global conversation on rethinking teaching and learning in the age of the Internet. Subject strands include changes in the classroom (social media, 1:1 computing, "flipped classrooms," digital literacy, maker spaces, gaming, open educational resources, digital textbooks), in student learning (individualized learning, student-directed learning, "hacking" education, personal success plans, ePortfolios, and building a digital presence), in teacher personal and professional growth (lead learning, personal learning networks, peer / open / self-directed PD), in schools (virtual and online schooling, mobile learning, blended learning, MOOCs, immersive environments, learning spaces, entrepreneurship, school leadership, big data, assessment models), and in pedagogy (from teaching to learning, social learning, social / educational networking, passion-based learning, learning how to learn, brain-based learning). A full strand list is available 
The call for presentation proposals and instructions are now live and can be found 
Proposed presentations can be found HERE.
Accepted presentations will be found HERE.


The volunteers are the heroes of this kind of virtual, inclusive conference. They help to make sure that beginning presenters feel comfortable knowing someone is there in the virtual room to help, and they also provide encouragement to presenters and attendees. To receive more information about volunteering, please join the volunteer group HERE. Special volunteer training is provided!


Thanks to the following sponsors for support!

There are opportunities for commercial sponsorship of Learning 2.0, and both recognition and authentic appreciation for financial support will be given to those who choose to sponsor. Sponsorship levels and benefits can be discussed with Steve Hargadon directly at 
steve@hargadon.com or 916-283-7901.