Thursday, December 19, 2013

Announcing the 2014 School Leadership Summit Virtual Conference + Call for Proposals

The Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership (TICAL) and Steve Hargadon are pleased to announce the second annual School Leadership Summit, Thursday, March 27th, 2014. This free world-wide conference will be held online and will be a unique chance to participate in a collaborative global conversation on school leadership with presentations by your peers.

To be kept informed of the latest conference news and updates, please join the Admin 2.0 network and conference website at Follow summit discussions on Twitter as well at #sls14. Conference strands (aligned to the internationally-recognized ISTE National Education Technology Standards for Administrators) will include the leadership topics:
  • Vision in a Changing World
  • Teaching and Learning in a Changing World
  • Professional Learning in a Changing World
  • Data-driven Reform in a Changing World
  • Ethical and Responsible Use in a Changing World


There is no cost to attend. Instructions and the schedule of sessions will be here.


The conference seeks to present ideas, examples, and projects related to leadership in a changing world. Topics are likely to include: expert advice and/or successful practices relating to Common Core; digital textbooks; school reform; tablet devices for teaching, learning, and productivity; social networking; professional development; "flipped" classrooms; digital citizenship and literacies; global collaboration; stakeholder and digital communication; and much more!

The Call for Proposals for the conference is now open HERE. Presenters can submit proposals for general sessions focused on one of the five strands above. While the final deadline for submissions is March 15th, 2014, presenters will be notified of acceptance on a rolling basis starting 
February 1st, 2014. There is a motivation for early submission and acceptance, as presenters schedule their own presentation times as a part of the process and the options become more limited as time goes on.

As a conference that is focused on being participatory, we encourage new presenters as well as more experienced ones to submit to present.

International Advisory Board:

Anyone can apply to be a member of the international advisory board. Advisory board members are recognized on the website and are asked to:
  • Promote both participation and attendance at the conference
  • Help us find partner organizations in their region(s)
  • Help support and potentially train presenters in their geographical region
  • If possible, help moderate sessions during the actual conference
To sign up for the advisory board, please make sure you have joined the Admin 2.0 online network, and then join the advisory board group HERE.

Conference Partner Organizations:

Our current list of sponsors and partners is here. Whether you are a small school or a multi-national non-profit organization, we want to encourage you to become a conference partner. You must be non-commercial and primarily or substantively focused on school leadership to be approved. Once approved, your organization will be listed with a link, logo, and a short description; and you will be provided with a "spotlight" speaker session in the conference.

Our goal for the conference is to have it be a milestone event, bringing together organizations and individuals from all over the world. We recognize that much (if not most!) of the outreach for this conference will come from schools and organizations who advertise the conference to their memberships, and we want to recognize and "reward" those who do this!

There are no financial obligations for being a partner organization--all we ask is that you actively promote the conference to your membership and network, and encourage participation as well as presentations and submissions. To apply to be a conference partner organization, please make sure you have joined the Admin 2.0 online network, and then join the partner group HERE.

Conference Sponsors:

There are opportunities for commercial sponsorship of the School Leadership Summit, 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 or 916-283-7901.

More Information:

The School Leadership Summit's founding sponsor is TICAL, a Statewide Educational Technology Services Project funded by the California Department of Education and Arkansas Department of Education under the auspices of the Santa Cruz County Office of Education. TICAL's mission is helping K-12 school leaders provide informed and effective leadership in the use of technology to improve education.

We are looking forward to this fun event, and to your participation! For further updates, please join the Admin 2.0 network and follow the conference hashtag #sls14.

Thank you for your interest, and see you online!

Steve Hargadon
Founder and Co-Chair

Jason Borgen
Program Director
TICAL, Santa Cruz County Office of Education

Rowland Baker
Executive Director
TICAL, Santa Cruz County Office of Education

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Learning Revolution - Global Ed Declaration - Connected Cafe Videos - ISTE Unplugged News

The Learning Revolution
Weekly Update

December 17th

Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.
- John Cotton Dana

Welcome to the Learning Revolution. The technologies of the Internet and the Web are reshaping where, when, and from whom we learn. The Learning Revolution Project highlights virtual and physical events from Web 2.0 Labs and its partners. These events bring together educators, learners, leaders, and others to rethink and reinvent education. To receive the weekly Learning Revolution newsletter, please join the Learning Revolution network.



  • School Leadership Summit, March 27th, 2014
    Upcoming deadlines: Presentation proposals will be accepted between now and March 15th, 2014. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis. Please see the instructions for submitting a proposal HERE.


The Classroom 2.0 LIVE series will be taking a Winter Break. Stay tuned, as we will be posting future shows after the first of the year.

Featured Conference Recordings

Eric Sheninger from the 2013 School Leadership Summit - on "Leadership 2.0"

Eric Sheninger

Dr. Sandra Hirsh from the Library 2.013 Conference - on "The Global Transformation of Libraries, LIS Education, and LIS Professionals"

Sandra Hirsh

Al Byers from the 2013 Global STEMx Education Conference - on "Developing Large Scale Effective STEM Teacher Learning Communities"

Al Byers


Classroom 2.0
  • Inspiring Critical Conversations in the Classroom. Educator and Classroom 2.0 member, Karen Cameron, talks about taking in-class discussions to the next level in her discussion of essential versus nonessential questions. Check out her classroom strategies here.
  • MOOCs for Deeper Learning. Karen Fasimpaur highlighted an upcoming opportunity for educators to participate in a free, nine-week MOOC for deeper level learning. Check out her post for details. Thanks, Karen!
Future of Education
  • What Do You Know About Flipped Classrooms? New Future of Education member, Swaroop Raju, is interested in learning more about using video resources in a flipped classroom. Any of you have examples you'd like to share? Share them with Swaroop here.
  • Valuing Online Education. Phillip Morgan recently posted, "The real value of online education is felt when you realise that education becomes the discovery of one’s own ignorance." What do you all think? Join Phillip's conversation about online learning here.
Global Education Conference
  • Your Classroom Featured in a Global iBook. Kristen Paino's second graders are putting together a global iBook, and are looking for entries! Interested in getting your students involved in a creative global project? Find out how in Kristen's post.
  • Wanted: Forensic Discovery Classroom Partnership. High school science teacher, Paul Munshower, has a great classroom collaboration opportunity in mind. Using a combination of syncrhonous and asynchronous communication tools, Munshower hopes to lead an inquiry based science project between two classrooms studying infectious diseases, and the impacts of vaccines and antibiotics. Read more about the project and get in touch with Paul here.
Library 2.0
  • Lifelong Learning and Libraries. Lifelong learning advocate and Library 2.0 member, Joe Wasylyk, is interested in how your library creates opportunities for lifelong learners in your service communities. If you're a lifelong learner, where do you go for support on your continued interest in learning? Share your thoughts with Joe here.
School Leadership Summit
  • Moonshot Thinking. Admin 2.0 member, Jason Borgen, shared this Google X Project video on moonshot thinking. See the video and share what you think about moonshot thinking here.


Here is some of the feedback we received from those of you who attended the 2013 School Leadership Summit. We can't wait to see you again in March!

A model of future professional development.
-Rose Kendrick

What a wonderful way to connect the school community around the world around important issues.
-Lesley Farmer

Fabulous learning opportunity for the country! Provides a virt-con experience and nationally known presenters at no cost to the attendee, what a gift! Thank you!
-Carol Scholz

The terrific variety and scope of online conferencing is proof that education is undergoing fundamental shifts...for the better. Kudos to all the presenters, and to Steve Hargadon for blazing trails forward to better, more equitable and exciting education for all.
-Craig Seasholes

Cannot wait until 2014!
-Eric Walters

For a full list of the 2013 School Leadership Summit kudos, click HERE.

Final Notes

We hope you like this new newsletter and format. Because of the holidays, we will not be updating for the next two weeks.

See you online!

Steve Hargadon

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Learning Revolution - 2014 School Leadership Summit - ISTE Unplugged Dates - More!

The Learning Revolution
Weekly Update

December 10th

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
- Margaret Mead

Welcome to the Learning Revolution. The technologies of the Internet and the Web are reshaping where, when, and from whom we learn. The Learning Revolution Project highlights virtual and physical events from Web 2.0 Labs and its partners. These events bring together educators, learners, leaders, and others to rethink and reinvent education. To receive the weekly Learning Revolution newsletter, please join the Learning Revolution network.


  • School Leadership Summit 2014. The 2nd annual School Leadership Summit is being announced this week. This free event will be held online on March 27th, 2014, thanks to TICAL, our founding sponsor. Our first keynote speaker has been confirmed: the terrific Scott McLeod! Sign up at to make sure you get the announcement and call for proposals this week.
  • ISTE Unplugged 2014 is in the works. Astute ISTE observers will note that the conference starts on Saturday this year, so our Hack Education all-day unconference will be on Friday, June 27th in the conference center in Atlanta. This event is always free and, for many, is the event at ISTE. Our Global Education Day event will move to Saturday afternoon.
  • Conference Keynotes on YouTube. We are excited to announce that the keynote sessions from the following conferences can now be watched on YouTube: School Leadership Summit 2013, Homeschool Conference 2013, STEMxCon 2013, Library 2.012 and 2.013, and the Global Education Conference 2012 and 2013. Visit each of the conference sites to see all of the session recordings.
  • Tentative dates for Library 2.014. We have tentative dates for Library 2.014, Wednesday October 8 and Thursday October 9, 2014. These dates are tentative, but we are committed to holding the conference midweek. If those dates hold, Connected Librarians Day would be Monday, October 6th, 2014.
  • Global Education Conference 2014. Our 2014 Global Education Conference also has tentative dates; November 17 - 21, 2014.
  • Host Your Own Webinar. For those of you who remember the LearnCentral Host Your Own Webinar program, it's coming back! We'll be providing the ability for you to schedule and host your own non-commercial webinars which we will add to our calendar and help to advertise. Be thinking about some educational ideas and practices that you want to share.


  • School Leadership Summit, March 27th, 2014
    Upcoming deadlines:
    The call for proposals will be announced later this week. The deadline for proposals will be mid-March.


  • Classroom 2.0 LIVE Weekly Show
    Featured Teacher: Wes Fryer
    . Coding & Games with Kids: Hopscotch, Scratch and Minecraft
    As this week wraps up the "Hour of Code," 4th and 5th grade STEM teacher Wesley Fryer will discuss the use of the Hopscotch app for iPads, Scratch software, and Minecraft to help students learn the basics of coding as well as problem-solving and computational thinking skills. See event details on the Learning Revolution calendar

Featured Conference Recordings

Don Buckley from the 2013 Global Education Conference - on "Design and Maker Thinking: How can they be part of our everyday in education"

Julia Stiglitz
 from the 2013 Global STEMx Education Conference - on "MOOCs"

Barbara Stripling
 from Library 2.013 - on "Libraries Change Lives: Declaring Our Right to Libraries"



Here is some of the feedback we received from those of you who attended the Global Education Conference 2013. Thanks to all of you, the presenters, volunteers, and participants, who have made this event so exciting to be a part of.

This is the event of the year where educators worldwide can come together to inspire and be inspired.
-Torsten Otto
Hamburg, Germany

The conference allows educators around the world to become part of the story and fabric of who we are as human beings.
-Lori Zataveski
Delran, New Jersey, USA

It's a fascinating learning journey; it enables to connect and share experiences that will inspire educators all over the world!
-Ikram Eseghir
Kenitra, Morocco

The conference is one the best things ever to happen to individuals who want to develop their capacity in research, teaching and learning. It saves one the time, money and other resources that would have been spent to travel abroad for a conference of international status.
-David O.

Great piece of work...if we had more teachers taking up such ideas, the world would be a transformed place to live in full of geniuses. Love it all.
-Ibrahim Bahati
Kampala, Uganda

For a full list of the 2013 Global Education Conference kudos, click HERE.


Hope you like this new newsletter and format. See you online!

Steve Hargadon