Thursday, February 28, 2013

Library 2.013: Call for Keynote Nominations, Partners, and the Global Advisory Board

We are pretty excited as we prepare for this years virtual Library 2.013 conference. Here's some fun news:

Nominate Keynote Presenters for the Library 2.013 Conference

Last year, we invited you to nominate keynote speakers to lead the global conversation about the future of libraries during the Library 2.012 Worldwide Virtual Conference. Thanks to your input, we celebrated a dynamic lineup of keynote presenters including Moreno Barros from Brazil, Kathryn Greenhill from Australia, David Weinberger from the United States, Laura Malita from Romania, and many other renowned library and information science leaders from around the world.

As we gear up for the Library 2.013 Worldwide Virtual Conference, scheduled for October 18-19, 2013, we invite you to once again nominate your favorite speakers. Who has inspired you lately? Have you heard a talk that gave you an aha moment? As you think about who you want to nominate, please keep in mind that keynote presenters do not have to speak English or travel for this conference. The Library 2.013 conference will be held in multiple languages and time zones entirely online. To make your nominations, please fill out and submit the online keynote speaker nomination formAll nominations must be received by March 31, 2013. Self-nominations will also be accepted.

The Library 2.013 Worldwide Virtual Conference is a participatory conference open to the public. In addition to keynote speakers, the conference thrives on the research and knowledge shared by the library and information science community. Everyone is invited to submit a presentation proposal – the official call for proposals will go out in early April 2013. This year, the virtual conference will cover eight subject strands, although presentations do not have to fit into the conference strands to be considered.

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 additional partner organizations in their region(s)
  • Help support and potentially train presenters in their geographical region and local languages
  • If possible, help moderate sessions during the actual conference
As a conference that is focused on being "inclusive," our desire is to have international attendees see this as a truly world-wide and not a North-America-centric event, and to see themselves as full participants and presenters, not just the audience.

To sign up for the advisory board, please make sure you have joined the Library 2.0 online network, and then join the advisory board group specifically at 
http://www.library20.com/group/advisoryboard2013.

Conference Partner Organizations

Whether you are a small school library or a multi-national organization, we want to encourage you to become a conference partner. You must be non-commercial and primarily or substantively focused on libraries, librarians, librarianship, or library programs 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 continue to 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 libraries, schools, or 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 Library 2.0 online network, and then join the partner group specifically at 
http://www.library20.com/group/partners2013.

More

We’re also be accepting sponsor applications for the Library 2.013 conference.  Contact me for more information - steve@hargadon.com.

See you online!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Thursday - Roger Schank on Cognitive Science and Saving Schools

Join me Thursday, February 28th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com conversation with return guest Roger Schank to talk about his book Teaching Minds: How Cognitive Science Can Save Our Schools, why MOOCs won't save schools or the world, and why everything you think you know about education is wrong.

That's a tall order, and Roger is certainly capable of delivering on all of it--plus much more. Roger is one of the world's leading visionaries in artificial intelligence, learning theory, cognitive science, and the building of virtual learning environments. He is CEO of Socratic Arts, a company whose goal is to design and implement learning-by-doing, story-centered curricula in schools, universities, and corporations. A fuller, and somewhat amazing, bio is here.

Date: Thursday, February 28th, 2013
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at http://www.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.
Recording:  A full Blackboard Collaborate recording is at https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2013-02-28.1721.M.9E9FE58134BE68C3B413F24B3586CF.vcr&sid=2008350 and an audio mp3 recording is at http://audio.edtechlive.com/foe/rogerschank2013.mp3 and at http://www.futureofeducation.com
Mightybell:  A Mightybell space with interview resources and conversation is at https://mightybell.com/spaces/24921.

"From grade school to graduate school, from the poorest public institutions to the most affluent private ones, our educational system is failing students. In his provocative new book, cognitive scientist and bestselling author Roger Schank argues that class size, lack of parental involvement, and other commonly-cited factors have nothing to do with why students are not learning. The culprit is a system of subject-based instruction and the solution is cognitive-based learning. This groundbreaking book defines what it would mean to teach thinking. The time is now for schools to start teaching minds!" (Publisher's description.)

Monday, February 25, 2013

Tuesday - A Conversation On Education with Gavin Dykes

Join me at an earlier-than-normal time on Tuesday, February 26th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com conversation with good friend and deep thinker Gavin Dykes, on the subjects of student voice and entrepreneurship, teacher voice (!), peer and social learning, cultivating independence and self-direction, and global education. Gavin was the closing keynote for the 2012 Global Education Conference, and well worth getting to know.

Following a successful first career as a civil engineer, Gavin spent 20 years developing Technical Vocational Education and Training. He started by contributing to engineering courses and increasingly focused on technology in Further and Higher Education. He worked on computer-aided design then moved to developing Cisco Networking Academy and Microsoft Academy courses and integrating them into broader qualifications. His work with technology led to developing, managing and implementing strategies for e-learning adoption, at first at institution level.

When Gavin was invited to work with the UK’s government in 2002 it was to contribute to development of policy and strategy of e-learning at national then at international level. Since then Gavin has been engaged in strategies and policies for innovation and the use of technology to support education and training. In that time he has worked with agencies including the OECD, UNESCO and the World Bank, with governments, with organisations such as the Innovation Unit, the New Media Consortium and Futurelab, and with major corporations such Microsoft, Cisco, Promethean and HP. His current roles include Senior Director of International Relations for the New Media Consortium, Fellow of Education Fast Forward, and Programme Director for the Education World Forum.

Date: Tuesday, February 26th, 2013
Time: 12pm Pacific / 3pm Eastern (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at http://www.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.
Recording:  A full Blackboard Collaborate recording is at https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2013-02-26.0632.M.9E9FE58134BE68C3B413F24B3586CF.vcr&sid=2008350 and an audio mp3 recording is at http://audio.edtechlive.com/foe/gavindykes.mp3 and at http://www.futureofeducation.com
Mightybell:  A Mightybell space with interview resources and conversation is at https://mightybell.com/spaces/24406.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Michael Fullan on "Motion Leadership" and Significant School System Improvement


POSTPONED UNTIL MARCH 28TH

Join me at an earlier-than-normal time on Friday, February 22nd, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com conversation with Michael Fullan, Special Advisor to the Premier and Minister of Education in Ontario, and author of (among other books), Motion Leadership and Motion Leadership in Action. Ontario is considered one of the great success stories for education improvement over the last decade.

Recognized as a worldwide authority on educational reform, Michael is engaged in advising policymakers and local leaders around the world in helping to achieve the "moral purpose of all children learning."

In the preface to Motion Leadership in Action he writes:
This book builds on work we have been doing in the past decade on "whole-system reform" -- how to improve classrooms and schools on a systemwide basis. Over the course of this work I have identified four "wrong" and four "right" policy drivers. By drivers I mean policies and strategies that are supposed to cause wide-scale improvement. The four wrong ones (in the sense that they do not move the system forward) are punitive accountability, individualistic solutions, technology, and ad hoc policies. The corresponding right ones are capacity building, teamwork, pedagogy, and systemic policies. It is not that the wrong drivers have no role to play, but rather that they should not have a front-end dominant role as they do in many jurisdictions, such as the Unites States. You may ask why a politician would consciously promote an innefective policy.  The short answer is that the policies in question appear to offer a quick fix and they can be legislated.
Date: Actually held Thursday, March 28th, 2013
Time: 1pm Pacific / 4pm Eastern (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at http://www.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.
Recording:  A full Blackboard Collaborate recording is at https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/jwsdetect/nativeplayback.jnlp?sid=2008350&psid=2013-03-28.1813.D.B92C7AB246A33F1A0415EFE01C799C.vcr and an audio mp3 recording is at http://audio.edtechlive.com/foe/michaelfullan.mp3.
Mightybell:  A Mightybell space with interview resources and conversation is at https://mightybell.com/spaces/24058.

Michael Fullan is Professor Emeritus of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. He holds Honorary Doctorates from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; University of Edinburgh, Scotland; Newman University College, University of Leicester; and from Nipissing University in Canada. His book, Leading in a Culture of Change was awarded the 2002 Book of the Year Award by Learning Forward (formerly the National Staff Development Council), Breakthrough (with Peter Hill and Carmel Crévola) won the 2006 Book of the Year Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Turnaround Leadership in Higher Education (with Geof Scott) won the Bellwether Book Award in 2009, and Change Wars (with Andy Hargreaves) was awarded the 2009 Book of the Year Award by Learning Forward.

Today - Maurice Gibbons on Self-Directed Learning

Join me tonight, Thursday, February 21st, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com conversation with Maurice Gibbons on self-directed learning. Gibbons is the author of The Self-Directed Learning Handbook, was a founding member of Challenge Education Associates that produced The Self-Directed Professional program for teachers, he was the founder and director of Personal Power Press which produced a dozen books on SDL, and he was a founding member of World Citizens for a Universal Curriculum, a global education project designed to empower students to create a sustainable world.

The publisher's description of the book:
The Self-Directed Learning Handbook offers teachers and principals an innovative program for customizing schooling to the learning needs of individual students-- and for motivating them to take increasing responsibility for deciding what and how they should learn. Whether the students are struggling or proficient, the program is designed to nurture their natural passion for learning and mastery, challenging them to go beyond the easy and familiar so they can truly excel. The program can be introduced in stages in any middle or high school classroom and enables students of diverse abilities to design and pursue independent course work, special projects, or even artistic presentations, community field work or apprenticeships. Using this approach, the students take on an increasingly autonomous, self-directed role as they progress. The heart of the program is the action contract (or learning agreement) whereby the student sets challenging yet attainable goals, commits to a path for achieving them, and evaluates the results. Special emphasis is placed on developing skills and competencies that can serve the student well in his or her academic and career endeavors.
Date: Thursday, February 21st, 2013
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at http://www.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.
Recording:  A full Blackboard Collaborate recording is at https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2013-02-21.1701.M.9E9FE58134BE68C3B413F24B3586CF.vcr&sid=2008350 and an audio mp3 recording is available at http://audio.edtechlive.com/foe/mauricegibbons.mp3 and at http://www.futureofeducation.com
Mightybell:  A Mightybell space with interview resources and conversation is at https://mightybell.com/spaces/23960.

(From his website) Maurice Gibbons is a Canadian who grew up on the west coast, completed his BA at the University of British Columbia, his MA in English at the University of Washington, and his doctorate at Harvard where he was on the editorial board of the Harvard Educational Review.

He taught in elementary and secondary schools before teaching at the University of British Columbia and at Simon Fraser University, from which he is now an emeritus professor. A specialist in the creation of innovative approaches to instruction, the programs he has designed emphasize self-direction, challenge and excellence. In 2007, Gibbon’s was awarded the Malcolm Knowles Memorial Self Directed Learning Award at the 21st annual International Self Directed Learning Symposium.

Gibbons publishes fiction and poetry and is an exhibiting sculptor. He used SDL methods to learn to carve wood and has exhibited his work in Vancouver, San Francisco, Sydney and New York -- website coming soon. Gibbons was arrested at Claoquot Sound in civil disobedience against the clearcutting of old-growth timber in the Pacific Northwest. He is married and lives in West Vancouver, British Columbia, where he carves, writes and consults. Gibbons is well known for the provocative speeches and hands-on workshops he presents worldwide.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Wednesday Live: Mightybell for Virtual Book Discussions and Monthly Gina Bianchini Q&A

Join me for our monthly live and interactive Q and A with Gina Bianchini, founder of Mightybell, Wednesday afternoon/evening (US Time). Gina will both share current developments with Mightybell and also ask for your feedback and suggestions as educators and learners. Following 30 minutes with Gina, I'll stay on for another 30 to talk about the use of Mightybell for virtual book clubs/discussion spaces--which Mightybell works really, really well for.

Regular disclaimer: I consult with Mightybell on their education outreach, as Gina has a personal commitment to having the broader education community benefit from her social software projects (many of you will recognize Gina as the co-founder of Ning). If you haven't "met" Gina before, you'll really enjoy her energy and her devotion to "social learning."

In a Mightybell "space," you can collect and curate a variety of types of content--one use of Mightybell is like a living textbook, where you can draw in articles, websites, video, and ideas, and are then able to have threaded discussions about each one, as well as a general conversation inside the space. Mightybell also can create beautiful online spaces designed for intimate communities--an event, a project, or a class. A terrific list of awesome uses for Mightybell collected by +Scott Ellis is here: http://www.vsellis.com/29-awesome-things-you-can-do-in-mightybell. I've been thinking lately that it might be really good for personal learning journals, and would love to know if anyone has tried this. A space can be public or private, allowing as much or as little outside interaction as you want.

Mightybell is also free, and because of its unique capabilities, it's started hitting a sweet spot for me where it's doing things I can't imagine doing in any other platform--especially, right now, with virtual book discussion spaces. I've created about a dozen of these (even more if you consider the spaces for FutureofEducation.com interviews), and you can see a partial list of them at Book Club 2.0 or in the Mightbell spaces linked below.
Hope you'll join us! If you can't make it, don't worry, there will be a recording (the link will be posted at http://www.stevehargadon.com afterwards).

Date: Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2008350&password=M.C4415D8049A57DF74A3B77771411A0. 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.
Recording:  A full Blackboard Collaborate recording is at https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2013-02-20.1642.M.86035557D2F8C8CA05E067C29AD0A7.vcr&sid=2008350.

Gina Bianchini

Monday, February 18, 2013

Today - Alan November on "Who Owns the Learning?"

Join me tonight, Monday, February 18th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com conversation with Alan November on his new book Who Owns the Learning?: Preparing Students for Success in the Digital Age. The book is a compelling argument for allowing students to take ownership of their learning, create their own learning tools and participate in meaningful work because, as Alan writes, "we are experiencing an essential change in the culture of teaching and learning."

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Date: Monday, February 18th, 2013
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at http://www.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.
Recording:  A full Blackboard Collaborate recording is at https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2013-02-18.1431.M.9E9FE58134BE68C3B413F24B3586CF.vcr&sid=2008350 and an audio mp3 recording is at http://audio.edtechlive.com/foe/alannovember.mp3 and at http://www.futureofeducation.com
Mightybell:  A Mightybell space with interview resources and conversation is at https://mightybell.com/spaces/23354.


(From NovemberLearning.com) Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, MA, he was probably the first teacher in the world to have a student project on line in 1984, a database for the handicapped. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator, technology consultant and university lecturer. He has helped schools, governments and industry leaders improve the quality of education through technology.

Alan was named one of the nation’s fifteen most influential thinkers of the decade by Technology and Learning Magazine. In 2001, he was listed one of eight educators to provide leadership into the future by the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse. In 2007 he was selected to speak at the Cisco Public Services Summit during the Nobel Prize Festivities in Stockholm, Sweden. His writing includes numerous articles and two best-selling books, Empowering Students with Technology and Web Literacy for Educators. Alan was co-founder of the Stanford Institute for Educational Leadership Through Technology and is most proud of being selected as one of the original five national Christa McAuliffe Educators.

Each summer Alan leads the Building Learning Communities summer conference with world-class presenters and international participants. Visit http://novemberlearning.com/blc for more details.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

2013 School Leadership Summit - Update on the Free Virtual Conference / Submit Your Presentation Proposal!


We've started accepting proposals for the inaugural School Leadership Summit on March 28th--24 great sessions have already accepted!

If you haven't participated in one of my other massive, peer-to-peer conferences, they are a blast (they are more than MOOCs, really, maybe HOOPs? Highly Open Online and Participative conferences?). They are distinguished by their inclusiveness, their high-volunteer participation, and their community-building nature. And they are free (thanks to a terrific founding partners and sponsors, in this case TICAL).

Whether you want to present, to attend, or to support as a volunteer, please mark the date on your calendar for a full day of fun (7am - 7pm US-Pacific DST) and tell everyone you know! We will continue to accept proposal submissions until March 15th, but the sooner you get your proposal in, the sooner you will have a chance to schedule an open presentation time (we let you do that, too!) if you are accepted.

There's also time to sign up as a global advisory board member, as a partner organization, or as a sponsor. Current members, partners, and sponsors are listed on the site! We'd love your help in letting your schools, staff, networks, or PLN about the summit, and we are glad to give you good publicity in return! Our volunteer push will begin in two weeks--get your headphones ready, gang...

We're also about to announce some great keynote speakers, so be sure to sign into the Admin 2.0 network at http://www.SchoolLeadershipSummit.com to get more information and to receive regular notices and updates about the conference, including the final schedule of sessions and instructions for logging in the day of.

See you online!

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Tonight - Laura Grace Weldon on "Free Range Learning"

Join me tonight, Thursday, February 7th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com conversation with Laura Grace Weldon on her book Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything. 

I've long argued that the homeschool movement has for decades now intellectually explored a lot of the same territory that the ed tech movement explores through constructivist and social software, particularly self-directed learning and student agency. As my interview series has been weighted lately toward these topics, I can tell by some diminished attendance at particular events that there is still discomfort for some (many?) exploring homeschooling's pedagogical insights because of strong beliefs around compulsory universal schooling, because of concerns about the quality of the homeschool experience, and perhaps because there is less tangible, practical application of these discussions to day-to-day teaching expectations.

However, I'm staying the course. I'm convinced that the larger cultural, business, and social shifts precipitated by the Internet are going to require more entrepreneurial, self-directing, and self-aware learning experiences. Student success today is largely a measure of having learned to meet others' expectations and to comply with institutionalized education, but as our students and children enter the changing worlds of work, civic responsibility, and cultural participation, these are likely to be less valuable and less personally-fulfilling traits. I believe, therefore, that including discussions about--and the awareness (and sometimes embracing) of--the lessons from the homeschool community are a critical part of building teaching and learning opportunities that match the challenges and opportunities of our time.

From the publisher's description:
Free Range Learning presents the simple choice to homeschool as something much more significant than a homespun method of education. Weldon asks us to consider this choice as participation in a cultural shift toward redefining success; and as a form of collective intelligence with major implications for the future of education...  
Studies indicate that adults who were homeschooled are: * More likely to vote, volunteer and be involved in their communities than graduates of conventional schools. * Read more books than average. * More likely to have taken college level courses than the population as a whole. * Tend to be independent and self-reliant.... Children are naturally "free range" learners, she says. They build knowledge and skills naturally, within the full spectrum of their daily lives, while observing, exploring and pursuing their interests. 
Please join us!

Date: Thursday, February 7th, 2013
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at http://www.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.
Recording:  A full Blackboard Collaborate recording is at https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2013-02-07.1646.M.9E9FE58134BE68C3B413F24B3586CF.vcr&sid=2008350 and an audio mp3 recording is available at http://audio.edtechlive.com/foe/lauragraceweldon.mp3 and at http://www.futureofeducation.com
Mightybell:  A Mightybell space with interview resources and conversation is at https://mightybell.com/spaces/22394#.

Laura Grace Weldon is a writer and editor, perhaps due to an English professor's scathing denunciation of her writing as "curious verbiage." Her recent book is "Free Range Learning" (lauragraceweldon.com) and she's working on her next, "Subversive Cooking" (subversivecooking.com). She lives on Bit of Earth Farm with her family where she is a barely useful farm wench. Although she has deadlines to meet she often wanders from the computer to preach hope, snort with laughter, cook subversively, observe chicken behavior, discuss life’s deeper meaning with her surprisingly tolerant offspring, sing to bees, hide in books, feed cows, walk dogs, concoct tinctures, watch foreign films and make messy art

Friday, February 01, 2013

Book Club 2.0 Wiki + Papert and Dewey Virtual Events

I'm doing a FutureofEducation.com show on Tuesday, March 5th, with +Ben Rimes on his Book Club 106 (the current book is Switch), and running virtual book clubs is something I've wanted to do myself, having talked with +Audrey Watters and +Gary Stager and many others over the past year about how we might do this.

So, the bonus of 1) my adoration of Wikispaces, 2) my current consulting for and similar adoration of Mightybell, and 3) my previous employment with Elluminate/Blackboard Collaborate, is that I can bring all three together as part of a Book Club 2.0 project.

First, I've set up a wiki at BookClub20.com where you can list or find virtual book clubs for students, teachers, and anyone else in education. You can also share links to articles, books, videos, or anything else related to virtual book clubs there (you'll have to request membership in the wiki, but that's just to avoid the inevitable spammers). I just started it today, so hopefully we can make this a great resource.

Second, I've created a page for myself on the wiki called "Ed Classics" and have listed the books that I really want to have conversations about. It turns out that Mightybell is a brilliant platform for holding these virtual book club discussions (really, and not just because I do work for them!). I've set two of these Mightybell "spaces" up for now: one on Seymour Papert's Mindstorms and one on John Dewey's Experience and Education. You can see by clicking through on the links that Mightybell let's me create a conversation post for each chapter or topic/theme, add resource links, and generally allow for what I think are going to be not only well-organized conversations, but long-term repositories of those conversations for anyone wanting to drill down on the books at any later time. Both spaces are open for business, so those of you who have already read the books, or have been looking for an excuse to, are welcome to dive right in and get us started!

Third, I've scheduled live FutureofEducation.com events in Blackboard Collaborate for the Papert and Dewey book club participants to come together and talk. The dates are March 14th and April 11th, and they are on the FutureofEducation.com site calendar listing on the front page. My goal is to schedule one book a month, so stay tuned here or at Book Club 2.0 or FutureofEducation.com for updates on these and, hopefully, the other clubs being run by our community.

If you're interested in using Mightybell to set up a virtual book club, go to Running a Book Club in Mightybell. To learn more about Mightybell for education, go here. If you're interested in using Blackboard Collaborate to hold a live meeting or meetings for your book club, contact me at steve@hargadon.com.

See you online, and happy reading!