The Learning Revolution
The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.
- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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.
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- GlobalEdCon Meet and Greet in NYC. Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon, co-chairs of the Global Education Conference, cordially invite you to a global education meetup in New York City! This will take place on January 28, 2014 from 5 PM to 7 PM EST at AFS' New York Offices. In 2014, we will celebrate the fifth anniversary of GlobalEdCon, and hope that you can join us for an evening of networking and conversation. Come learn about this free online event and find out how you can participate as an attendee, volunteer, partner and/or presenter. You'll also have the opportunity to meet other globally minded educators interested in developing classroom connections and projects. Click here to RSVP.
- Constructing Modern Knowledge 2014. This amazing annual conference, hosted by Gary Stager, takes place this year July 8 - July 11 in Manchester, NH. For more information, visit the website or see this announcement.
- Future of Education Interviews on YouTube. We've posted the last two years worth of interviews (more than 100) on our new Future of Education YouTube channel. Check it out and subscribe at http://www.youtube.com/user/thefutureofed.
- School Leadership Summit Update. We've started to accept proposals for School Leadership Summit 2014 this week. We have more than twenty proposals so far. Can't wait to hear what topic you would like to present. So please submit!
- Lesson For All available for high school educators.. Global Education Conference co-sponsor, the Global Campaign for Education-US Chapter, just announced the release of the Lesson For All resource for high school educators. These lessons and their supporting materials have been written by top educators, and are free for you to use in your classroom! Learn more from the great global education supporter, Ed Gragert, here.
- Tuesday, January 21st at 5pm EST TICAL - Top 14 Web Resources for Ed. Leaders of 2014, Tune in to hear about the top 14 technology resources of 2014. Websites and apps that are free, easy-to-use, and very practical will be highlighted during this session. Learn about new tools and explore new ways to use some of the more popular resources. This webinar builds on the popular series of articles and workshops that have been presented annually since 2010. Click here to register.
- Tuesday, January 21st at 5pm EST Personlize Learning Webinar #3: The Motivation Equation with Kathleen Cushman, Hear from learners how five of the eight conditions play out in highly motivating classrooms. Kathleen will share the strategies that motivate learners and the voices from five learners on what matters so they can learn. Join the webinar here.
- Wednesday, January 22nd at 8am, 4pm & 10pm EST GlobalEdCon Advisory Board Debrief, The purpose of this meeting is to debrief on the 2013 Global Education Conference and start planning for the 2014 event. The meetings will be held in Google Hangouts and will be recorded for those who cannot attend. See the front page of our community for a link to participate.
- Wednesday, January 22nd at 9pm EST EdTechTalk - Teachers Teaching Teachers, Teachers Teaching Teachers Studio and Chat hosted weekly by EdTechTalk, a collaborative open webcasting community.
- Thursday, January 23rd at 12pm EST EdTechTalk - Designers for Learning, The Designers for Learning webcast is hosted by EdTechTalk, a collaborative open webcasting community. To participate click here.
- Friday, January 24th - Sunday, January 26th Educon Philly in Philadelphia, PA, EduCon is both a conversation and a conference. It is an innovation conference where we can come together, both in person and virtually, to discuss the future of schools. Every session will be an opportunity to discuss and debate ideas — from the very practical to the big dreams. For more information, click here.
- Tuesday, January 28th at 5pm GlobalEdCon Meet and Greet in NYC, Come learn about this free online event and find out how you can participate as an attendee, volunteer, partner and/or presenter. Click here to RSVP.
- The free School Leadership Summit online conference, March 27th, 2014
Upcoming deadlines: Presentation proposals are being accepted between now and March 15th, 2014. Proposals are be accepted on a rolling basis, so consider submitting now! Please see the instructions for submitting a proposal here.
John Hunter & Chris Farina from the Future of Education Interview Series - on "World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements"
Julene Reed from the Global Education Conference - on "Polar Bears, Global Connections, and Citizen Science"
Ramji Raghavan from the Global STEMx Education Conference - on "Sparking curiosity and nurturing creativity through hands-on science!"
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- Education lessons from Finland. Google+ community member, Pauline Hawkins, shared this article with us. A former Boston elementary school teacher compares his own experiences as a student and teacher in an American school system to the Finnish model of schooling. Interested in finding out how to teach effectively in a four hour school day and work only thirty hours a week? Read here.
- Medieval China reconstructed with MinecraftEdu. George Bartan was impressed with the work of John Miller and his 7th grade history classroom. Miller and his students used MinecraftEdu to recreate the Tang Dynasty capital city of Chang'an. Check out this amazing project and how it maps onto specific learning outcomes here. Thanks for sharing this, George!
Global Education Conference
- Get published by age 7.. First grade teacher, Kristen Paino, is looking for other first grade classrooms to help author a global iBook. "We want to demonstrate how first grade classrooms around the world can come together to publish something unique and creative, while learning from each other at the same time!" Interested in participating? Get in touch with Kristen here.
- Your students, the inventors. Global Education network member, Susan McLester, has shared an opportunity for the creative K-12 students in your classrooms and libraries. The Spark Lab Invent It Challenge encourages kids to identify a real world problem and come up with a solution. Learn more about how you can encourage your students to take the challenge here.
It's great to look at your feedback as we gear up for GlobalEdCon 2014. Thanks to all of you who have made this yearly event so successful!
Be sure to check out the Events listed on the main page to see how you can get involved with planning the fourth annual GlobalEdCon.
This is the event of the year where educators worldwide can come together to inspire and be inspired.
Amazing experience. Amazed at how much work and how many things can be achieved when we connect.
This is one of the most valuable virtual conferences I've been too, especially learning about emerging technologies and applying ideas to other projects I'm doing.
GEC is the most real, vibrant and alive virtual experience.
A very unique way to share experiences and perspectives on education with people from all over the world without barriers.
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This Week's Favorites
- Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education.
- John F. Kennedy
Thanks to Jenny Rankin!
- When one teaches, two learn.
- Robert Heinlein
Thanks to Stephan Hughes!
My dad passed away last week. Affectionately known as Dean Fred to thousands of Stanford and Princeton students, he bequeathed to me an intellectual legacy for which I'll always be grateful. In easy reach when he died was an engraved quote he kept from Oscar Wilde: "Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future." I think it was a reminder to always look for the good in people, a talent which served him well as Dean of Admissions at two prestigious institutions. Jenny Rankin submitted the JFK quote in the section above above, to which I might add other profound JFK words today, thinking of my father: "All of us do not have equal talent, but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop our talent." One of my great concerns about how we think about education right now is that we've lost the moral imperative to find the good in each student and to magnify it; instead, we seem intent on sorting and quantifying, undermining or believing we control the future potential of so many of our students. My dad was a late bloomer--he went to back to college after serving in the army--and were his potential to have been determined in his high school years, the world would have lost a man of great influence. Rest in peace, Dean Fred.