Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Learning Revolution Newsletter - Week's Events - OZeLive Conference Starts - Michael Stephens, Pam Moran, and Ira Socol Highlighted Videos

The Learning Revolution
Weekly Update

February 4th

Education is soul crafting.
- Cornel West

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.


  • Kicking off OZeLive 2014 - Ed Tech Down Under. Reminder that this weekend is the inaugural OZeLive -- an Australia / New Zealand timezone friendly Ed Tech conference. I will be giving the opening keynote, and I'll be talking about (of course!) the Learning Revolution -- both the historical importance of this moment in time, and what I think we've learned about building learning communities. For those in North American time zones, the fun starts Friday afternoon at 4pm US-Eastern Time.
  • Learning Revolution Conferences. Next week we'll be announcing twin Learning Revolution conferences -- one online, and one in Black Mountain, North Carolina. These events will bridge the conversations about learning that are taking place in schools, libraries, museums, work places, and home learning worlds. Join us for conversations about learning at the online event April 24th and 25th, and come to the physical conference for deeper conversations about learning May 12th - 14th in Black Mountain, North Carolina (with a special two-day pre-conference lodging option for those wanting to take advantage of the beautiful surroundings here.
  • Other new conference dates to add to your calendar. We've got a lot in store for this year! Spend April 10th online with search specialists, instructors, and librarians discussing the importance of search and learning how to incorporate search skills into your curriculum at our first Search Matters Summit. Join us virtually as well for a one-day worldwide conference on Reinventing the Classroom on May 1st. Then get ready for the fifth annual Reform Symposium July 11th - July 13th. And finally, Homeschool Conference II will be held online on August 7th and 8th. Stay tuned for details!
  • New calendar partners. This week we've added two new partners to the Learning Revolution's public calendar listings. You'll now see Invent To Learn and Natural Math events listed. Interested in becoming a calendar partner? Contact Amy at admin@web20labs.com.

One Week Calendar

All events are listed in US-Eastern Standard Time. To become an event partner and have your events listed here, please email admin@web20labs.com.

  • Tuesday, February 18th at 6pm Math Cafe: What is multiplication?, Math Cafe is an informal discussion with leaders in the fields of mathematics and mathematics education. "What is multiplication?" will be a discussion of educational research and then a question and answer session. Click here to join.
  • Wednesday, February 19th at 4:30pm BrainPOP: Beyond the Flipped Classroom with POPstar Lisa Parisi, Some call it the “flipped” classroom with “blended” learning, others call it good instruction that takes advantage of modern technology and media. Either way, join POPstar Lisa Parisi for an interactive webinar illustrating how to facilitate project-based learning by adjusting your instructional strategies and approach to educational content. Register here.
  • Wednesday, February 19th at 7pm ISTE: Transforming Your Instructional Approach with Naomi Harm, What does it take to be effective and productive in this new digital environment, and what does it look like to truly transform your classrooms using instructional approaches and engaging collaborative activities? Gain insightful design ideas and classroom management strategies that will help you focus on content delivery, and learn how to use ISTE Standards curriculum planning tools to personalize learning for every student. Learn more and register here.
  • Wednesday, February 19th at 9pm Teachers Teaching Teachers, Weekly conversations hosted by EdTechTalk, a collaborative open webcasting community. For more information, click here.
  • Thursday, February 20th at 11am Connected Learning: The Pedagogies & Platforms Behind Virtual Exchange, Part of a month-long webinar series co-hosted by the Exchange 2.0 Coalition and The Digital Media & Learning Research Hub. Virtual exchange is more than a video conference call; it is a rich learning opportunity. Learn about the platforms and pedagogies behind these meaningful cross-cultural experiences for youth. Join here.
  • Friday, February 21st in Washington DC iEARN: Global Education Resource Fair, iEARN-USA will be participating in the Global Education Resource Fair in Washington, DC on February 21st, 2014 as part of the Teachers for Global Classrooms (TGC) program. The symposium, coordinated by IREX, will involve one hundred teachers and administrators from 34 states around the country and from the District of Columbia. Learn more and register here.
  • Friday and Saturday, February 21st and February 22nd 4pm - 8am OZeLive - Ed Tech Down Under Virtual Conference, An Australia / New Zealand time-zone friendly educational technology virtual conference. All presentations, workshops and tutorials will be sponsored and managed by our brilliant Australia eSeries team in Blackboard Collaborate virtual meeting rooms. Visit our network and join our sessions here.
  • Saturday, February 22nd at 12pm CR20 LIVE Weekly Show with Felix Jacomino, Teacher PD supporting student 1:1 tech integration - Felix Jacomino. Classroom 2.0 LIVE is an opportunity to gather with other member of the community in regular "live" web meetings. Details to join the webinar http://live.classroom20.com. Follow us on Twitter #liveclass20
  • Monday, February 24th at 6pm iEARN: Panel Discussion on The Role of Cross-Cultural Education in Strengthening Civil Society, Join iEARN leaders from Bangladesh, Liberia, Mali, Pakistan and the U.S. on February 24th for an illuminating discussion on how innovative cross-cultural exchanges and educational initiatives are helping to strengthen civil society in their respective countries by inspiring young people to think globally and act locally. Learn more and register to participate here.

For a full list of all upcoming events, click here.


  • 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.

Highlighted Recordings

Michael Stephens from the Library 2.013 Conference - on "Learning Everywhere: Transformative Power of Hyperlinked Libraries"


Pam Moran & Ira Socol from the School Leadership Summit 2013 - on "Leading for Radical Openness"


Avis Yates Rivers from the Global STEMx Conference - on "Inspiring The Next Generation in IT"



Classroom 2.0
  • Preschoolers working together. Classroom 2.0 member, Dorothy Hastings, has shared her list of fun activities that promote collaborative skills among preschoolers. Check out her post here. Thanks, Dorothy!
  • Presidents' Day resources. Many schools, libraries, musuems, and federal parks were closed yesterday to celebrate Washington's birthday. Karen Cameron has shared some of her favorite resources that may help facilitate discussions with your students and young visitors as you celebrate Presidents' Day this week. Check them out here.

Education Revolution Google+ Community
  • Reflections on MakerSpace trends. Ted Curran responds to the MakerSpace trend that was highlighted in the 2014 Horizon Report. Check out Ted's reflections and read about how a MakerSpace in Oakland helped him turn his career around in an unpredictable economy here.
  • The impact of MOOCs depends on their ability to assess learning. Nicholas Pringle thinks that MOOCs and other e-learning platforms need to step up their game in assessment to become true players in the education revolution. Are quizzes and attendance enough? Weigh in here.

OZeLive Conference
  • Preview of a few blended learning sessions. OZeLive organizer, Ness Crouch, gives us a snapshot of what you can expect to learn about blended learning and classroom web tool integration in this week's conference. Ness gives us a preview of sessions by Shingo Gibson-Suzuki, Jo Hart, Veronic Woo Eu Cheng, and Sieva Kozinsky. Check out her post here and start planning your weekend!
  • What makes for a great online presentation?. Anne Mirtschin, experienced online presenter and volunteer-extraordinaire, asks members of the OZeLive network to share what makes or breaks online presentations. As the year is kicking off with some great events, this is a perfect time to start brushing up on our online presentation skills. What do you think? Share your perspective on virtual presentations here.

Submit a Video or Quote

We'd like to feature a user submitted video each week. Get creative! Post your short video answer to the question: What does the learning revolution mean to you? We'll be highlighting one video each week, and sharing the rest on our YouTube channel. You need to include #learningrevolution in the title of your YouTube video.


Do you have a great quote on education? Send us your favorite education quote to add to our collection and we'll be sure to give you a shout out in our next newsletter.

Final Notes

I'm truly excited about the Learning Revolution Conferences that we are announcing next week. My FutureofEducation.com interview show, started seven years ago to look at the use of Open Source Software in education, quickly morphed into ed tech in general, and finally became much more about learning itself than any specific technologies. Having organized events in the library and homeschooling worlds, and planning one this year for museums, I've become more and more aware of the opportunity to take the discussions about learning that are happening in separate spheres and bring them together into one set of events--the online one for a more traditional conference, and the physical one in Black Mountain, North Carolina, for deeper conversations. Please stay tuned, and consider presenting or attending either or both!

See you online!

Steve Hargadon
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