Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Learning Revolution Events - Twin Events on the Future of Museums - AltEdFilmFest - Maker Parties

The Learning Revolution
Weekly Update

July 15th, 2014

A museum is a place where one should lose one's head.
- Renzo Piano

The Learning Revolution Project highlights our own "conference 2.0" virtual and physical events and those of our over 200 partners in the learning professions. We also highlight good conversations about learning taking place between educators, learners, leaders, and others from the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional and home learning worlds. The Internet is shifting the boundaries of these worlds, and we believe that as they increasingly overlap and integrate these conversations will be critical to framing and preparing for the learning revolution starting to take place.

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  • Next Week: Twin Events on the Future of Museums. The New Media Consortium and LearningRevolution.com are gearing up for twin events about the "future of museums" on July 23rd & 24th. Both events are focused on four main themes from the NMC Horizon Report > 2013 Museum Edition: Bring Your Own Device, Location-Based Services, Crowdsourcing, and Makerspaces. ON JULY 23RD the NMC Virtual Symposium on the Future of Museums is an exclusive symposium for you, the curators, creators, innovators, museum professionals, and educators. In this limited-space event, engage with panels on these topics and help shape the conversation – get your burning questions answered! More information at go.nmc.org/future-museums. ON JULY 24TH LearningRevolution.com is hosting the free, online Future of Museums Conference, a collaborative global conversation about technology, museums, and the future. This event will be held from 10am - 5pm US-Eastern Time, and will feature keynote speakers Suse Cairns, Lath Carlson, Alex Freeman, Jeffrey Inscho, Barry Joseph, Elizabeth Merritt, and Holly Witchey, and crowdsourced presentations by your peers. Attendees can expect to learn best practices to implement in their museums, and will hear real-world examples of innovative practices in the field. Curators, creators, innovators, museum professionals, and educators are encouraged to present. The Call for Proposals will be open for one more week, so please encourage your peers in the field to submit soon! We are looking forward to these fun events, and to your participation. More information at www.futureofmuseums.com.
  • August 2014: Alternative (Non-traditional) Education Film Festival. In association with the 2014 Homeschool+ Conference, AltEdFilmFest will showcase seven films, with live broadcast director interviews. The film festival will feature La EducaciĆ³n Prohibida by director German Doin, The War on Kids by director Cevin Soling, Free to Learn by directors Bhawin Suchak and Jeff Root, Grown Without Schooling by director Peter Kowalke, Schooling the World by director Carol Black, Building the Machine by director Ian Reid, and The Ultimate History Lesson: A Weekend with John Taylor Gatto directed and produced by Tragedy and Hope Communications. Check out altedfilmfest.com for more information about the films, viewing options, and a schedule of live interviews with the directors.
  • Maker Party Starts Today!. We're excited to be announcing a great (and fun!) opportunity from Mozilla to celebrate teaching and learning the web with Maker Party. Through thousands of community-run events around the world, Maker Party unites educators, organizations and enthusiastic Internet users of all ages and skill levels. LearningRevolution.com shares Mozilla's belief that the web is a global public resource that’s integral to modern life: it shapes how we learn, how we connect and how we communicate. But many of us don't understand its basic mechanics or what it means to be a citizen of the web. That’s why we’re excited about this global effort to teach web literacy through hands-on learning and making with Maker Party. We encourage you to attend a Maker Party event in your community. It's a great chance to improve your knowledge of how the web works, while getting your hands dirty and having a little fun. Better yet, why not gather a few friends and throw a small event of your own. Join us, and learn to move beyond simply consuming the web to understanding and creating it, so it remains open, accessible and ours.

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The Drexel University Museum Leadership Program is a new Master of Science program to train the leaders of the future. Our broad conception of the field includes science, history, and cultural museums; living collections such as zoos, arboreta, and aquariums; and historical houses and sites. The program combines exceptional resources including the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, world-class local institutions, and an international network of forward-thinking museums and museum professionals, with Drexel’s strengths in applied education, arts administration, business, information science and online learning. More information at http://www.drexel.edu/westphal/graduate/MUSL/.

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One Week Calendar

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

  • Wednesday, July 16th at 9pm Teachers Teaching Teachers, Weekly conversations hosted by EdTechTalk, a collaborative open webcasting community. For more information, click here.
  • Sunday, July 20th at 7pm TechEducator Podcast, Technology. Education. Inspiration. Hosted by Jeff Bradbury, Sam Patterson, Jeff Herb, Christopher Nesi, and Wokka Patue. Live at http://www.teachercast.net/education/tclive/.
  • Sunday, July 20th at 8:15pm Kelly Tenkley: Want to Start Your Own School?, The Principalcast Podcast is weekly round table discussion about current topics in educational leadership. The concept was developed by Theresa Stager, who at the time, was a first year principal seeking ways to learn from others. Theresa reached out to Jessica Johnson, and they invited Spike to join. Principalcast began podcasting in September of 2013. Each week we interview teachers, principals, superintendents, authors and presenters to learn about how to become more effective educators! We are dedicated to being the lead learners in all that we do. During the first year we had 32 episodes that are available on YouTube, iTunes, and at Teachercast.
  • Monday, July 21st at 8pm TL News Night LIVE!, Going LIVE on the 3rd Monday of each Month! View here LIVE at 8pm EST. This is a LIVE show presented in news show format featuring a Wrap up of “This Month in School Libraries” and deeper discussion of topical school library issues with special guest experts. Did we mention it was LIVE?

For a full calendar of all upcoming events and conferences, click here.


  • Future of Museums, July 24th, 2014
    Upcoming deadlines: Presentation proposals will be accepted between now and July 21st for the Future of Museums conference. This free, online event will give those of you who work in the museum and archives fields an opportunity to share your passion for the future of museum services, spaces, and innovations. Conference strands include Bring Your Own Device, Location-Based Services, Crowdsourcing, and Makerspaces. Please see the call for proposals and consider submitting your proposal soon!
  • Homeschool+ Conference, August 7th + 8th, 2014
    Upcoming deadlines: The Call for Proposals for the 2014 Homeschool+ Conference is now open. Conference strands include Learning Theory, Homeschooling, Unschooling, Free Schools, Democratic Schools, Alternative and Non-Traditional Education, Student Presentation, Technology, Politics and Policy, and Faith-Specific Topics. Be sure to share this opportunity with your peers and colleagues - we'd love to see your proposal come in soon!
  • Gaming in Ed, September 15th - 19th, 2014
    Upcoming deadlines: The Call for Proposals for the inaugural Gaming in Ed conference is now open. Proposals can be submitted from now until September 1st, and we will begin accepting proposals after July 1st. Conference strands include Game-Based Learning: How to Use Games in Educational Settings, Games & Assessment, Connecting Educators With Game Developers: Make Your Voices Heard, Students as Content Creators & Game Designers, Research on Game-Based Learning, and Professional Development. Share your experience with game-based learning with an audience of game developers and peer educators!
  • Library 2.014, October 8th + 9th, 2014
    Upcoming deadlines: Presentation proposals will be accepted between now and October 1st for Library 2.014. This fully online, participatory conference presents a unique opportunity to showcase the excellent research and work that you do every day. How does your library manage digital collections? Is your library mobile friendly? Do you have a story to tell about maker spaces? Your participation as a presenter will steer the global conversation about the future of libraries. Please see the call for proposals and conference strands and consider submitting your proposal soon!
  • Global Education Conference, November 17th - 22nd, 2014
    Upcoming deadlines: The call for proposals for the 2014 Global Education Conference are now open. Proposals can be submitted from now until November 15, and we will begin accepting proposals June 1st. Please see the conference strands and consider submitting your proposal soon!

Highlighted Recordings

Jianzhong Wu from the Library 2.0 Conference - on "Library as a Source of Creativity: the Shanghai Experience"


Lisa Nielsen & Nikhil Goyal from the Learning 2.0 Conference - on "Personalized Learning"


Henry J. Eyring from the Future of Education Interview Series - on "The Innovative University"



Classroom 2.0

  • Lighting a Spark for Young Readers. Karen Cameron shares 10 tips for reading specialists, family literacy program coordinators, and parents to spice up reading. You’ve only been reading for seven to twelve years—and most of what you’ve read has been assigned and tested. This is true for many new readers, and may be true for some readers you know. Check out Karen's post for ideas about introducing new dimensions of reading to learners.
  • Help Wanted: PD for CCSS Math Teachers. Jackie Brody is looking for good resources to help the math teachers in her school district develop skills for teaching students to think mathematically. Do you have lessons or tools that help you move students beyond test-prep and into mathematical thinking? Share them here.

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  • Take Note. Open Colleges shared this recent article by Sara Briggs, digging deeper into the science of note taking. In a sense, note-taking is one of the most influential parts of the learning process: because students take notes as they process new material, the way they record that material becomes the way they remember it come test time. Sara reviews the literature on the cognitive effects of note-taking and gives examples of how we might teach better note-taking to students who struggle with this skill. Read more here.
  • Survey: Emotions and Gaming. Christothea Herodotou asks for game-playing participants to complete this short survey for a better understanding of emotional motivations for and responses to gaming. What types of games do you prefer? How often do you play? Do you play games with virtual friends? Fill out the short survey here.
  • 5:7:5 - Haikus About Education. Education Week recently asked their readers to submit original haikus about education. The poems included the touching, the troubling, the light, and the dark. From school counseling to ed tech, the haikus express a depth and sensitivity that we often miss in news stories, Twitter feeds, and full inboxes. Take a moment to read some of these education haikus submitted by your peers.

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Steve Hargadon

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