Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Learning Revolution - Week's Free Events - RSCON5 - The Wonderment - ISTE Reports - Genius Hour for Teachers

The Learning Revolution
Weekly Update

July 1st, 2014

Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.
- Bill Gates

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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  • 2014 Reform Symposium (RSCON5) Kicks Off Next Week. This free, online global event highlighting “wow” moments in teaching and learning will be held Friday, July 11th - Sunday, July 13th. There are some great events in store for attendees, including daily keynote panels, the Tech & App Swapalooza, Your Best Lesson sharing session, musical guests, and keynote speakers Dean Shareski, Vicky Loras, Paige Woodard, Amy Burvall, Kevin Honeycutt, Nick Sousanis, Valéria Benévolo França, Mark Martin, and Tosca Killoran. Be sure to bookmark the Conference Schedule (in your local time zone), and take a look at next week's sessions as the schedule fills in. Follow the Twitter feed for this event at #RSCON5 and be sure to let your peers know about this fun event!
  • HackEd14 Archived. We had so much fun at this year's ISTE Unplugged events, and it was great to meet and reconnect with so many of you! If you weren't able to attend, visit http://wiki.isteunplugged.com/ to see the unconference final schedule, with notes from the sessions and the group photos, and scroll through the Twitter feed at #HackEd14 to see what we were up to - the feed includes links to tools and apps shared during the amazing tech slam/smackdown. Thanks to all of you who contributed your time, insight, and topic ideas - you really made this event happen! A special thanks to the incomparable Peggy George, whose time and patience were critical to such a successful day.
  • Global Ed Day Makes a Big Splash. Donna Román said it best, as she describes how Global Ed Day at ISTE "burst to life with a filled-to-capacity room that overflowed into the hallway with educators eager to connect, share and learn." We were thrilled with the response to Saturday's event, and apologize to those of you who weren't able to get in. We hope you continued the conversation in the hallway! The energy around this event is especially exciting as we gear up for the fifth annual Global Education Conference - can't wait to see you there!

Learning Revolution Events

Partner Spotlight


The Wonderment, created by the non-profit Kidnected World, is a global co-creative platform that connects kids to make a difference and meet the world through the shared magic of imagination. Using the common language of wonder, kids and educators around the world can collaborate on creative challenges in an engaging and purposeful app environment that encourages self-directed creativity, global community and social-emotional learning. More information at http://www.thewonderment.com/.

Interested in becoming a Learning Revolution Partner? Please fill out a Partner Application today.

Partner Announcements

  • Moebius Noodles: Playing With Math: Stories from Math Circles, Homeschoolers, and Passionate Teachers brings together the stories of over thirty authors who share their math enthusiasm with their communities, families, or students. After every chapter is a puzzle, game, or activity to get you and your kids playing with math too. We are crowdfunding at crowd-funding at https://www.incited.org/en/projects/4992-Playing-With-Math---the-Book.

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.

  • June 29th - July 5th, 2014 in Puerto Madryn, Chubut, Argentina iEARN XXI International Conference: Creativity, Innovation, and Global Learning, iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) is a non-profit organization made up of over 30,000 schools and youth organizations in more than 140 countries. iEARN empowers teachers and young people to work together online using the Internet and other new communications technologies. Over 2,000,000 students each day are engaged in collaborative project work worldwide. The XXI International Conference features 4 conferences, 3 case study panels, 2 iEARN project panels, 1 media festival, 30 workshops, and 17 posters. Learn more here.
  • Wednesday, July 2nd at 9pm Teachers Teaching Teachers, Weekly conversations hosted by EdTechTalk, a collaborative open webcasting community. For more information, click here.
  • Sunday, July 6th at 9pm I Have a Question EdTechWeekly, Weekly attempt to crowdsource answers to education questions from our community of communities,. Tag your questions #eduquestion or post them on our Facebook page or Google+ community. Join in at http://edtechtalk.com/live/ihaq.
  • July 8th - July 11th in New Orleans, LA 21st Century Schools Summer Institute, The 2014 Summer Institute is comprised of two cutting edge workshops offering you strategies and tools that, if implemented properly, are guaranteed to increase student motivation, attendance, graduation rates, and test scores! The rapidly changing, globalized world of the 21st century places new expectations on education - and we are here to help you make those changes! Changes you are dealing with range from new technologies to new paradigms of learning and teaching, to the pressure to perform at high levels on ever-evolving standardized tests. The professional development offered in the Summer Institute 2014 will provide you with resources, strategies, curriculum design, assessments and more! Learn how to help your students not just meet, but exceed, the standards. Learn how to design and deliver curriculum that engages students, personalizes learning, develops critical 21st century skills and STEAM (STEM plus the Arts)! Learn more here.
  • July 8th - 11th in Manchester, NH Constructing Modern Knowledge: Learning Adventures for Creative Educators, Constructing Modern Knowledge is a minds-on institute for educators committed to creativity, collaboration and computing. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in intensive computer-rich project development with peers and a world-class faculty. Inspirational guest speakers and social events round out the fantastic event. Pete Nelson and other exceptional thought leaders to be announced shortly are among this year’s guest speakers. Learn more here.

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

Tony Wagner from the Global Education Conference - 2012 Keynote


David Albert from the Homeschool+ Conference - on "The Average Giraffe Sleeps 4.6 Hours a Day"


Heidi Hayes Jacobs from the Learning 2.0 Conference - on "Learning 2.0"

Hayes Jacobs

NMC Navigator Top Ten

Top Learning Tech Stories of the Week from the NMC/Horizon Project Navigator.

  1. Beyond the limits of traditional learning
  2. Where Teaching Meets Technology
  3. 11 Free Online Courses For Teachers (PD Opportunity)
  4. The Generation Raised on Touchscreens Will Forever Alter Tech Design
  5. Chicago's New High-Tech Lamp Posts Will Track Everything, Always
  6. Open access is not enough on its own – data must be free too
  7. Educational Technology Isn’t Leveling the Playing Field
  8. Starting and Maintaining a Virtual School
  9. Want to Learn to Code? There's a Board Game for That.
  10. 5 Ways to Prove IT Matters


Classroom 2.0

  • Genius Hour in Your Classroom. Many of us have heard of the Google-crafted "genius hour" - the 20% creative, exploratory time built into the work week. So what about genius hour in our own workplaces or in classrooms? Karen Cameron shares stories of two educators who give their students time to pursue their passions during class time and share their findings with the class. Everyone is exploring something they're curious about, teaching their peers about it, and learning about the interests of their classmates. What a great way to encourage inquiry and expression! How could you implement this philosophy into your school or work life?
  • Web 2.0 Tools For Livening Up Your Maps. Karen also shares her five favorite map generating tools, a real relief for the drawing-challenged or uninspired geography lesson! These tools allow you to embed interactive content, interesting overlays, and lesson-specific information to your maps. Great for teachers, great for students! Check them out here.

Education Revolution Google+ Community

  • Diversify Your Summer Reading List. Looking for ways to make your summer reading program appeal to a wider audience? Try including stories with diverse characters and cultural perspectives! Here's a great list from Mind/Shift for teachers and librarians who are looking to broaden their summer reading program offerings this year.
  • Common Core Math Standards: Difficult for New Learners or Just for Learners of the 'Old Math'?. This Sunday, the New York Times published an article called Math Under Common Core Has Even Parents Stumbling by Motoko Rich. The article talks about one Louisiana family who is choosing to homeschool their children next year based on their experience of trying to help their children with their homework, under the Common Core standards. There are two main issues in this article: the imposition of federal standards in publicly funded learning institutions, and the changes to the methods and models used to teach K-12 students. While either of these issues could be (and have been) debated ad infinitum, it is interesting to consider how much of the struggle for parents of CCSS taught students may be a result of the 'old-school' education they may have received. Were reciting the times tables through 12 really the right way to learn math? What do you think? Share your comments here.
  • 3D Printing: Adding Depth to Learning. Check out this article by Phil Taylor from 3DPrint.com, exploring the applications of 3D printing in today's learning environments. Teachers share how lessons involving 3D printers have improved engagement across diverse classrooms, among students performing at multiple skill levels. How is 3D printing being used in your classroom or library? Share your stories here.

See you online!

Steve Hargadon

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