Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Learning Revolution Events - Announcing Online Google Summit - Film Fest Big Week - Curiosity Hacked

The Learning Revolution
Weekly Update

August 13th, 2014

A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.
- Horace Mann

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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  • Announcing the first-ever CUE + Learning Revolution Online Summit Featuring Google for Education. We’re taking Google education summits online! CUE and The Learning Revolution (that's us!), the producers of the Google Teacher Academy and the Global Education Conference, are joining forces to expand globally connective opportunities for educators. This September, we will be hosting the first ever Online Summit Featuring Google for Education, highlighting the work of Google Certified Teachers, Google Education Trainers, Google Educators and Googlers themselves. This event will take place entirely online, all sessions will be recorded via Google Hangouts on Air, and participants will have access to recordings indefinitely. Registration and more information is available at
  • Alt Ed Film Fest. It's a big week for the Alt Ed Film Fest director interviews. Be sure to check out the schedule below to make sure you're able to join us for some great interviews with the directors of Free to Learn, Grown Without Schooling, and Schooling the World. If you missed any of last week's interviews, be sure to check them out at

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Curiosity Hacked is a national non profit organization, founded in the Fall of 2012 in Oakland CA, that focuses on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) education, skill building and community engagement with the aspiration to help our children develop skills in the areas they are truly interested in, abilities that would allow them to dream big and create big. More information at

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One Week Calendar

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  • Tuesday - Thursday, August 12th - 14th at 8pm Alt Ed Film Fest, Join us for three evenings of live director interviews with Bhawin Suchak & Jeff Root on Free to Learn, Peter Kowalke on Grown Without Schooling, and Carol Black on Schooling the World. See the schedule and view each interview at
  • Friday, August 15th at 10am Google EdTechTeam Summit: Five Skills to Help You Discover, Use, and Share Great Digital Tools for Learning, As technology is integrated into classrooms, teachers need to know how to discover and use quality tools for learning, while meeting Common Core standards. Learn about five important skills for teachers, including how to: discover high quality apps, websites, and games for students; evaluate the learning potential of these tools; curate tools into useful collections; innovate by reimagining lessons to seamlessly weave in technology using a framework called App Flows; and collaborate by sharing best practices with other teachers on how you’re using digital tools in your classroom. Learn how you can achieve these five skill with Graphite, a free service by Common Sense Media. In a hands-on session, you’ll practice these important skills and reflect on how they can help you integrate technology into your curriculum.
  • Saturday, August 16th at 11:30am Making a Better World: Teaching Digital Citizenship and 21st Century Skills, Students grow up in a digital world with potential for communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creation. How can we help students participate safely, responsibly, and ethically in digital spaces? Learn about the eight 21st century learning skills students need to learn about digital citizenship. You’ll learn about free, research-based curriculum to help teach students safe, responsible, and respectful participants in a digital world, while fostering 21st-century skills and meeting ISTE and Common Core Standards. The curriculum is available online as downloadable lessons, and as iBooks textbooks, with interactive activities, videos, and assessments. You’ll also learn about Digital Passport, a game-based interactive for students in grades 3-5 that teaches the “rules of the road” for digital citizenship, and how to engage families with the Connecting Families program. You’ll do hands–on work by getting familiar with the curriculum, sampling lessons, and much more.
  • Saturday, August 16th at 12pm CR20 LIVE Weekly Show: Paul Bogush on "Assessments That Don't Suck", Is there a single kid in your class who looks forward to taking a test? Is regurgitating answers on a test that were learned by studying the night before causing your kids to have massive fits of boredom? Assessments can be fun, challenging, and memorable. Join us as we talk to Paul Bogush who will share 9 assessments that don't suck during a fun, challenging, and memorable Classroom 2.0 discussion. Details to join the webinar:
  • Monday, August 18th at 4pm Steven Anderson on "Building a Solid Digital Citizenship Program from Day One", The beginning of the school year is such an important time for digital citizenship. Schools are distributing their Acceptable Use Policies or Responsible Use Policies. Students may have access to new technologies. Teachers are often planning on integrating new digital tools into their teaching. And parents may be hopeful about the educational potential of digital tools, but also anxious about their kids’ media use. What are some ways for you to start off the school year right and set the foundation for your digital citizenship program throughout the year? Hear from Steven Anderson, who will share advice and strategies to build a positive school culture around digital citizenship. Get inspired with practical ways you can implement your digital citizenship program, and involve the school community throughout the year!
  • Monday, August 18th at 8pm TL News Night LIVE, 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.


  • 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. Please see the conference strands and consider submitting your proposal soon!

Highlighted Recordings

Scott Nine from the Homeschool+ Conference - on "From protest to politics: A provocation about the future of learning in the U.S."


Jackie Gerstein from the Homeschool+ Conference - on "Maker Education: An Idea Whose Time Has Come"


Blake Boles from the Homeschool+ Conference - on "Hogwarts for Unschoolers"


NMC Navigator Top Ten

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

  1. Higher education, business can collaborate in many ways
  2. Bandwidth Exceeded
  3. Wireless Charging, at a Distance, Moves Forward for uBeam
  4. Why Some Schools Are Selling All Their iPads
  5. Teens Run $67K Data Center Researching Cure for Cancer
  6. Self-assembling origami robot is world's first Transformer
  7. Comfortably numb: how virtual reality can soothe nervous patients
  8. AI, Robotics, and the Future of Jobs
  9. In the Bustling, Interactive Classroom, A Place for Digital Games
  10. The Beginner’s Guide To The Internet Of Things


Education Revolution Google+ Community

  • Space, Google, and You. Brian Fagioli writes about Google Chrome's A Spacecraft for All beta test in his latest article. Users can explore space from the vantage point of a satellite, pausing along the way to watch news footage, lectures, and interviews with some of the amazing people involved in space exploration over the last several decades. This is a great Google experiment for you to share with your students and library users. Watch the amazing work that goes on behind the scenes during one of the most incredible crowdfunded research projects, the ISEE-3 Reboot Project. Try it yourself here.
  • Redeisgn Your Classroom. A recent article from Mind/Shift, written by Therese Jilek, reviews some of the classroom design innovations taking place at Hartland-Lakeside's school district in Wisconsin. Teachers realized that differentiated methods and changing their learning expectations for students required an environment that was radically different than rows or groups of desks. Creating comfortable spaces that reflected the world outside of the classroom began to take shape. Ranging from living room style comfort, to coffee shop style booths, these classrooms incorporate multiple design principles to facilitate many types of learning. Read more here.
  • The Case Against Full Day Kindergarten: Part 1. Amy, of Wildflower Ramblings and Hip Homeschool Moms, shares the first installment of her case against full day Kindergarten. Part 1 discusses how Kindergarten has changed from a playful learning atmosphere into an assessment-driven environment and how this negatively affects children. Amy's experience as a former Kindergarten teacher and now a homeschooling parent has made her an advocate of the half-day Kindergarten schedule -- what do you think? Share your thoughts here.

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Steve Hargadon

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