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The Learning Revolution
Weekly Update

August 19th, 2014

Perhaps the greatest joy is learning how to motivate yourself.
- Floyd Maxwell

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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  • Did you miss the annoucement of our Online Summit Featuring Google for Education? September 6th + 7th!. We’re taking Google education summits online! The Learning Revolution Project is joining forces with CUE to expand globally connective opportunities for educators this September by hosting the first ever Online Summit Featuring Google for Education. This event will take place entirely online and all sessions will be recorded via Google Hangouts on Air. $40 registration includes access to recordings indefinitely, CUE membership and benefits for one year, and an opportunity to network with other educators interested in Google products across the United States and potentially the world. More information or register here!
  • Gaming in Ed: September 15th - 19th. Join the inaugural Gaming in Ed conference. This is a free event bringing together educators, researchers, game developers and innovators from around the world, being held Monday September 15th - Friday September 19th. Whether you're passionate about game-based learning or just getting your toes wet, Gaming in Ed celebrates the value that games offer in educational settings: a safe environment for taking on new roles, opportunities for creative problem solving and experimenting, and learning from failure. When done well, games can foster collaboration, strengthen critical and systems thinking, pose adaptive challenges, and spark inquiry. With guidance from educators, students aren't just players, but critical evaluators of games and game designers themselves. This conference will offer a variety of perspectives, from educators and game developers to researchers and administrators. Our goal is to have you walk away with practical information and inspiration for furthering game-based learning in class and beyond. The call for proposals is open until September 1st, so please share this opportunity with your colleagues. See you there!
  • We're about to announce three additional conferences for 2015: Maker Education, Reinventing Higher Ed, and Digital Citizenship. We're so excited about each--let me know at if you want to help or be a part of the planning for these! Look for more information in the coming weeks.

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One Week Calendar

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  • Wednesday, August 20th at 9pm Teachers Teaching Teachers, Weekly conversations hosted by EdTechTalk, a collaborative open webcasting community. For more information, click here.
  • Saturday, August 23rd at 12pm CR20 LIVE Weekly Show: Carlos Fernandez on 81DASH, Join us this week to hear Carlos Fernandez share about 81DASH, a revolutionary communication platform for educators. Classroom 2.0 LIVE is an opportunity to gather with other member of the community in regular "live" web meetings. Visit for details.
  • Sunday, August 24th at 8:15pm Principalcast: Chris Wejr on Preparing for the New School Year, The Principalcast Podcast is weekly round table discussion about current topics in educational leadership. 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.

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  • 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

Monica Cochran from the Homeschool+ Conference - on "SelfDesign Learning"


Carol Black from the Alt Ed Film Fest - on "Schooling the World"


Cevin Soling from the Alt Ed Film Fest - on "The War on Kids"


NMC Navigator Top Ten

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

  1. Harvard’s 1,000 Kilobot swarm demonstrates the future of robotics
  2. 50 apps for the new school year
  3. Using Design Thinking to Create a School from Scratch
  4. Is This The School Library Of The Future?
  5. Magnets Join Race to Replace Transistors in Computers
  6. Creating an Ever-Flexible Center for Tech Innovation
  7. Canvas Network Announces Minecraft MOOCs and App in a Suite of 15 MOOCs for K-12 Teachers, Students and Parents
  8. MIT Team Turns 6.9 Million Clicks Into Insights To Improve Online Education
  9. New Technology Brings Science Education to Life
  10. 15 Cool Tech Tools For Education Market Differentiation


Classroom 2.0

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  • Kids Need You in Their Corner. Rita Pierson shares her passion for developing meaningful, personal connections with each student in her recent TED Talk. Are you looking forward to making new connections this year?
  • Homeschooling Becoming Popular in the South. A recent article by T. Keung Hui of the News Observer describes the growing popularity of homeschooling in North Carolina. Citing a combination of dissatisfaction with Common Core implementation and the absence of religious lessons in public education, homeschooling has grown significantly in the past few years in the state. The state estimates there are 98,172 home-schoolers, marking the first time that North Carolina’s home-school enrollment has surpassed the number in private schools. Are these trends common among families you know?
  • First Female Winner of the Fields Medal in Mathematics. Iranian mathematician and Stanford professor, Maryam Mirzakhani, makes history as the first woman to be awarded a Fields Medal for her work with the application of mathematics to understanding dynamical systems. Read more about Mirzakhani's work and the work of her peers here.

Final Notes


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Steve Hargadon

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