Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Newsletter: Used PCs to Chromebooks (Today), New "Privacy Con" Speakers, More GlobalEd.TV, Quotes + News

Some great upcoming (and all free) Learning Revolution events are below. Of particular note are the special "turn your old pcs into Chromebooks" event today, the pretty amazing new speakers we have for "Privacy Con" (the Library 2.106 event next week), and new library events in June and October ("Library as Classroom" and "Libraries of the Future"). Plus some quote and news at the bottom to challenge your thinking!

March 8th, 4:00pm US-Eastern:  Webinar: CloudReady, Your Aging PCs + The Google Admin Console
Ever wish your existing, aging computers ran like your Chromebooks and could be managed in the Google Admin console?  Join Neverware and The Learning Revolution to learn how CloudReady does exactly that on up to 8 year old laptops or desktops, extending their life along with making them run faster to help preserve budget. Receive a special 15% discount at the end just by attending! https://technologyrescue.eventbrite.com

March 14th, 7pm US-Eastern: Webinar: Using EdTech to Supercharge Student Inquiry and Multimedia Literacy Skills
This is a free event, but you must register to attend and will be sent the event link. In the digital age, inquiry and problem-solving can span across a range of media and tools. For this reason, many educational standards, including the Common Core, emphasize the importance of being able to read, write, and interact across a range of media, platforms, and tools. This skill is often referred to as "transliteracy." This webinar will address how edtech tools like Blendspace and TES can: Help you and your students become more transliterate; Foster inquiry based learning; Support standards-aligned approaches to 21st century learning. https://www.tes.com/us/teacher-lessons/blendspace-webinar-student-inquiry

March 16th, 3:00 - 6:00pm US Eastern: Library 2.016: Privacy in the Digital Age 
The Learning Revolution and School of Information at San José State University are excited to announce the first of three Library 2.016 mini-conferences: "Privacy in the Digital Age." In this focused conversation, we will address the roles and responsibilities of libraries regarding the protections of intellectual freedom, privacy, free speech, information access, and freedom of the press. Are these still core values of the library profession, and if so, how are libraries and librarians responding to the increasing complexities of data tracking and desires for data-informed services and marketing? Keynote Speakers: Lee Rainie; Director, Internet, Science, and Technology Research; Pew Research Center; Jamie Larue, Director, Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association; Jonathan Hernández, Associate Researcher, Library and Information Institute, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM); Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Deputy Director, Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association; and Alison Macrina, Director, Library Freedom Project. Sign up to attend or receive the recordings HERE.

  • Barbara Bailey, Janet Nocek, and Peter Chase, three of the four librarians who in 2005 challenged an FBI demand for patron records that came without a court order and forbid them from telling anyone they had received it. Their topic will be "A Current Update on Library Records, Privacy, and National Security Letters."
  • Kelly Cottler, from the Gumberg Library at Duquesne University, on "Protecting Our Principles and Patrons’ Privacy on Social Media: Libraries Sharing Without 'Oversharing.'"
  • Bonnie Tijerina, Melissa Morrone, and Audrey Evans (see their June 2015 panel discussion on this at TA3M NYC).
  • Jessamyn West, the rural "rarin' librarian" on "Approaching the Privacy Topic with Patrons."
  • Julie Oborny, Web Librarian at the San José Public Library, on their "Virtual Privacy Lab."
  • Martyn Wade, Chair of the IFLA Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) Committee, on the IFLA Statement on the "Right to be Forgotten."
  • Raymond Pun, a First Year Student Success Librarian at the California State University, Fresno, on "The ALA's Core Value of Intellectual Freedom in China: Challenges and Progressions."
  • Shahid Buttar, Director of Grassroots Advocacy at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) on the crucial importance of libraries in the fight to protect privacy rights and intellectual freedom.
  • T.J. Lamanna, Adult Service Librarian at the Cherry Hill Public Library, on "Tor Relays Using Raspberry Pi."
  • M. Ryan Hess, Senior Librarian for Information Technology at the City of Palo Alto Library, "Make your Library a Privacy and Security Resource."

  • March 16th, 4pm US-EST: March GlobalEd.TV Broadcast with Lucy Gray - Exemplary Projects and Practices in Global Education 
    Host Lucy Gray welcomes guests: Julie Lindsay, Flat Connections; Will Piper, University School of Milwaukee; Pedro Aparicio; and ​Craig Perrier to discuss characteristics of great global projects and point listeners to inspiring project opportunities. http://mixlr.com/globaled-events/

    April 7th, 7pm US-EST:  GlobalEd.TV's March Webinar Is "Challenges and Strategies in Global Education"
    Bringing global education into the classroom is essential for 21st century ready students, yet with overwhelming schedules, budget cuts and standardized testing, how can this be accomplished? In Part II of this series, participants investigate real-world challenges when integrating global education into programs and develop strategies for success.​ Lisa Petro of Know My World hosts. Register at http://www.globaled.tv.

    April 25 - 29: Global Leadership WeekGlobal Leadership Week (GLW) is a weeklong convening of virtual and face to face events designed to celebrate leadership through global action in K20 education. GLW is an opportunity for education leaders to learn from one another and share effective principles in leadership, particularly within the context of an interconnected, global age. During Global Leadership Week, partner organizations, companies, school districts and individual schools will design and host virtual events to showcase thought leadership. These events will be listed on a GLW calendar posted to our website. The Global Education Conference Network’s flagship events during this week will be a face-to-face, invite-only international networking Global Leadership Summit at Edmodo headquarters and Global Leadership Day, a virtual mini-conference. During both convenings, high profile leaders will participate in discussions within a high energy, engaging format. These events will be streamed and recorded for public consumption; the subsequent recordings will be used as living artifacts to continually inspire leaders. All events will be free of charge to attendees. More information at http://www.globaledleadership.com.

    June 15: Library 2016 - "The Library as Classroom"
    The library as creative classroom means we approach the learning opportunities we create with thought, user-directed planning, and insights from research. This classroom may include physical spaces for instruction and discovery as well as online, multi-scale platforms aimed at social learning and participation. Join host Michael Stephens for this mini-conference that will include discussions and presentations on play, collaborative exploration of ideas and technologies, and other ways that academic, public, and K-12 library spaces that have become creative classrooms. More information and sign up at http://www.library20.com/classroom.

    June 25 - 28: ISTE ISTEunplugged 10th Anniversary!
    Each year hundreds of educators interested in social media, technology, teaching, and learning gather to build and participate in "unplugged"-style activities as a part of the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) conference. ISTEUnplugged.com events are free, thanks to the support (and latitude!) given us by the conference organizers and by our sponsors. Audrey Watters of Hack Education co-chairs our all-day flagship event this year, our "unconference" on teaching and learning (originally EduBloggerCon), followed by our evening "after-party." In our TENTH year, this event typically draws 200 - 300 participants from around the world. We start by building a session schedule together and then spend the rest of the day in engaged conversations around amazing topics. A HUGE thanks to ISTE for making this all possible!

    Sunday, June 28th Afternoon - Global Education Day
    Our fourth-annual Global Ed Summit is a 3-hour mini-conference organized by Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon for those interested in globally-connecting students and teachers, and a physical followup to the hugely popular online Global Education Conference. While no charge, you do need to be attending ISTE and to register separately for this event at http://www.globaledmeetup.com.

    October 6: Library 2.016 - "Libraries of the Future" 
    As libraries shape their futures – and adapt to the future needs of their communities – what are the near- and long-term trends that point to our brightest opportunities. What can we learn from library innovators and innovators from other sectors and industries that will help us shape the future we want and that our communities aspire towards? Explore with us some of the key trends that point toward specific futures for libraries, and engage in conversations with civic, social, and education innovators to learn more about what they think about the future, and how libraries can become an integral part of their future visions. Libraries and librarians are well-positioned to envision the future – at the intersection of information, education, technology, and community – and this dialogue will help bring our best thinking together with the exciting visions of our collaborators, allies, and partners. More information and to sign up at http://www.library20.com/future.

    Quotes Worth Noting
    • "Education by choice, with its marvelous motivating psychology of desire for truth and the exercise of this desire for truth, will make life ever cleaner and happier, more rhythmical and artistic." - Buckminster Fuller
    • "Children are nowhere taught, in any systematic way, to distinguish true from false, or meaningful from meaningless, statements. Why is this so? Because their elders, even in the democratic countries, do not want them to be given this kind of education." - Aldous Huxley
    • "We know that children are capable of peak experiences and that they happen frequently during childhood. We also know that the present school system is an extremely effective instrument for crushing peak experiences and forbidding their possibility. The natural child-respecting teacher who is not frightened by the sight of children enjoying themselves is a rare sight in classrooms." - Abraham Mazlow
    • "Academies that are founded at public expense are instituted not so much to cultivate men’s natural abilities as to restrain them." - Baruch Spinoza
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