Monday, December 12, 2011

This Week: Crucial Ed Conversations, Edublog Awards Show, Unplug'd Canada, Community News, and the Hack Education Podcast!

Welcome to week eight of this new weekly blog post / email, including the round-up of the week's news and the always-fun podcast with Audrey Watters in which we kept finding ourselves asking: "what would Finland do?" "is a sophisticated factory education still a factory education?," and "do institutions perpetuate the problems they were created to solve?"

  • Tuesday, December 13th, (8pm US-Eastern Standard Time), as part of the series, I'll be interviewing David Maxfield, co-author of  coauthor of two New York Times bestsellers, Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success and Influencer: The Power to Change Anything. David will draw from his academic and business background to discuss the lesson of counter-intuitive courage which is required to avoid teacher burnout and to help effect educational change--and the five crucial conversations that therefore drive educational excellence. The details and connection information page is HERE.
  • Wednesday, December 14th, I'm co-hosting the annual Edublog Awards show, which starts at 7pm US-Eastern Standard Time. Connection information will appear on the official site shortly. You can also keep voting for your favorite social media in education projects in 19 categories until 11:59pm US-Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, the 13th. To support (vote for!) one of my projects, see this blog post.
  • Thursday, December 15th (8pm US-Eastern Standard Time), students, teachers, and business leaders involved in the Blue Valley Schools - CAPS Program come will be our guests of CAPS, the Blue Valley's Center for Advanced Professional Studies in Kansas, brings juniors and seniors from all Blue Valley high schools for a "unique learning opportunity to deeply explore their interests in a  profession-based learning approach." Designed to inspire students to succeed in Bioscience, Business, Engineering, and Human Services, CAP brings together industry and education for student-driven learning through authentic problem-based work projects. "CAPS is all about students solving real problems, with real tools (used by real professionals), being mentored by real employers, leading to real contribution." Details and connection information HERE.
  • The topic for Saturday, December 17th Classroom 2.0 LIVE! show will be "Unplug’d Canada" featuring co-presenters Rodd Lucier, Ben Hazzard, Tom Fullerton, Alec Couros and Zoe Pipe. Unplug’d Canada was a gathering of Canadian educators discussing what it means to be a teacher, a learner and a change agent and publishing the shared stories, essays and personal insights of the collective vision of the group. Show details and information about "tuning in" are HERE.
  • Don't forget to plan for ISTE Unplugged if you're planning to attend ISTE 2012 conference in San Diego. This will be the fifth year of EduBloggerCon (which is being renamed SocialEdCon), and the always-popular Bloggers' Cafe! More details coming soon, but be sure to add Saturday, June 23rd, into your calendar for when you are making your travel plans! We're also planning both a Global Education Summit and an "Ed Incubator" event--a chance for small and teacher-led ed tech start-ups to demonstrate their projects. 
  • The Library 2.012 worldwide virtual conference is tentatively scheduled for October 3 - 5!
  • The recordings are now posted for last week's interviews with Melia Dicker ("Reschool Yourself") and Lisa Nielsen ("An Out-of-the-Box Conversation on Education"). Terrific conversations!

Blogger Audrey Watters (Hack Education) sits down with me (virtually) each week to discuss the ed tech news of the week and drill down on stories that have caught her eye (and attracted her writing talent). Audrey is a writer for the NPR education technology blog MindShift, for the data section of O’Reilly Radar, and for the Edutopia blog.

Here's the direct link to our latest podcast: The podcast feed link is


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