Monday, October 07, 2013

The 2013 Reform Symposium This Week - Online, Free, and with Amazing Speakers and Presenters

The fourth annual Reform Symposium Free Online Conference (RSCON) starts this Friday, October 11th, running for three days and in conjunction with Connected Educator Month. It's an online global event highlighting “wow” moments in teaching and learning, and the entire conference will be held online using the Blackboard Collaborate webinar platform, running out of my community.

This year's amazing keynote lineup Sugata Mitra (Opening Plenary), Nicky Hockly, Rafael Parente, John Spencer, Jose Vilson, Chuck Sandy, Mark Barnes, German Doin, Mallory Fundora, Chris Lehmann, Barbara H. Sakamoto, Sue Waters, Steve Wheeler, Josh Stumpenhorst, Angela Maiers, Mark Moran, and Salome Thomas-El.

This year's distinguished panelists: Erin Klein, Ozge Karaoglu Ergin, Steven Anderson, Jackie Gerstein, Lisa Dabbs, Carla Arena, Burcu Akyol, Thomas Whitby, Pam Moran, Tom Murray, Dr. Alec Couros, Silvia Tolisano, Nicholas Provenzano, and Joe Dale.

 Did I mention that this is all free?  :)

A full list of the current conference schedule, in US-Eastern Daylight Time, follows. To attend the conference, come to the site to look at the conference schedule in your own time zone (OK, I'm still quite proud of this method) at And be sure to join the host network to be kept up to date on all conference activities.

Friday, October 11
  •  WELCOME ADDRESS, KEYNOTE: Nicky Hockly, MUSIC by The Book Supplier
  •  OPENING PLENARY: Dr. Sugata Mitra
  •  Creativity with Kids - Using Online Tools - Michelle Worgan
  •  Ensuring that an educational technology project succeeds- Terry Freedman
  •  Leveraging Mobile Devices to Develop Autonomy in Reluctant Learners - Rafranz Davis
  •  Rethinking the Importance of Digital Citizenship at Your School - Holly Clark
  •  The Power of Educational Infographics - Mia MacMeekin
  •  Tips and Tools to Teach Memorable Lessons - Roseli Serra
  •  PANEL: Transforming Education with Technology
  •  Affective Storytelling with Young Learners - Juan Alberto Lopez Uribe
  •  New Kids on the Blog - Dina Dobrou
  •  Sound ideas to stimulate creativity in the language classroom - Mike Harrison
  •  Student-Teacher-Facebook, Yes or No? - Marijana Smolčec
  •  Surfing safe on the net - Eva Buyuksimkesyan
  •  Project Based Learning - giving it a go in the English Classroom - Jenny Luca
  •  Six Degrees of Separation: Using Our Connections to Improve Global Learning - Jen Marten
  •  Student-generated apps, animations, & infographics – can they lead to higher levels of understanding? - Derek Barkalow
  •  Teenage Kicks (for Grown-Ups) - Fiona Mauchline
  •  Urban Legends Through Digital Storytelling - James Gubbins
  •  What is this 'new' writing? Shedding light on Multimodality - Lucia Bodeman
  •  KEYNOTE: Rafael Parente
  •   iAuthor a Global iBook on the iPad by Meg Wilson
  •  Around the World in Nearly 80 Days - Sonya Van Schaijik
  •  Direct Your Own Learning - Edna Sackson
  •  Mentoring is not just for novices - Tamas Lorincz
  •  Picture Perfect Apps - Tia Simmons
  •  Attending to Student Narratives: A Curriculum of Lives - Shawn White
  •  Curating Content in the 21st Century - Tia Simmons
  •  Online Learning- Encouraging learners of English to connect and to learn English Actively - Ika Sari L Wibowo
  •  Shifting Learning - David Truss
  •  Workshop Model: Getting kids to 'talk back' to any text and enjoy (not fear) reading. - Laura Gilchrist
  •  KEYNOTE: John T. Spencer

Saturday, October 12
  •  WELCOME ADDRESS, KEYNOTE: Chuck Sandy, MUSIC by Steve Bingham
  •  Autonomous Professional Development Begins at Home - Marisa Constantinides
  •  Jazz up your classes with technology - Jennifer Verschoor
  •  The Granny Cloud - Suneeta Kulkarni
  •  Transdisciplinary learning: the need for collaboration - Mary Collins
  •  Using Skype to connect international teachers to learners in Malaysia - Anita Adnan
  •  Working in the Global Classroom - A Teacher’s Journey - Michael Graffin
  •  ARGENTEGYPT- An Online Collaboration Project - Maria Bossa
  •  Dry Erase Surfaces in the classroom: Uncap creativity, expression, and enthusiasm for learning - Laura Gilchrist
  •  Homework – A Powerful Tool for Individualizing Learning for Struggling Teen and Adult Learners. - Naomi Ganin-Epstein
  •  I speak meme! - Nina Jerončič
  •  Publish your ePortfolio using Weebly - Valerie R. Burton
  •  KEYNOTE: German Doin, The Forbidden Education
  •  How to use Puppets to Promote How to use Puppets to Promote Student Learning Student Learning - Sam Patterson
  •  Individualized Instruction for Enhancing Work Efficiency - Dr.Revathi Viswanathan
  •  Language Learning in 29 languages – a lifetime adventure - ANNA VARNA
  •  Online collaboration to improve teaching and learning - Martin Burrett
  •  Teaching English to Scientists. The best of all worlds - Elizabeth Anne
  •  Armed with Empathy: Creating a Classroom Climate for Collaboration - Dan Curcio
  •  Educators as Social Networked Learners - Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D.
  •  From School Improvement Plan to Professional Bookclubs: Connecting PD to School Goals - Miranda Rose
  •  Give Them Homework They Will Love - Nataša Božić Grojić
  •  I am NOT just a teacher. A new mantra. - Cecilia Lemos
  •  Virtual Exchange Projects: Motivating teens to communicate - Rosemere Bard
  •  PANEL: Leading and Inspiring Teachers
  •  Digital Metamorphosis Based on Sir Ken Robinson´s Three Flourishing Principles - Carla Arena
  •  Disability and diversity: are teachers up for social change outside the classroom? - Miguel Mendoza
  •  Educational Leadership: Creating the Conditions for Passion and Innovation - Chris Wejr
  •  Gamifying Your Class - Alfonso Gonzalez
  •  If you build it. they will come: Flipping Professional Development - Dr. Will
  •  What adult language learners learn from children by Leo Selivan
  •  10+ Techniques for Empowering Students to Becoming Globally Connected Educators and Content Creators - Noel Feria
  •  Facilitating Inquiry - Heidi Siwak
  •  Integrating the Four Skills and Tech tools in the English Classroom: Get your students to read, write, listen and SPEAK. - Fabiana Laura Casella
  •  Mystery Location Calls via Skype or Google Hangout - Paula Naugle
  •  The Power of Project-Based Learning - Shelley Wright
  •  This I Believe Narratives (with Technology component) - Maggie Maslowski
  •  KEYNOTE: Mallory Fundora of Project Yesu, Angela Maiers, Mark Moran
  •  Be A Newscaster - Tara Benwell
  •  Extraordinary Learning For A Digital Age (ELFADA) - Jo Hart
  •  Passionate Learners - Giving Our Classroom Back to Our Students Starting Today - Pernille Ripp
  •  The Kindness Project - Malu Sciamarelli
  • 7:00pm
  •  Facilitating “Wow” Learning through Humor, Novelty, Awe, and Fascination - Joan Young
  •  Gamification on a Shoestring - Jake Duncan
  •  Learning Math through inquiry and deepening Mathematical thinking - Lana Fleiszig
  •  Secrets of the Remix Mash-up Generation - Gwyneth Jones
  •  “The Wall” - 8 meters Augmented reality in a school hallway - Mats Larsnäs
  •  KEYNOTE: Chris Lehmann
  •  Developing Creative Thinking Ability in EYL: Based On an Inquiry Lesson for Nursery 1 Level in MindChamps PreSchool - Pravita Indriati
  •  Developing learner-centred inquiry & thinking - "The what, how and why" - Gareth Jacobson
  •  SEL in our schools - Fiona Birkin
  •  The Changing Space (Face) of Education - Anne Mirtschin
  •  The Greatest Stories Never Told: Showcasing Learning Thorugh Social Media and Web Tools - Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.
  •  KEYNOTE: Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto, "The Iceberg and the Whale: Wow Moments in Teacher Growth"

Sunday, October 13
  •  WELCOME ADDRESS, KEYNOTE: Sue Waters, "Putting the Pieces Together Through Digital Curation" MUSIC: Fluency MC
  •  KEYNOTE: Steve Wheeler
  •  Building Playgrounds - Tim Wilhelmus
  •  Digital Exit Strategies - Using Technology to Check Student Learning - David Read
  •  Doing Research in a Networked World - Cherry Mathew Philipose
  •  Ice Breakers and Warm Ups for All Ages- Faisal
  •  Magic Tricks in EFL with Young Learners - Barbara Bujtás
  •  Remote teaching, distance learning, team teaching or blended learning? - Graham Stanley
  •  Connecting You AND Your Classroom Globally - Todd Nesloney
  •  Culture Chat: Teacher as a resource - Kieran Dhunna Halliwell
  •  From teacher networked learning to transformation in your classroom - Vance Stevens
  •  nABLEing All Learners: Mobile Devices as Transformational Technology - Luis Perez, Ph. D.
  •  Visually Inspire Your Students! - Janet Bianchini
  •  EDINSPIRE CEREMONY with KEYNOTE: Josh Stumpenhorst
  •  ELT Sandbox – Promoting language learning through gaming - David Dodgson
  •  Lifelong Learning in the Learning Lab - Arjana Blazic
  •  Literacy in connected world - Meenoo Rami
  •  Making The Most of Reading - James Taylor
  •  The Teacher as Scaffold Builder - Marisa Constantinides
  •  Call and Response Tunes to Practice Verb Tenses - Jason R. Levine
  •  Connections Through Inquiry - Kelly Tenkely
  •  Flipping classroom roles - Akevy Greenblatt
  •  Guided Discovery Learning in ELT CLasses - Evridiki DAKOS
  •  How to turn your learning management system into an online playground - Sylvia Guinan
  •  PANEL: Rethinking The Way We Learn
  •  If I Can Do It So Can You - Maizie Avihayil
  •  I’m an EAP teacher… but who am I? - Adam Simpson
  •  Not your old school academic writing assignment - Tyson Seburn
  •  Podcasting and Broadcasting in your Classroom with TeacherCast - Jeffrey Bradbury
  •  Shadowing Students as an Effective Observation Strategy for School-wide Leadership and Change - Michael Berry
  •  Transforming Education with Augmented Reality - Todd Nesloney
  •  10 Sites I Can't Live Without in My Innovative Math Class - Paula Naugle
  •  Educating Myself with Twitter - Fred Boss
  •  Genius Hour - Gallit Zvi
  •  Getting Out Of The Way - Students Take Charge Of Their Learning - Jon Samuelson @ipadsammy
  •  Mobile learning scenarios with tablets, social media and OER @ a Highschool in Cologne, Germany - André J. Spang
  •  KEYNOTE: Angela Maiers & Mark Moran, Choose2Matter
  •  Cultivating Curiosity: STEM in the Elementary Classroom - Sara Hunter
  •  Flipped Class & PBL - Todd Nesloney
  •  Global Education for All: The Effect of Mobile TechEd on Learners in Developing Countries - Diana Gross
  •  How to make the most out of Twitter and Facebook in classrooms - Sevim Açıkgöz
  •  Voracious Vocabulary - Joquetta Johnson
  •  Everyday Sustainability - Examples of Home Technology Choices for Empowering Students to Assess Value for Their Own Use - Bernd Nurnberger
  •  Programming in Math Class - David Wees
  •  Taking Action to make Changes in and to the World - Tosca Killoran
  •  The Magic of Games : "D'Amazing Race" Project - Ratnavathy Ragunathan
  •  The Power of Crowdsourcing - Holly Clark
  •  The World Needs Your Contribution--Really! How my PLN Changed Everything - Denise Krebs
  •  CLOSING PLENARY: Salome Thomas-EL, Principal EL, "The Immortality of Influence: Believing Every Child Can Achieve Their Dreams"

This is the first year I've been associated with the conference, and I'm so glad to be able to help to bring these incredible lineup to our "conference 2.0" audience through the magic of virtual technology. The organizing committee members themselves are "top drawer:" Shelly Terrell, Clive Elsmore, Chiew Pang, Kelly Tenkely, Chris Rogers, Paula White, Bruno Andrade, Cecilia Lemos, Greta Sandler, Peggy George, Marcia Lima, Jo Hart, Phil Hart, Dinah Hunt, Marisa Constantinides, Nancy Blair, Mark Barnes, Lisa Dabbs, Jake Duncan, and Sara Hunter.

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