Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Learning Revolution - Ed Tech Down Under at OZeLive - Exploring the Learning Process - Student Liberation Handbook

The Learning Revolution
Weekly Update

January 28th

It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.
- Albert Einstein

Welcome to the Learning Revolution. The technologies of the Internet and the Web are reshaping where, when, and from whom we learn. The Learning Revolution Project highlights virtual and physical events from Web 2.0 Labs and its partners. These events bring together educators, learners, leaders, and others to rethink and reinvent education. To receive the weekly Learning Revolution newsletter, please join the Learning Revolution network.


  • Announcing OZeLive - Ed Tech Down Under on February 22nd and 23rd. On a very fast schedule, we're announcing OZeLive -- the free, Australia time-zone friendly educational technology virtual conference. The team from Australia e-Series in collaboration with The Learning Revolution, are very excited about the first conference in 2014. Call for proposals now open! We invite you to join our network at OZeLive.com and consider presenting and/or attending any of the strands for this event. Backchannelling and promotions will appear in Twitter under #ozelive.
  • Save the Dates: March 6 + 7 - Exploring the Learning Process. Our second conference under the Homeschool banner will be a broad learning event, inviting and including participation from the school, library, museum, and homeschool communities. We're looking to bridge these worlds into a larger conversation on when, how, and where learning takes place and can be facilitated.
  • Student Liberation Handbook: Volume I. The Student Liberation Handbook Volume I is almost here! Chapter contributions in this volume come from Blake Boles, David Loertscher, Marc Crompton, Ann Michaelsen, Lisa Nielsen, Mattias Davidsson, and Jackie Gerstein. Look for an announcement in coming weeks.

One Week Calendar


  • The inaugural OZeLive - Ed Tech Down Under online conference, February 22nd and 23rd
    Upcoming deadlines: Presentation proposals are being accepted between now and February 15th, 2014. Please see the conference strands and submission instructions here.
  • The free School Leadership Summit online conference, March 27th, 2014
    Upcoming deadlines: Presentation proposals are being accepted between now and March 15th, 2014. Proposals are be accepted on a rolling basis, so consider submitting now! Please see the instructions for submitting a proposal here.

Highlighted Recordings

Peter Gray from the 2013 Homeschool Conference - on "Free to Learn"


Buffy Hamilton & Kristin Fontichiaro from the Future of Education Interview Series - on "School Libraries"


Audrey Watters from the Learning 2.0 Conference - on "Learning 2.0"



Classroom 2.0
  • Have the Common Core Standards changed how you teach?. Connecticut educator, Laurelle Wilson, wants to know if the Common Core State Standards have positively or negatively impacted your classroom teaching practices. This has been a hot topic for our combined education networks, so share your experiences with Laurelle here.

Education Revolution Google+ Community
  • YouTube channel for Calculus lessons. Calculus Videos thought we might be interested in sharing their web resources with our community--we are! More and more, educators are complementing their classroom teaching with supplemental, at-home material. This might be a great tool for the math teachers in our community. Enjoy!
  • Bringing Macbeth to your classroom via Google Hangouts. Annabelle Howard is looking for other teachers to participate in a four week lesson reading Macbeth. The online adaptation is available in multiple language formats, and the project will involve using Hangouts to meet with other participating classrooms for discussion. How fun! If you'd like to learn more about how your classroom can participate, check out Annabelle's post.

Future of Education
  • Eliminating Homework, Teaching Soft Skills. Future of Education member, Mariam Haleem, shared a thoughtful post exploring the teaching of soft skills and making a case for eliminating homework. The main purpose of schools nowadays is to impart soft skills, life skills or even inter-personal skills. Considering that, isn’t it time for schools to reconsider the idea of “homework”? What do you think? Go here to share your thoughts with Mariam.

Submit a Video or Quote

We'd like to feature a user submitted video each week. Get creative! Post your short video answer to the question: What does the learning revolution mean to you? We'll be highlighting one video each week, and sharing the rest on our YouTube channel. You need to include #learningrevolution in the title of your YouTube video.


Do you have a great quote on education? Send us your favorite education quote to add to our collection and we'll be sure to give you a shout out in our next newsletter.

This Week's Submissions

  • A child's work is to create the person she will become.
    - Maria Montessori
    Thanks to Thomas Johanson!
  • We are all just walking each other home.
    - Ram Dass
    Thanks to Keith Tompkins!

Final Notes

We had a two terrific nights of global education meetings in New York this week, and would love to find a model for doing these more broadly. It was great to meet face-to-face with supporters of the Global Education Conference and to tell new people about it. One of the best of many outstanding outcomes from the visit was our meeting with four 11th grade girls from Marymount School who want to run an online student technology conference next year. Of course, we said we'd give them our full support! In fact, we cannot wait! The technologies of the Web have opened so many doors to authentic contributions and experiences--by both students and educators--and we're so delighted to be a part of this.

See you online!

Steve Hargadon

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