Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Learning Revolution Newsletter - Week's Events - GlobalEd Waitlist - CoSN - Google Forms - Breaking Down Library Walls - Better Than College - OZeLive Kudos

The Learning Revolution
Weekly Update

February 25th

Never let formal education get in the way of your learning.
- Mark Twain

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.


  • GlobalEdCon Celebration and Meetup Reminder. For those of you who missed our Thursday announcement, Lucy Gray and I will be generously hosted by the Sidwell Friends School for a GlobalEdCon Celebration and Meetup in Washington DC on Tuesday, March 18th. In 2014, we are celebrating the fifth anniversary of GlobalEdCon and we're excited to share information about our future plans with you at this face-to-face event. We also would like to thank those who have supported our previous events and introduce ourselves to others who may share our vision. The event filled almost immediately, but you can sign up to be on the waitlist here.
  • CoSN 2014 Annual Conference Reminder. March 19th - 22nd in Washington DC will be the annual CoSN Conference. CoSN is designed for education leaders to better understand their changing roles in creating the new face of learning, and it's a great event with terrific history and high-powered speakers. The conference starts with an opening "Town Hall Forum" with the Hon. Bob Wise and Yong Zhao, has David Pogue as closing keynote, and has special pre- and post-conference events and tours. Join us Thursday and Friday of the conference for CoSN Camp, an unconference event. Included in the fun will be "Spectacular Failures," a fast-paced sharing of risk-taking adventures that taught us something valuable (read: failures)! I'll be there helping the organizers, as well as sharing one of my own many "spectacular failure" stories. Don't miss the fun!
  • Look for Events from These New Partners at Learning Revolution. We're excited to announce this week's new event partners: Digital Wish, Know.Do.Serve.Learn., National Geographic Education, New Media Consortium, and The Steve Sinnott Foundation. Are you interested in becoming a partner of the Learning Revolution? Apply here!
  • New Website and Newsletter Feature: Partner *Announcements*. We've had the opportunity to work with some great partners over the years, and want to be able to share news and projects from our partners with newsletter readers. Today we'd like to encourage our partners to submit their announcements by filling out the form available here. We will share these updates in a new Partner Announcements section in Tuesday's newsletter, and will tweet these announcements via @learnrevproject. This is our way of saying thank you for all of your support!
  • Learning Revolution Online Conference: Call for Proposals. The call for proposals for the inaugural Learning Revolution Online Conference will open on Thursday and we'll be sending a separate email to announce this. This event will bridge the conversations about learning that are taking place in schools, libraries, museums, work places, and home learning worlds. Mark your calendars for April 21st - 25th, and look for more information in this Thursday's special announcement.

One Week Calendar

All events are listed in US-Eastern Standard Time. To become an event partner and have your events listed here, please email
  • Wednesday, February 26th at 3:30pm Our Corps for the Core: BrainPOP and the Common Core Standards, The BrainPOP educators team shares BrainPOP’s rich history of creating engaging and rigorous content, and how our videos, games and teacher support materials address the underlying goals as well as the specific requirements of the Common Core State Standards. Click here to register.
  • Wednesday, February 26th at 9pm Teachers Teaching Teachers, Weekly conversations hosted by EdTechTalk, a collaborative open webcasting community. For more information, click here.
  • Thursday, February 27th at 11am Creating Connected Learners Through Virtual Exchange: Assessing the Impact of Virtual Exchange, Part of a month-long webinar series co-hosted by the Exchange 2.0 Coalition and The Digital Media & Learning Research Hub. Virtual exchange can equip young people with the skills and inclination to deal constructively with difference. How do we measure impact, and why do metrics matter? Join here.
  • Thursday, February 27th at 4pm in St. Charles, IL Common Sense Media - 1-to-1 Essentials: A Roadmap for Schools, Learn about Common Sense Media’s 1-to-1 Essentials Program, a roadmap for schools implementing 1-to-1 tablets. This session guides participants through three phases of 1-to-1 planning: Envision, Communicate, and Implement. Learn more here.
  • Thursday, February 27th at 5pm TICAL - Mobile Technology and the Common Core, This 45-minute webinar offers an overview of a professional development program in Arkansas where teachers of grades K-8 are using multiple mobile technologies and free or low-cost apps and web-based tools to address ELA standards through student-created e-books and screencasting. Click here to register.
  • Saturday, March 1st at 12pm CR20 LIVE Weekly Show - Google Forms in the Classrooms, Classroom 2.0 LIVE is an opportunity to gather with other member of the community in regular "live" web meetings. Details to join the webinar here. Follow us on Twitter #liveclass20.
  • Sunday, March 2nd at 1pm CoSN - Wisconsin CTO Clinic, Join the Wisconsin Educational Technology Leaders (WETL) and CoSN for their first Annual CTO Clinic! WETL is committed to advancing the roles of district technology leadership and transformative learning environments across the state. No Cost/Members and $249/Non-Members. Register here.
  • Monday, March 3rd at 9:15am PST in Hollywood, CA Common Sense Media - Identifying the Learning Potential of Apps, Websites, and Games,, a free service by Common Sense Media, offers four great ways to identify and integrate digital tools into your teaching. Learn more and register here.
  • Monday, March 3rd at 11am PST in Hollywood, CA Common Sense Media - Identifying the Learning Potential of Apps, Websites, and Games,, a free service by Common Sense Media, offers four great ways to identify and integrate digital tools into your teaching. Learn more and register here.
  • Monday, March 3rd at 8pm TL Virtual Cafe: Breaking Down Library Walls, Learn how to use Google Hangout and Edmodo and more to break down the library walls and connect with other people from around the world. See examples of how Shannon and I are doing it (poetry summit, virtual debate, author visits, class vista etc). Join via Blackboard Collaborate here.
  • Tuesday, March 4th at 12pm CST in Austin, TX Common Sense Media - Inspiring Advocacy through News and Digital Media, While technology provides exciting, innovative teaching opportunities, it also introduces tremendous challenges. Most crucially: How do we help kids gain a skill set in proper online behavior so they can become responsible digital citizens? And how can we use digital media and the authentic learning opportunities that this connectedness brings us to inspire students to take civic action? Learn more and register here.

For a full list of all upcoming events, click 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

Brandon Wiley from the Global Education Conference 2013 - on "Six School-Wide Strategies to Globalize Your School"


Susan Hildreth from the Library 2.012 - on "A Vision of 21st Century Libraries"


Blake Boles from the Future of Education - on "Better Than College"



Classroom 2.0
  • Going global for Natural Disaster Preparedness Month. Alabama educator, Shannon Hill, and her 3rd grade students are interested in sharing their natural disaster preparedness presentations with a global audience. They've created a wiki space where other classrooms can share their own presentations, give feedback, and engage with her students. This is a great way to share, Shannon! Read more here.
  • Classroom activity to facilitate active listening. Karen Cameron shares this 8 step exercise to teach students (and teachers) how to actively listen to their peers. Her post, Do You Hear Me Now?, shares the guidelines, rules, and reflective activities associated with this exercise. Thanks for sharing, Karen!

Education Revolution Google+ Community

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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.


We had a great time at OZeLive 2014 over the weekend. This inaugrual Ed Tech Down Under conference made a big splash with participants, too!
Brilliant, rich resource sharing.
-Carol Teitelman
Loved that this was open to anyone from around the world.
-Megan Iemma
Excellent way to bring different people together and in an efficient method of exchange.
-Kathryn Stoerzbach

Final Notes

Coach Carole and an intrepid organizing committee pulled together the first ever OZeLive - Ed Tech Down Under - virtual conference this past weekend (the recordings are already up HERE). They did a great job, and with Amy Brinkley's help, have given us a model that we're calling "host your own conference." With 40+ session for a specific time zone, we think this is a great model and are now anxious to plan some other similar events--most immediately for Africa and India. Do let us know if you have any ideas for specific groups or geographical areas that you think might be ready for this kind of event.

See you online!

Steve Hargadon

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