Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Learning Revolution Newsletter - Weekly Free Event Calendar - Conference Keynotes Update - Edcamp USDOE - Digital Citizenship

The Learning Revolution
Weekly Update

June 3rd, 2014

Discovery is seeing what everyone else has seen, and thinking what nobody else has thought.
- Albert Szent-Gyorgi

The Learning Revolution Project highlights our own "conference 2.0" virtual and physical events and those of our over 200 partners in the learning professions. We also highlight good conversations about learning taking place between educators, learners, leaders, and others from the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional and home learning worlds. The Internet is shifting the boundaries of these worlds, and we believe that as they increasingly overlap and integrate these conversations will be critical to framing and preparing for the learning revolution starting to take place.

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  • Keynote Confirmations Coming In. As we're arranging for keynotes for upcoming conferences, we're getting lots of great confirmations. The Future of Museums Conference will feature Elizabeth Merritt and Alex Freeman. Gaming in Ed Conference has confirmed so far Barbara Chamberlin, Seann Dikkers, Steve Isaacs, Michael Levine, Marianne Malmstrom, Peggy Sheehy, Peter Stidwill, David Thomas, and Dan White. This year's Library 2.014 Conference confirmations include Susan Hildreth, Peter Morville, Helen Partridge, Michael Stephens, Barbara Stripling, Roy Tennant, Joyce Valenza, and David Weinberger. And finally, the 2014 Global Education Conference will feature Rana Dajani, Daniel Edelson, Kern Kelley, Jennifer D. Klein, Tonya Muro, Thomas Röhlinger, Homa Tavangar, and Jennifer Vollmann. Stay tuned, we're still working on lots more for each of these events.

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One Week Calendar

All events are listed in US-Eastern Daylight Time. To become an event partner and have your events listed here, please email admin@web20labs.com.

  • Wednesday, June 4th at 9pm Teachers Teaching Teachers, Weekly conversations hosted by EdTechTalk, a collaborative open webcasting community. For more information, click here.
  • Friday, June 6th at 8am - 3pm in Washington, DC Edcamp US Department of Education: Leading, Learning, Listening, Edcamp US DOE will be an intimate gathering of teacher leaders and policy leaders in order to discuss the most important issues in education. Every conversation will focus on finding actionable solutions and answering tough, asset-based questions. The day will explore 3 themes: policy, ConnectED, and best practice. Interactive conversations will be proposed on the morning of the event, honoring every attendee's authentic voice. Learn more here.
  • Saturday, June 7th at 12pm CR20 LIVE Weekly Show with Toni Plourde: Earning Your Learning, Using the iOS 7 for iPad(iPod,iPhone), we will explore ways to maximize the way students can engage and enhance their own learning. Students engage in content creation , with the mantra "Earning your learning", by a variety of iPad apps and accessibility features. Supporting students to create their own social stories, listen to their own e-books, engage in ed-gaming and more will encourage independent life-long learning and skills. Details to join the webinar at http://live.classroom20.com.
  • Sunday, June 8th at 4pm Common Sense Media: Digital Citizenship - Seeing the Big Picture, with Dr. Jason Ohler. In our community’s next webinar, Dr. Jason Ohler helps us consider how to use digital citizenship to help our students and ourselves navigate our rapidly evolving world. We’ll address how to develop strategic plans, approaches to character education, and cooperative relationships between parents, schools and students that can help students blend their digital and non-digital lives into one safe and engaged approach to being students and global citizens. In addition, we’ll look at the history and future of digital citizenship, and how to help students learn to use technology and the internet safely and responsibly, while maintaining a sense of inspiration and opportunity about the value of both in their lives. Join Jason on June 9th for a big-picture view of digital citizenship. Learn more and register here.
  • Sunday, June 8th at 8pm I Have a Question EdTechWeekly, Weekly attempt to crowdsource answers to education questions from our community of communities. Tag your questions #eduquestion or post them on our Facebook page or Google+ community.
  • Monday, June 9th at 8pm TL Virtual Cafe - #TLChat LIVE!, Second Monday of each month is the Teacher Librarian Twitter Chat. Follow #TLChat on Twitter to participate.

For a full calendar of all upcoming events and conferences, click here.


  • Future of Museums, July 24th, 2014
    Upcoming deadlines: Presentation proposals will be accepted between now and July 21st for the Future of Museums conference. This free, online event will give those of you who work in the museum and archives fields an opportunity to share your passion for the future of museum services, spaces, and innovations. Conference strands include Bring Your Own Device, Location-Based Services, Crowdsourcing, and Makerspaces. Please see the call for proposals and consider submitting your proposal soon!
  • Gaming in Ed, September 15th - 19th, 2014
    Upcoming deadlines: The Call for Proposals for the inaugural Gaming in Ed conference is now open. Proposals can be submitted from now until September 1st, and we will begin accepting proposals after July 1st. Conference strands include Game-Based Learning: How to Use Games in Educational Settings, Games & Assessment, Connecting Educators With Game Developers: Make Your Voices Heard, Students as Content Creators & Game Designers, Research on Game-Based Learning, and Professional Development. Share your experience with game-based learning with an audience of game developers and peer educators!
  • Library 2.014, October 8th + 9th, 2014
    Upcoming deadlines: Presentation proposals will be accepted between now and October 1st for Library 2.014. This fully online, participatory conference presents a unique opportunity to showcase the excellent research and work that you do every day. How does your library manage digital collections? Is your library mobile friendly? Do you have a story to tell about maker spaces? Your participation as a presenter will steer the global conversation about the future of libraries. Please see the call for proposals and conference strands and consider submitting your proposal soon!
  • Global Education Conference, November 17th - 22nd, 2014
    Upcoming deadlines: The call for proposals for the 2014 Global Education Conference are now open. Proposals can be submitted from now until November 15, and we will begin accepting proposals June 1st. Please see the conference strands and consider submitting your proposal soon!

Highlighted Recordings

Natalia Gil de Fainschtein from the Global Education Conference - on "La Educación Necesita Más Realidad Aumentada, Con o Sin Computadoras"


Bill Kist from Reinventing the Classroom - on "Differentiating in a Community: A Key to Reinvention"


Buhle Mbambo-Thata from Library 2.013 - on "Positioning African Libraries for the Digital Age"


NMC Navigator Top Ten

Top Learning Tech Stories of the Week from the NMC/Horizon Project Navigator.

  1. 6 Mistakes You Might Be Making with Technology Integration
  2. What Students Will Learn In The Future
  3. Minecraft’s virtual worlds can teach real U.S. history
  4. The Backchannel: Giving Every Student a Voice in the Blended Mobile Classroom
  5. In Defense of the Lecture
  6. Practice Makes Perfect: Truth Or Fiction?
  7. How can teachers inspire learning? By empowering students
  8. What’s Really At Stake? Untangling the Big Issues Around Student Data
  9. ButtonMasher: Storytelling beats action in new games
  10. The Internet of Things Will Thrive by 2025


Classroom 2.0

  • Improving Classroom Discussions by Asking Better Questions. Classroom 2.0 super member, Karen Cameron, has shared ten sets of questions that can help facilitate conversations in the classroom and encourage participation from some of your quieter students. Check out these discussion inspiring questions here. Thanks, Karen!
  • Attention Librarians, You've Got a Reference Question!. Washington educator, John Garrett, has been asked to help increase his sixth and seventh grade students' typing speeds. Part of meeting the goals set by his principal is doing some research to find out what the average typing speeds (WPM) are for students ages 10 - 13. Is there an existing benchmark of typing speed skills for this age group? Librarians and research-fans, take it away! Get in touch with John to share your results here.
  • Self-Publishing an e-Magazine. Musarat Anjum has volunteered to produce to an e-magazine for her school. She's hoping that some of you have favorite web tools and/or software that you could recommend for her brave undertaking. Get in touch with Musarat here.

Education Revolution Google+ Community

  • Too Cool For School - Innovative Teachers Abound!. Narenda Gilhotra shared this great BuzzFeed article sharing some of the amazing things teachers are doing in their classrooms. What a fun way to wrap up the school year, with stunning examples of exciting lessons (including an exploding jack-o'-lantern) and passionate teachers (including a rapping mathematician). Check it out here.
  • What Students Really Need (A Student Perspective). Christothea Herodotou shared this article by Valerie Strauss and Sam Levin, where we hear from Sam what students really need. Sam's done some pretty amazing things as a high school (and now a university) leader, and he's not interested in rhetoric about giving students a voice. Read about what Sam thinks students really need here.
  • Assessment: Don't Throw the Baby Out With the Bath Water. Laurie Corzett shares this Mind/Shift article by Anya Kamenetz, a report on a middle school that has found a way to keep learning standards high while walking away from standardized testing. Read the story of this Kentucky school, and how the vision of Bate Middle School's leadership and teaching staff has made a huge difference in student engagement and performance here.

Global Education Conference

  • Mark Your Calendars!. Global Education Conference Co-Chair, Lucy Gray, reminds the GEC Advisory Board and those interested in getting more involved with this year's event of some important meetings coming up. Take a look at the update and plan to join us!
  • Character Education for a Challenging Century: October 22nd - 24th, 2014. The Character Education for a Challenging Century conference will bring together a global community focused on the theme of “Character education for success in life and work” at the International School of Geneva. Join leading educators, policymakers, and executives to discuss solutions to the crucial questions: Which character traits matter most for the 21st century? And how are they best developed? Learn more here.

See you online!

Steve Hargadon

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