Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Learning Revolution Events - Online Reform Symposium This Week - Tweetwood Mac - Future of Museums Deadline

The Learning Revolution
Weekly Update

July 9th, 2014

The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.
- Albert Einstein

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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  • Reform Symposium 2014 (#RSCON5) This Week - July 11th - 13th. Just a few days left before the free, online global event highlighting “wow” moments in teaching and learning kicks off. There are some great events in store for attendees, including daily keynote panels, the Tech & App Swapalooza, Your Best Lesson sharing session, musical guests, and keynote speakers Dean Shareski, Vicky Loras, Paige Woodard, Amy Burvall, Kevin Honeycutt, Nick Sousanis, Valéria Benévolo França, Mark Martin, Todd Nesloney and Tosca Killoran. Be sure to bookmark the Conference Schedule (in your local time zone), and take a look at this weekend's sessions as the schedule fills in. Follow the Twitter feed for this event at #RSCON5, like Reform Symposium on Facebook, and be sure to let your peers know about this fun event!
  • Submit Your Future of Museums Proposal. We've got some great submissions for the July 24th Future of Museums Conference. We'll continue to accept proposals through July 21st, so be sure to share the call for proposals with your peers in the museum world. Check out the conference schedule to see confirmed sessions and start planning your day with us!
  • Homeschool+ Conference Update. We're really excited about the second annual Homeschool+ Conference, August 7th + 8th, with three days of pre-conference keynote sessions. We've got a great list of keynote speakers lined up, including Carlo Ricci, Jamie McMillin, Leslie Barson, Blake Boles, Monica Cochran, Pat Farenga, Matt Hern, Paula Rothermel, Ocean Robbins and Oliver DeMille. Presentation proposals are being submitted, and it looks like we'll have a fantastic schedule again this year. Be sure to share this conference flyer with your peers who are interested in home-based learning and alternative education. We're looking forward to your participation!
  • Tweetwood Mac. Those of you who were able to join us for the HackEd After Party at ISTE will be familiar with Kevin Honeycutt and Shane Howard's band, Tweetwood Mac. If you missed out on their live performance, be sure to check them out on Facebook at Kevin and Shane, we want to give you a huge thank you for making for such a fun evening in Atlanta!

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The International Librarians Network (ILN) peer mentoring program is a facilitated program aimed at helping librarians develop international networks. We believe that innovation and inspiration can cross borders, and that spreading our networks beyond our home countries can make us better at what we do. The ILN is run by volunteers all around the world and is open to anyone working in the library and information industry at no cost. The only requirements to participate are an Internet connection, fluent English skills, an hour each week and a desire to build professional connections and learn from colleagues. More information at

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Partner Announcements

  • Next Vista for Learning: Our summer short video contest for teachers, students, or collaborations between the two is in motion. Creatively explain something one might encounter in school in 90 seconds or less, helping students to learn, and perhaps earning yourself a gift card! Details at:
  • Deadline: July 25th: Early bonus deadline for the Creative Strength summer 90-second video contest. Details at:
  • Sanderling - Free Course Offering: Participants explore educator projects on eduClipper, create a resource for their own classroom use, and earn a digital Open Badge linked to evidence of their work. The course is free for all participants. Go to and create a free account. Click the "Courses" tab and sign up for the eduClipper course.

One Week Calendar

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  • Wednesday, July 9th at 9pm Teachers Teaching Teachers, Weekly conversations hosted by EdTechTalk, a collaborative open webcasting community. For more information, click here.
  • Thursday, July 10th in Nashville, TN Common Sense Media - Identifying Quality Apps, Websites, and Games for Learning, As technology is being integrated into classrooms, teachers are searching for quality apps, websites, and games for student learning. is a free service that helps PK-12 discover, use, and share the best digital learning products. Graphite is a free platform that offers rigorous ratings and reviews of apps, websites, games, and digital curricula—for teachers, by teachers. Teachers can search for product reviews and filter by categorizing products by type, grades, subjects, and price. Each tool is aligned to Common Core Standards. Reviews cover the learning potential of digital tools, looking at three main factors: engagement, pedagogy, and support. Principals can use Graphite as the “go to” resource for teachers and tech coordinators integrating technology and selecting tools for learning. More information here.
  • Friday, July 11th - Sunday, July 13th Reform Symposium Free Online Conference (RSCON), RSCON5, will take place July 11-13th, 2014 and feature 50+presentations/open talk discussions, 11 keynote speakers from across the globe, panel discussions, tech/app/lesson swaps, and plenaries, Dean Shareski and Kevin Honeycutt. Join the Future of Education community to keep updated with these events and connect with over 10,000 educators worldwide. Collect awesome badges for each session you attend. Scroll down to see the general conference program. Don't forget to share our #RSCON5 Flyer with your staff and colleagues. More information here.
  • Friday, July 11th in New Orleans, LA How Common Sense Media's digital citizenship and EdTech tools help schools harness digital media and technology to transform education and enhance and enrich learning., The inservice will address our digital citizenship, 1:1, and graphite tools for the classroom. Educators will spend an hour learning about the current landscape of technology use for kids, and how our digital citizenship curriculum can address these issues in their classrooms. Educators will then explore sections of our 1:1 program to learn more about how they can refine their 1:1 device use at their schools. Lastly, educators will spend most of their time learning about graphite and directly interacting, curating, and sharing tools as we explore. More information here.
  • Sunday, July 13th - Friday, July 18th, 8:30am - 5pm in Providence, RI Summer Institute in Digital Literacy, During the week-long URI Summer Institute in Digital Literacy, workshops will: Discuss and reflect on how literacy is changing as a result of media and technology and the implications of this cultural and technological shift for teaching and learning at all levels; Examine the purpose and application of various digital tools and technologies that might be used to enhance teaching, learning, and creative response in K-12, higher education, afterschool and library settings; Apply knowledge and skills in using digital texts, tools and technologies as demonstrated through hands-on practical creative activity; Engage in phases of project-based inquiry and curriculum design to explore how to integrate digital literacy into existing academic programs in both formal and informal learning environments. More information here.
  • Sunday, July 13th at 9pm 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. Join in at
  • Monday, July 14th at 12pm in Morgantown, WV Common Sense Media: Harnessing the Potential of Ed Tech For Learning, The inclusion of ed tech in classrooms is changing teaching and learning. But teachers face challenges, including responsible student use of technology, 1-1 integration, finding and using great content with students, and engaging parents around these issues. Join Common Sense Media, a nonprofit dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology, to learn how schools and teachers can help students harness the potential of ed tech for learning. You'll be introduced to their K-12 Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum and Digital Passport, both of which teach students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly with technology. You’ll also learn about the 1-to-1 Essentials program to help your school plan and build a positive school culture around 1-to-1 integration. Lastly, learn how to discover and use the best apps, websites, and games for students with Graphite. Leave with ideas and free resources you can implement immediately. More information here.
  • Monday, July 14th 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!
  • Homeschool+ Conference, August 7th + 8th, 2014
    Upcoming deadlines: The Call for Proposals for the 2014 Homeschool+ Conference is now open. Conference strands include Learning Theory, Homeschooling, Unschooling, Free Schools, Democratic Schools, Alternative and Non-Traditional Education, Student Presentation, Technology, Politics and Policy, and Faith-Specific Topics. Be sure to share this opportunity with your peers and colleagues - we'd love to see your proposal come in 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

Marc Prensky from the Learning 2.0 Conference - on "Learning 2.0"


Randi Weingarten from the Global Education Conference - "2012 Keynote"


Yale Wishnick from the Homeschool+ Conference - on "How Home Schooling Can Save Our Country"


NMC Navigator Top Ten

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

  1. Boston Is Getting Solar-Powered Park Benches That Charge Your Devices
  2. NASA Explores A New World: Crowdsourcing Ideas
  3. Virtual flashlight reveals secrets of ancient artefacts
  4. Report: Importance of Data's Physical Location Diminishing
  5. Micro Cars Drive Sustainability Research at 4 Universities
  6. 10 New Technologies You Should Know About
  7. The Role of Peer Assessment in a Maker Classroom
  8. Why It’s Difficult For Your Library to Lend Ebooks
  9. College Prestige and Internet Speed Don't Go Hand-in-Hand #Infographic
  10. Parents choose online education for children


Classroom 2.0

  • Early Engagement With Parents of Next Year's Students. Connecting during the summer is a great way to introduce yourself and establish good relationships with parents of next year's students. Give parents a chance to get prepared for next year as much as you will be! Karen Cameron shares great tips and a template for a note that you can send to your class' parents this summer. Great idea - thanks, Karen!
  • Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Tools. Classroom 2.0 member and Oregon school programs leader, Brock Rowley, is interested in learning about behavioral assessment tools that some of you may use in your schools to assess kindergarten readiness. Check out Brock's post here and share the assessment tools you're using.
  • Continue Learning on Summer Break. Karen Cameron shares 5 Creative Ways to Stop Summer Slide - great for parents, librarians, and home learners! From participating in global treasure hunts, to working on new vocabulary, Karen suggests great ways to keep kids engaged while enjoying the summer vacation. Read more here.

Education Revolution Google+ Community

  • EU Multilingual Families eStoryBooks Published. Months ago, we shared an announcement from global educator Joel Josephson asking for participants and submissions for the Multilingual Families eStoryBook project. The eStoryBooks have now been published, one for ages 0-6 and one for ages 6-10, and you're invited to read and review them here. Thanks to those of you who submitted work for this project, and thank you to Joel, who has shared the progress of this project along the way!
  • Lessons on Play from Finnish Educators. Laurie Corzett shares this article by Tim Walker discussing the findings of research on the Finnish play model and it's impact on student classroom engagement. The study found that when students are given frequent breaks to play outdoors with their peers, their ability to focus on classroom activities increases. Conversely, students tend to be distracted and disengaged when breaks are delayed or infrequent (can anyone relate?). What’s most important is not where kids take breaks but how much freedom we give them from their structured work. Read more about Walker's experience here.
  • Tell Us How You Really Feel. Our friends at edSurge walked the floors at ISTE last weekend to get a feel for how educators really feel about the Common Core standards. Mary Jo Madda wrote this article where she shares the buzz around the good, the bad, and the ugly of Common Core. So where do we go from here? Share your ideas here.

See you online!

Steve Hargadon

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