Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Learning Revolution Events - AltEdFilmFest - Homeschool+ - Gaming in Ed Call for Proposals - Open Letter from a Highly Creative Child

The Learning Revolution
Weekly Update

August 5th, 2014

One of the reasons people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure.
- John W. Gardner

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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  • It's a Big Week For Us!. This week we kick off the second annual Homeschool+ Conference and the Alt Ed Film Fest! We're really excited for both of these events, and look forward to seeing many of you there! Just like our library, museum, and traditional education events, the Homeschool+ Conference is all about learning, so do consider joining us even if it's a new conversation for you. Please also see the notes below to learn more about how you can get involved with these events.
  • We Need Your Help This Week. We're looking for volunteers to help us support all of the great sessions taking place this Thursday and Friday, August 7th & 8th at the second annual Homeschool+ Conference. We'll provide the training and lots of support to those of you who are able to volunteer an hour or two of your time this week. Volunteering to help moderate sessions is a great way to get to know the presenters and to get better connected with our online learning communities. Please sign up to volunteer here. Thank you in advance for all of your help!

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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.

  • Tuesday, August 5th at 7pm & Wednesday, August 6th at 8pm Alt Ed Film Fest Live Director Interviews with German Doin and Cevin Soling, Many of us take our education for granted. But what did we really learn in school, and who decided what was important for us to know? Was there a gap between what we learned in the classroom from our teachers, from our peers, and what we needed to know throughout the rest of our lives? What does the type of education we receive say about the world it prepares us to enter? These and many other questions are addressed in the seven documentaries chosen for this year's Alternative Education Film Festival. From homeschooling to unschooling, from Buenos Aires the Himalayas, and from America's common core to the self-directed 'curricula' of many home learners, we hope these films stimulate and inspire you to think about education's role in creating your life and the world. Join us at http://www.virtualfilmfestival.com/live.html this week for live interviews with German Doin of La EducaciĆ³n Prohibida and Cevin Soling on The War on Kids.
  • Tuesday, August 5th - Friday, August 8th Homeschool+ Conference, Join us for evening keynote speakers and two days of open conference sessions at the second annual Homeschool+ Conference. We're excited to feature keynote speakers Leslie Barson, Blake Boles, Monica Cochran, Oliver DeMille, Pat Farenga, Matt Hern, Jamie McMillin, Jerry Mintz, and Carlo Ricci. Check out the conference schedule and join us!
  • Wednesday, August 6th at 9pm Teachers Teaching Teachers, Weekly conversations hosted by EdTechTalk, a collaborative open webcasting community. For more information, click here.
  • Saturday, August 9th at 12pm Classroom 2.0 LIVE Weekly Show with Kyle Pearce, Kyle Pearce is a Tech Integration Specialist, MS math teacher & coach/curriculum developer in 1:1 environments @MathletePearce. Classroom 2.0 LIVE is an opportunity to gather with other member of the community in regular "live" web meetings. Special thanks for this go to our sponsor, Blackboard Collaborate, for providing the service that allows us to do this!
  • Sunday, August 10th at 8:15pm Principalcast: Ben Gilpin on #Edcampleadership, The Principalcast Podcast is weekly round table discussion about current topics in educational leadership. Each week we interview teachers, principals, superintendents, authors and presenters to learn about how to become more effective educators! We are dedicated to being the lead learners in all that we do.
  • Monday, August 11th at 8pm TL Virtual Cafe - #TLChat LIVE!, Second Monday of each month is the Teacher Librarian Twitter Chat. Follow #TLChat on Twitter to participate.
  • Monday, August 11th at 6pm PDT Galvanize San Francisco: gSchool Open House, Galvanize is excited to announce that gSchool is launching in our new SOMA campus! We're welcoming all prospective students, instructors, mentors, guest speakers and potential employers to join us for a gSchool SF Open House! Past students, current hiring partners, and the instruction team will be there to answer any questions and present on what gSchool is all about. Food and drinks will be provided! RSVP at http://gschoolsf.splashthat.com/.

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


  • 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

Elizabeth Merritt from the Future of Museums Conference - on "Temporal Tourism: a brief visit to 3 museums of 2030"


Alex Freeman from the Future of Museums Conference - on "NMC Horizon Report > 2013 Museum Edition Highlights"


Denise Jones from the Future of Museums Conference - on "Infinite Art"


NMC Navigator Top Ten

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

  1. How Technology Is Helping Students Take Ownership Of Their Work
  2. New vision-correcting display shows promise
  3. Let's Build Something Together-Maker Spaces and 20% Time
  4. A Quick Reminder That Technology Can Be Wonderful Telepresence robots make it possible for people with disabilities to visit museums.
  5. Technology in the classroom: myth vs reality
  6. Carts, 1:1 and BYOD: The Journey Towards Personal Student Devices
  7. edX CEO: 'It Is Pathetic That the Education System Has Not Changed in Hundreds of Years'
  8. Lessons courtesy of the robot in the classroom
  9. Duke Libraries Offers E-Books and Audiobooks for Personal Mobile Devices
  10. Beaverton School District Will Award Technology Grants to 17 Teams of Teachers


Education Revolution Google+ Community

  • Why eBooks?. Julie Long's recent article in the SecurEdge Networks Blog lists several reasons that eBooks are good solutions for classroom content. From limiting our environmental footprint to teaching students advanced search skills to better navigate bulky text books, and from enriching text with multimedia content to freeing up physical spaces in our classrooms and libraries, eBooks certainly have a lot to offer. But what about the tactile reading experience of paper books, or the quickly scribbled notes in the margins that are inspired by our reading? Depending on your reading device, this all seems to be possible with eBooks. What do you think? How have your reading habits changed? Read more about eBooks here.
  • A Young Learner, on Learning. Kathryn P. Haydon, founder of Ignite Creative Learning Studio, writes the widely popular Open Letter to Adults from a Highly Creative Child on the Creativity Post. Haydon writes a letter from the perspective of a young creative learner to his teachers, responding to common criticisms of student behaviors. Often you say other things about me, like I’m a dreamer and I have a hard time paying attention, or that I need to apply myself. When you say these things, I’m not sure what you mean because I see myself differently. Read this letter -- can the students in your life relate to these mixed messages? Do you remember what it was like to deal with competing messages from adults in your life?
  • Planning Your #BestYearEver. Todd Finley writes 9 Ways to Plan Transformational Lessons: Planning the Best Curriculum Unit Ever, a great article for those of you who are kicking into high gear with planning for the upcoming school year. Citing educational research in student choice and creative instruction, Finley outlines some great curriculum design strategies. Behind the scenes, transformational teachers conscientiously labor over curriculum plans that look simple and even elegant to classroom observers. Find out how they do it here.

Global Education Conference

  • How You Can Get Involved with the Global Education Community. Lucy Gray, global education superwoman and organizer of the fifth annual GlobalEdCon, has shared a great post about how YOU can get involved with the global education community. Social media connections, open discussion forums, presentation opportunities, volunteer networking, and ongoing conversations about connecting with global educators -- these are just a few of the benefits of joining and contributing to the Global Education Community. Find your global education niche here.

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