Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Learning Revolution Free PD - Conference Volunteering - Libraries! - Google Excitement - Common Core Film

The Learning Revolution
Weekly Update

August 26th, 2014

If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.
- Ignacio Estrada

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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  • September's Volunteer Opportunity. Volunteering at professional events is a great way to make connections in your field (especially for graduate students!), and we are proud to support events that foster these types of collaborative relationships. We'd love your help for our inaugural (and free) Gaming in Ed conference, which begins the week of September 15th. We will have a full day of crowdsourced sessions on Thursday, September 18th, where we could use your help in supporting our presenters. There is a full schedule of amazing sessions on game-based learning topics, and volunteers will be able to connect with these outstanding presenters. Sign up to volunteer at Gaming in Ed!
  • Library 2.014 - October 8th + 9th. We are gearing up for another amazing year of the Library 2.014 Conference. Our founding partners at the San José State University School of Information have lined up excellent Keynote Speakers for this two-day conversation about the future of libraries. Join us on October 8th + 9th to hear from Samantha Adams Becker of New Media Consortium, Phil Bradley the "UK Search Guru", Jonathan Hernández from National Autonomous University of Mexico, Sandra Hirsh of the SJSU iSchool, Helen Partridge from the University of Southern Queensland, Dr. Daisy Selematsela of the National Research Foundation of South Africa, Pam Smith of the Anythink Library, Joyce Valenza from Rutgers University's School of Communication and Information, and Jia Yang from the Shanghai Library. Check out the Conference Schedule to see the list of sessions for this year's conference. We hope that you'll share this opportunity to participate in this free forum designed to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing among information professionals worldwide. Learn more about the conference and how you can get involved at http://library20.com.

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Learning Revolution Events

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Learning Games Lab

The Learning Games Lab specializes in designing and testing educational tools. Our products are research-based and developed for various audiences: youth, college students, the research community, policy makers, or workers in a particular industry. Recent projects include games and animations – several of which are focused on science and math education – a number of food safety initiatives, an interactive virtual laboratory for remote schools, mobile apps, research activities with youth, interactive websites and creative video productions. More information at http://learninggameslab.org/.

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  • CUE Learning Revolution Online Summit Featuring Google for Education, September 6th + 7th, 2014
    Upcoming deadlines: The call for proposals for the CUE Learning Revolution Online Summit Featuring Google for Education is now open! Google Certified Teachers, Google Education Trainers, Google Educators and Googlers themselves are invited to apply to present as lead presenters at the inaugural virtual summit focused on Google’s education initiatives. Other educators must present with a member of one of the aforementioned Google affiliated groups. For more information, please see http://www.giesummit.org/home/presentation-submission.
  • 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. Please see the conference strands and consider submitting your proposal soon!

Highlighted Recordings

Peter Kowalke from the Alt Ed Film Fest - on "Grown Without Schooling"


Bhawin Suchak from the Alt Ed Film Fest - on "Free to Learn"


Luba Vangelova from the Homeschool+ Conference - on "An Introduction to Self-Directed Learning"


NMC Navigator Top Ten

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

  1. What Will a Liberal Arts Education Look Like in 50 Years?
  2. The Top 7 Technology Trends Dominating 2014
  3. 5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners
  4. Five Smart Habits to Develop for Back to School
  5. This Guy Just Built a Mind-Controlled Robot
  6. Shortchanged: The Hidden Costs of Lockstep Teacher Pay
  7. Use BYOD strategies to prepare for BYOA
  8. Adult Education: Finally Hip to the Game
  9. Why Students Prefer to Learn From a Machine
  10. Top ed-tech stories to watch: Maker movement makes waves


Classroom 2.0

Education Revolution Google+ Community

  • ALS #icebucketchallenge + Math = Brilliant. Math educator, Kyle Pearce, has added another dimension to the ALS #icebucketchallenege which has flooded social media channels this August, and raised more than $70 million dollars for ALS research. Pearce created a 3-Act Math Task Game Plan, which naturally culminates in the students dumping the coldest bucket of ice water on Mr. Pearce. This is an excellent example of bringing math to life with social action and loads of fun. Thanks for sharing, Kyle!
  • Parents Echo Teachers on High Stakes Testing. A recent PDK/Gallup poll finds that an overwhelming majority of parents (68 percent) do not believe that standardized tests help teachers know what to teach, echoing the conversations taking place among many US educators over the past several years. The article also highlights the confusion, misinformation, and politicized reporting on the Common Core standards, frustrating the critical discussion of the future of public education in the US. What do you think the future of public education will look like?

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Steve Hargadon

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