Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Learning Revolution Free PD - Gaming in Ed Now! - #YouMatter Special Offer - Connected Librarian Day

The Learning Revolution
Weekly Update

September 17th, 2014

One of the reasons people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure.
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  • Gaming in Ed Online Conference. Our first-ever, free, and online "Gaming in Education" conference started this week with special keynote speakers and pre-conference sessions on Monday and Tuesday (recorded for your viewing pleasure) and continues tonight, Wednesday evening (US time). Then tomorrow, Thursday, is a great full day of more keynotes and sessions. Check our the full schedule in your own time zone here. More information and signup at
  • Connected Librarian Day 2.014. We're excited to announce a special Library 2.014 preconference event for K-12 and teacher librarians (and their fans), Connected Librarian Day on Tuesday October 7th from 3:30pm - 10pm US Eastern. This is an open, online, and free event sponsored by Follett and the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) at Rutgers. Our schedule is shaping up, with special presentations from Judy O'Connell, Michelle Luhtala, Patrice Bryan, Darcy Coffta, Matthew Winner, Sherry Gick, Jennifer LaGarde, Britten Follett, Ross Todd, Shannon Miller, and our preconference co-chair, Joyce Valenza. Check out for more information, and be sure to share with the librarians in your schools!
  • Volunteer at Library 2.014. Volunteering at an online conference is a great way to get connected with other professionals around the world. We've recently announced the call for volunteers for our fourth annual Library 2.014 conference, and are looking forward to working with so many of you over the two day conference. Big thanks and a special shout out to our Library 2.0 Volunteer Coordinator, Debbie Faires from the SJSU iSchool! Please be sure to check out and join the volunteer group and sign up soon for volunteer times. Thank you, in advance, for your continued support of our free events!
  • Student Entrepreneurship. We've set up a new student entrepreneurship portal at that provides quick access to the free HPLIFE interactive classes for students to learn business skills, and gives you a chance to sign up for information about the free online conference on student entrepreneurship we plan to hold in 2015. (Teachers, you can take the free classes as well!)
  • NMC Virtual Symposium on the Future of Museums Archived. Did you miss the NMC Virtual Symposium on the Future of Museums? We have good news to share -- the video recordings from the event are now available in a special playlist on the NMC YouTube channel! Click here to view this great series of special speakers and panels discussing the future of museums. Thanks to our friends at NMC for sharing this great resource!

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One Week Calendar

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  • Wednesday, September 17th at 8am ELT Live#3 - Mobile Tools and Strategies for ELT, We're back on the air to discuss all things mobile - apps, strategies, hardware. Tune in live at or
  • Wednesday, September 17th at 7pm ISTE Webinar: 10 Classroom Tools for the Maker Movement, Discover the maker movement and find out how to harness its power to bring new tools and technology for hands-on learning to all grades and content areas – especially STEM and STEAM. Learn about the pedagogy behind these engaging projects and how they support design thinking while meeting the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards for more authentic, hands-on learning, critical thinking and problem-solving. Get an overview of the wide range of tools and technologies that can revolutionize learning, from 3D printers and robots to coding, wearable computers and conductive paint. And walk away with real classroom project ideas, links and resources, and a plan for bringing the maker movement to your classroom. Learn more here.
  • Wednesday, September 17th at 9pm Teachers Teaching Teachers, Weekly conversations hosted by EdTechTalk, a collaborative open webcasting community. For more information, click here.
  • Friday, September 19th at 7pm Common Sense Media: Get Educated on Education Apps, Mobile is quickly becoming the new technology platform for learning. Android is becoming one of the platforms of choice for education. The need for high-quality apps has never been greater, so don’t miss this session as we provide guidance around the important parameters, considerations and potential partnerships for the education segment. Susan Silveira will be moderating this panel discussion. More information here.
  • Saturday, September 20th at 12pm CR20 LIVE Weekly Show: Global Read Aloud Project with Pernille Ripp, Pernille is the creator of the fabulous "Global Read Aloud Project" and she will be sharing her experiences with the project since it was created in 2010 and will tell us how our classes and students can get involved in the project for 2014 and which books are being featured this year. If your classes have participated in previous projects we'd love to have you join us and share your stories and project links. Learn more and find information to join this free, online event at
  • Sunday, September 21st at 8pm IHAQ - I Have A Question, Building off the conversation in ELT Live #2, Jennifer has more questions surrounding the set up of a course or project website. While there is likely no "perfect" platform or solution, we will contemplate important needs and key decisions. See you at
  • Monday, September 22nd at 1pm Common Sense Media: Five Skills to Help You Discover, Use, and Share Great Digital Tools for Learning, As technology is integrated into classrooms, teachers need to know how to discover and use quality tools for learning, while meeting Common Core standards. Learn about five important skills for teachers, including how to: investigate high quality apps, websites, and games for students; evaluate the learning potential of these tools; curate tools into useful collections; innovate by re-imagining lesson plans as App Flows, a way for teachers to integrate technology with pedagogical insight; and connect by sharing best practices with others. You’ll learn how you can apply these five skills with Graphite, a free service by Common Sense Media. In a hands-on session, you’ll practice these important skills and reflect on how they can help you, or the teachers you work with, integrate technology into your curriculum. More information here.

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


  • Library 2.014, October 8th + 9th, 2014
    Upcoming deadlines: Presentation proposals will be accepted between now and September 30th 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!

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  • Critical Thinking - What Do You Mean?. The words critical thinking can be seen everywhere, from test prep materials to bumper stickers. But can we articulate what those words actually mean? And more importantly, are we able to communicate those skills to learners? This article explores what critical thinking is and is not, and gives us some helpful tools for fostering the type of rigorous questioning we so frequently refer to, but rarely explain, to our students.
  • Cutting Back on Homework - Can You Relate?. This recent National Post article focuses on the popular topic of eliminating homework for students. Are your schools part of this conversation? Learn more about the great homework debate here, and consider sharing your perspective on the issue in one of our conference networks. What do you think?

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