Wednesday, September 03, 2014

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The Learning Revolution
Weekly Update

September 2nd, 2014

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  • Last Week to Sign Up for the Online GOOGLE for Education Summit!. CUE and The Learning Revolution Project, the producers of the Google Teacher Academy and the Global Education Conference, are joining forces to expand globally connective opportunities for educators. This weekend, these organizations will be hosting the first ever Online Summit Featuring Google for Education, with 50+ sessions and keynotes highlighting the work of Google Certified Teachers, Google Education Trainers, Google Educators and Googlers themselves. Registration for the event includes a year of CUE membership and access to all the recordings - sign up here.
  • Gaming in Ed: September 15th - 18th. We're getting really excited about the upcoming Gaming in Ed Conference! Check out our short video about why you should attend the conference. Thursday's sessions will be delivered by teachers, librarians, game developers, and gamification fans - don't miss out! Keynote speakers will include Barbara Chamberlin of the Learning Games Lab at NMSU, Michael Levine from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, Marianne Malmstrom from the Elisabeth Morrow School, Peggy Sheehy of the WoW in School Project, Peter Stidwell of the Learning Games Network, and Dan White of Filament Games. We'll also be joined by Seann Dikkers from the Patton College of Education at Ohio State University, Steve Isaacs from William Annin Middle School, Bronwyn Stuckey of the Massively Minecraft Project, and David Thomas from CU Online at UC Denver. Looking for a great way to connect with this community? Consider volunteering! You can help us promote this event by using our promotional materials and sharing with your network. Looking forward to seeing you there!
  • Support Our Free PD with Just 3 Clicks. Our Learning Revolution FREE educational conferences had 100,000 attendee log-ins last year. Hopefully, you benefited from one or more of them (or will in the future!). You can now help support this amazing free PD by signing up for the (also free) HP LIFE e-Learning Initiative - for every registration through the links on this page HP will give $1. It's a little bit more than 3 actual clicks (name, email address, checkboxes), but you get the idea! Thanks!

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Learning Revolution Events

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One Week Calendar

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  • Wednesday, September 3rd at 7pm ISTE Webinar: The True Meaning of STEM, "The True Meaning of STEM" presented by Paula Leach, STEM learning specialist, and Manorama Talaiver, director at Longwood University’s Institute for Teaching Through Technology and Innovative Practices. Teachers sometimes struggle over what to teach in the STEM classroom. You’ll learn how to implement an interdisciplinary approach to STEM and discover the importance of providing experiences that develop and foster the skills that prepare students for a global and competitive workplace. Register here.
  • Wednesday, September 3rd at 8pm Math Future + Proof School, Math Future live online event September 3: meet founders of Proof School - for kids who REALLY love math! More information here.
  • Wednesday, September 3rd at 9pm Teachers Teaching Teachers, Weekly conversations hosted by EdTechTalk, a collaborative open webcasting community. For more information, click here.
  • Saturday and Sunday, September 6th + 7th 12pm - 9pm CUE Learning Revolution Online Summit Featuring Google for Education, CUE and The Learning Revolution Project, the producers of the Google Teacher Academy and the Global Education Conference, are joining forces to expand globally connective opportunities for educators. This September, these organizations will be hosting the first ever Online Summit Featuring Google for Education, highlighting the work of Google Certified Teachers, Google Education Trainers, Google Educators and Googlers themselves. Learn more and register here.
  • Saturday, September 6th at 12pm CR20 LIVE Weekly Show: Joan Young on "Encouragement in the Classroom", We are excited to have Joan Young as our special guest on Classroom 2.0 LIVE on September 6, 2014. Joan has recently published her book: Encouragement in the Classroom and she will be sharing some of her best tips and strategies for creating and nurturing an encouraging classroom environment. We all know the factors that can threaten a positive classroom environment: stress from testing, lack of motivation, and problems that students bring from home, for a start. What if we could implement some simple practices to buffer against these factors' negative effects? The good news is that we can. Some of the suggestions Joan will share include how fostering humor, mindfulness, resilience, curiosity, and gratitude in the classroom empowers students to learn from their mistakes, celebrate successes, and actively engage in learning. Details to join the webinar at
  • Monday, September 8th at 8pm TL Virtual Cafe - #TLChat LIVE!, Second Monday of each month is the Teacher Librarian Twitter Chat. Follow #TLChat on Twitter to participate.

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  • 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

Ian Reid from the Alt Ed Film Festival - on "Building the Machine"


Dr. Tracy Gray from the Reinventing the Classroom - on "Drive Your Own Professional Development"


Alan Blankstein from the Future of Education Interview Series - on "Improving Individual Schools"


NMC Navigator Top Stories

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

  1. Creating Effective Videos for Flipped Learning
  2. What it Really Takes for Schools to Go Digital
  3. Technology Defines Much of Higher Education’s New Normal [#Infographic]
  4. NMC On the Horizon: Rearranging Learning Spaces
  5. Colleges enlist apps to combat assaults on campus
  6. How Does the Brain Learn Best? Smart Studying Strategies
  7. From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe: Bringing Khan Academy (Lite) Around the World
  8. Computer Science: The Future of Education


Education Revolution Google+ Community

  • Take Your Classroom Experiments into Outer Space. Utah-based ed tech company, Ardusat, has launched a new product that will allow teachers and students to explore space right from their classrooms. Students will be able to use the Ardusat platform to find learning resources and to prepare a range of custom experiments, which could include tracking storms, studying the association of atmosphere and temperature and looking at solar flares. The possibilities for STEM classrooms are incredible! Read more here.
  • The UK in 3D. CEO of IT IS 3D, Martin Stevens, is interviewed by Meritxell Garcia Sein-Echaluce about his support of 3D printing in UK primary and secondary schools. For us, what is important is not so much the 3D printing but learning how to design, how to be creative, how to be innovative in 3D. Stevens explains how 3D printing engages students in new learning experiences, and why he's behind the effort to bring the technology to every classroom in the UK. Read more here.
  • Addressing Math Anxiety. The editor at Zorbit's Math Lab shares this article that explores the symptoms and pervasiveness of math anxiety. Researchers discovered that when their anxiety-afflicted subjects were confronted with a math problem, there was an increase of brain activity in the areas commonly associated with threats and pain. Can you relate? How do our teaching practices help to minimize or reinforce anxiety around math? Read more here.

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Steve Hargadon

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