Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Learning Revolution Free PD - Angela Maiers Tonight - LOTS of 2014 Global Education Conference Updates - Proposal Deadline, Keynotes, and Volunteering

The Learning Revolution
Weekly Update

October 21st, 2014

In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
- Mahatma Gandhi

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  • GlobalEdCon 2014 - Call for Proposals Open Until November 1st. The fifth annual Global Education Conference is just a few weeks away, and we want to be sure that you have an opportunity to contribute to this year's conference as a presenter. Everyone is encouraged to submit a presentation proposal, including first-time presenters. All submissions must relate directly to the Global Education Conference mission of increasing opportunities for collaboration, developing active global citizens, and ensuring educational opportunities for all. Please see the Call for Proposals and get your submission in soon! This year we have a special Global Teacher-Librarians strand -- so be sure to include your friends from #TLChat and #Lib2014 in this great opportunity to connect globally. Share this opportunity with your colleagues! Additionally, we are hoping to have a great set of student presentations this year. Have your students participated in a global project recently? Do you co-learn with a classroom across the globe? Be sure to check out the Student Strand and consider encouraging your students to submit a presentation proposal.
  • Global Education Conference Keynotes. Our 2014 Keynote Schedule is nearly finalized, and we're really excited to have this amazing group of speakers participate at our fifth annual conference. This year, we'll feature Simon Breakspear of Nextgen Learning, Mayus Chavez of the Jules Verne School in Mexico, Emily Havens of OpenIDEO, Lillian Chu Hsiung, Global Issues Club Leader at Dwight School, Vicky Colbert of Escuela Nueva, Rana Dajani of Taghyeer, John Farrelly, Superintendent of Edgecombe County Public Schools, Julie Keane of VIF International Education, Kern Kelley, Educational Technologist in central Maine, Jennifer D. Klein of World Leadership School, Maureen McLaughlin, Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Director of International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Education, John Mergendoller of the Buck Institute for Education, Tonya Muro, AFS-USA’s Director of School Outreach and Educational Partnerships, Alaine Newland of OpenIDEO, Toni Olivieri-Barton, IB Coordinator & Teacher Librarian at Woodmen-Roberts Elementary School, Lisa Parisi, elementary teacher at Herricks UFSD, Leslie Paynter, Principal at Voyager Academy Elementary, Thomas Röhlinger of Radijojo World Childrens Radio & Media Network, Donna Román, EdTech Instructional Specialist for Chicago Public Schools, Emily Roth, ES Technology Integration Specialist at the International School of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, George Saltsman, Professor at Lamar University, Kathleen Schwille of National Geographic Education, Amy Shaffer of Kidnected World, Homa Tavangar author of Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World, Robyn Thiessen, educator in Surrey, B.C., Canada, Christie Vilsack, Senior Advisor for International Education at USAID, Jennifer Vollmann of New Global Citizens, Rebecca Winthrop of the Brookings Institution, and Jim Wynn of Imagine Education and Education Fast Forward. See the Conference Schedule and mark your calendars for presentations by this great group of presenters.
  • Volunteer at the 5th Annual Global Education Conference. Looking for a way to get involved with the global education community? Consider volunteering at this year's Global Education Conference! We will provide training for volunteers over the next few weeks, and your assistance will be greatly appreciated by our conference presenters. If you're interested in volunteering, please join the Volunteer Group and follow the instructions there for booking your times. Thank you, in advance, for your contribution to this great event!
  • Tonight, October 21st, at 8pm US-Eastern Time - another Mattering IS the Agenda Webinar with Angela Maiers. Join us for this special Webinar series with Angela Maiers as she discusses implementing the "Mattering IS the Agenda" toolkit for transformational change. The Webinars are free, but when you purchase the "Mattering IS the Agenda" toolkit you get exclusive access to the recordings. More information and login details at YouMatter.me.

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All events are listed in US-Eastern Daylight Time. To become an event partner and have your events listed here, please email amy@learningrevolution.com.

  • Sunday, October 19th - Saturday, October 25th Digital Citizenship Week, Join us for Digital Citizenship Week and engage students, teachers, and families in your community in thinking critically, behaving safely, and participating responsibly online. It’s a great way to celebrate Connected Educator Month, so dive into the suggested activities and resources. And be sure to post what you’re doing to the Connected Educator Month calendar and tag your plans as “DigitalCitizenshipWeek” to inspire others to get involved. Get ideas on how to participate! https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/digitalcitizenshipweek
  • Wednesday, October 22nd & Thursday, October 23rd Inaugural Virtual Conference: Empowering Librarians, Empowering Students, The American Library Association, Association of College and Research Libraries, Librarianship in For-Profit Educational Institutions (ACRL LF-PEI) Interest Group is pleased to present our inaugural virtual conference for librarians and leaders of libraries in proprietary educational institutions. Our theme for this first conference is "Empowering Librarians, Empowering Students", and we look forward to exploring a wide range of topics through concurrent sessions, discussion panels, vendor presentations, and rich dialogue. This virtual conference will be hosted in Adobe Connect and registration is free for librarians and leaders of libraries. While it is geared toward librarians in proprietary educational institutions, the topics covered will be relevant to information professionals of all types. More information.
  • Wednesday, October 22nd at 4pm ISTE Webinar: Global STEMpreneurs, Meet teenage scientists, inventors and designers who are passionate about innovative thinking and entrepreneurship during this interactive panel. The panelists will talk about their personal passion projects on topics ranging from environmental engineering and sustainability to hardware and software engineering. Find out what inspired these young STEMpreneurs to be global risk takers, then ask them questions and discuss strategies for motivating your own students. More information.
  • Wednesday, October 22nd at 9pm Teachers Teaching Teachers, Weekly conversations hosted by EdTechTalk, a collaborative open webcasting community. For more information, click here.
  • Thursday, October 23rd at 3pm Webinar: Online Learning for Inclement Weather, Join the discussion! In this session, three districts will share how they implemented online learning options to make up snow days. Register at http://tinyurl.com/OLNsnow.
  • Thursday, October 23rd at 3pm ISTE Webinar: Developing Your Mobile Learning Landscape, This webinar will introduce a powerful new professional learning experience for teachers, tech coaches, and administrators who are interested in bringing their school up to digital age standards. The Verizon Mobile Learning Academy (VMLA) is a free, facilitated, online professional learning course for educators focusing on developing mobile learning at the school or district level. More information.
  • Thursday, October 23rd at 6pm Cultivating Digital Citizenship: A Lifelong Skill, We live in a digital world where we display our life and career online, communicate and collaborate with others, but where online privacy can be compromised, and incivility runs rampant. Yet participating in the digital world is essential for learning, career, and life. What can colleges do to help foster strong digital citizens? Learn about key challenges and opportunities, and free resources on digital citizenship from Common Sense Education. More information.
  • Friday, October 24th & Saturday, October 25th in American Canyon, CA Fall CUE 2014 Conference, If you've already registered for this year's Fall CUE 2014 Conference, check out the conference schedule at http://fall.cue.org/.
  • Monday, October 27th at 4pm Webinar: Biggest 1:1 iPad Rollout Ever: Challenges and Opportunities, In our community’s next webinar, hear about LAUSD’s Common Core Technology Project: the largest one-to-one mobile device rollout in the country. LAUSD’s Rasheed Khan will discuss the district’s 1:1 initiative, including its goals, challenges, lessons learned, and opportunities moving forward. You’ll learn about the important role digital citizenship played in the district’s 1:1 initiative and Common Core Technology Project. Rasheed also will discuss how the district celebrates Digital Citizenship Week. More information.
  • Monday, October 27th at 8pm Flat Connections Global Project Keynote with Rushton Hurley on "New to Them, New to Us," We are shifting into a time when much of what we teach is so new that we are learning details alongside the students, modeling for them what it means to ask good questions and how to figure out what we need to know. What matters most, though, is timeless, and how this complements the constantly new can be both challenging and inspiring for us. Join this webinar for a look at where we are, and how to take what matters with us where we go next. More information.

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


  • Global Education Conference, November 17th - 21st, 2014
    Upcoming deadlines: The call for proposals for the 2014 Global Education Conference are open. Proposals can be submitted from now until November 1st. We will continue to accept proposals through November 15th based on the number of sessions we still have available. Please see the conference strands and submit your proposal soon!

Highlighted Recordings

Dr. Sandra Hirsh from Library 2.014 - on "Working in a Global Environment"


Roy Tennant from Library 2.014 - on "How to Be a 21st Century Librarian"


Heidi Neltner from Connected Librarian Day 2014 - on "Your Stakeholder Connected Librarian Toolkit"


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

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  2. Efficient, Useful Blue-Light LED Draws Nobel Prize in Physics
  3. Robotics Enters K-12 Classrooms
  4. Startup Builds on Wi-Fi Chips for Cheaper Llast Mile' to Home Broadband
  5. Let Your Finger Do The Reading With This Great Device From MIT Media Lab


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  • Fostering a Growth Mindset, Supporting Lifelong Learning. Building on Carol Dweck's growth mindset philosophy, Sara Briggs has created a list of 25 Practices that Foster Lifelong Learning. From trying new things regularly, to having hobbies and an ongoing list of projects, there are things on this list that everyone can implement into their own learning lives. Check out Briggs' recommendations here.
  • Taking DIY to the Next Level. Seventh graders in Ohio are not only using 3D printing in the classroom, they've built their own 3D printer! Read the story of Blanche Davidson's class and how they learned to build their own 3D printer as part of their STEM class here.

Global Education Conference

  • Has Your Community Experienced a Natural Disaster?. Michelle Kenefick is looking for a partner classroom for a project related to the effects of natural disasters. As a group we are looking for the emotional, physical, financial tolls of a hurricane, earthquake, tsunami, volcanic eruptions, wildfire, mudslides, etc. We would be able to share about our experiences with tornadoes and how we have experienced them and the drills that take place within our schools. We would also like to collaborate together to determine the cause and effects of different natural disasters. Get in touch with Michelle here and see how you might collaborate.
  • Upcoming Programs Offered by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy. Mark Donfried of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) has shared a list of upcoming learning opportunities through 2015. Check out the program and conference offerings here.

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