Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Learning Revolution Free PD - It's All About the GEC (GlobalEdCon) - Amazing Keynotes - Announcing the Student Technology Conference

The Learning Revolution
Weekly Update

November 12th, 2014

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  • We Know You Want to Take All of Next Week Off...!. But you don't have to, since the Global Education Conference is a virtual conference, so you can check out the full schedule in your own time zone, pick the sessions you want to attend, and come and join us as much as you can. Just imagine, from the comfort of your chair (and even in your pajamas!) you can actually attend the 30+ keynote sessions and many of the over 250 total sessions at our 5-day, around-the-clock, Global Education party, starting this coming Monday. This is our FIFTH anniversary year for the conference, and Lucy Gray, my co-chair, has done a PHENOMENAL job lining up great speakers (see below)--HUGE kudos to Lucy, to our amazing volunteer crew, and to all of the presenters from around the world contributing this year! We really do hope you'll join in the fun.
  • Our GlobalEdCon Keynotes. We're really excited to have this amazing group of speakers participate at our fifth annual Global Education Conference. This year, we'll feature Mayus Chavez of the Jules Verne School in Mexico, Lillian Chu Hsiung, Global Issues Club Leader at Dwight School, Vicky Colbert of Escuela Nueva, Rana Dajani of Taghyeer, Liz Dawes Duraisingh, Principal Investigator with Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Gavin Dykes, Director of Education Fast Forward, John Farrelly, Superintendent of Edgecombe County Public Schools, Emily Havens of OpenIDEO, 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, Omashani Naidoo of SchoolNet South Africa, 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, Rohit K. Pothukuchi, Founder of Verdentum, 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, Paul Salopek, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist at National Geographic, 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.
  • WE STILL NEED GLOBAL ED VOLUNTEERS!. If you're still looking for a way to get involved in this year's conference, we could use your help as a volunteer! Join the Volunteers Group for details.
  • Announcing the 2015 Student Technology Conference. We are excited to announce the 2015 Student Technology Conference, a student-directed global conversation about technology in education. This free, online event will be held on Saturday, January 31st, 2015, and will feature keynote speakers and crowdsourced presentations by students. The 2015 Student Technology Conference provides an international forum for the presentation, discussion and sharing of educational technology in schools and other academic settings. This conference, by students and for all, is committed to fostering a better understanding of how students use technology in education and to engage students, teachers and administrators in a conversation about technology, assisting teachers and administrators in understanding how students use technology both in and out of the classroom, and strengthening the relationship between students, teachers and administrators about technology in the curriculum. The Call for Proposals will open November 15th, and we will begin accepting presentations as early as December 1st. This year's strands include Making, Design and Innovation, Student Technology Clubs, Technology in Schools – Projects and Collaborations, Educational Technology Tools, Students and Social Media, and Entrepreneurship. See a detailed description of the conference strands here. We're thrilled to be working with a great team of student organizers, and look forward to hosting this student-directed conference in January. Learn more at

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One Week Calendar

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  • Wednesday, November 12th at 10am NMC Virtual Symposium on the Future of Libraries, In this half-day event, library professionals, educators, and thought leaders will explore four major themes from the NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Library Edition: Increasing Access and Discovery Opportunities, Emphasis on Mobile, Content Management and Technical Infrastructure, and Rethinking Roles and Relationships of Librarians.
  • Wednesday, November 12th at 7pm ISTE Webinar: Maker Movement: Pathway to Innovation for STEM Learners, Give students the power to learn by making. The maker movement fosters a mindset and culture that can create a profound shift in K-12 STEM learning. Explore how the right tools, such as digital fabrication, physical computing and programming, empower students in every classroom to innovate and solve real problems.
  • Wednesday, November 12th at 9pm Teachers Teaching Teachers, Weekly conversations hosted by EdTechTalk, a collaborative open webcasting community. For more information, click here.
  • Saturday, November 15th at 12pm CR20 LIVE Weekly Show - for PD with Lisa Schmucki, We are so excited to be able to feature, an incredible, FREE professional development opportunity for educators in this webinar. Lisa Schmucki, edWeb CEO will be our special guest along with some enthusiastic edWeb educators. They'll provide a guided tour through all of the amazing Learning Communities on edWeb, examples of regular webinars, how you can join for free for access to everything on the site and hear some late-breaking news about the upcoming debut of edWeb.TV. Details to join at
  • Monday, November 17th at 12pm - Friday, November 21st at 1pm 2014 Global Education Conference, The fifth annual Global Education Conference is a free week-long online event bringing together educators and innovators from around the world. The Global Education Conference is a collaborative, inclusive, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. It is designed to significantly increase opportunities for connecting classrooms while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity and educational access for all. View the schedule at
  • Monday, November 17th at 8pm TL News Night LIVE!, Going LIVE on the 3rd Monday of each Month! This is a LIVE show presented in news show format featuring a Wrap up of “This Month in School Libraries” and deeper discussion of topical school library issues with special guest experts. Did we mention it was LIVE? Join at

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Highlighted Recordings

Patrice Bryan & Darcy Coffta from the Connected Librarian Day 2014 - on "Schools' Vortex: Innovative Library Makerspaces"


Ellen Tise from Library 2.014 - on "Access to knowledge - reality or fantasy in the digital age"


Stephen Abram from Library 2.014 - on "7 Tactics to Gain Big Savings through Collaboration: Can we bravely take risks?"


NMC Navigator Top Ten

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

  1. 7 competency-based higher ed programs to keep an eye on
  2. 2014 Technology and Professional Development Survey
  3. Some of the Most Sought-After Tech Jobs Don't Require a College Degree
  4. Social Media Gains Momentum in Online Education
  5. Remote-Control Penguin Rovers Fool Birds, Boost Science
  6. The Benefits of Students Teaching Students Through Online Video
  7. New Technology And Big Data Help You Breathe Fresh Air
  8. 800,000 Pages of Patient Art and Mental Health Archives Are Going Online
  9. Study: Middle School Teachers as Savvy as Students with Tech
  10. As Technology Goes Home, Districts Work Out Who Pays for Repairs

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Steve Hargadon

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