Wednesday, December 03, 2014

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The Learning Revolution
Weekly Update

December 3rd, 2014

The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.
- Mark Van Doren

The Learning Revolution Project holds online and physical learning events, and highlights professional development opportunities from a network of 200 partners in the learning professions. The great majority of these events are free to attend. 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.

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  • 2015 Student Technology Conference: Call for Proposals Now Open. We are gearing up for the 2015 Student Technology Conference, an inaugural student-directed global conversation about technology in education. This open, 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, "connecting the world one student at a time," 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 is now open, and they are accepting presentations immediately. The 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
  • Celebrating the 5th GlobalEdCon. The fifth annual Global Education Conference was a huge success and we hope you had a chance to participate! We express our thanks to all who presented, volunteered, and attended this year. Thank you for sharing your global education stories and visions with us. We want to give a special thanks to conference co-chair, Lucy Gray, and the dedicated super-volunteers Nikki Ugalde, Julie Lindsay, Anne Mirtschin, Sue Wyatt and so many other stalwart volunteers -- we so appreciate your support! If you were unable to join us or had to miss any of the sessions, please be sure to check out the conference recordings, and see the Global Education Conference keynote speakers on our GlobalEdCon YouTube channel. The Global Education Conference network 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. This community is active year-round, and you are encouraged to get involved! You don't need to wait until next November to connect with colleagues and classrooms around the world. Check out the community's forum and social media channels to see how you can get involved.

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Global Education Magazine is inspired by universal values of the Declaration of Emerging Human Rights that aims to contribute to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by United Nations (MDGs) which is supported by the Regional Offices of Latin America and the Caribbean of UNESCO and UNHCR. An initiative launched by the teaching team that formulated the proposal most voted in the group “Sustainable Development for the Eradication of Poverty in Rio+20”. Global Education Magazine is an educational e-journal with international character that seeks to promote ideas and experiences from the work of educational professionals, as well as NGOs, Voluntary Associations, Supranational, National, Regional and Local Institutions and Organizations, that struggle every day to achieve the MDGs. More information at

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One Week Calendar

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  • Wednesday, December 3rd at 4pm ISTE Webinar: Turn STEM into STEAM, STEM skills are not just for science and math classrooms! Discover how STEM becomes STEAM as you develop a project-based lesson plan around Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein. This step-by-step webinar will guide you through the entire process of planning this interdisciplinary unit, from preparing rubrics, lessons and assessments to guiding students through hands-on activities designed to help them find their own answers to a driving question. Register here.
  • Wednesday, December 3rd at 9pm Teachers Teaching Teachers, Weekly conversations hosted by EdTechTalk, a collaborative open webcasting community. For more information, click here.
  • Saturday, December 6th at 12pm CR20 LIVE Weekly Show: Hour of Code with Gail Poulin and Kevin Hodgson, Classroom 2.0 LIVE is an opportunity to gather with other member of the community in regular "live" web meetings. Details to join at
  • Monday, December 8th at 8pm #TLChat Live on Twitter!, Second Monday of each month is the Teacher Librarian Twitter Chat. Join live at #TLChat.

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


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Highlighted Recordings

Jennifer Vollman from the 2014 Global Education Conference - on "Building Student Global IQ"


George Saltsman from the 2014 Global Education Conference - on "Preparing Leaders for Global Education"


Amy Shaffer from the 2014 Global Education Conference - on "The Library: Global Clubhouse for Creative Good"


NMC Navigator Top Ten

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

  1. The British Museum Will Now Let You 3D Print Copies Of Its Artifacts
  2. The Refrigerator as Wireless Charger
  3. 5 Reasons Technology Should Be Allowed in the Classroom
  4. Competency, Texas-Style
  5. The Lower Eastside Girls Club Is Making Waves With New Music Project
  6. Professors’ Place in the Classroom Is Shifting to the Side
  7. Penn State Researchers Tackle Social Network Privacy Gaps
  8. Time to Redefine and De-Silo Online Safety Efforts
  9. Districts find new way to fund technology
  10. How 3D audio technology could 'unlock' cities for blind people

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Classroom 2.0

  • 5 Ways to Take the Grind Out of Grading Papers. Karen Cameron's latest post, "5 Ways to Take the Grind Out of Grading Papers," gives practical solutions to avoid burnout when it comes time to grade. While some tips focus on how to manage your time differently, others suggest rethinking the way you assess your students' writing. Read more here.
  • New Book for Reluctant Teen Readers. Classroom 2.0 member and author, Kevin Brown, has just published his first YA book, "Hard Knocks High: Project Windows." Are you looking to expand your urban fiction collection at your library or school? See the book description and get in touch with Kevin to get your copy here.

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  • There's No App for That. Sara Briggs' latest article explores the reasons that doing things the old-fashioned way may sometimes be more appropriate for your learners or learning outcomes. This article lists fifteen questions that we should ask ourselves before integrating technology into our classroom or library instruction. Read more here.
  • Unreasonable Expectations. Recent Classroom 2.0 LIVE guest, Pernille Ripp, shares her thoughts on common rules that are enforced in schools in 5 Rules We Impose on Students That Would Make Most Adults Revolt. How well do you work with infrequently scheduled bathroom breaks? What if you had three minutes to switch tasks, and weren't allowed to chat with your co-workers in your brief moments together? Are you able to demonstrate excellence in every new skill or in using every new tool that you learned about in the last week? Check out what Pernille has to say about a few commonly enforced school rules, and how we might rethink them here.

Global Education Conference

  • Global Education Input for Nepali Schools. Anup Aryal, co-founder of the BuildNepal Education Initiative, is hoping to connect with some globally-minded educators to help frame and improve education standards in Nepal. We want to create citizens that are socially responsible, healthy and focused on internal growth as well as outward success as a result of new found access to quality education. If you're interested in collaborating, get in touch with Anup here.
  • Is Your School Near a Rainforest?. Vermont educator, Lauren Parren, is looking for a third or fourth grade classroom to connect with to share lessons about climate. If you're in a school located near or in a rainforest, be sure to get in touch with Lauren here.

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