Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Newsletter: Privacy Con, OZeLive, GlobalEd.TV, Homeschooling, Making Chromebooks, Student Inquiry, & More

Some great upcoming (and all free) Learning Revolution events are below. As a special note, we are now taking presentation proposals for the "Privacy in the Digital Age" mini-conference--see below!

Feb 23rd - 28th: OZeLive.
The third annual OZeLive online conference started today with an early keynote by Lucy Gray, "Going Global: Project-Based Learning with a Global Focus," which should already be available in recorded form.. The theme of this three-day online and free conference, February 26 - 28 in Australia/New Zealand time zones, is "Connected Educators Shine on the World Stage." The current schedule is in a blog post from me. Join the fun and see the up-to-date conference schedule in your own time zone at OZeLive.com or at http://australianeducators.ning.com.

March 2nd, 7pm US-EST:  GlobalEd.TV's March Webinar Is "Global Education in Action"
What kinds of practices and activities foster global education in schools and community programs? Who has experienced successful results and what is the impact on students? In Part II of this series, participants will examine powerful examples and methods for applying global education in learning environments. Lisa Petro of Know My World hosts. Register at http://www.globaled.tv/action.html.

Thursday, March 3rd, 2pm US-EST "Homeschooling Hangout" with Pat Farenga
Homeschooling, or thinking about it? Join us for a special live online "hangout" with Pat Farenga for an hour to talk about starting to homeschool or general homeschooling advice. Patrick Farenga is a leading and unique authority on homeschooling, bringing more than 30 years of fieldwork, advocacy, and personal experience (he and his wife homeschooled their three daughters) to help parents and children learn in their own ways. Farenga is a writer and education activist who addresses academic and general audiences about working with children, not on children, to help them learn. http://www.stevehargadon.com/2016/02/homeschooling-hangout-with-pat-farenga.html

March 8th, 4:00pm US-Eastern:  Webinar: CloudReady, Your Aging PCs + The Google Admin Console
Ever wish your existing, aging computers ran like your Chromebooks and could be managed in the Google Admin console?  Join Neverware and The Learning Revolution to learn how CloudReady does exactly that on up to 8 year old laptops or desktops, extending their life along with making them run faster to help preserve budget. Receive a special 15% discount at the end just by attending! https://technologyrescue.eventbrite.com

March 14th, 7pm US-Eastern: Webinar: Using EdTech to Supercharge Student Inquiry and Multimedia Literacy Skills
This is a free event, but you must register to attend and will be sent the event link. In the digital age, inquiry and problem-solving can span across a range of media and tools. For this reason, many educational standards, including the Common Core, emphasize the importance of being able to read, write, and interact across a range of media, platforms, and tools. This skill is often referred to as "transliteracy." This webinar will address how edtech tools like Blendspace and TES can: Help you and your students become more transliterate; Foster inquiry based learning; Support standards-aligned approaches to 21st century learning. https://www.tes.com/us/teacher-lessons/blendspace-webinar-student-inquiry

March 16th, 3:00 - 6:00pm US Eastern: Library 2.016: Privacy in the Digital Age 
The Learning Revolution and School of Information at San José State University are excited to announce the first of three Library 2.016 mini-conferences: "Privacy in the Digital Age." In this focused conversation, we will address the roles and responsibilities of libraries regarding the protections of intellectual freedom, privacy, free speech, information access, and freedom of the press. Are these still core values of the library profession, and if so, how are libraries and librarians responding to the increasing complexities of data tracking and desires for data-informed services and marketing? Keynote Speakers: Lee Rainie; Director, Internet, Science, and Technology Research; Pew Research Center; Jamie Larue, Director, Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association; Jonathan Hernández, Associate Researcher, Library and Information Institute, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM); Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Deputy Director, Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association; and Alison Macrina, Director, Library Freedom Project. We're still taking session submissions!  http://www.library20.com/privacy

March 16th, 4pm US-EST: March GlobalEd.TV Broadcast with Lucy Gray - Exemplary Projects and Practices in Global Education 
Host Lucy Gray welcomes guests: Julie Lindsay, Flat Connections; Will Piper, University School of Milwaukee; Pedro Aparicio; and ​Craig Perrier to discuss characteristics of great global projects and point listeners to inspiring project opportunities. http://mixlr.com/globaled-events/

April 25 - 29: Global Leadership Week
Global Leadership Week (GLW) is a weeklong convening of virtual and face to face events designed to celebrate leadership through global action in K20 education. GLW is an opportunity for education leaders to learn from one another and share effective principles in leadership, particularly within the context of an interconnected, global age. During Global Leadership Week, partner organizations, companies, school districts and individual schools will design and host virtual events to showcase thought leadership. These events will be listed on a GLW calendar posted to our website. The Global Education Conference Network’s flagship events during this week will be a face-to-face, invite-only international networking Global Leadership Summit at Edmodo headquarters and Global Leadership Day, a virtual mini-conference. During both convenings, high profile leaders will participate in discussions within a high energy, engaging format. These events will be streamed and recorded for public consumption; the subsequent recordings will be used as living artifacts to continually inspire leaders. All events will be free of charge to attendees. More information at http://www.globaledleadership.com.

May 21 - 22: Inventing the Future online worldwide ed-tech conference
Details to come. Save the dates!

June 25 - 28: ISTE ISTEunplugged 10th Anniversary!
Each year hundreds of educators interested in social media, technology, teaching, and learning gather to build and participate in "unplugged"-style activities as a part of the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) conference. ISTEUnplugged.com events are free, thanks to the support (and latitude!) given us by the conference organizers and by our sponsors. Audrey Watters of Hack Education co-chairs our all-day flagship event this year, our "unconference" on teaching and learning (originally EduBloggerCon), followed by our evening "after-party." In our TENTH year, this event typically draws 200 - 300 participants from around the world. We start by building a session schedule together and then spend the rest of the day in engaged conversations around amazing topics. A HUGE thanks to ISTE for making this all possible!

Sunday, June 28th Afternoon - Global Education Day
Our fourth-annual Global Ed Summit is a 3-hour mini-conference organized by Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon for those interested in globally-connecting students and teachers, and a physical followup to the hugely popular online Global Education Conference. While no charge, you do need to be attending ISTE and to register separately for this event at http://www.globaledmeetup.com.

Quotes Worth Noting
  • “There are three classes of people, those who see, those who see when they are shown and those who don’t see.” - Leonardo da Vinci
  • "I suppose it is because nearly all children go to school nowadays, and have things arranged for them, that they seem so forlornly unable to produce their own ideas." - Agatha Christie
  • "School failed me, and I failed the school. It bored me. The teachers behaved like sergeants. I wanted to learn what I wanted to know, but they wanted me to learn for the exam... I felt that my thirst for knowledge was being strangled by my teachers; grades were their only measurement." - Albert Einstein
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