Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Announcing the 13th Annual Hack Education Unconference in Philadelphia June 22nd - Learning Revolution

SATURDAY, JUNE 22nd, 2019

This is the 13th year of this our free education unconference. In previous years, this event has been part of a series of grass-roots activities called ISTE Unplugged. This year we're just holding the unconference, and while still generously supported at ISTE, it will be offsite (Loews Philadephia Hotel) so that those who aren't registered for ISTE can still attend. There will not be an after-party this year.

You do not need to sign up in advance to attend Hack Education. See more information at  www.hackeducation.org. The site will be updated with any information about the event.


The advent of the Internet promised increases in access, content, individual voice, collaboration, and opportunity. Increasingly in the past few years, however, we're seeing larger battles play out in media, governance, and education for narrative power and control--not unlike the ways in which the advent of the printing press created similar battles.

While retaining the traditional unconference format (more below), Hack Education's thematic focus this year will be on supporting and maintaining digital freedom, privacy, and agency--specifically as core parts of the mission of education and as they relate to educational technology. And how to guard against control, censorship, propaganda, indoctrination, and compliance. But in true unconference tradition, you are welcome to propose and discuss any topic you would like. We will have an early-afternoon panel: "What Is the Role of Schools and Libraries for Safeguarding Intellectual Freedom, Privacy, and Agency?"

For those who would like to use the conversations of the day to craft a particular digital, student, or educational "bill of rights," we'll provide mechanisms for continued collaboration following the event.


An unconference starts with participants writing, on large sheets of paper, topics they are interested in discussing during the day. There is then time for "voting" or indicating on other people's sheets your interest in those topics. At which point a schedule is created for the day making sure that the most popular sessions don't conflict with each other.  Participants then spend the day in the conversation groups that are of interest to them, with full freedom to move around at any time.

8:00 a.m.: Doors Open. Early volunteers welcome to help with setup! Session creation documents get started, time to also mingle and socialize.
9:00 a.m.: Official Start and Session Creation Process
9:40 a.m.: Welcome
10:00 - 10:55 a.m.: Conversations (SET 1)
11:00 - 11:55 a.m.: Conversations (SET 2)
11:55 a.m.: Group photo
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.: Lunch on your own.
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.: Panel Discussion: "What Is the Role of Schools and Libraries for Safeguarding Intellectual Freedom, Privacy, and Agency?"
2:00 - 2:55 p.m.: Conversations (SET 3)
3:00 - 3:55 p.m.: Conversations (SET 4)


If you're looking for Audrey Watters' Hack Education site, it's at http://www.HackEducation.com. Many thanks to her for letting me use the same name for our event.

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