Connected Educator Week - Free Webinars starting THIS WEEK! by Jim Vanides
Learn from the best as Connected Educator Month kicks off this week with amazing experts and free webinars. I post below, with permission, the recent email from the hosts of the Global Education Conference and Steve Hargadon of "Classroom 2.0" fame.
Connected Educator Month kicks off this week, and serving as a consultant to the event with significant responsibility especially for this week's events, I humbly think you're going to be BLOWN AWAY by the opportunities to learn and participate. All activities are free!
Connected Educator Month is a U.S. Department of Education’s Connected Educators initiative, coming out of Director of the Office of Educational Technology Karen Cator's working group on "online communities of practice." As a member of this working group, this is an event I've been super enthusiastic about (pushing for!), and shows a significant level of support by the DOE for the role of online communities and social learning networks--networks like Classroom 2.0 that are "helping hundreds of thousands of educators learn, reducing isolation and providing 'just in time' access to knowledge and opportunities for collaboration." The goal throughout this August is to expose the broader audience of educators and administrators to the benefits of peer professional development.
The schedule for this week is below. You're going to be wowed by the INCREDIBLE caliber of the guests this week, and this is just the start. Don't miss the newly announce Learning 2.0 Conference August 20 - 24, with keynotes currently scheduled with Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Sugata Mitra, Marc Prensky, and Audrey Watters; special Learning 2.0 / Future of Education interviews throughout the month with David Deubelbeiss, Lee Rainie, Rudy Crew, Roger Schank, Paulo Blikstein, Rob Fried, Gordon Dryden, Tony Wagner, and Michael Strong; and a powerhouse panel session on "Reforming Ed Reform" with Alfie Kohn, Gary Stager, Stephen Downes, Howard Gardner.
The full official and regularly-updated calendar can be found at http://connectededucators.org/cem, but the selected listing below may make it a little easier to see the scope of activities at a glance. For those events in Blackboard Collaborate, to make sure that your computer is configured correctly, please visit the support and configuration page.
5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern: FutureofEducation.com interview with David Deubelbeiss on Connecting Educators - Reflecting on Ning and Educational Social Networking After Five Years. David is the founder of the Ning network EFL Classroom 2.0--like my Classroom 2.0 network also in its fifth year, and with over 25,000 members. As "pioneers" of connecting educators through Ning, David and I will talk about educational social networking and social media for both teacher professional development and also for student learning. This is an early kickoff discussion as a prelude to Connected Educator Month!
Event link http://www.stevehargadon.com/2012/07/connecting-educators-reflecting-on-ning.html
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1
The official start of Connected Educator Month.
The Connected Educator Book Club starts (month-long). PLP co-founder Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach is the author of The Connected Educator. As part of the Connected Education Month festivities, the Connected Educators site is offering the opportunity for you to join with other change-agent educators and read the book together. More information at http://connectededucators.org.
8:00am Pacific / 11:00am Eastern: Kickoff Panel and Discussion - "Connected Education and Peer Professional Development" Judi Fusco, Scott McLeod, Howard Rheingold, Tom Whitby, and Steve Hargadon moderating
In Blackboard Collaborate, live link http://bit.ly/PeerPDPanel_landingpage
10:00am Pacific / 1:00pm Eastern: Kickoff Panel and Discussion - "Professional Learning and the Learnig Profession" Cathy Gassenheimer, Jackie Gerstein, Caren Levine, Stephanie Sandifer, Kathy Schrock, Will Richardson, and Sheryl Nussbaum-Beachmoderating
This is the kick-off event for Professional Learning and the Learning Profession, one of the main forums for CEM.
In Blackboard Collaborate, live link http://bit.ly/ProfLearningPanel_landingpage
12:00pm Pacific / 3:00pm Eastern: Kickoff Panel and Discussion - "Knocking On The Door: Connected Education and New Technologies—Key Themes for Learning" Drew Davidson, Chris Dede, Cable Green, John Katzman, and Steve Hargadonmoderating
This is the kick-off event for Knocking On The Door, one of the main forums for CEM.
In Blackboard Collaborate, live link http://bit.ly/KnockingAtTheDoorPanel_landingpage
1:00pm Pacific / 4:00pm Eastern: Kickoff Panel and Discussion - "Connected Learning and the State of Education Today: Directors of the Office of Educational Technology" John Bailey, Karen Cator, Tim Magner, Susan Patrick, and Linda Roberts A special online panel about Connected Learning and The State of Education Today featuring all of the past and present directors of the US Department of Education’s Office of Education Technology.
In Blackboard Collaborate, live link http://bit.ly/OETDirectorsPanel_landingpage
2:00pm Pacific / 5:00pm Eastern: Kickoff Keynote - Deborah Meier, Teacher, Principal, Writer, Advocate on "How To Survive in Your Native Land"
Deborah Meier is a senior scholar at NYU’s Steinhardt School, and Board member of the Coalition of Essential Schools, FairTest, SOS and Dissent amd The Matopm magazines. She spent 45 years working in K-12th grade public schools in New York City (East Harem) and Boston (Roxbury) including leadership of several highly successful small democratically run urban schools–the Central Park East schools and Mission Hill. Her books include The Power of Their Ideas and In Schools We Trust. In 1987 she was the first educator to receive a McArthur “genius” Award and currently blogs for Ed Week with Diane Ravitch (Bridging Differences).
In Blackboard Collaborate, live link http://bit.ly/DeborahMeier_landingpage
4:00pm Pacific / 7:00pm Eastern: Kickoff Keynote - Chris Lehmann, Principal, Science Leadership Academy, Philadelphia, PA
Chris Lehmann is the Principal at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, PA; he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in English Literature. Lehmann has received several awards and recognition throughout his career, including the 2012 Lindback Award for Excellence in Principal Leadership in the School District of Philadelphia. He was also honored by the White House for his educational reform initiatives, and was named a ‘Champion of Change,’ in September of 2011. He is a writer, blogger (Practical Theory) and author (What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media) as well as a regular speaker at major education conferences.
In Blackboard Collaborate, live link http://bit.ly/ChrisLehmann_landingpage
5:00pm Pacific / 8:00pm Eastern: Taking IT Global and Flat Classroom Mega Meet and Greet
Join Kate Gatto, Education Program Manager at Taking IT Global, and Vicki Davis (Cool Cat Teacher) and Julie Lindsay, co-founders of Flat Classroom for a mega-meetup to get connected globally! This will not be a lecture! This will be a chance to connect with other educators with a view to building relationships and creating opportunities for connected and collaborative learning throughout the year. Make meaningful connections with other educators, but more importantly meet other educators find colleagues who want to connect!
In Blackboard Collaborate, live link http://tinyurl.com/flatbusiness1112
6:00pm Pacific / 9:00pm Eastern:
Teachers Teaching Teachers
Teachers Teaching Teachers (TTT), a weekly web radio program of the New York City Writing Project hosted by educator and writing project tech liaison Paul Allison, will kick off Connected Educator Month, NWP-style. This special edition of TTT will focus on online communities of practice and involve a variety of educator guests and writing project colleagues.
Event link: http://teachersteachingteachers.org/
THURSDAY, AUGUST 2
8:30am Pacific / 11:30am Eastern: Kickoff Keynote - Douglas Rushkoff, Author, Teacher, Documentarian; "Program or Be Programmed: Commands for Education's Digital Age"
Winner of the Media Ecology Association's first Neil Postman award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity, Douglas Rushkoff is an author, teacher, and documentarian who focuses on the ways people, cultures, and institutions create, share, and influence each other's values. He is technology and media commentator for CNN, and has taught and lectured around the world about media, technology, culture and economics. For his keynote, Douglas Rushkoff will offer his insights and perspectives on the promise and perils of technology and networking in education. He will guide us in navigating a digital landscape and seizing what might very well be the control panel of civilization. In Blackboard Collaborate, live link http://bit.ly/DouglasRushkoff_landingpage
10:00am Pacific / 1:00pm Eastern: Kickoff Panel and Discussion - "Connected Education and Serving Every Student, From Gifted to Special Needs" Jenifer Fox, Kathleen McClaskey, Lisa Nielsen, and Tracy Gray moderating A panel and open discussion about how connected education can serve the fully panoply of learning styles and needs among students today.
In Blackboard Collaborate, live link http://bit.ly/ServingEveryStudentPanel_landingpage
12:00pm Pacific / 3:00pm Eastern: Kickoff Panel and Discussion - "It’s Personal: Personalized Learning for Students & Educators" Barbara Bray, Mimi Ito, Steve Nordmark, Sylvia Martinez, moderated by Darren Cambridge This is the kick-off event for It's Personal, one of the main forums for CEM.
In Blackboard Collaborate, live link http://bit.ly/ItsPersonalPanel_landingpage
2:00pm Pacific / 5:00pm Eastern: Kickoff Panel and Discussion - "Beyond Top Down: Distributed Leadership and Teacher-Led Change" Shelly Blake-Plock, Suzie Boss, Lisa Dabbs, Bill Ferriter, Shelly Terrell, moderated by Steve HargadonThis is the kick-off event for Beyond Top Down, one of the main forums for CEM.
In Blackboard Collaborate, live link http://bit.ly/BeyondTopDownPanel_landingpage
4:00pm Pacific / 7:00pm Eastern: Kickoff Keynote - Larry Johnson, CEO, the New Media Consortium Dr. Johnson is an acknowledged expert on emerging technology and its impacts on society and education, and has written five books, seven chapters, and published more than 50 papers and research reports on the topic. He speaks regularly on the topics of creativity, innovation, and technology trends, and has delivered more than 75 keynote addresses to a long list of distinguished groups and organizations all over the world. He is the founder of the Horizon Project, which produces the acclaimed series of Horizon Reports that are used by over a million educators in more than 100 countries.
In Blackboard Collaborate, live link http://bit.ly/LarryJohnson_landingpage
FRIDAY, AUGUST 3
7:00am Pacific / 10:00am Eastern: Intel Teachers Engage Digital Buzz Radio
Intel Teacher's Engage "The Digital Buzz" radio broadcast show will be introducing you to the many events taking place during Connected Educator Month. Join Naomi Harm as she shares and prepares you for the many exciting events and live interviews for Connected Educators from around the nation. http://www.spreaker.com/user/the_digital_buzz
7:00am Pacific / 10:00am Eastern: Webinar: Project Based Learning
It’s not about ignoring the testing, the core curriculum or the standards. It’s about allowing students to pick an entry point and helping them discover what you want them to learn. Join Jane Krauss and Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach for a free, live webinar about project-based learning. Jane Krauss is co-author of the best-selling Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age. During our hour-long chat, they will talk about the basics of problem, passion, and project-based learning. You’ll see examples of effective projects, learn to identify what success “looks like” for planning and evaluating student learning, and they will talk about implementing PBL into your classroom. http://plpnetwork.com/2012/07/26/free-webinar-project-based-learning-2/
8:00am Pacific / 11:00am Eastern: Kickoff Keynote - Connie Yowell, Director of Education, the MacArthur Foundation Connie Yowell will deliver a keynote address discussing the vision of "connected learning." Connie is Director of Education for U.S. Programs at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She also oversees the $85 million program on Digital Media and Learning (DML): an initiative which aims to determine how digital media are changing the way young people learn, play, socialize, and participate in civic life.
In Blackboard Collaborate, live link http://bit.ly/ConnieYowell_landingpage
10:00am Pacific / 1:00pm Eastern: Kickoff Keynote - David Thornburg and Alan November "Point/Counterpoint: Issues & Debates In Connected Education" Legendary ed tech visionaries David Thornburg and Alan November discuss key tensions in online community/network development.
In Blackboard Collaborate, live link http://bit.ly/PointCounterpoint_landingpage
11:00am Pacific / 2:00pm Eastern: Kickoff Panel and Discussion - "Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due: Incenting and Recognizing Teachers for Their Investments in Learning" Al Byers, Dan Hickey, Claudette Rasmussen, Ruth Rominger, Eric Scheninger, and moderated by Tom de Boor This is the kick-off event for Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due, one of the main forums for CEM.
In Blackboard Collaborate, live link http://bit.ly/GivingCredit_landingpage
12:00pm Pacific / 3:00pm Eastern: Kickoff Panel and Discussion - "Connected Education and The First Six Weeks" Suzie Boss, Lyn Hilt, Jane Krauss, David Rosas, Kate Berten, with Andrew Gardner and Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach moderators The key “to-dos” to get 2012–2013 off to a great start in the classroom, and how online communities and networks help make it great. The first 6 weeks of school always marks new beginning, whether you are a new teacher getting bearings and building strategies for classroom management, or whether you're a seasoned teacher looking to expand your reach and exposure to other educators. This is the kick-off event for The First Six Weeks, one of the main forums for CEM. In Blackboard Collaborate, live link http://bit.ly/FirstSixWeeksPanel_landingpage
2:00pm Pacific / 5:00pm Eastern: Kickoff Panel and Discussion - "The Sun Never Sets: Connected Education Around The World" Vicki Davis, Ed Gragert, Lucy Gray, Julie Lindsay, Anne Mirtschin, and Steve Hargadon moderator A panel and open discussion about global connected education trends and how connected educators around the world can help each other improve practice.
In Blackboard Collaborate, live link http://bit.ly/SunNeverSetsPanel_landingpage
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Jim Vanides is currently a Program Manager in Philanthropy for Hewlett-Packard, responsible for worldwide higher education grant initiatives (www.hp.com/go/hied-blog). He also teaches an online course offered through Montana State University for elementary teachers on the Science of Sound (www.scienceteacher.org). He holds a BS in Engineering and a MA in Education, both from Stanford University.