educon

During January 24th-26th will be EduCon 2.6 in Philadelphia, an innovation conference where we can come together, both in person and virtually, to discuss the future of schools.  I am humbled and excited that my proposal about our student inquiry group for augmented reality application Aurasma was selected for the conference. Read the description here:  5th-8th graders came together on Wednesdays...
Originally posted as guest blog for Education Week on January 23, 2013: What role does technology play in your classroom? What questions do you ask yourself before you choose to use a particular web-based tool or application for instruction? What is your students' impression of your perspective on technology? These questions are worth considering when we talk about encouraging teachers to...
Last February, I read about Connectivism while researching articles for a Contemporary Learning Theory course. It wasn't an assigned reading, I discovered it and that is the first and only time I have encountered it in my Master of Education journey. At the time, I wondered - why aren't we hearing more about? “education must shift from instruction, from imposing of stencils, to discovery - to...
I've been calling the last couple weeks my East Coast Tour. I only played air guitar once though, and there was, regrettably, no karaoke during my excursions. I've been traveling though. Traveling, running events, coworking with colleagues, and conferencing. This post is a breakdown of what my intentions were with all the stuff I've been doing, how things went, and what I learned. #StoryCamp 2.0...
Keywords: #educon, EduCon 2.5, weird
Right before EduCon 2.5, Laura Hilliger facilitated a hack jam hosted in Drexel University's ExCITe Center (where - you should know - they are making future clothes, among other things). I very much appreciated the way Laura drew our attention not only to the task at hand - creating hacks with Mozilla's Thimble Webmaker tool- but also to the way she facilitated the session. Many of us who were in...
This is cross-posted from my blog. I was a reporter in a time before the graphical web. My small daily newspaper distributed print editions only, spit out at a dizzying pace by the presses in the back of our building. You absolutely knew when you’d gone to press because you could feel the low rumble as the giant machine, more than two stories tall, stamped the words and images of that day’s...
You can catch the National Writing Project (NWP) EduCon 2.4 Hack Jam in its entirety here thanks to the Science Leadership Academy AV crew and our room tech in particular. Here are a few snapshots of the action: I also want to say thanks to my hack-jam co-facilitator Meenoo Rami, as well as to the NWP (especially to Christina Cantrill and Paul Oh), Mozilla's Hackasuarus project, and the...