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Events archive

February142009

Education Reform and the Freedom to Mod

Last month, I asked readers to give me their thoughts on what school reform truly looks like, so I could begin a conversation on the topic that was to take place at the Educon 2.1 conference in Philadelphia. Both online...

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January232009

What Does School Reform Look Like?

This weekend, I’ll be moderating a discussion at the second annual EduCon conference in which we tackle the question, “What does school reform look like?” It’s such a big topic that no discussion panel could ever capture the full scope...

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October312008

Crowdsourcing to Capture Voting Problems

The longest presidential election in history is almost over, and now it’s time to vote. As well all know, sometimes things go wrong at the polling stations. And now the Web 2.0 community is pulling together so we can all...

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September192008

How Are You Celebrating OneWebDay?

It’s that time of year again - and no, I’m not talking about Talk Like a Pirate Day. (Arrgh!) I’m talking about OneWebDay, an annual virtual gathering of volunteers around the world who believe the Internet can be used to...

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March142008

Should Video Games Replace Classroom Learning?

If you’re wondering why my eyes look so bloodshot and my voice is so hoarse, it’s because I just left Austin, TX and the annual South By Southwest Interactive Festival (SXSWi), one of the most exciting events on the digital...

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January222008

A Compelling Look at Online Adolescent Behavior, Warts and All

Tonight on PBS, the investigative documentary series Frontline will take a close look at the behavior of young people online. If you’re expecting yet another sensationalized news piece about the dangers of online predators, you won’t find it here. What...

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January152008

Next Stop: EduCon 2.0

I don’t get to go to education conferences as often as I used to, particularly with a 19-month-old at home nowadays. If I do plan to attend one, it’s gotta be one that’s bold, radical and overflowing with really creative...

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November202007

Megan’s Tragedy

This week marks the fifth year that educator Bill Belsey has organized Bullying Awareness Week. And its timing couldn’t be more ironic, given the horrifying story that emerging of a Missouri teen who killed herself after being bullied on MySpace...

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November152007

Infectious Enthusiasm at PodCamp EDU

The PodCamp EDU podcasting teach-in held this past weekend in Washington DC was one of the most fun, energetic edtech events I’ve ever attended. I hope it’s the first of many PodCamp EDUs to come, because the collective enthusiasm generated...

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November022007

Wanna Talk Podcasting? Organize a PodCamp!

Wanna go to a free conference that’s local, focuses on podcasting, brings together really creative people and could help you develop exciting projects with your students? Look no further than PodCamp, then. It’s one of the most interesting trends in...

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October182007

Ten Questions for Presidential Candidates, Including One of Yours?

Move over YouTube debates, now for something meatier! A coalition of blogs and news organizations is using Web 2.0 tools to create another exciting experiment in interactive presidential debates. It might even be a chance for your students to pose...

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October122007

Education Technology: A Matter of Debate

Next week, The Economist will hold an online version of a debate series they’ve been conducting for more than 160 years, and they’re kicking it off by focusing on the educational value of technology in the classroom. I’m hoping it’ll...

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August172007

Pitch Your Digital Learning Project to the MacArthur Foundation

Got a great idea for an education project that brings together students and digital collaboration? Here’s your chance to back up that idea with some serious cash....

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August062007

It’s Never Too Early to Plan for OneWebDay

September 22nd marks the second annual celebration of OneWebDay, when volunteers around the world will do their part to make the Web a better place. What will you and your students do to mark OneWebDay?...

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July252007

The YouTube Debate: Shining More Light on Schools, Filters and the Digital Divide

You’ve probably noticed I’ve been harping lately on the relationship between the digital divide, civic participation and Internet filters. Thanks to this week’s YouTube presidential debate, others have been talking about the issue as well....

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April042007

Stop Cyberbullying: A Look Back at Last Week

Last week I unilaterally declared March 30 as Stop Cyberbullying Day. The response has been overwhelming. Let’s take a look at how the blogosphere mobilized to address cyberbullying....

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March302007

Stop Cyberbullying Day: My Own Story

When you’re a blogger, you expect a certain amount of criticism regarding the things you publish. What you don’t expect, though, is to have your life temporarily hijacked. As part of my contribution to Stop Cyberbullying Day, I thought I’d...

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February092007

Media Literacy as a Family Value

Right now I’m at an annual gathering of news executives and Web 2.0 activists in Miami, listening to speaker after speaker talking about the ever-changing media landscape. Even with all of these luminaries extolling the Internet on the conference stage,...

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October062006

Avast, Ye Matey - It’s Time for Global Learn Day 10

This week, I finished a 30-month odyssey reading Patrick O’Brian’s naval epic, the Aubrey-Maturin series. (Remember that Master & Commander movie with Russell Crowe? It was inspired by several of the 20 books in the series.) As proud as I...

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September122006

Happy Belated International Literacy Day

Amidst the fog of chaos I experienced last week during my move to DC, I neglected to give an appropriate shout-out on September 8 in honor of International Literacy Day.

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June202006

Conferences, Conferences

The longest day of the year is less than 24 hours away, which can only mean one thing - a whole mess o’ edtech conferences are coming down the pike. Here’s a quick look at three of the big ones....

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