Educon 2.0

Chris Lehmann post out an all-call on Twitter for edu bloggers to publicize for Educon 2.0.

Here is the information copied from the Educon 2.0 wiki.

Educon 2.0 — January 25-27, 2008
Science Leadership Academy
Philadelphia, PA

EduCon 2.0 is both a conversation and a conference.And it is not a technology conference. It is an education conference. It is a School 2.0 conference. It is, hopefully, an innovation conference where we want to come together, both in person and virtually, to discuss the future of schools.

We are looking for people to present ideas, facilitate conversations, and share best practice.

The Axioms / Guiding Principles of EduCon 2.0:

  1. Our schools must be inquiry-driven, thoughtful and empowering for all members.
  2. Our schools must be about co-creating — together with our students — the 21st Century Citizen
  3. Technology must serve pedagogy, not the other way around.
  4. Technology must enable students to research, create, communicate and collaborate
  5. Learning can — and must — be networked.

Cost: $50 ($80 after January 16th) — Payable to the Science Leadership Academy
Register TODAY At http://educon20.eventbrite.com

Hotel Information — The Windsor Suites — 17th and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Attendees

Join the Facebook EduCon 2.0 Group!

CALL FOR CONVERSATIONS — Proposals Due Nov. 1st

January 25th Agenda 12:00 — 3:00

Spend the afternoon at Science Leadership Academy. Meetings with teachers, students and administrators to talk about the ideas of School 2.0 and how SLA is working toward that ideal.

January 26th – 27th — EduCon 2.0

Conference / Conversation Categories:

Issue Conversation Sessions

One of the things we have seen is that more and more presentations are becoming conversations. We are looking for “Conversation Sessions” that are interactive and engaging.

One possible format: The mini-presentation — 20-30 minute lectures, with the ability to be Skype/note-chatted, where a speaker takes a position on an issue, explains something, tries to define an idea or just tries to get their head around something. Listeners note-cast the session along with a live audio feed so others can take part. After the lecture, 30-40 minutes conversation where the speaker just joins the conversation around a table, followed by 15-30 minutes where personal reflection takes place. No matter what format these take — all of these sessions must have participation built in.

Blogger Cafe

We’ve got a comfy library and we’re not afraid to use it.

Unsessions

This would be more like what we saw at the EBC, where one facilitator ran a conversation for an hour. I think these sessions would work best around ideas where many people felt a level of expertise or previous investment. Goals for sessions like these might be action oriented? If we all are walking in with a lot of expertise, can a good facilitator build consensus toward a goal?

Again, if the conversations were an hour long, I’d want to leave time for a half-hour to reflect and write afterwards. (And again, no reason not to have a Snowball mic on the table and make sure that others can take part. In fact, there’s every reason to.)

Pedagogy Sessions

Here’s what I want to see more of… specific conversations around pedagogy. Could we have some sessions where folks had agreed to read an article beforehand around constructivist teaching and then had a conversation where we looked at Web 2.0 tools with the specific agenda of looking at how to take the best of progressive pedagogy and apply it to the new word in which we live? Maybe even looking at old language and looking at its limits and where we do and don’t need new language? Again… skypecast it, chat it and give time for reflection at the end.

It would also be nice to see these discussions of pedagogy lead to more specific suggestions about how to incorporate these ideas into practice; ie, how will I apply this idea to the lesson/unit I’m starting tomorrow. How do I introduce this to students; what does it look like onscreen, and what does my “classroom” (in quotes because you can define it however you want) look like as a result? Perhaps these sessions could be followed by a series of posts/wiki pages where people brainstorm and archive ideas on using these tools in specific lessons.

Cross-Pollination Lunch

We’ll be offering spaces for folks who went to different sessions to come together and talk about what they’ve learned.

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