EduCon 2.2

Chris Lehmann, the keynote for the 2009 Spring Virtual Conference, will be hosting the third annual EduCon in Philly this January.  There are always quite a few DEN members in attendance, so it would be a good opportunity for a DEN meetup!

For more details on the conference, read below or download the flier.

Registration is now open for EduCon 2.2, the third annual conference and conversation on education and innovation hosted by Philadelphia’s Science Leadership Academy in conjunction with The Franklin Institute on Jan. 29-31, 2010. During the conference, educators from around the world will descend upon Philly to teach, to think and to learn how to improve their own practices and inform the larger dialogue on education as well. Join thought-leaders including David Jakes, Sylvia Martinez, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, Will Richardson,  Dr. Gary Stager and David Warlick in small sessions to discuss the intersection of progressive pedagogy and 21st Century tools. Aaron Sorkin wrote, “Decisions are made by those who show up.” It is time to show up.

EduCon is built on the Axioms:
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.

Visit the EduCon wiki at to learn about the conversation schedule. Aside from the conversations, Friday night will feature a panel discussion where deep thinkers from various non-academic strata investigate the question, “What is smart?” While the need for a new educational course is clear, the path to that shift is not as obvious. Sunday’s panel will highlight those divergent paths as educational leaders for varying pedagogies engage each other in an attempt to answer the question “What is the disconnect between educational policy reform and pedagogical reform.”


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