What Is Smart?

EduCon 2.2, a three-day conference from January 29-31, 2010 opened Friday evening with an amazing panel discussion at the Franklin Institute.  If you cannot attend in person, Steve Hargadon is coordinating live streaming of the events (see below for information).  As stated on their website, EduCon 2.2 is both a conversation and a conference. And it is not a technology conference. It is an education conference. It is, hopefully, an innovation conference where we can come together, both in person and virtually, to discuss the future of schools. Every session will be an opportunity to discuss and debate ideas — from the very practical to the big dreams.

From Chris Lehman‘s email about EduCon:

It’s not a place for big speeches, it’s a place for well-thought conversation. It is a place for ideas, not stuff. There isn’t much swag at all and there isn’t an exhibit floor. What the conference has, in abundance, is really smart people who care deeply about the future of education and how we all can make it better.

From Steve Hargadon:

As an experiment in collaboration (students are running all of the streams), I’m excited to be helping to provide live Elluminate streams of all 76 sessions on Saturday and Sunday as part of the work I do for Elluminate at LearnCentral.org.

The conference website is at http://www.educon22.org. A listing of of sessions (“conversations”) with the links to their descriptions and the Elluminate rooms is at http://www.educon22.org/conversations. All times listed for the sessions are US Eastern Standard Time. If you need help converting to your time zone, I recommend the converter page at http://timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html.

Friday Night Panel — 6pm-8pm — “What is Smart?”* Introductions by Dr. Dennis Wint, CEO of The Franklin Institute

  • Loren Brichter – CEO of atebits Software and developer of Tweetie Twitter software.
  • Prof. Martha Farah – Director, Center for Neuroscience & Society and Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania
  • Happy Fernandez — President of the Moore College of Art
  • Prof. Eddie Glaude – William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies. Chair, Center for African American Studies, Princeton University.
  • David Shenk – Author of The Genius in All of Us, Data Smog and The End of Patience (and others)
  • Moderated by Dr. Frederic Bertley, Vice President of the Center for Innovation and Science Learning, The Franklin Institute

Join us in person or virtually for converstions that will shape our future.

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