Learning 2.014 Africa or Asia

Learning 2.014 Africa or Asia

It’s time for Learning2! There have been a lot of changes and updates however one thing remains the same….our commitment to being different, being social, and participant focuses. Learning2.info We have created a new central website to keep you up-to-date on the latest developments around Learning2 conferences. This website will act as the central area where you can see the latest social networks in action around the hashtag #learning2 as well as where and when the next Learning2 conferences will be taking place. Learning 2.014 Africa We are so excited to be running Learning 2.014 Africa this year. Our first conference expansion outside of Asia and we couldn’t have picked a better place to start than Ethiopia. I think back to the struggles we had running the first Learning 2.0 conference in China in 2007 and how we could have picked a much easier country to start this conference in. The same holds true for our first African conference. We could have started somewhere that is more connected like South Africa or Kenya. However, that just wouldn’t be the Learning 2.0 way! That’s what makes this conference different and amazing. We push ourselves, our participants and technology to its limits. Read More: Transforming Africa I strongly encourage international educators in Africa, Europe and the Middle East to consider putting this on your PD list for next year. It is going to be an amazing conference in an amazing country. Ethiopian Airlines (who I have flown a lot in the past two years) has great service into Addis Ababa on some of the newest planes being built today. If you’re lucky you’ll get to fly on their new Boeing 787 and experience the comfort and future of air travel. Learning 2.014 Africa is running a special promotion for those people that register in the month of May. You will be entered to win either a GeeksPhone or an Kano. GeeksPhone is the first smartphone of it’s kind that will boot in both Android and the new FirefoxOS system. You can’t get this phone in stores yet. Imagine your students opening a box and building their own computer. Plug it into a TV and you’re ready to start gaming, creating and coding! That’s the Kano, a brand new computer developed in the UK. The conference is already about 40% full, so if you are looking to not only explore where Africa and...

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40,000 Mile Reflection

40,000 Mile Reflection

How time flies as the miles pile up. I have just passed the halfway point of a crazy two months of traveling and presenting. Yes….From the end of September to the end of November I will have flown 70,000 miles and yes….all of it in economy (because I know you were wondering). It has been a tired, fun, exhausting, passionate time and now that I’m somewhere over the North Pole on my to Seoul, Korea to start course 4 of COETAIL, I finally have time to think about what my learning has been and reflect on this journey. ICS Addis Ababa – COETAIL It was great to return to Ethiopia where things continue to move at an incredible rate within the country. I was there for a week to kick off course 3 of COETAIL and while there was asked by the Administration if I would help them bring the Learning2 conference to Africa. I’m exciting to announce that Learning2 Africa will be held September 18-20 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on the campus of the International Community School. You’ll be hearing more about this for sure here on the blog. We believe this is the first ever educational technology focused conference on the continent and definitely the first geared towards international schools. Google Apps Summit South Korea Jim Sill and team put on another great Google Apps Summit in South Korea. It was very well attended and I got to finally try on a pair of Google Glasses. Mind blowing cool. Learning 2.013 in Singapore Another amazing Learning2 conference this year in Singapore. This conference continues to change and evolve and re-event what a conference experience should be. I find it so interesting that this conference and it’s different formats have been HUGELY successful over the last 7 years yet no conference has tried to replicate it. I have been to a lot of conferences but none that push the boundaries of participants expectations, learning, and community building like this one. ITEC Keynote I had the great pleasure of keynoting the Iowa Technology Educators Conference in Des Moines. As the second day keynote I saw it as my job to motivate and spark passion in the conference goers to make this conference matter to them and their schools when they went back to the classroom. We’ll have to wait for the survey results to see if I hit my...

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Learning 2.012 Reflection

Learning 2.012 Reflection

I have been home five days now from my month long around the world trip (way to long…learned my lesson on that one!) and it is time to start writing down some of the things I was involved in, witnessed and helped to push forward in schools from Europe to Africa to the islands of Indonesia. But first I want to start with, what is still shocking to me, probably the best conference I get to attend. The Learning 2.012 conference that takes place in Asia every year. A conference that I helped to start back in 2007 and that continues, in my book anyway, to push the boundries of how conference formats need to change with what we understand to be good learning and good use of our time together. Learning2 when we started it back in 2007 was founded on a couple simple principles. Be different Be social Be a connector Push participants and our own understanding of learning Be Different Since this conference was founded never has there been a repeat of what the schedule looks like. Each year the orginzing committee has the option to start with a clean slate. Do something different, do something radical, try something new….and every year they do. Some thing work and some thing don’t work but you know what…we call that learning and that’s what Learning 2 is all about. Learning 2 was started, and is still seen, as a technology conference. But every year as people write reflective blog posts about their experience the shock is always; this is a conference about learning and technology just happens to be a part of it. Even in my session this year when I had people brainstorm in groups on what they believed “Flipped Education” was on a piece of chart paper with markers, I got looks. Yet this technology in a group setting is a perfect fit. Actually….I’m not really interested in the product (the paper) but the process of people talking, of coming to an understanding together. That’s what a conference is about. Be Social That leads me to the most important part of this conference. The idea that learning is social. I say it as often as I can that if you are going to a conference for content you are going for the wrong reason. Content is free and open, connections are not. This conference has some...

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Learning 2.012 Early Bird Registration Ends Soon

Learning 2.012 Early Bird Registration Ends Soon

    Excited to see the Learning 2.012 conference is filling up fast. The conference that I helped to start back in 2007 continues to explore the meaning of what it means to be a modern day conference. Every year the committee plays with different formats and different ways to get participants involved in the learning process. The one thing this conference has never had is a keynote speaker with the committee always trying to find ways to get participants involved in the learning process. For Learning 2.012 in October the breakdown of sessions looks like this: Two Extended Sessions led by Learning 2 Leaders (3 – 3.5 hours) One Learning 2 Leaders presentation: the big idea in a nutshell Two additional workshops or presentations Two ‘unconference’ sessions Three ‘cohort’ sessions in curriculum/common interest groupings Three sets of Learning 2 Talk sessions You’ll also want to check out the website and have a look at this years Learning Leaders. The conference continues to attract some of the best in the field and within International Education.  I’m honored that after stepping down as a main conference organizer two years ago that the committee has asked me to stay involved and has again invited me back to be a learning leader. It is one of my favorite conferences to attend and be apart of for no other reason in that it’s just different from any other conference I’ve been to. The Early Bird Registration ends this Friday (June 1st). If you haven’t registered already you might want to head on over and get registered quickly. After June 1st it will cost you an extra $50. I wouldn’t be so worried about the extra $50 as I would be that the conference will fill up. It’s limited to 500 participants. Have you been to Learning 2.0 in the past? What have been your take aways from the conference? If you are going in October what is it your looking forward to the...

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