Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Meet the greatest future of ed thought leaders for only $1.40!

Only someone like Jeff Pulver could bring together the most brilliant future of education visionaries in one intimate gathering. Not only does he bring them together, but he is also inviting educators far and wide to come see, hear, question, and even talk with them and it only costs $1.40!!!

This conference provides a unique opportunity for educators to come together in a relatively intimate setting to listen to a day packed with the visionaries that are usually reserved for the stages at conferences internationally that require you to fork over some big bucks.  

At the 140edu you have the chance to listen to numerous speakers give you their best 14.0 minutes of what education can and should be. Speakers leave time for questions and you can catch your favorites before or after their talk in the schmooze room where you can also help yourself to coffee and snacks.

The conference is being hosted by these guys:
Chris Lehmann (@chrislehmann) - Principal of the Science Leadership Academy
Jeff Keni Pulver (@jeffpulver) - founder #140conf
It is the goal of our hosts to take a hard look at the State of Education NOW and provide a platform for educators, parents, students, administrators, school boards, together with anyone and everyone with a vested interest in the state of education a chance to be heard and ideas shared and explored.

Some of the talks you’ll hear:

How to make dropping out of school work for you.
Both times I dropped out of high school, and when I dropped out of college, it was because school was interfering with my learning. I was living in New York City, the home of industry, finance, multiple ethnic groups, dozens of museums, a variety of parks, and millions of interesting people, in short, a huge classroom available to the highly curious me. Now, thanks to the internet, Skype and other technology, the world is now a huge classroom available to anyone with a way to access it. It raises the question of whether school is still necessary and, if so, do students really need 12 years of it?
-Deven Black (@devenkblack) - Middle school teacher-librarian/media specialist in NYC. If you expect simple answers to complicated questions you are in the wrong place.

Are teachers keeping students prisoners of their past?
For today’s youth life outside of school is a fast-paced, connected environment where students have the freedom to learn in the spaces and with the tools they love. Once inside school walls however, digital devices are banned, collaborating is viewed as cheating, and students are often banned from accessing the very sites that are necessary for real-world success. This panel will address how we think outside the ban and partner with students for learning.

Student panel moderated by:
Lisa Nielsen (@InnovativeEdu) - Speaker. Writer. Educational innovator & agitator. Blogger who writes about learning innovatively & alternative ed. Author
Allison Wu (@allisonswu) - Advocate for #studentvoice in #edreform / youth engagement in policy | @HuffingtonPost blogger | @MingaGroup & @NYAAmerica too
Lucia Grigoli (@LuciaGrigoli) - Student passionate about #politics and #studentvoice in #edreform. Oh, and #WestWing.
Matthew Resnick (@MatthewAResnick) - Junior at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, NYC
Nick Perez (@nickperez) - Software developer, beer geek, advocate for the liberation of students from mind-numbing boredom and condescension in public schools.
Nikhil Goyal (@TalkPolitical) - 17 • Author: All Hands on Deck: Why America Needs a Learning Revolution (Sept 2012)

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future
We teach in an amazing time, and yet the academic setting in which we work is far from perfect. Let's take an honest look at some of the things we do, both right and wrong, and how we can use educational technology to strengthen our schools.
-Adam Bellow (@adambellow) - eduTecher / eduClipper Founder, Educational Technologist, Public Speaker, GCT

How to Make Better Teachers
By emphasizing and embracing a culture of transparency where teachers and leaders share best practices via social spaces, we not only gain from one another but also hold each other accountable for improvement.
-Dean Shareski (@shareski) - Teacher, learner, husband, father, golfer.

If you can get to NYC July 31st and/or August 1st, I hope you’ll attend the 140edu conference.  It takes place at the 92nd Street Y (1395 Lexington Avenue) on the upper east side of Manhattan. You can register here.

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