We're hacking away at the program for this year's Mozilla Festival, which is taking place from October 25 - 27 in London, and we'd love you to propose a session!
Propose a session: http://sessions.mozillafestival.org/
This year focuses on change agents. You know, the kind of person who runs a computer club in their neighbourhood or wants to revamp their organisation in an open, webby way. These are the people who are making a difference in their communities -- and we want them to come to Mozfest, meet kindred spirits and leave with inspiration and tools to increase their impact at home.
Similar to past years, there are 10 tracks exploring different themes (journalism, games, education, etc.). And lots of hands-on making, peer learning and epic coffee. :-)
The call for proposals is open, and we would love if you considered submitting an idea. The deadline is August 31.
I'd also happy to talk through any ideas with you, and, of course, what matters most is that you're attend Mozfest, whether you host a session or not.
Can't wait to see how the festival comes together this year!
// michelle thorne
Senior Manager, Mozilla Webmaker Mentors
PS. Please also feel free to forward this to anyone else who might be interested in proposing a session for Mozfest!
Would you like to explore more virtual worlds? Perhaps you heard something at the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education conference and would like to see how this might apply in your teaching and learning practice?
Consider participating in the 2013 VWBPE MOOC – Virtual Worlds Explorations.
There are 2 levels:
1. Just the tours please.
2. Engaging in the MOOC discussions about the tours.
Each week there will be 1 or 2 tours to virtual world environments, hosted by the people who developed the virtual learning environments. We will start in AvayaAlive on Monday, July 29 and finishing the week of August 19 with a tour of Jokaydia Grid. Seven tours in all.
What do I do now?
Go to the VWBPE MOOC site vwbpe.kamedia-interactive.com
Come on all you sages, let's explore what's happening Beyond the Stage?
Join us in the multiverse 24-27 July 2013.http://www.vwbpe.org/conference/vwbpe-2013-schedule/action:week/exact_date:1374649200
Join us for Media & Learning 2013 – targeted at practitioners and policy makersinterested in exploring and discussing media supported learning at all levels of education and training. Get to grips with the latest trends in teaching and learning, expand your network and see for yourself how innovative teachers and trainers all over Europe are changing the learning environment for the better.Register online for the conference | Discover our pre-conference events
About the CourseIntended for teachers (Grades 4-12) from all disciplines, this course will introduce ways to integrate works of art into your classroom by using inquiry-based teaching methods commonly used in museum settings. This course is designed to give teachers the tools to create meaningful object-based learning activities that can be integrated into a wide variety of curricula. We'll explore strategies that emphasize literacy, critical thinking skills and that connect across disciplines. The strategies and content that you will learn in this course parallels the proficiencies outlined in the Common Core State Standards as they relate to literacy, speaking and listening, critical thinking, analyzing informational text, and citing evidence to support arguments.
Week One: Introduction to Inquiry | Why Engage in Inquiry Around Art?
Week Two: Close Looking and Open-Ended Inquiry
Week Three: Activities as Inquiry
Week Four: Putting It All Together | Connections To Curriculum
Recommended BackgroundAn interest in teaching with objects and discovering effective ways to engage primary and secondary students in inquiry-based learning.
Suggested ReadingsSuggested readings include reviewing materials on the MoMA site: www.moma.org/momalearning
Inquiry Learning Vs. Standardized Content: Can They Coexist?
Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning
Course FormatCourse content will include videos, slide shows, readings, discussion forums, peer-to-peer learning exercises and evaluation activities.
FAQWill I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class?
Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.
What resources will I need for this class?
For this course, all you need is an Internet connection, a device to record audio and/or video (can be your cell phone or web cam) and the time to read, write, discuss, and practice the techniques you will learn in class.
Do I need to know how to make art or have knowledge in art history?
Absolutely not. We will provide you with background materials on the art we discuss in class, but the focus here is on improving your teaching methods using objects, which could easily be historical documents or scientific results, not just works of art.
About the Instructor
Lisa MazzolaThe Museum of Modern Art
Teacher Professional Development
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I'm pleased to announce the inaugural worldwide Homeschool Conference, August 23 - 24, 2013! All are invited to participate in this two-day, online, and free event.
My name is Steve Hargadon, and I founded and run the online social network for educators called Classroom 2.0. I also hold open and online conferences for educators and I host an interview series called the Future of Education. My wife and I are the parents of four children, all of whom have at some time had a form of homeschooling or independent learning. My co-chair for the conference is writer and homeschool proponent Pat Farenga. The conference website is http://www.homeschoolconference.com.
Public discussions on education have been increasingly more accepting of the variety of learning opportunities for students, and also of the potential for valuable dialog on practices that arise from non-traditional learning environments. While the Homeschool Conference is geared toward those participating in or wanting to learn more abouthomeschooling, unschooling, free schools, democratic schools, and other forms of alternative education, my hope is that this conference will also be valuable for traditional educators looking to expand their scope and understanding of teaching and learning practices.
The conference is based on a peer-learning model I've developed over the last several years which invites high levels of interaction and participation. As an online event, without the constraints faced by physical events (time/space/travel), the goal is to get as many of you as possible to present and share your experiences, practices, and resources with each other. First-time presenters: you are not only welcome to submit proposals--you are encouraged to do so!
You will also notice that the conference, and the proposal process, are hosted in this social-networking website. Please join the site to be kept informed of conference news, and then consider taking the opportunity the site provides to connect with others, both before, during, and after the conference. You are also welcome to start independent topic, organization, or other conversations or groups for further connecting and sharing.
Presentation proposals can be submitted HERE starting immediately, and they will be accepted on a rolling basis within a week of submission. There is more information below on becoming a conference volunteer, advisory and outreach board member, partner, or sponsor! If you would like to submit a film to (or help coordinate) the online film festival for the conference, please contact me directly.
Please let others know about the conference (a logo you can use is here). And see you online!
Co-Chair, 2013 Homeschool Conference
The Homeschool Conference is held online and is free to attend. The week before the conference begins a conference schedule, with links to each session, will be posted on the site. The conference platform is Blackboard Collaborate, on online platform that combines video, audio, chat, presentation, and other capabilities, and it supports participation using Window, Mac OS, Linux, iOS, and Android.
The Call for Proposals for the conference opens July 15th, 2013. While the final deadline for submissions is August 20th, 2013, presenters will be notified of acceptance on a rolling basis starting July 20th, 2013. There is a motivation for early submission and acceptance, since presenters are able to schedule their own presentation times once accepted and the options become more limited as time goes on.
Advisory and Outreach Board:
Anyone can apply to be a member of the international advisory & outreach board. Advisory board members are recognized on the website and are asked to:
To sign up for the advisory board, please make sure you have joined the conference network, and then join the advisory board group HERE.
Conference Partner Organizations:
Whether you are a small homeschool co-op or up to a multi-school organization, we want to encourage you to become a conference partner. You must be non-commercial and primarily or substantively focused on home- or alternative-schooling. Once approved, your organization or event will be listed with a link, logo, and a short description.
Our goal for the conference is to have it be a milestone event, bringing together individuals and organizations from all over the world. We recognize that much (if not most!) of the outreach for this conference will come from your sharing the conference information in your online and other social communities, or to your own membership if you have one. Our recognizing you on the site is part of our appreciation for you for doing this!
There are no financial obligations for being a partner organization--all we do ask is that you actively promote the conference to your membership and network, and encourage participation as well as presentations and submissions. To apply to be a conference partner organization, please make sure you have joined the conference network, and then join the partner group HERE.
There are opportunities for commercial sponsorship of the Homeschool Conference, and both recognition and authentic appreciation for financial support will be given to those who choose to sponsor. Sponsorship levels and benefits can be discussed with Steve Hargadon directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 916-283-7901.
It is not an exaggeration to say that volunteers are the life-blood of this unique kind of peer and participative conference! Volunteers help moderate the presentation sessions, they do not need to have prior experience. To find out how you can help, and why it is so much fun to do so, please join our volunteer group.
Visit Classroom 2.0 at: http://www.classroom20.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network
Mozilla's Maker Party has started with a bang! We're only a few weeks into our 3-month celebration and thousands of people have already gotten together at events around the world — from India to Uganda to France — to help make the Web together.
Are you in? It's easy. Join an event, make something and share it with your friends.
The Maker Party is one of my favorite times of the year. In the past month, we've seen the Mozilla community rally to help computer science students in India start hacking the Web, teens in rural France use Thimble to remix movie posters and a dedicated community of Web mentors begin to emerge in Uganda.
There's no end to Maker Party participants' creativity. People are making websites withThimble, remixing videos with Popcorn Maker, creating fun animated gifs and even blending technology, traditional art techniques and...vegetables! In New York City, youth are producing fantastic projects like CityScenes, an app to help cyclists plan a scenic bike journey around NYC through landmarks like movie scene locations and monuments.
Sound like your idea of fun?! Join an event happening near you or, if you're more ambitious, invite 5 of your friends over and host an event of your own. We've got guides to show you how and lots of projects — remixes, mash-ups, websites — you can all build together.
Whatever you build, make sure to share your work. Tag it with #makerparty and celebrate with other webmakers from around the globe.
The Maker Party runs until September 15 so there's lots of time to join in. I can't wait to see what you build!
'Language Symposium @VWBPE Conference' on AVALON!
The time has been confirmed: Wed 24 July at 4:40pm SLT / 11:30pm GMT. (12: 30am Thu London time)
Time: July 24, 2013 from 4:45pm to 6pm
Location: VWBPE conference
Organized By: Heike Philp aka Gwen Gwasi
Language Symposium @VWBPE Conference: Total Language Training
The time is, Wed 24 July at 4:40pm SLT which is 11:30pm GMT. (12: 30am Thu London time)
World time: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?iso=20130724T1640&p1=224
This symposium on how virtual worlds will define the future of language will be attended to by a group of practitioners in language education. During the 2h symposium the panel will discuss and present the latest on tele-collaboration and EU funded projects, informal and formal language learning, immersive games and teaching tools, role-play and emoting, machinima and digital story telling, holodecks, tours and events.
See more details and RSVP on AVALON:
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