Virtual School Meanderings

December 14, 2011

This Week: Crucial Ed Conversations, Edublog Awards Show, Unplug’d Canada, and the Hack Ed Podcast!

From Monday’s inbox (and I do note that some of the items listed below have already occurred)…

A message to all members of Classroom 2.0

Welcome to week eight of this new weekly blog post / email, including the round-up of the week’s news and the always-fun podcast with Audrey Watters in which we kept finding ourselves asking: “what would Finland do?” “is a sophisticated factory education still a factory education?,” and “do institutions perpetuate the problems they were created to solve?”

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Steve Hargadon


  • Tuesday, December 13th, (8pm US-Eastern Standard Time), as part of the series, I’ll be interviewing David Maxfield, co-author of  coauthor of two New York Times bestsellers, Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success and Influencer: The Power to Change Anything. David will draw from his academic and business background to discuss the lesson of counter-intuitive courage which is required to avoid teacher burnout and to help effect educational change–and the five crucial conversations that therefore drive educational excellence. The details and connection information page is HERE.
  • Wednesday, December 14th, I’m co-hosting the annual Edublog Awards show, which starts at 7pm US-Eastern Standard Time. Connection information will appear on the official site shortly. You can also keep voting for your favorite social media in education projects in 19 categories until 11:59pm US-Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, the 13th. To support (vote for!) one of my projects, see this blog post.
  • Thursday, December 15th (8pm US-Eastern Standard Time), students, teachers, and business leaders involved in the Blue Valley Schools – CAPS Program come will be our guests of CAPS, the Blue Valley’s Center for Advanced Professional Studies in Kansas, brings juniors and seniors from all Blue Valley high schools for a “unique learning opportunity to deeply explore their interests in a  profession-based learning approach.” Designed to inspire students to succeed in Bioscience, Business, Engineering, and Human Services, CAP brings together industry and education for student-driven learning through authentic problem-based work projects. “CAPS is all about students solving real problems, with real tools (used by real professionals), being mentored by real employers, leading to real contribution.” Details and connection information HERE.
  • The topic for Saturday, December 17th Classroom 2.0 LIVE! show will be “Unplug’d Canada” featuring co-presenters Rodd Lucier, Ben Hazzard, Tom Fullerton, Alec Couros and Zoe Pipe. Unplug’d Canada was a gathering of Canadian educators discussing what it means to be a teacher, a learner and a change agent and publishing the shared stories, essays and personal insights of the collective vision of the group. Show details and information about “tuning in” are HERE.
  • Don’t forget to plan for ISTE Unplugged if you’re planning to attend ISTE 2012 conference in San Diego. This will be the fifth year of EduBloggerCon (which is being renamed SocialEdCon), and the always-popular Bloggers’ Cafe! More details coming soon, but be sure to add Saturday, June 23rd, into your calendar for when you are making your travel plans! We’re also planning both a Global Education Summit and an “Ed Incubator” event–a chance for small and teacher-led ed tech start-ups to demonstrate their projects.
  • The Library 2.012 worldwide virtual conference is tentatively scheduled for October 3 – 5!
  • The recordings are now posted for last week’s interviews with Melia Dicker (“Reschool Yourself”) and Lisa Nielsen (“An Out-of-the-Box Conversation on Education”). Terrific conversations!
Blogger Audrey Watters (Hack Education) sits down with me (virtually) each week to discuss the ed tech news of the week and drill down on stories that have caught her eye (and attracted her writing talent). Audrey is a writer for the NPR education technology blog MindShift, for the data section of O’Reilly Radar, and for the Edutopia blog.

Here’s the direct link to our latest podcast: The podcast feed link is


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December 10, 2011

Edublog Award Nominations and Time to Vote!

From Friday’s inbox (I think)…

A message to all members of Classroom 2.0

Voting is now open for the 2011 Edublog Awards. The nominations are up, and you can vote until 11:59pm US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, December 13th.

Here are the Steve Hargadon / Web 2.0 Labs projects that were nominated with some encouragement to vote in these and all the categories!

Classroom 2.0, which has received several nominations over the years and won twice, is on the list again.  At 62,000 members, and pretty much the grandaddy of Ning social networking in education, it’s still fun to see how it opens the door to seeing the value of social networking for professional development. Vote for it or one of the other great networks HERE.

Not making the cut this year but still worth visiting I think are: The Teacher 2.0 Mightybell social learning experience and Ning network, Aula 2.0 (huge contributors to the Global Education Conference), and Library 2.0 (which grew from 5,000 to 12,500 members this year).

I was actually really sorry to see these categories lumped together this year, as they seem so different to me–at least the Unconference and Webinar Series. Nominated are:

Classroom 2.0 Live. This is the terrific Saturday show with Peggy George, Kim Caise, and Lorna Constantini. Great work, ladies!

Future of Education. This is my complete professional indulgence: find interesting people and interview them. A great, great body of thinkers and doers.

The Global Education Conference. Lucy Gray and I teamed up again for another amazing five days of sessions worldwide. An unbelievable volunteer effort this year, combined with great sessions and an AMAZING keynote lineup Lucy put together.

Library 2.011. A first-year virtual conference with the support of the San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science. Incredible all the way around.

To vote in this category for one of the above or one of the other GREAT nominees, go HERE. It was very fun for me to note that I helped provide Elluminate/Collaborate resources for five others of the nominees:, Reform Symposium, Australia Series, TL Virtual Cafe, and Tech Talk Tuesdays. Way to go, folks!

Not in the final nominations in this category, to my great surprise and profound disappointment, was EduBloggerCon, the all-day unconference before ISTE that I like to think really started the unconference (and some regular conference) movement in ed tech. :(  ISTEunplugged, also something I’m proud of, didn’t make it either.

I am nominated in this category–I was hoping I had a fighting chance until I saw the incredible list. :) To vote, go HERE.

See you online!


Steve Hargadon

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November 29, 2011

2011 Edublog Awards – Nominations Due by Friday!

This showed up in my inbox a few hours ago…

A message to all members of Classroom 2.0

I have the pleasure again this year of co-hosting the annual Edublog Awards, designed to promote the educational value of social media. I encourage you to consider nominating someone or a site for an award in one of the eighteen categories, and to do so this week!

Here are the Web 2.0 Labs projects I hope you’ll consider nominating:

Future of Education interview series for “Best Open PD / unconference / webinar series”
Classroom 2.0 community for “Best educational use of a social network”

Classroom 2.0 LIVE! interview series for “Best Open PD / unconference / webinar series”
Aula 2.0 community for “Best educational use of a social network”
Teacher 2.0 community and free online course for “Best educational use of a social network”
Library 2.0 community for “Best educational use of a social network”
Library 2.011 worldwide virtual conference for “Best Open PD / unconference / webinar series”
2011 Global Education Conference for “Best Open PD / unconference / webinar series”
EduBloggerCon for “Best Open PD / unconference / webinar series”
ISTE Unplugged for “Best Open PD / unconference / webinar series”
After the nominations close on Friday, public voting will take place until December 13th, and the award ceremony will be live in Blackboard Collaborate at 7pm US-Eastern Time Wednesday, December 14th. Details on how to nominate below!

See you online!


Steve Hargadon

Here’s the announcement from the official Edublog Awards site:

The Edublog Awards is a community based incentive started in 2004 in response to community concerns relating to how schools, districts and educational institutions were blocking access of learner and teacher blog sites for educational purposes.  The purpose of the Edublog awards is promote and demonstrate the educational values of these social media.  The best aspects include that it creates a fabulous resource for educators to use for ideas on how social media is used in different contexts, with a range of different learners while creating an invaluable resource of the best-of-the-best on the web!

How To Nominate

To nominate your favorites, we’re following the same approach as the last three years, namely asking you to:

  • Write a post with your nominations for the different categories on your own blog (or a website – anywhere public)
  • Send us the link to your nomination post via the form at the bottom of the Nominations Page

And we’ve made some changes to categories this year such as:

  • Some categories have been combined together (Best ed tech / resource sharing blog and Best educational use of audio / video / visual /podcast)
  • We’ve created two new categories (Best open PD / unconference / webinar series and Best free web tool)
  • Virtual worlds are encouraged to be part of the expanded “social network” category

Here are the categories in full – nominations are open from now until Friday 2 December, and voting will then be up until Tuesday 13 December and the ceremony will be rocking on Wednesday 14 December!
So go nominate your favourite blogs, twitterers, community sites, videos, podcasts and more… for 2011:

  • Best individual blog
  • Best individual tweeter
  • Best group blog
  • Best new blog
  • Best class blog
  • Best student blog
  • Best ed tech / resource sharing blog
  • Most influential blog post
  • Best twitter hashtag
  • Best teacher blog
  • Best librarian / library blog
  • Best School Administrator blog
  • Best free web tool
  • Best educational use of audio / video / visual / podcast
  • Best educational wiki
  • Best open PD / unconference / webinar series
  • Best educational use of a social network
  • Lifetime achievement

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