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February 14, 2014

Saturday LIVE! Show – “Open Mic” on Blended Learning

From yesterday’s inbox…

Date: Sat., February 15, 2014
Time: 9:00am PT/10:00am MT/11:00am CT/12:00pm ET
Location: (

Peggy George, Lorie Moffat and Tammy Moore will be hosting another Classroom 2.0 LIVE show. As an extension to the Classroom 2.0 Ning community, Classroom 2.0 “LIVE” shows are opportunities to gather with other educators in real-time events, complete with audio, chat and desktop sharing. A Google calendar of upcoming shows is available at

Join us on Saturday, February 15th, when we will be hosting an “Open Mic” show on the topic of Blended Learning. We are trying a new format for this show and hope you will be as excited as we are about it. Our Classroom 2.0 Advisory Team member extraordinaire, Paula Naugle, suggested this concept as a way to provide even more interaction and participation in the live show. For this show only there will not be a guest presenter, but we are inviting all of you to join us and take the mic to engage in a conversation about blended learning. This will be similar to an EdCamp format where everyone comes together to explore and discuss a topic but it is being done virtually rather than face-to-face. Come with your ideas, resources, and questions and together we will learn about what blended learning is, what it might look like in classrooms for students of all ages (K-12 to Adult), how it is being used to provide authentic, engaging learning experiences, and more. Paula will facilitate the conversation and we hope you’ll come prepared to share something with your headset/earbuds on to take the mic and add to the conversation. We’ll have an awesome Livebinder prepared with blended learning resources and will look forward to adding your resources to the Livebinder. Invite your colleagues who are using blended learning to join us in the conversation and we’ll all learn together.

More information and details are at If you’re new to the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! show you might want to spend a few minutes viewing the screencast on the homepage to learn how we use Blackboard Collaborate, and navigate the site. Each show begins at 12pm Eastern (GMT-5) and may be accessed in Blackboard Collaborate directly using the following Classroom 2.0 LIVE link at

On the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! site ( you’ll find the recordings from our recent ”February Featured Teacher” session with Todd Nesloney. Click on the Archives and Resources tab.

When tweeting about Classroom 2.0 LIVE, be sure to use #liveclass20. Special thanks to our sponsors Weebly, The Learning Revolution and Blackboard Collaborate!

Classroom 2.0 LIVE Team:

Peggy George, Lorie Moffat, Tammy Moore, Steve Hargadon

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October 9, 2013

The 2013 Reform Symposium This Week – Online, Free, And With Amazing Speakers And Presenters

Also from Monday’s inbox…

The fourth annual Reform Symposium Free Online Conference (RSCON) starts this Friday, October 11th, running for three days and in conjunction with Connected Educator Month. It’s an online global event highlighting “wow” moments in teaching and learning, and the entire conference will be held online using the Blackboard Collaborate webinar platform, running out of my community.

See you online!


Steve Hargadon

This year’s amazing keynote lineup: Sugata Mitra (Opening Plenary), Nicky Hockly, Rafael Parente, John Spencer, Jose Vilson, Chuck Sandy, Mark Barnes, German Doin, Mallory Fundora, Chris Lehmann, Barbara H. Sakamoto, Sue Waters, Steve Wheeler, Josh Stumpenhorst, Angela Maiers, Mark Moran, and Salome Thomas-El.

This year’s distinguished panelists: Erin Klein, Ozge Karaoglu Ergin, Steven Anderson, Jackie Gerstein, Lisa Dabbs, Carla Arena, Burcu Akyol, Thomas Whitby, Pam Moran, Tom Murray, Dr. Alec Couros, Silvia Tolisano, Nicholas Provenzano, and Joe Dale.

Did I mention that this is all free? :)

A full list of the current conference schedule, in US-Eastern Daylight Time, follows. To attend the conference, come to the site to look at the conference schedule in your
own time zone (OK, I’m still quite proud of this method) at And be sure to join the host network to be kept up to date on all conference activities.

Friday, October 11

  • WELCOME ADDRESS, KEYNOTE: Nicky Hockly, MUSIC by The Book Supplier


  • OPENING PLENARY: Dr. Sugata Mitra


  • Creativity with Kids – Using Online Tools – Michelle Worgan
  • Ensuring that an educational technology project succeeds- Terry Freedman
  • Leveraging Mobile Devices to Develop Autonomy in Reluctant Learners – Rafranz Davis
  • Rethinking the Importance of Digital Citizenship at Your School – Holly Clark
  • The Power of Educational Infographics – Mia MacMeekin
  • Tips and Tools to Teach Memorable Lessons – Roseli Serra


  • PANEL: Transforming Education with Technology


  • Affective Storytelling with Young Learners – Juan Alberto Lopez Uribe
  • New Kids on the Blog – Dina Dobrou
  • Sound ideas to stimulate creativity in the language classroom – Mike Harrison
  • Student-Teacher-Facebook, Yes or No? – Marijana Smolčec
  • Surfing safe on the net – Eva Buyuksimkesyan


  • Project Based Learning – giving it a go in the English Classroom – Jenny Luca
  • Six Degrees of Separation: Using Our Connections to Improve Global Learning – Jen Marten
  • Student-generated apps, animations, & infographics – can they lead to higher levels of understanding? – Derek Barkalow
  • Teenage Kicks (for Grown-Ups) – Fiona Mauchline
  • Urban Legends Through Digital Storytelling – James Gubbins
  • What is this ‘new’ writing? Shedding light on Multimodality – Lucia Bodeman


  • KEYNOTE: Rafael Parente


  • iAuthor a Global iBook on the iPad by Meg Wilson
  • Around the World in Nearly 80 Days – Sonya Van Schaijik
  • Direct Your Own Learning – Edna Sackson
  • Mentoring is not just for novices – Tamas Lorincz
  • Picture Perfect Apps – Tia Simmons


  • Attending to Student Narratives: A Curriculum of Lives – Shawn White
  • Curating Content in the 21st Century – Tia Simmons
  • Online Learning- Encouraging learners of English to connect and to learn English Actively – Ika Sari L Wibowo
  • Shifting Learning – David Truss
  • Workshop Model: Getting kids to ‘talk back’ to any text and enjoy (not fear) reading. – Laura Gilchrist
  • KEYNOTE: John T. Spencer
Saturday, October 12
  • WELCOME ADDRESS, KEYNOTE: Chuck Sandy, MUSIC by Steve Bingham
  • Autonomous Professional Development Begins at Home – Marisa Constantinides
  • Jazz up your classes with technology – Jennifer Verschoor
  • The Granny Cloud – Suneeta Kulkarni
  • Transdisciplinary learning: the need for collaboration – Mary Collins
  • Using Skype to connect international teachers to learners in Malaysia – Anita Adnan
  • Working in the Global Classroom – A Teacher’s Journey – Michael Graffin
  • ARGENTEGYPT- An Online Collaboration Project – Maria Bossa
  • Dry Erase Surfaces in the classroom: Uncap creativity, expression, and enthusiasm for learning – Laura Gilchrist
  • Homework – A Powerful Tool for Individualizing Learning for Struggling Teen and Adult Learners. – Naomi Ganin-Epstein
  • I speak meme! – Nina Jerončič
  • Publish your ePortfolio using Weebly – Valerie R. Burton
  • KEYNOTE: German Doin, The Forbidden Education
  • How to use Puppets to Promote How to use Puppets to Promote Student Learning Student Learning – Sam Patterson
  • Individualized Instruction for Enhancing Work Efficiency – Dr.Revathi Viswanathan
  • Language Learning in 29 languages – a lifetime adventure – ANNA VARNA
  • Online collaboration to improve teaching and learning – Martin Burrett
  • Teaching English to Scientists. The best of all worlds – Elizabeth Anne
  • Armed with Empathy: Creating a Classroom Climate for Collaboration – Dan Curcio
  • Educators as Social Networked Learners – Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D.
  • From School Improvement Plan to Professional Bookclubs: Connecting PD to School Goals – Miranda Rose
  • Give Them Homework They Will Love – Nataša Božić Grojić
  • I am NOT just a teacher. A new mantra. – Cecilia Lemos
  • Virtual Exchange Projects: Motivating teens to communicate – Rosemere Bard
  • PANEL: Leading and Inspiring Teachers
  • Digital Metamorphosis Based on Sir Ken Robinson´s Three Flourishing Principles – Carla Arena
  • Disability and diversity: are teachers up for social change outside the classroom? – Miguel Mendoza
  • Educational Leadership: Creating the Conditions for Passion and Innovation – Chris Wejr
  • Gamifying Your Class – Alfonso Gonzalez
  • If you build it. they will come: Flipping Professional Development – Dr. Will
  • What adult language learners learn from children by Leo Selivan
  • 10+ Techniques for Empowering Students to Becoming Globally Connected Educators and Content Creators – Noel Feria
  • Facilitating Inquiry – Heidi Siwak
  • Integrating the Four Skills and Tech tools in the English Classroom: Get your students to read, write, listen and SPEAK. – Fabiana Laura Casella
  • Mystery Location Calls via Skype or Google Hangout – Paula Naugle
  • The Power of Project-Based Learning – Shelley Wright
  • This I Believe Narratives (with Technology component) – Maggie Maslowski
  • KEYNOTE: Mallory Fundora of Project Yesu, Angela Maiers, Mark Moran
  • Be A Newscaster – Tara Benwell
  • Extraordinary Learning For A Digital Age (ELFADA) – Jo Hart
  • Passionate Learners – Giving Our Classroom Back to Our Students Starting Today – Pernille Ripp
  • The Kindness Project – Malu Sciamarelli
  • 7:00pm
  • Facilitating “Wow” Learning through Humor, Novelty, Awe, and Fascination – Joan Young
  • Gamification on a Shoestring – Jake Duncan
  • Learning Math through inquiry and deepening Mathematical thinking – Lana Fleiszig
  • Secrets of the Remix Mash-up Generation – Gwyneth Jones
  • “The Wall” – 8 meters Augmented reality in a school hallway – Mats Larsnäs
  • KEYNOTE: Chris Lehmann
  • Developing Creative Thinking Ability in EYL: Based On an Inquiry Lesson for Nursery 1 Level in MindChamps PreSchool – Pravita Indriati
  • Developing learner-centred inquiry & thinking – “The what, how and why” – Gareth Jacobson
  • SEL in our schools – Fiona Birkin
  • The Changing Space (Face) of Education – Anne Mirtschin
  • The Greatest Stories Never Told: Showcasing Learning Thorugh Social Media and Web Tools – Elvira Deyamport, Ed.S.
  • KEYNOTE: Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto, “The Iceberg and the Whale: Wow Moments in Teacher Growth”
Sunday, October 13
  • WELCOME ADDRESS, KEYNOTE: Sue Waters, “Putting the Pieces Together Through Digital Curation” MUSIC: Fluency MC
  • KEYNOTE: Steve Wheeler
  • Building Playgrounds – Tim Wilhelmus
  • Digital Exit Strategies – Using Technology to Check Student Learning – David Read
  • Doing Research in a Networked World – Cherry Mathew Philipose
  • Ice Breakers and Warm Ups for All Ages- Faisal
  • Magic Tricks in EFL with Young Learners – Barbara Bujtás
  • Remote teaching, distance learning, team teaching or blended learning? – Graham Stanley
  • Connecting You AND Your Classroom Globally – Todd Nesloney
  • Culture Chat: Teacher as a resource – Kieran Dhunna Halliwell
  • From teacher networked learning to transformation in your classroom – Vance Stevens
  • nABLEing All Learners: Mobile Devices as Transformational Technology – Luis Perez, Ph. D.
  • Visually Inspire Your Students! – Janet Bianchini
  • EDINSPIRE CEREMONY with KEYNOTE: Josh Stumpenhorst
  • ELT Sandbox – Promoting language learning through gaming – David Dodgson
  • Lifelong Learning in the Learning Lab – Arjana Blazic
  • Literacy in connected world – Meenoo Rami
  • Making The Most of Reading – James Taylor
  • The Teacher as Scaffold Builder – Marisa Constantinides
  • Call and Response Tunes to Practice Verb Tenses – Jason R. Levine
  • Connections Through Inquiry – Kelly Tenkely
  • Flipping classroom roles – Akevy Greenblatt
  • Guided Discovery Learning in ELT CLasses – Evridiki DAKOS
  • How to turn your learning management system into an online playground – Sylvia Guinan
  • PANEL: Rethinking The Way We Learn
  • If I Can Do It So Can You – Maizie Avihayil
  • I’m an EAP teacher… but who am I? – Adam Simpson
  • Not your old school academic writing assignment – Tyson Seburn
  • Podcasting and Broadcasting in your Classroom with TeacherCast – Jeffrey Bradbury
  • Shadowing Students as an Effective Observation Strategy for School-wide Leadership and Change – Michael Berry
  • Transforming Education with Augmented Reality – Todd Nesloney
  • 10 Sites I Can’t Live Without in My Innovative Math Class – Paula Naugle
  • Educating Myself with Twitter – Fred Boss
  • Genius Hour – Gallit Zvi
  • Getting Out Of The Way – Students Take Charge Of Their Learning – Jon Samuelson @ipadsammy
  • Mobile learning scenarios with tablets, social media and OER @ a Highschool in Cologne, Germany – André J. Spang
  • KEYNOTE: Angela Maiers & Mark Moran, Choose2Matter
  • Cultivating Curiosity: STEM in the Elementary Classroom – Sara Hunter
  • Flipped Class & PBL – Todd Nesloney
  • Global Education for All: The Effect of Mobile TechEd on Learners in Developing Countries – Diana Gross
  • How to make the most out of Twitter and Facebook in classrooms – Sevim Açıkgöz
  • Voracious Vocabulary – Joquetta Johnson
  • Everyday Sustainability – Examples of Home Technology Choices for Empowering Students to Assess Value for Their Own Use – Bernd Nurnberger
  • Programming in Math Class – David Wees
  • Taking Action to make Changes in and to the World – Tosca Killoran
  • The Magic of Games : “D’Amazing Race” Project – Ratnavathy Ragunathan
  • The Power of Crowdsourcing – Holly Clark
  • The World Needs Your Contribution–Really! How my PLN Changed Everything – Denise Krebs
  • CLOSING PLENARY: Salome Thomas-EL, Principal EL, “The Immortality of Influence: Believing Every Child Can Achieve Their Dreams”

This is the first year I’ve been associated with the conference, and I’m so glad to be able to help to bring these incredible lineup to our “conference 2.0” audience through the magic of virtual technology. The organizing committee members themselves are “top drawer:” Shelly Terrell, Clive Elsmore, Chiew Pang, Kelly Tenkely, Chris Rogers, Paula White, Bruno Andrade, Cecilia Lemos, Greta Sandler, Peggy George, Marcia Lima, Jo Hart, Phil Hart, Dinah Hunt, Marisa Constantinides, Nancy Blair, Mark Barnes, Lisa Dabbs, Jake Duncan, and Sara Hunter.

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September 29, 2013

Connected Educator Month Kickoff Details! PLUS Library 2.013 Proposals Deadline

From Thursday’s inbox…

Quick news on Library 2.013, our third annual worldwide, online, and free conference on libraries, librarians, and librarianship: the formal deadline for session proposals is end of day Monday, September 30th. We hope you’ll submit! Any proposals after that date will be accepted only on a space-available basis.

Next Tuesday and Wednesday, October 1st and 2nd, are the kickoff days for the 2013 Connected Educator Month (CEM). Part of my job has been to help line up and facilitate the kickoff panels, and we think you are going to love them. (The other part of my job is hosting a nightly CEM “cafe” all month so you can personally meet lots of special “connected” guests–stay tuned!). The details for the kickoff panels and events are below, as are links to log in on the day of, or to sign up to receive email reminders.

If you didn’t participate last year, this US Department of Education-sponsored month-long series of events focuses on the significant ways that online collaborative learning is playing in professional development. From Twitter to Facebook and Pinterest to Vine (hey–what about Classroom 2.0?!), educators are taking to social media to share best practices and experiences and create new, more dynamic digital learning communities. Online social learning empowers teachers of all styles and levels of classroom experience, providing real professional development created by educators for educators, and an increasing number of teachers are embracing the approach.

During its inaugural year last year, more than170 education organizations, companies, and communities came together, offering 450+ events and activities. Connected Educator Month information reached more than four million individuals through the event hashtag. This year, Connected Educator Month promises to be even bigger and will add a focus on helping school districts promote and integrate online social learning in their formal professional development. More information at the CEM website.

See you online!


Steve Hargadon


“Connected Leadership” Panel
October 1, 3:00-4:30 PM ET
What is connected leadership, why is it important, what are some simple steps leaders can take to get more connected, and what does the future hold? A highly participatory discussion featuring Candice Dodson, Chris Lehmann, Scott McLeod, Katherine Greenhill,  and more.

“From Connection To Collaboration” Panel
October 1, 5:00-6:30 PM ET
How to get to the ultimate goal of connected education: collaboration to move the field forward. A wide-ranging interactive discussion ranging from basic tips to the latest models, with Tom Carroll, Kecia Ray, Connie Yowell, and Yong Zhao.

Opening Night Gala
October 1, 7:00-8:30 PM ET
Much less formal but a celebration nonetheless, our opening night gala is an opportunity for CEM participants to meet, greet, and reunite.
We’ll be providing an overview of the month’s programming, highlighting
what’s new and different from CEM 2012, introducing key members of the
team, sharing stories of connection (to create a resource to share with
the less connected), a few surprises and surprise guests, games, and enjoying all the fruits
of being connected.

“Innovating STEM and Literacy” Panel
October 1, 9-10:30 PM ET
What are the latest innovations in these two education pillars, what are their overlaps and reinforcements, and what do these fields have to offer each other? A discussion led by a strong panel from both disciplines, including Don Buckley, Jeanne Century, Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, and Kent Williamson.


CEM Town Hall
October 2, 3:30-5:00 PM ET
Our electronic Town Hall meeting will be an opportunity for those of us who participated last year and who have joined us this year to (re-) convene as a group, joined by the wider CEM community. We’ll all be sharing plans for the month, seeking (additional) partners and collaborators, discussing how we’re collectively going to get the word out, make things happen (a lot of innovation and co-construction happens during CEM), get the most of out the month ahead, and lay the groundwork to insure the momentum for connected education continues beyond October 31. Questions will be welcome, as will discussions on any topic, and even (more) new ideas–October is a long month, the Internet is fast, and none of us wants it to be over.

“Making It Count–Integrating Formal and Informal PD” Panel
October 2, 5:00-6:30 PM ET
A practical discussion of how professional learning educators do every day in online communities and networks can be formally recognized and impact formal PD, led by a panel of educators at all levels, including Al Byers, Pam Moran, and Eric Sheninger, who are already engaged in making it happen.

“Personalized Learning” Panel
October 2, 7:00-8:30 PM ET
How close are we to realizing the dream of true personalized learning, what still has to happen, and what practical steps can educators take using connected technologies to personalize more today? A mix of tech leaders and award-winning classroom educators discuss with you, including Kathy Cassidy, Will Richardson, David Warlick, and Jessie Wooley-Wilson.

“21st Century Classroom Management” Panel
October 2, 9:00-10:30 ET
What does classroom management mean in an era of 1:1 computing, BYOD, flipped classrooms, technology-driven personalized learning and other innovations intended to address discipline issues even more directly? Sam Chaudhary, Jane Nelsen, Jeanne Poduska, and Marsha Ratzel work with you late into the night.

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September 1, 2013

Conference 2.0 News – STEMxCon Deadline, Connected Educator Month, Reform Symposium, Library 2.013 +

From Thursday’s inbox…

For many, this is the start of a new school year. We hope that, wherever you are, our peer and practitioner-driven professional development conferences make a difference for you. All of these events are free to attend.

“Conference 2.0” is not just about attending and learning (which we hope you are doing!), but also about providing significant encouragement to present. Because an online conference doesn’t have the physical and financial constraints (and sometimes the politics) of an in-person event, we can accept the great majority of presentation proposals and allow the audience to decide what they want to attend. This means that the experience of presenting, which can be hard to come by for someone who hasn’t done so before, is available to all. The great surprise of having done this process now for four years (hurrah!) is that the quality of the presentations remains significantly high. So we encourage you to be brave and to consider presenting at one of the following conferences.

And don’t miss the training and news sections at the bottom of this email. See you online!


Steve Hargadon

September 19 – 21, 2013
We’ve accepted 73 proposals so far and have 26 still to review, which means we’re going to have at least 100 sessions for the world’s first massively open online conference for educators focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and more. The proposal deadline is September 1, this weekend, but we know that for many this is the start of a new school year and so proposals can come in after September 1st, but those that do will be approved on a space-available basis. Submit one! It wouldn’t surprise us to reach 150 proposals by the time of the actual conference. See the list of GREAT keynote speakers HERE. Please tell everyone you can about this new event, join our outreach and advisory board, become a partner organization, or even (please! :) consider helping to sponsor the conference.CONNECTED EDUCATOR MONTH
October 2013
Not technically a Web 2.0 Lab’s “Conference 2.0” event, but one which we support whole-heartedly, the second annual Connected Educator Month is a project of the Connected Online Communities of Practice working group formed by the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. With a focus this year on supporting districts and their professional development activities, stay tuned for really fun news about: nightly Connected Educator chats with special guests, a special Connected Librarian Day (we haven’t forgotten about you!), special Connected Learners events, and much, MUCH more.
October 11 – 13, 2013
We are pleased to announce the fourth annual Reform Symposium Conference (RSCON), a free online three day event bringing together educators, students and innovators from around the world and in conjunction with Connected Educator Month. RSCON is a global community initiative to transform teaching and learning, and will be a highly inclusive and engaging event that will encourage students and educators around the world to share and learn about transformative approaches to learning and teaching. To attend this year’s conference and to be kept informed of the latest conference news and updates, please 
join the conference at its new online home, 2.013 – THE FUTURE OF LIBRARIES CONFERENCE
October 18 – 19, 2013
Our third annual Library 2.0 conference on libraries, librarians, and librarianship is also totally rocking along, with 80 accepted proposals so far for this terrific two-day event in its third year. There’s lots of room–please consider presenting! There are eight conference strands covering a wide variety of timely topics, such as, MOOCs, e-books, maker spaces, mobile services, embedded librarians, green libraries, and more. Proposals can made between now and September 30th. As noted above, we’re going to be doing a special Connected Librarians Day for school librarians–more information on that, and some joint conference sessions with the Washington Library Media Association (WLMA) to come!

November 18 – 22, 2013
This is the great “mother ship” of our virtual conferences. Coming into our fourth annual event, we are so excited for another five days of all-out connecting and collaborating. If you’ve never been a part of this event, you MUST find some time to participate. Focused on helping teachers and students connect globally, we’re proud of the amazing network that has been formed around this conference. We might just hit 500 presentations this year! The call for proposals will open very soon, and all are invited to participate.

January 17 – 18, 2014 (coming)
We’re in our early planning stages for an Australia / New Zealand time-zone friendly educational technology virtual conference. There some definite excitement building. More information to come.

February, 2014 (coming)
Also in the early planning stages, but very excited about this event!

March 27, 2014
After a terrific first summit this year, TICAL, the founding sponsor, has enthusiastically committed to doing this again! Look for more news in the fall.


  • With the exception of Connected Educator Month, all of the conferences above are held in Blackboard Collaborate, an online teaching and learning platform. Live and recorded training sessions are held regularly for both presenters and volunteer moderators, and please see the training page on each specific conference site for details.


  • We’re still making some plans for a worldwide education film festival at the start of 2014. If you know filmmakers (or are one) and you want to talk about this with me, please reach out (!
  • A final tease is for a special event in November, under wraps right now, but tentatively titled “Reinventing K12.” Stay tuned!.
  • The 2013 Homeschool Conference, the first ever, was a huge success. Organized and run in just five weeks after being announced, we had 1534 attendee log-ins for 48 presentations and 8 keynotes, all around sharing strategies, practices, and resources for those involved with homeschooling, unschooling, free schools, democratic schools, and other forms of alternative and independent education. . The recordings are all up and available (all free, of course), and plans are being made for Homeschool Conference 2 in early 2014.

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April 23, 2013

Tuesday Interview – The Truth About Testing with Jim Popham

This came through my inbox yesterday…  While not K-12 online learning specifically, I do not that most full-time online learning models feature a heavy reliance on standardized testing.

Join me Tuesday, April 23rd, for a live and interactive conversation with W. James Popham, author of (among many other books) The Truth About Testing: An Educator’s Call to Action and Unlearned Lessons: Six Stumbling Blocks to Our Schools Success.

“Why is it,” Jim writes, “that today’s educators seem almost compelled to replicate their predecessors’ blunders?” We’ll talk with Jim about “the absurdity and serious destructive consequences of today’s testing programs” and why it’s “nonsense” to think that large-scale, high-stakes testing programs are the best way to determine which schools or teachers are failing and which are succeeding. We’ll also discuss the ultimate impact on both teachers and students of this “measurement mess” and what we can do about it.

See you online!


Steve Hargadon

Date: Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013
Time: 1pm Pacific / 4pm Eastern (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at The Blackboard Collaborate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Blackboard Collaborate, please visit the support and configuration page.
Recording:  A full Blackboard Collaborate recording and an audio mp3 recording will be available at and at
Mightybell:  A Mightybell space with interview resources and to continue the conversation is at

W. James Popham, professor emeritus at University of California Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, has spent the bulk of his educational career as a teacher. His first teaching assignment, for example, was in a small eastern Oregon high school where he taught English and social studies while serving as yearbook advisor, class sponsor, and unpaid tennis coach. That recompense meshed ideally with the quality of his coaching.

Most of Dr. Popham’s teaching career took place at UCLA where, for nearly 30 years, he taught courses in instructional methods for prospective teachers as well as courses in evaluation and measurement for graduate students. At UCLA he won several distinguished teaching awards. In January 2000, he was recognized by UCLA Today as one of UCLA’s top 20 professors of the 20th century. (He notes that the 20th century was a full-length century, unlike the current abbreviated one.) In 1992, he took early retirement from UCLA upon learning that emeritus professors received free parking.

Because at UCLA he was acutely aware of the perishability of professors who failed to publish, he spent his non-teaching hours affixing words to paper. The result: 30 books, 200 journal articles, 50 research reports, and 175 papers presented before research societies. Although not noted in his official vita, while at UCLA he also authored 1,426 grocery lists.

His most recent books are Classroom Assessment: What Teachers Need to Know, 6th Ed. (2010) and Assessment for Educational Leaders (2006), Allyn & Bacon; The Truth About Testing (2001), Test Better, Teach Better (2003), Transformative Assessment (2008) and Instruction that Measures Up (2009) ASCD; America’s “Failing” Schools (2005) and Mastering Assessment (2006), Routledge; and Unlearned Lessons (2009) Harvard Education Press. He encourages purchase of these books because he regards their semi-annual royalties as psychologically reassuring.

In 1978, Dr. Popham was elected to the presidency of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). He was also the founding editor of Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, a quarterly journal published by AERA. A Fellow of the Association, he has attended each year’s AERA meeting since his first in 1958. He is inordinately compulsive.

In 1968, Dr. Popham established IOX Assessment Associates, an R&D group that formerly created statewide student achievement tests for a dozen states. He has personally passed all of those tests, largely because of his unlimited access to the tests’ answer keys.

In 2002 the National Council on Measurement in Education presented him with its Award for Career Contributions to Educational Measurement. In 2006 he was awarded a Certificate of Recognition by the National Association of Test Directors. In 2009, he was appointed to be a board member of the National Assessment Governing Board. Dr. Popham’s complete 44-page, single-spaced vita can be requested. It is really dull reading.

(Bio from Corwin Press, humor from Jim.)

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