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January 17, 2013

Announcing the 2013 School Leadership Summit, Worldwide and Online March 28th

Still emptying Tuesday’s inbox…

The Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership (TICAL) and I are pleased to announce the inaugural worldwide and online School Leadership Summit, Thursday, March 28th, 2013  ( This free conference will be held online and will be a unique chance to participate in a collaborative global conversation on school leadership with presentations by your peers.

To be kept informed of the latest conference news and updates, please join the Admin 2.0 network and conference website at Conference strands (aligned to the internationally-recognized ISTE National Education Technology Standards for Administrators) will include the leadership topics:

  • Vision in a Changing World
  • Teaching and Learning in a Changing World
  • Professional Learning in a Changing World
  • Data-driven Reform in a Changing World
  • Ethical and Responsible Use in a Changing World


The conference seeks to present ideas, examples, and projects related to education leadership in a changing world. Topics are likely to include: expert advice and/or successful practices relating to Common Core; digital textbooks; school reform; tablet devices for teaching, learning, and productivity; social networking; professional development; “flipped” classrooms; digital citizenship and literacies; global collaboration; stakeholder and digital communication; and much more!

The Call for Proposals for the conference is open HERE. Presenters can submit proposals for general sessions focused on one of the five strands above. While the final deadline for submissions is March 15th, 2013, presenters will be notified of acceptance on a rolling basis starting 
February 1st, 2012. There is a motivation for early submission and acceptance, as presenters schedule their own presentation times as a part of the process and the options become more limited as time goes on.
As a conference that is highly participatory, we encourage new presenters as well as more experienced ones to submit to present.

International Advisory Board:

Anyone can apply to be a member of the international advisory board. Advisory board members are recognized on the website and are asked to:

  • Promote both participation and attendance at the conference
  • Help us find partner organizations in their region(s)
  • Help support and potentially train presenters in their geographical region
  • If possible, help moderate sessions during the actual conference

To sign up for the advisory board, please make sure you have joined the Admin 2.0 online network, and then join the advisory board group HERE.

Conference Partner Organizations:

Whether you are a small school or a multi-national non-profit organization, we want to encourage you to become a conference partner. You must be non-commercial and primarily or substantively focused on school leadership to be approved. Once approved, your organization will be listed on the conference site with a link, logo, and a short description; and you will be provided with a “spotlight” speaker session in the conference.

Our goal for the conference is to have it be a milestone event, bringing together organizations and individuals from all over the world. We recognize that much (if not most!) of the outreach for this conference will come from schools and organizations who advertise the conference to their memberships, and we want to recognize and “reward” those who do this!

There are no financial obligations for being a partner organization–all we 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 Admin 2.0 online network, and then join the partner group HERE.

Conference Sponsors:

There are opportunities for commercial sponsorship of the School Leadership Summit, 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 or 916-283-7901.

More Information:

The School Leadership Summit’s founding sponsor is TICAL, a Statewide Educational Technology Services Project funded by the California Department of Education and Arkansas Department of Education under the auspices of the Santa Cruz County Office of Education. TICAL’s mission is helping K-12 school leaders provide informed and effective leadership in the use of technology to improve education.

We are looking forward to this fun event, and to your participation! For further updates, please join the Admin 2.0 network and follow the conference hashtag #sls13.

Thank you for your interest!

Steve Hargadon
Founder and Co-Chair

Jason Borgen
Program Director
TICAL, Santa Cruz County Office of Education

Rowland Baker
Executive Director
TICAL, Santa Cruz County Office of Education

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November 24, 2012

Nominations Due Monday (Nov 26) for the Annual Edublog Awards!

All caught up now, so things will slow down a bit.  Anyway, I mentioned this a day or two ago, now from the folks at Classroom 2.0…

BTW, I’m open to being nominated as well (for the record, I figure I fall into the “Best ed tech / resource sharing blog” category)!   :)

It is that time of year again! The 2012 Edublog Awards are a go, and I’m pleased for Classroom 2.0 and my Web 2.0 Labs to be co-sponsors again of this very fun annual event. I’ll also be co-hosting the awards event live in December. I’ve been preoccupied with the Global Education Conference, so I’m tardy in helping to promote the event–so notice the due date for nominations coming up this Monday!

The Edublog Awards is a community-based initiative 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.

You are most welcome (and encouraged!) to nominate any of the Classroom 2.0 activities or resources this year:  this network itself, our weekly Classroom 2.0 LIVE! Show, the Social Learning Summit (held with Discovery Education), SocialEdCon/EduBloggerCon at ISTE, or the virtual Learning 2.0 Conference (held as part of Connected Educator Month).

This is a fun event!  Hope to see you online!


Steve Hargadon

How Does It Work? There are 3 parts to the awards:

  • Nominations – NOW through November 26th
  • Voting – TBA
  • The Live Awards Ceremony – TBA

How To Nominate. To nominate your favorites, you:

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

Here are the 2012 Categories. Nominations are open until Monday, November 26th, so (quickly) nominate your favorite blogs, twitterers, community sites, videos, podcasts and more…

  • Best individual blog
  • Best group blog
  • Best new blog
  • Best class blog
  • Best student blog
  • Best ed tech / resource sharing blog
  • Best teacher blog
  • Best library / librarian blog
  • Best administrator blog
  • Most influential blog post
  • Best individual tweeter
  • Best twitter hashtag
  • 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
  • Best mobile app
  • Lifetime achievement

How To Nominate. 

  • Write a post with your nominations on your blog, link to them and link to this site
  • Use the form at the bottom of the Nominations Page to send a link to your nominations

If you have any questions, you can put a comment on the announcement page or let them know using the contact form.

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November 14, 2012

The Free, Online Global Education Conference Starts Today!

From Monday’s inbox…

The 2012 Global Education Conference starts today and runs for five days, 24 hours a day. We invite you to join us for this free, collaborative, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. The conference is designed to significantly increase opportunities for building education-related connections around the globe while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity.

Dr. Tony Wagner from Harvard kicks off the conference today at 10:00am US-Eastern Time, and we have an amazing set of keynote speakers and hundreds of educator-led concurrent sessions. You can see the full conference schedule in your own time zone at

If you’ve attended GlobalEdCon before, or one of the other Web 2.0 Labs virtual worldwide conferences, you know we depend on an incredible volunteer team to help moderate all the sessions. We still need more volunteers (!), so if you can help us, more information is at

Have a great week, and see you online!


Steve Hargadon
2012 Global Education Conference Co-Chair

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November 3, 2012

Saturday LIVE! Show – Global Education Conference Preview

From Thursday’s inbox (note that I believe this event is later today)…

Date: Sat., November 3, 2012
Time: 9:00am PDT/10:00am MDT/11:00am CDT/12:00pm EDT
Location: (

Kim Caise, Lorna Costantini and Peggy George 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

The topic for Saturday will be a “Global Education Conference Preview”with Lucy Gray. As Co-Director of the Conference along with Steve Hargadon, Lucy will give us a preview of the keynote speakers and presenters, how the conference is organized and how you can get involved. It is a free, week-long online event that brings together educators and innovators from around the world, and will be held Mon., November 12 through Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. For more information:

More information and session 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 (formerly Elluminate), 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 “Symbaloo Share-a-Thon” session featuring “Pam Cranford”. 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, Web 2.0 Labs and Blackboard Collaborate!

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October 29, 2012

We Want You to Present! 2012 Global Education Conference Final Day for Proposals

From today’s inbox…

Today is the final day to submit presentation proposals for the 2012 Global Education Conference! You have until midnight US Central Time (international times here) tonight. The Global Education Conference is all about peer professional development, and we have a terrific set of presentations from educators, students, and others from all over the world–and we want to hear from you if you’re involved in globally connecting students and/or teachers!

The submission process does not take long, and details are HERE. Once a proposal is accepted, you are given the link to a self-scheduling program to pick an available presentation time that accommodates your time zone and schedule.

The conference starts on November 12th, and runs for five days, 24 hours a day. You can see the current schedule in your own time zone HERE. We also have an amazing set of keynote speakers, and have just added Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, and Jeremy Gilley, founder of Peace One Day. Also, Barbara Kurshan will be serving as a keynote specifically for the EdSurge/GETIdeas strand on Innovation Perspectives.

We’re also starting our volunteer push! The volunteer moderators are an essential part of the success of the conference, and so be sure to consider picking some times to help a presenter. Presenters, especially new ones, so appreciate the help and comfort that having a volunteer moderator brings. More information or sign up HERE.

Also, we have a terrific group of conference sponsors this year, including iEARN, GETideas/Cisco, BrainPOP, HP, Intel, International Baccalaureate, and Microsoft. If your organization would like to support the conference, there is still time. Contact me at

See you online!


Steve Hargadon
Co-Chair, 2012 Global Education Conference

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