Steve Hargadon

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2013 GLOBAL STEMx EDUCATION CONFERENCE 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.
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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.
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REFORM SYMPOSIUM CONFERENCE (RSCON) 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,
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LIBRARY 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!
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2013 GLOBAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE 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.
2014 OZeLIVE - ED TECH DOWN UNDER 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.
2014 RETHINKING HIGHER ED February, 2014 (coming) Also in the early planning stages, but very excited about this event!
2014 SCHOOL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT 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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