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Pretty fascinating to see how various Wikipedia pages address the #SOPAstrike today


Pretty fascinating to see how the various Wikipedia pages chose to address the SOPA protest blackout today.

Participating websites are listed on the SOPA Strike site: http://sopastrike.com

Don Buckley posted a link to an article via @abc:¬†“Wikipedia Blackout,” SOPA and PIPA explained

Meredith Stewart wrote a clear¬†explanation of today’s events: Why is Wikipedia Going Away for a Day

(I read Meredith’s piece because of something Basil Kolani wrote: dead air space)


And the front pages of other sites including Google, BoingBoing, Reddit, Craigslist, etc.


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Guest lecturing at the School of Visual Arts at 3pm. Thanks, Jaime!

In about an hour, I’ll be guest lecturing at The School of Visual Arts for graduate students in the Masters in Art Education program. Jaime Permuth invited me, and I gave him many opportunities to rescind the invitation. Jaime is a photographer and faculty member at SVA. He wants me to share some of what/how/why I do what I do with his graduate students. As I’m more inclined to “wing it” at most of my public speaking opportunities, I told him I’d gift him with actually trying to formulate a talk in advance. I sort of lied about that, but here are topics I plan to touch upon:

Jaime says that his students use technology and art making to explore and talk about their personal identities in the hopes that, as teachers, they’ll model for their students how to build more tolerant societies. How great is that?

Side note (or “How I met Jaime”): Jaime invited me to be his friend on Facebook a few months ago. Not knowing who he was, I was immediately skeptical, and ignored the request. A few weeks later, Don Buckley (The Director of Technology at The School at Columbia University) was hosting some visitors from The School of Visual Arts. After shaking hands with them, I realized one of them was Jaime, and I immediately accused him of trying to friend me on Facebook. Jaime’s response was, “Why wouldn’t I? Your Facebook profile is linked to your website!” We then talked about how I treat Facebook and Twitter connections differently. While I don’t fool myself that Facebook is private, I think of Facebook as having a thicker veneer of privacy than Twitter, and almost all of my Facebook contacts have shaken my hand (and/or hugged me at some point). So, after shaking Jaime’s hand, I friended him on Facebook.


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Educon + Twitter = Reunion


As many have stated before, the education and technology conferences feel a lot like reunions these days. This is mostly due to Twitter, though attending conferences begat more Twitter contacts which begat knowing about more conferences which begat attending and/or speaking at said conferences which begat gathering more Twitter contacts and so on and so forth.

Tomorrow I’ll join the hordes already at Educon. This is the third annual education conference taking place at The Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia. [Philly is my hometown, and as a result, I garner strange looks whenever I ask for a glass of “wooder” at a restaurant.] Chris Lehmann is the dynamic, phenomenal, and brilliant principal of SLA, and it was a pleasure to meet him at last year’s Educon and host him at the inaugural TEDxNYED in March 2010.

As per Educon’s homepage,  EduCon is both a conversation and a conference. And it is not a technology conference. It is an education conference. It is, hopefully, an innovation conference where we can come together, both in person and virtually, to discuss the future of schools. Every session will be an opportunity to discuss and debate ideas — from the very practical to the big dreams.

This year, I am thrilled to be co-leading two conversations at Educon. Based on experience, I know the attendees are smart, engaged, innovative, and tech savvy, so I am understandably intimidated. It’s hard to hide behind my camera when I’m one of the presenters. However, I’m too excited to learn a ton, gather resources, and reunite with people from my personal learning network to dwell too much on my insecurities. Plus, I am paired with awesome collaborators who are people I genuinely like and highly respect: Meredith Stewart (@msstewart) and Basil Kolani (@bkolani). My two sessions are listed below:

Crafting Character

Who: Karen Blumberg, Meredith Stewart
When: Session One
Where: Room 309

Students need to recognize that their communications and actions contribute to their character. In an age where everyone uses Google (including high school counselors, college admissions, and employers), it is more important than ever to initiate conversations with students about how their immediate online choices have potentially permanent ramifications.

Grassroots Professional Development

Who: Basil Kolani, Karen Blumberg
When: Session Five
Where: Room 303

Every teacher needs professional development, but not everyone has the resources available for it. The good news: You don’t need massive resources for great PD.

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