During each of the six breakout sessions throughout the weekend, a large number of conversations will take place. This site will help you organize your plan for the weekend and provide the relevant information for each conversation. After signing in, search through the conversations below and mark the sessions you are interested in to populate your personal schedule on the right (or below if on your mobile phone).

Engaging as Networked Thought Leaders: Let's Write a Book In 90 Minutes!

Session 1
Steve Valentine, Reshan Richards

Leaders give and take from a range of networks, helping them to infuse their organizations with new ideas. Often lost in talk of networking, though, is that it requires particular habits of participation. Participants in this session will practice the network habit by writing, peer editing, and contributing media in a 90-minute workshop. We will write a book on the spot and publish it soon after. As an added bonus, participants will walk away with a new network from which to learn.

Developing Empathy with the World using Online Maps

Session 2
Steve Goldberg

Everything happens somewhere in the world. When we hear about an event in "Iraq" it's helpful to drill down and see the street corner we're talking about -- or get as close as we can come. Taking the time to think about where others live and what their lives are like helps foster empathy. During this conversation, we will collaborate -- using tools such as Google Earth and YouTube videos -- to create online maps that help us empathize with the world (the US is less than 5% of the world -- students should know that)

Renting vs. Owning Education

Session 5
Anastacia Brie, Jennifer Gunn

A discussion about the meaning of student ownership (empowerment) of learning and how it’s related to and contrasts with student engagement. In addition, some practical applications to foster student ownership (empowerment) in the classroom. Participants will have the opportunity to plan activities and develop measurable goals associated with student ownership (empowerment) of learning.

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