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The next conference, EduCon 2.4, will be held January 27–29, 2012
Visit EduconPhilly.org to register to attend.

What is Educon?

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.

The Axioms

Guiding Principles of EduCon

  1. Our schools must be inquiry-driven, thoughtful and empowering for all members
  2. Our schools must be about co-creating — together with our students — the 21st Century Citizen
  3. Technology must serve pedagogy, not the other way around
  4. Technology must enable students to research, create, communicate and collaborate
  5. Learning can — and must — be networked

Daily Schedules

  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
  1. 10:00 – 3:00
    Spend the day at Science Leadership Academy. EduCon attendees have free admission to the Franklin Institute and other local Philadelphia institutions on Friday.
  2. 6:00 – 8:00
    Panel Discussion at the Franklin Institute: Why Does Innovation Matter?—Come to the Franklin Institute to see a group of societal visionaries speak about the role of innovation in our society in a panel discussion moderated by Frederic Bertley of The Franklin Institute
  3. 8:00 – 9:30
    Reception at the Franklin Institute
  1. 8:30 – 9:15
    Registration/Coffee
  2. 9:15 – 9:45
    Keynote: Leroy Nunery, Deputy Superintendent, School District of Phiadelphia
  3. 10:00 – 11:30
    Conversations: Session 1
  4. 11:30 – 12:30
    Cross-Pollination Lunch or Encienda EduCon
  5. 12:30 – 2:00
    Conversations: Session 2
  6. 2:30 – 4:00
    Conversations: Session 3
  7. 4:30 – 6:30
    Making Connections: "Philly Classic" Dinner at SLA
  8. 7:30 – 11:00
    Network at Philadelphia Field House1150 Filbert St
  1. 8:30 – 9:00
    Coffee & Conversations
  2. 9:00 – 10:30
    Panel Discussion @ SLA: Can Schools Support Student Innovation Engage with a panel of education leaders discussing how we can reform our schools to empower students to learn and create in powerful, meaningful ways.
  3. 10:30 – 12:00
    Conversations: Session 4
  4. 12:00 – 12:30
    Cross-Pollination Lunch or Encienda EduCon
  5. 12:30 – 2:00
    Conversations: Session 5
  6. 2:30 – 4:00
    Conversations: Session 6

Scheduled Conversations

Showing 10 random conversations

The Great Prohibition: Using Cell Phones Outside the Ban

Lisa Nielsen, George Engel
The Innovative Educator Blog, Blogs.cellularlearning.org

Teaching Middle School in an Age of Autodidacts

Andrew Carle
Flint Hill School

From Day One: An approach to information literacy across the curriculum

Sean Nash, Melissa Corey
Saint Joseph Missouri Public School District

Getting in to the (mathematical) conversation

Cal Armstrong
Appleby College, University of Toronto/OISE

If Games are the Answer, Whats the Question?

Sylvia Martinez
Generation YES

Beyond the Classroom: Change from Here

Chris Lehmann
Science Leadership Academy

Design Thinking: 21st Century Skills for the Real World (Not Just School-Centric Practice)

Christian Long, David Bill, Ethan Bodnar
Be Playful Design + Prototype Design Camp

Why Johnny Can't Read: A Conversation About What It Means to Be Literate...Today

David Jakes, Laura Deisley
David Jakes: Coordinator of Instructional Technology and Information Services at Glenbrook South High School (Chicago) Laura Deisley: Director of 21st Century Learning at The Lovett School (Atlanta)

Interdisciplinarity

Zac Chase, Rosalind Echols and Diana Laufenberg
Science Leadership Academy

Is Homework "Deliberate Practice"?

Kathleen Cushman
Co-founder, WKCD (What Kids Can Do, Inc.); author, "Fires in the Mind" and other books with students
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