Media Advisory

(1/23/08 Philadelphia, PA)

First-of-its-kind EduCon 2.0 conference to be held in Philadelphia, January 25-27, 2008. Grassroots conference organized online by educators seeking to invent the future of public education.


More than 200 educators from 30 states will participate in the unique EduCon 2.0 Conference this Friday-Sunday at the School District of Philadelphia's innovative new school, the Science Leadership Academy. The conference will feature 45 presentations and conversations about improving public education and keeping it viable in the digital age. Unlike many discussions of schooling and education reform, EduCon 2.0 provides a venue in which practicing educators will shape the future of their profession. Classroom teachers and world-renowned education leaders will travel to Philadelphia at their own expense to share the EduCon 2.0 experience. EduCon 2.0 represents a grassroots movement with growing influence. The conference was co-planned online with over one hundred educators world-wide utilizing the cutting-edge tools that they believe can transform education.

Conference sessions will be webcast and archived so others may share in the experience, regardless of geography. Web 2.0 tools, including: Wikis, blogs, Twitter, Ning and uStream.tv will be used to keep the conference alive long after the physical conference ends.

EduCon 2.0 represents the following opportunities for members of the media:

• Access to leading futurists, authors and education experts such as Gary Stager (District Administrator Magazine); Will Richardson (Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful Tools for Classrooms); Pamela Livingston (1-to1 Learning); Al Bichner (Deputy CAO, School District of Philadelphia)
• Examples of innovative classroom practice using computers and the read/write web
• Visit one of the nation's most innovative and high-tech public schools, The Science Leadership Academy
• Discuss the affordances and constraints of social networking, online collaboration, research and blogging with high school students and their teachers
• Learn how emerging Web technologies are being used to shape the future of teaching and learning
• Experience "student-as-teacher" model with high-school students co-leading panels with teachers and administrators.

View the complete program and pre-conference discussions at: http://educon20.wikispaces.com

For more information, contact:

Chris Lehmann, Principal of the Science Leadership Academy
Email: clehmann@scienceleadership.org
Address: 55 N. 22nd St. Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215.979.5620
Fax: 215.567.2809