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One of the goals of the conference is that not everything would happen in the sessions. Here is a list of some of the things and places that conference-goers (some virtual, some in person) may find interesting:
Take Part in EduCon Virtually!
We've set up eight channels on uStream so that we can broadcast all sessions live as they happen. Click on the uStream link on any session on the
page to view the session. (All times are EST.)
Konrad Glogowski has created a conference center for
EduCon on Second Life
. Continue the conversations in Second Life's unique environment. (Second Life registration required.)
Diagram Your Vision:
David Warlick has suggested a way to think about learning visually and has asked us to take a moment to diagram our visions of education. Take a few moments to visit his page on the wiki and map your vision of education. David will be at EduCon all day on Sunday to take part in the conversations and contribute his unique perspective on learning.
Open Letter to the Next President
James Comer had a very compelling and powerful
Open Letter to the Next President
in this week's issue of Education Week.
May I respectfully suggest that we attempt to incorporate some consideration of his thoughts into our conversations? - Jim Lerman
Opening Reception / IMAX:
The Franklin Institute
, is hosting a Friday night reception for all EduCon attendees. From 5:00 - 6:00 will be light refreshments and an opportunity to tour the museum, and from 6:00 - 7:00 will be an IMAX viewng. (Show to be announced.)
Saturday Night @ SLA:
You asked for cheesesteaks, you got cheesesteaks! At 5:00 pm on Saturday, the SLA Cafe will host a Philly-style dinner with cheesesteaks (wit and wit out onions), strombolis, hoagies and all the fried appetizers you could ever want. Vegan and vegetarian options are available. Thank you to
for helping us to provide dinner! And Saturday night will be when we give away door prizes from all across the edu-blog world!
The XO Room: Room 307
If you've got an XO, bring it to EduCon! You'll have to spend a moment registering the MAC address with the School District of Philadelphia's wireless system when you arrive, but once you do, your XO will work throughout the building. But we've also set aside a classroom where folks can spend time talking about the XO, experimenting with all of the collaborative tools and swapping XO ideas.
The Blogger Cafe:
Need a place to sit and talk or just take a few minutes to take it all in? The SLA library will be open all weekend long as a space for people to convene and talk, write and think as needed. (We assume most places in the school will be used for that, but the library has comfy chairs.)
When all the sessions are finished on Saturday and Sunday, all session rooms will become spaces for people to come together to write, talk and reflect on what they've seen. All rooms will have a facilitator, and we will be using some reflective / action protocols in the rooms to structure the conversations.
Food at EduCon!
Some of the best conversations happen over meals, so we'll have the SLA Cafe open for business all weekend long. We'll have coffee, tea and muffins in the mornings before the conference "officially" begins (and we'll keep the coffee running all day long.) Boxed lunches will be available for $5 in the SLA cafe (and there are a lot of local places to venture to as well!) and the Saturday night "Philly Feast" is free to all attendees. (Thank you to
for helping us to provide dinner!)
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