Being A Lifelong Learner


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Background Picture: Take a minute & text or tweet or post what you think the benefits of lifelong learning are. According to Nancy Merz Nordstrom author of Learning Later, Living Greater: The Secret for Making the Most of Your After-50 Years the top 10 benefits of lifelong learning are: 10. Lifelong learning helps fully develop natural abilities. 9. Lifelong learning opens the mind. 8. Lifelong learning creates a curious, hungry mind. 7. Lifelong learning increases our wisdom. 6. Lifelong learning makes the world a better place. 5. Lifelong learning helps us adapt to change. 4. Lifelong learning helps us find meaning in our lives. 3. Lifelong learning keeps us involved as active contributors to society. 2. Lifelong learning helps us make new friends and establish valuable relationships. Lifelong learning leads to an enriching life of self-fulfillment. Source:

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Background Picture ONLINE CONFERENCES I love attending conferences but unfortunately I don’t get paid to do so. In fact, I don’t have a budget to attend any so when I do go it’s on my own dime. This usually means that I don’t get to that many face-to-face conferences but fortunately for me (and for you) there are quite a few online conferences these days that you can attend from home and at a cost of $0!

Slide 5 If you only have time to try one suggestion from this presentation, this is IT! This one is just starting up this week with the Keynote by Dean Shareski. I know some schools or districts that arrange get togethers to view sessions and have discussions and others that will accept “attendance” at a K12 Online Conference session, along with some kind of written document, as a fulfillment of professional development requirements. Talk to your school or district about this & if they don’t offer it, suggest that they do. Check for more information. Pre-Conference Week: October 11-15 Keynote: Dean Shareski Strand Info from k12online web site: Week 1 Strand A: Student VoicesThe student voices strand seeks to amplify the voices of exemplary students who are using digital tools as leaders in their school communities as well as the larger world Strand B: Leading the ChangeThis strand will explore and amplify a menu of practical ideas for educators in diverse contexts who want to continue amplifying possibilities in our schools. Week 2 Strand A: Week in the ClassroomThis strand will explore how teachers and students are tangibly bridging divides between instructors, learners, classrooms, content, and experts outside the traditional classroom. Strand B: Kicking It Up a NotchThis strand amplifies ways new technologies can be used to transform classroom and personal learning. Join these sessions to gain insights on “bridging the divide” for learners in your classroom and/or your professional practice.

Slide 6 November 15th-19th This is a new conference this year and it’s being organized by an International Educator Advisory Board (check the Advisors tab on the website). According to the website this is a collaborative and world-wide community effort to significantly increase opportunities for globally-connecting education activities and initiatives. All sessions will be open & public and registration is not required. Sessions will be archived for future viewing. I’m very interested to see what this conference will be about since I am always looking for ways to connect my classes to other students around the world. If you’re interested in more information about this one, you can view the Classroom 2.0 Live archived session about the conference at

Slide 7 & I have two conferences on my “must attend someday” list and the ISTE conference is one of them. So far I haven’t been able to make it but ISTE is coming to San Diego in 2012 and I plan on being there! This summer I did get a taste of ISTE though by attending ISTE Unplugged sessions. These are sessions that are set up at the conference that are broadcast live on Elluminate as they are happening and they’re archived too if you want to go see any of them now. It wasn’t as good as really being there but it was a great learning opportunity. In fact”The 5-Step Plan to Move from Banning to Embracing Cells in Education” session is where I learned about that we used at the beginning of the session! Do you recognize the man above? It’s Kevin Honeycutt who is going to be the closing Keynote speaker this afternoon. Also available from ISTE are archived versions of some of the sessions on the ISTE Vision Network – most of these were archived after the sessions happened but there were a few live events and if you happen to have been hanging out on Twitter and following ISTE tweets you could often attend a session virtually via Ustream too!

Slide 8 This was a new free online conference this year that truly ran on an international schedule. There were sessions that ran in the middle of the night here but all sessions were archived and are available on the Reform Symposium website. The archives are definitely worth watching and you might want to try to join in LIVE next year. If you want a sample of what this conference offered, go to the About / Meet The Presenters page and check out the keynotes by George Couros Monika Hardy & her students. Professional Development Certificates are available – check the PD Info page for more information & check with your school about getting pd credit for attending sessions of this online conference.

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Other Confererences: Global Symposium – Oct 16-24, 2010: Registration is required for this online conference but it is completely free. Certificates of attendance are available for this conference which depending on your school could mean professional development credit. Check out the catalog of sessions & get in on this one this year. iNet educator online conference – November 1st-8th: This is an Australian conference however registration is free and you can register from the US. You can also submit a paper or case study until October 11th if you wish to be a contributor to this one. Tech & Learning Virtual Tech Forum – November 7th: Registration is required and like “real” conferences this has an exhibit floor with vendors as well as webcasts & networking opportunities. I believe this may be the first year for this one and I plan to check it out. FETC Virtual Conference & Expo – Oct 7th: This virtual conference includes sessions, speakers & a virtual exhibit hall as well as networking opportunities. Sessions will be archived and available until January 7, 2011. Smithsonian Education Online Conference Series: General interest & educator specific sessions with Smithsonian experts. Archives are available online. I have not participated in all of these but really enjoyed the Lincoln sessions.

Slide 10 Okay, not at home but FREE. Edcamp is free (or very cheap), democratic, participant-driven professional development for teachers. They are run in the bar camp model which is an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos and interaction from participants who are the main actors of the event.  In other words, free PD for teachers BY teachers! On the day of the event, people sign up to run sessions and others attend them. The ones that have already happened around the country have been highly successful and there is currently one being planned for January 15th in Orange County. You can still get involved with the planning of this event - a great way to meet other educators and expand your PLN. Or just plan to attend the day of the edcamp & go to sessions or sign up to run one of your own.

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WEBINARS A webinar is an seminar presented on the World Wide Web – “Web” “inar”. There are webinars to cover almost every topic you can think of and not just education related topics. Take and hour and find a webinar of interest to you and attend it.

Slide 12 Weekly hour long shows on Saturday mornings at 9am Pacific time. No advance registration is required and all shows are archived and can be viewed at any time. If you attend a live session, when you exit the room & complete the survey you can request a certificate for PD. If you view an archive, you can email and request a certificate.

Slide 13 This interview series is devoted to providing an opportunity for those who care about education to share their voices and ideas with others. It's a place for thoughtful discussion on an incredibly important topic. Upcoming interviews & archived interviews are available on the site and no registration is required to participate in a live event or view an archived interview. Education & education reform are “hot” topics right now especially due to Education Nation and the movie “Waiting for Superman”. On Oct 4th, Future of Education & Edutopia hosted a 3 hour discussion "Elevating the Education Reform Dialog" with many special guests – this is definitely worth a listen as are the other archives.

Slide 14 The INTEL series offers webinars on a variety of subjects including a series on Assessment & Critical Thinking and Intel Teach Live events focusing on specific topics such as social bookmarking and using 21st century tools for cultural exchange. Registration is required but is free and archives are available.

Slide 15 Registration is required but it is free and archives are available. I love all of the Project Based Learning information on the Edutopia site and there is a an upcoming webinar on PBL in November.

Slide 16 Even if you do not have Discovery Education at your school or you're not a DEN Star you can still register and attend these webinars. Some of them focus on Discovery Education products but there are a series of STEM topics and other edtech topics too. Many of the archives do require Discovery Education membership but not all.

Slide 17 A free webinar series about family, school & community engagement. The 4th webinar in this series is scheduled for this fall and the archives for the previous sessions are available online.

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Image: How many times have you heard or said “I don’t have the time”. We are all busy. If you’re a teacher you have to plan for your classes, grade work, attend meetings, etc., etc. If you’re an administrator, each day probably doesn’t ever seem long enough to handle all of the issues that arise. And, no matter what job you hold in education, you want to allow time for your own family and friends too. So, maybe the idea of pursuing professional development opportunities or learning on your own just seems overwhelming and impossible. Living in Southern California, I am often in my car driving somewhere and if your experience is anything like mine, you will spend quite a bit of time in your car too. Why not use that time productively to learn something new? Download some podcasts and put them on your iPod or mp3 player or burn them to a CD and listen in the car as you drive.

Slide 19 Weekly podcasts by educators for educators. Topics are wide reaching from the latest in edtech to how to involve our students in the BP Oil Disaster. You can attend the live streaming event and participate in the chat room or just listen to the podcast archives. My favorite show is “Conversations” with Lisa Parisi, Maria Knee & Sheila Adams.

Slide 20 More than 350,000 free lectures, videos, films, and other resources from all over the world – from Universites & K-12 students too. Subscribe to your favorites.

Slide 21 Overwhelmed? How can you pick from 350,000 resources? Visit this page and check out some or all of the recommended 10 best! I don’t know if I agree with all the choices but it’s a good starting point.

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Need more than sound? How about pictures too. There are thousands of videos online on just about everything you could possibly think of. You can watch documentaries, tv shows & short how to videos. Take the example shown here – do you know the right way to peel a banana? You will in less than a minute! I even found a video on YouTube about how to embed videos in PPT so I could add this video -

Slide 23 Did you always wish you could have gone to Harvard or Stanford or Yale? Now you can sit in on lectures or classes from these Universities & more - FOR FREE! One of my favorites is from Harvard - "Justice" with Michael Sandel and I'm a computer geek so I've watched some of the Computer Science lectures from MIT.

Slide 24 Got 20 minutes? Fascinating thinkers & doers are challenged to give the talk of their lives in only 18 minutes. Make a date at lunch once a week to watch one of these or spend 20 minutes on a Saturday morning and you'll be educated, inspired and awed. Watch Sir Ken Robinson's talk on how schools kill creativity or watch Johnny Lee turn a standard whiteboard into an interactive whiteboard using a Wii Remote. Find a subject you're interested in or just watch the newest TED talk.

Slide 25 Got 20 minutes more? TEDx are local, independently organized TED-like events about many different themes. Did you know that there have even been TEDx events in Southern California? Look for videos from TEDxConejo from March 2010. Some of my favorites are from TEDxNYED which had a theme exploring the role of technology and new media in the future of education.  You can find a playlist of videos from this event at

Slide 26 The news these days seems to be full of how bad schools and teachers are – I love the Edutopia library because it shows me how great education can be. Lots of examples of Project Based Learning. Search by grade level & topic.

Slide 27 Over 1800 videos by one person! Need to brush up on a math or science concept? Chances are Salman Khan has a video for that which can be really helpful if you're a parent and your child is suddenly bringing home math homework you don't remember how to do or if you’re studying for the GMAT. Check out one (or more) of the 10-20 minutes videos and see if you can learn something new. These videos are hosted on YouTube but the Khan Academy site puts them all in one place by category.

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Image: Written by Jack Schiff, drawn by Sheldon Moldoff. One of a long-running series of PSAs. Source: Detective Comics #345, November 1965 ONLINE COURSES Short courses, lecture series & entire college courses for free!

Slide 29 Free, just in time professional development! Courses in: Collaboration in the Digital Classroom Online, Assessment in 21st Century Classrooms & Project-Based Approaches

Slide 30 Naace, a UK professional association for those concerned with advancing education through the appropriate use of information and communications technology (ICT) is sponsoring a series of free courses and 3 of the courses are available for free to anyone who registers for a free account: Embedding e-safety in the Curriculum, ICT Subject Knowledge in QCA Primary Framework, Web 2.0 Visual Learning Collaboration Tools (primary grades) Naace members have access to additional courses.

Slide 31 Self-directed courses from ESSDACK - Educational Services and Staff Development Association of Central Kansas. While these courses were created for teachers in Kansas, anyone can take them and if you’re in Kansas, you can earn PD credit (see if your school or district will accept it too) and earn College Credit from Friends University. Guess who developed some of these resources? Our afternoon keynote speaker, Kevin Honeycutt! Educational Services and Staff Development Association of Central Kansas

Slide 32 An OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a free and open digital publication of high quality university‐level educational materials.  These materials are organized as courses, and often include course planning materials and evaluation tools as well as thematic content. OpenCourseWare are free and openly licensed, accessible to anyone, anytime via the internet. In come cases you can pay a fee and receive credit for these courses at a university but you can always take them just for your own knowledge.

Slide 33 A lot of what is on this list can be found elsewhere – iTunesU, YouTube EDU, Open Courseware – but Dara has then nicely organized and her blog provides additional insights into online courses and has a helpful Getting Started guide too. If you’re interested in taking some of these online courses, this is a good place for information.

Slide 34 Again this site duplicates what can be found on other sites but it’s organized in a different way and includes other online media such as movies, ebooks & audio books. The site bills itself as “The best free cultural & educational media on the web” – I don’t know that that is true but it’s another directory of free online courses and other online learning opportunities.

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& MORE! Image by Langwitches based on Alec Courosa's "The Networked Teacher" Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic One of my best sources of learning is from my Personal Learning Network. I don’t know too many computer teachers in my area but I have many of them in my online PLN along with principals, classroom teachers & other education professionals. There is always something new being shared on plurk or twitter or on the nings to which I belong. I encourage you to start building your own PLN today. You’ll be amazed at what you can learn!

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Video on why to build a PLN: Personal Learning Networks for Educators

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How to build a PLN Wiki on building a PLN Plurk for Educators: Find educators to follow on Plurk & add yourself to the list too! 7 Ways to Find Educators on Twitter

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Education related Social Networks: Classroom 2.0 The Educator’s PLN Technology Integration in Education Elementary Tech Teachers Old School community – ProTeacher (message boards, blogs, groups, chat)

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From home … for FREE! Presentation Created By: Vicky Sedgwick Being A Lifelong Learner Mark Brannan

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Lifelong Learning: Definition according to Wikipedia The "lifelong, voluntary, and self-motivated"[1] pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. [1] Department of Education and Science (2000). Learning for Life: White Paper on Adult Education. Dublin: Stationery Office. vanhookc

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Mark Brannan Web URL: Tweet with the tag #tell10lifelong

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Pedro Ribeiro Simões “Commit yourself to lifelong learning. The most valuable asset you'll ever have is your mind and what you put into it.” ~Brian Tracy

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Global Education Conference

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Karin Beil

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Eric Chan You learn something every day if you pay attention.  ~Ray LeBlond

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Mike (Automania) “When you stop learning, stop listening, stop looking and asking questions, always new questions, then it is time to die.” Lillian Smith (Writer 1897-1966)

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“Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.” ~John Cotton Dana Librarian

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Learning Communities

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Twitter & Plurk: visionsbyvicky Email: Presentation Materials: Contact Me

Summary: Resources for lifelong learning from home for free

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