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Announcing #140edu: August 2011 in New York City

The #140Conf franchise is expanding with the announcement of a new event, #140edu, a conference taking place August 2-3 at the 92nd St Y /New York City that will explore the “State of Education – NOW,” and the underlying effects the real-time web is having on Education. The event website is


Ever since the first #140conf event in New York City back in June 2009, we’ve been looking at the effects of the real-time web on Education. To date, the #140conf events have provided a platform for: students, parents, elementary and secondary school teachers, college professors and high school principals. At a recent #140conf it was said that “in 1920 being illiterate meant not being able to read or write. In 2010 being illiterate means not knowing how to surf the net.”

In an attempt to provide more attention and more voices to the educators of the world, Jeff Pulver is partnering with Chris Lehmann (@chrislehmann) – Principal of the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia.

It is our goal to take a hard look at the State of Education NOW  and provide a platform for educators, parents, students, administrators, school boards, together with anyone and everyone with a vested interest in the state of education a chance to be heard and ideas shared and explored.

Since the birth of the real-time Internet, many educational institutions around the world have found themselves establishing a presence on both Facebook and twitter and have been challenged with the task of having to having to have someone (or a team) represent their school and become their online and physical voice for their students. For many schools this is something both new and challenging.

The growing widespread popularity of cell phones have ushered in the era of both texting and sexting and other related disruptions. Some schools have restricted the use of cell phones in schools while other schools have eventually embraced it.

Some teachers are reachable by their students on their cell phones and remind students of their homework assignments and answer questions about work assignments. The evolution of the 7 AM to 3PM lifestyle to a 24/7 lifestyle is changing the students connect with both other students and their teachers.

Ever since the launch of Facebook, K-12 schools around the world have been dealing with the unintended consequences of “friending” in the classroom and the issues it raises. Facebook forces the issue of “friending,” be it between students and students, students and teachers, parents and teachers and sometimes between students and Principals and Parents and Principals. Some schools have banned the use of Facebook and others have embraced it only to realize that students are smarter than school policies and in the end they will decide how they communicate and with whom.

And it isn’t only Facebook.

twitter has become a popular platform for educators from around the world to discover and connect with each other. The #edchat chats continue to grow. In a world that has become flat, educators are just a tweet away from each other and each day they continue to discover and explore common ground and are sharing experiences and observations for how to best approach education in the era of the real-time web.

The changes in the way we live our lives must create change in the way we teach and learn. The real-time web should create profound changes in the way we think about what, how and why students and teachers can do, create and communicate. The very nature of what we consider “school” should be radically different given the powerful reach of the communicate tools our students have at their disposal. #140edu is dedicated to exploring 
and expanding that change. Join us.


A Call For Speakers

With today’s “Call for Speakers” we are looking for creative, out-of-the-box thinkers to come forward and pitch me something relevant they would like to discuss from inside the respective worlds of the education segment they are operating in. Educators from around the world are encouraged to come forward and share their ideas. Students and parents are also encouraged to come forward and share their perspectives. And anyone and/or everyone who has a vested interested in the State of Education NOW are invited to come forward and share their perspective. My hope is to have a variety of industries represented at our first event.

In the tradition of the #140Conf events, individual presentations will be 10 minutes long and panels will run 15 to 20 minutes.

The conference will explore a range of topics from best practices to the legal issues to the natural conflict of personal and corporate friending. Plus a wide range of related topics that I hope to hear from the people who come forward to speak at this conference. I’m looking for first-hand accounts of how the real-time web is being applied and the impact it is happening in across the education world. My goal is to bring together a great group of Characters to both lead and contribute to the discussions.

The take-aways from this event will provide the attending delegates knowledge, perspectives and insights to the next wave of effects the real-time Internet will have on education.

To get a sense for education media covering previous #140conf education tracks view “The Inpsired Classroom,” “Edutopia,” or watch this video of a group of students who presented at a #140Conf entitled, “twitter and Animal Farm.” I also recommend watching the 10 minute talk Chris Lehmann did at #140conf NYC last April.

We’re hoping to bring together is a gathering of people with a variety of backgrounds and together explore the future of where things are going and how to best prepare the education community at large to get there.

If you are interested in speaking at: #140edu, please submit your speaking proposal by Friday, April 15th. The link is: The first to submit will be the first we consider for the event.

We are also looking for sponsors and for exhibitors to be part of our conference. For more information about sponsoring and exhibiting, please send email to me: 

So please, think about what YOU could contribute to the dialog, and who you may know who would be interested in being part of this event.




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