EducationOnAir – A free and simple way to learn and share about EdTech

I just stumbled across this Google event, EducationOnAir (also referred to as EduOnAir) and I felt I had to share.

Lately, I’ve been quite intrigued by the idea of the “EdTech/Ed Innovation Conference.” I love to see how different organizations structure conferences, and to reflect on how and why various EdTech events attract different audiences. In the past few months I’ve been able to check out these 4 events focused on educational innovation :

  • StartupWeekendEdu
  • SxSWedu
  • The Penny Conference
  • NYEdTech Meetup

I am really looking forward to tuning into EducationOnAir because from the looks of it, it is focused on teachers who are actually using technology in their classrooms. Over the past few months, I’ve noticed that sadly, the voice of the teacher is often missing in conversations about education. It is difficult to tell whether it is due to their own exhaustion, complacence (I doubt it), lack of resources or whether conference organizers are just having a difficult time reaching the audience. Whatever the cause may be, we need to do what we can to get more teachers involved – I appreciate Google’s efforts to make learning and sharing simple for those who dedicate their time to the classroom.

Getting into the hangout is a strange (yet simple!) process. You need to:

  1. Visit the conference schedule page to see which sessions interest you
  2. Visit the presenter’s Google+ page and leave a comment on their post about the session
  3. Add the presenter to your Google+ circles

I am hoping to get into either of these sessions: YouTube in the Classroom or Managing Digital Portfolios. Hope to see you there:)

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