November is turning out to be a pretty stellar month – not only do I have the privilege of attending Open Education 2010 in Barcelona, but by lucky coincidence (and partly by design), that same week the Mozilla foundation is hosting its Drumbeat Learning, Freedom and the Web Festival, also in Barcelona.If you are already attending Open Ed, I strongly urge you to consider extending your stay by a couple of days to participate. (it’s Barcelona for crying out loud – what hardship!) Open Ed attendees can get in for a greatly reduced fee ($65 using the coupon code which you’ll get mailed as an Open Ed attendee).
As much as I have a strong connection with the Open Ed conference, I must admit I’m pretty stoked about the prospects for the Drumbeat Festival, which promises to be a bit more hands-on and more focused on open *learning* – not just OER or Open Education as envisioned by formal institutions. The program already looks fantastic – I am hoping to add a bit about my own passion, using client side/browser-based techniques to augment web experiences with open educational resources, but even without that the program covers many of my interests and approaches to expanding the reach of open education.
One of Mozilla’s main goals: to connect the people on the cutting edge of open education with technologists who are building the open web. Why? Because the way the web evolves will shape the future of education, and the future of education will shape the web. Radical educators and technologists need each other to keep things going in the right direction. This festival, especially on the heels of Open Ed 2010, offers a huge chance to catalyze this movement and create even more connections. I hope we’ll see you there. – SWL
Hopefully you are already following the Open Ed 2009 conference news feed and this will be just so much cruft, but if not I thought it worthwhile to re-post here in Edtechpost the fact that, due to some very generous sponsors, we are able to offer 3 travel scholarships to Open Education in Vancouver, August 12-14, 2009.
I should also note that the deadlines for getting the secured hotel room rates are fast approaching, and a gentle reminder that we will have limited space for the (included in the reg fee) Barbeque-to-end-all-Barbeques on the Wednesday night, so if you want to come, getting your conference registration in as soon as possible will make that entirely more likely.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming… – SWL