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Official Hashtag for the FutureNOW! Conference – #EdChatSD

April 14, 2015 Leave a comment

f12f-k5FWe are excited to partner with #EdChatSD to be the official hashtag for the FutureNOW! Conference on May 2nd @Design39Campus. Please use this hashtag to share, connect, and collaborate on Twitter before, during and after the conference. We will be hosting a special #EdChatSD on Wednesday, April 29th at 8pm PST to kick off the FutureNOW! Conference virtual conversations. Please follow @socratech for more information. We hope to see you there! Thank you to @Mr_MBruder and @Mr_Kemery for moderating the conversations throughout the conference!

What is #EdChatSD?

#EdChatSD is a hashtag that brings together educators in San Diego County around topics in education. It occurs every first Wednesday of each month at 8 pm PT on Twitter.


Now Available For Free Download: I Am Going To Like School…

March 22, 2015 Leave a comment

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by Howard Chan

Illustrated by Richard Bates

For Limited Time – Free Download:

I Am Going To Like School…is an illustrated poem inspired by the educators who are re-imagining the learning experience for our students around the world. You can now download your own free eBook copy for a limited time. We hope you enjoy it and thank you for sharing the link with your fellow educators! #2LiikeSchool You can also download the original poem illustrated by my daughters here:

Preview of Sessions: FutureNOW! Conference at Design39

March 21, 2015 Leave a comment

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We are excited to release the preview of sessions for the FutureNOW! Conference @Design39Campus on Saturday, May, 2nd. We have an incredible lineup of amazing educators sharing innovative practices on topics like Design Thinking, Growth Mindset, Technology and more. Take a sneak peak and we hope to see you in May. Please register soon as we expect this conference will reach capacity.

FutureNOW! Conference @Design39

February 12, 2015 Leave a comment

FutureNOW! Conference @Design39

Registration Link:

Preview of Sessions:

FutureNOW! Conference @Design39
May 02, 2015

The 1st annual FutureNOW! Conference @Design39 will feature an engaging variety of professional learning and collaborative networking opportunities.  We are excited to convene educators who are reimagining learning experiences in their classrooms and schools.

Conference Highlights:

  • Keynote:  Poway Unified Superintendent John Collins will be sharing about initiating Design39Campus and his visit to Washington DC for the 100 Future Ready Superintendents Summit
  • Featured Session Facilitator:  Grant Lichtman, author of #EdJourney
  • Interactive breakout sessions focusing on Design Thinking, Growth Mindset, Inquiry-Based Learning, Personalization, Technology, Communication & Collaboration, Creative Confidence, and Global Connections
  • Innovative School Model Showcase
  • Makerspace experiences with Fab Lab San Diego
Event Details
Title FutureNOW! Conference @Design39
Date(s) May 02, 2015
Time 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
7:30 – 8:30 AM – Registration & Breakfast
Audience Teachers, Site & District Leaders
Facilitator(s) Brenda Hall
Included Coffee in morning & lunch provided
Price $ 50.00 per individual

Check or purchase order should be made out to:

San Diego County Superintendent of Schools
La Costa Canyon High School
1 Maverick Way – Room 720
Carlsbad, CA  92009

Purchase orders can also be faxed to 760-632-2361

Location Design 39
17050 Del Sur Ridge
San Diego, CA 92127
Map | Driving Directions
Maps and directions provided by Google® Maps. Please verify map and driving directions for accuracy prior to attending event.
Contact Brenda Hall
Sponsor North County Professional Development Federation (San Diego COE)

San Diego-Based Educators Twitter List

December 12, 2014 Leave a comment

sandiego_1_bg_071302When I first joined Twitter back in 2008, I think I was connected to more Twitter education folks in Indonesia than in San Diego. In 2014, I am proud to say San Diego is more than represented in Twittersphere, and even more importantly, I have met many of them in person. I have been building a list of the many San Diego-based educators to follow and you can find them on this Twitter link: I hope to continue to grow this list and connect the dynamic collaborative community even more, so please don’t hesitate to connect with me at @socratech.

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December 10, 2014 Leave a comment

With the viral buzz that is generating around coding in education, we need a similar push for financial literacy. For someone who has been advocating for coding in K12 education for years, it has been fulfilling to see the growth of Hour of Code in schools and classrooms this week. I am a big fan of what has created and the collaborations they have made with industry, government, entertainment and education. It is my hope that the week inspires coding in K12 on a regular basis. And yes I am quoting Ashton Kutcher, “Computer science belongs in every public school, right next to biology, chemistry, or Algebra.” Now it is time to make a push for another important topic that students need regular exposure too, and that is Financial Literacy.

As I recollect in my K12 education, there were very few times when I really explored financial literacy. It was always tied to a money-based math problem or some career day visit from a “business” guy. But nothing in depth to fully understand the adult financial world I live in today. I would love to see some foundational finance basics be a regular part of our K12 experience to give every student an opportunity, just how is giving anyone an opportunity to learn coding.

It was good to see Khan partner with Bank of America as a first step with Better Money Habits. However, I dream for a similar collaboration in hopes to create what I call #HourOfFinance.

So I leave this idea for someone to build the platform and share with the K12 education community…thank you in advance! A simple credit would suffice.

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New Hashtag: #codeK12

October 8, 2014 Leave a comment

It was a few years ago when I said the next foreign language in K12 education was going to be programming languages. There is no question that Spanish, Arabic and Mandarin are languages to learn in the future, but the ability to speak the language of computers deserves the same attention. Recently, I attended the California STEM Symposium, where CEO Hadi Partovi highlighted the $500 billion opportunity in jobs and that less than 2.4% of college students graduate with a degree in computer science ( Moreover, he also mentioned that only 1 out 10 schools offer some form of programming classes. It is clearly evident that K12 education is not aligned with the industry demands of coding professionals.

While the keynote left many of us asking more questions, it left me rejuvenated to keep pushing the need for coding in K12 education. One of the ways we can join together is through connecting the educational community around the topic to begin sharing, questioning, and promoting the coding movement. In my search in Twitterverse, I couldn’t find a hashtag that brought the K12 community around the topic of computer science and coding. I figured the first step was to start a hashtag called #codeK12 to begin the conversation. I look forward to connecting with the K12 coding pioneers there…And if there is another hashtag that already exists, that is awesome and I will gladly join that conversation stream.

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