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Wednesday, July 18


BLC Welcome and Keynote with Chris Anderson
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Chris Anderson

About Chris AndersonTED Curator, TED Conferences, New York City, NYChris Anderson is the curator of the TED Conference, a conference that explores the power of ideas to make a difference in the world.Anderson was born in Pakistan in 1957. His parents were medical missionaries and... Read More →

Wednesday July 18, 2012 8:30am - 10:00am
Imperial Ballroom - 2nd Floor
Thursday, July 19


Announcements w/ Alan November and Keynote with Geetha Narayanan - Innovations for Insights: 5Ws and an H (Sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Over the last decade Geetha has researched change at many levels and it is her hypothesis that breaking patterns of practice established over decades of mimicking western and colonial education “methods” is hard to do alone, by either hero Principals or indeed by groups of evangelical school teachers. The educational system resists change and in order for reform to have a long term impact Geetha has adopted a “memetic” view to curriculum development. What this means in lay terms is that in large part members of educational communities are either skeptical, evangelical, critical or plain mimics of change initiatives and in order to orchestrate breakthroughs and not result in breakdowns change needs three critical components- a safe closed space for practitioners to try and fail; continuous and formative support by creative and critical specialists and most importantly an overarching and unambiguous vision.

Presenting at this conference, Geetha will draw on a series of innovations she has implemented at institutions in India and draw from this a kind of pattern language – that will enable these innovations to spread across borders and across spaces.

The approach and methodology outlined in the case studies presented will be of interest to a wide range of educational practitioners ranging from technology innovators to instructional designers, theoretical scholars to everyday educators.

The integration of design thinking, sustainability and embodiment should also be of interest to practitioners who want to build pedagogies that will revive the human spirit while simultaneously create cultures of stewardship for our planet.

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Geetha Narayanan

About Geetha NarayananPrincipal Investigator, Project Vision, Centre of Education Research Training and Development (CERTAD), Srishti School of Art Design and Technology, Bangalore, IndiaDescribed often as edgy, esoteric or philosophical, Geetha Narayanan has over 3 decades of... Read More →

Thursday July 19, 2012 8:30am - 10:00am
Imperial Ballroom - 2nd Floor
Friday, July 20


Announcements and Keynote with Eli Pariser (Sponsored by ePals)
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Eli Pariser

About Eli PariserOnline Organizer, New Organizing Institute, Brooklyn, New YorkShortly after the September 11 terror attacks, Eli created a website calling for a multilateral approach to fighting terrorism. In the following weeks, over half a million people from 192 countries signed... Read More →

Friday July 20, 2012 8:30am - 10:00am
Imperial Ballroom - 2nd Floor


Closing Keynote w/ Alan November & Special Guest, Greg Whitby (sponsored by ePals)
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Alan November

Keynote Speaker, November Learning
Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator, technology consultant... Read More →
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Greg Whitby

About Greg WhitbyExecutive Director of Schools, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta, Parramatta Australia Greg Whitby is the Executive Director of Schools in the Diocese of Parramatta. He leads a system of 78 Catholic schools in greater western Sydney serving over 42,000 students... Read More →

Friday July 20, 2012 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Imperial Ballroom - 2nd Floor