The 2011 U.S. Innovative Education Forum is happening this week in Redmond, WA. The 100 top educators from 25 different states arrived in Seattle today. We have a busy 2+ days ahead and 10 projects from this group will go on to represent the United States at the Partners in Learning Global Forum in Washington, DC in November.

I wanted to let you know how to watch the two keynote presentations live from Redmond. We will be UStreaming both keynote presentations in their entirety (see details below). These will not be recorded so we encourage you to check them out as they happen!

clip_image001Thursday, July 28 – Dr. John Medina – 8:45am (PST), 11:45am (EST)

Dr. John Medina, a developmental molecular biologist, has a lifelong fascination with how the mind reacts to and organizes information. Dr. Medina takes us on a journey into the inner workings of the brain, revealing the ways we can most effectively improve our lives at school, work and home. Medina’s non-traditional arguments and proven insights can be found in his The New York Times bestseller Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School. Learn more about Brain Rules.

Friday, July 29 – Jane McGonigal – 2:15pm (PST), 5:15pm (EST)

Dr. Jane McGonigal, director of Game Research and Development, Institute for the Future is a world-renowned creator of alternate-universe cyber games. Dr. McGonigal reveals insights on how games can be used to fix the problems of the world — the real world, that is. Author of The New York Times bestseller Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World. McGonigal explores the power and future of gaming and reveals how its collaborative and motivational aspects are being used to solve some of the most difficult challenges facing humanity. Learn more about Dr. Jane McGonigal.

Watching the 2011 U.S. IEF Keynotes online

There are two ways to watch these keynote presentations:

  1. On the Partners in Learning Facebook page. Simply “Like” this page and come back at the noted time to watch the live UStream of the keynote. We will do our best to pass along any questions you have online to the presenters.
  2. On the 2011 U.S. IEF web page. If you aren’t on Facebook, you can go to the event web site.

If you are on Twitter, follow me @TeachTec and use the #msftpil hashtag and we will be making observations and blog posts throughout the event.

Another good way to stay in touch is the Microsoft Education Newsletter where we will provide updates on the 2012 event along with other classroom resources from Microsoft.

Regards,

Rob