Social Media Classroom at Digital Media & Learning Showcase April 16-17, Chicago
April 8th, 2009

I will be attending the Digital Media and Learning Showcase in Chicago on April 16-17. My Social Media Classroom project, realized in partnership with developer Sam Rose, will be exhibiting, and I will be speaking:

A Digital Media and Learning Competition winner, PLOrk is a visionary musical ensemble of laptopists that in its short lifetime has performed at Carnegie Hall and inspired similar orchestras from Oslo toBangkok.
April 16, 2009
5:30 p.m. Reception
6:30 p.m. Performance with Q&A
Newberry Library
60 W. Walton Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610
Free and open to the public. LIMITED SEATING

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First Annual Digital Media and Learning Competition Winners’ Showcase
Winners of the first Digital Media and Learning Competition will showcase their work through panel discussions, interactive demonstrations, and exhibits.

In addition to a central exhibit hall where you can interact with the media and talk to the Winners about what they have learned throughout the year, there will be a series of small group breakout sessions on topics from Twitter to blogging to using social networking more effectively to learn, create, teach, and organize–or on anything else that attendees would like to meet and discuss together.

April 17, 2009
9:30 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Palmer House Hilton, 6th Floor
Adams and Monroe Ballrooms
17 E. Monroe Street
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Free and open to the public
RSVP encouraged by April 14th
Schedule of Events for April 17, 2009

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. – Panel Discussion Featuring Inaugural Competition Winners Black Cloud, Sustainable South Bronx GreenFab and Virtual Peace

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Interactive Conversation on Participatory Learning with Mizuko Ito and Howard Rheingold

Mimi and Howard will encourage participation via Twitter, with a Twitterfall projection of the feed searching Twitter hashtags for the event. This is a chance to learn to Twitter if you have not already or to learn how to Tweet more effectively.

11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Interactive Exhibition of 17 Winners’ Projects from the Inaugural Competition

Breakout sessions throughout the day will allow for in-depth interaction with winners, to learn about what they learned in the course of developing their project, to find out more, and also to break into small groups for dynamic conversations about a range of participatory learning opportunities, using social networking, mobile phones, Twitter, Facebook, and other means for organizing, creating, teaching, learning, and interacting.

HASTAC Scholars will be microblogging the entire PLOrk event and the Showcase on Twitter.

For more information on the Digital Media and Learning Competition visit
For more information on MacArthur’s $50 million digital media and learning initiative visit

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