Sunday, June 13, 2010

An #Edchat Conversation-Howard Rheingold and Critical Thinking

On Wednesday, June 16, at 5pm PDT/ 8pm EST (Convert To Your Local Time Here), members of the EDU PLN Ning and participants of #Edchat will have the unique opportunity to join Howard Rheingold in a conversation about teaching Critical Thinking. 

Howard Rheingold has graciously agreed to take questions from members of the Ning. He wants you to share your examples and suggestions on how to teach critical thinking.
Tom, Shelly, and I will choose a handful of questions that we will then ask to Howard during a 1 hour Elluminate session. 

Please visit the links below to familiarize yourself with Howard Rheingold's work:

Crap Detection 101

You can leave your questions below or, better yet, if you are a member of the EDU PLN Ning (and I hope you are) you can visit the forum there and post your question.
**When writing your question please include your first and last name, Twitter name and location. 

**We will use the hashtag #HRChat for the discussion!

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Howard Rheingold is the author of Tools for ThoughtThe Virtual Community and Smart Mobs. He was the editor of Whole Earth ReviewThe Millennium Whole Earth Catalog, founding executive editor of Hotwired, founder of Electric Minds, a Non-resident Fellow at the Annenberg Center for Communication, (USC, 2007), and a Visiting Professor at De Montfort University in the UK. He has taught Participatory Media and Collective Action (UC Berkeley, SIMS, Fall 2005, 2006, 2007), Virtual Community/Social Media (Stanford, Fall 2007, 2008; UC Berkeley, Spring 2008, 2009), Toward a Literacy of Cooperation (Stanford, Winter, 2005), and Digital Journalism (Stanford University Winter, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008).

His current projects include the 
Social Media ClassroomThe Cooperation ProjectParticipatory Media LiteracyHASTAC/MacArthur Foundation grantee, and the 21st Century Literacies videosWatch the 6 minute video interview

You can follow him on Twitter,

We would like to thank Betsy Aoki, Microsoft's "Blog Queen" for helping us set-up this discussion with Howard. She was recently featured by ZDNet as one of 
Microsoft’s Women to Watch, and responsible for launching Microsoft's corporate blogging efforts at and Since then, she has worked to deliver a few more community projects for Microsoft -- Live QnA and the Xbox Live Indie Games platform. She tweets from @bing and creates community outreach projects for Bing.
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