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Mozilla's Learning Freedom and the Web Festival, Barcelona

HASTAC is very proud to have been named a "community partner" in planning and contributing to the upcoming first international Mozilla Drumbeat Festival on "Learning, Freedom, and the Open Web" to be held November 3-5, 2010, in Barcelona, Spain.  The internet is revolutionizing how we learn. It's exciting. And it's only the beginning. Mozilla's Learning, Freedom and the Web Festival will gather teachers, learners and technologists from around the world who are at the heart of this revolution.

We will be in the famous Raval section of Barcelona, with events at the Barcelona Musuem of Contemporary Art (MACBA) and Fostering Art & Design (FAD) and in Plaa ngels.  Join us!  And come introduce yourself and join our HASTAC tent and our "Storming the Academy" thread. We will be presenting two days of activities that take the ideas of the open web and open learning and apply them back to the traditional university setting. Everything we do will be interactive. Come be part of the excitement!

For further information about the Drumbeat Festival, go to:

And here's a preliminary list of activities (with links and further descriptions): and

Some of the other partners and participants in the Drumbeat Festival are You Media Chicago, New Youth City Learning Network, UrbanLabs, P2PU School of Webcraft, Peer 2 Peer University, Creative Commons and the National Film Board of Canada. Keynotes will be given by Joi Ito of Creative Commons,  Aza Raskin, Mozilla Firefox Creative Lead,  and Anya Kamenetz, Author, DIY U.

Taking place in Barcelona from November 3-5, we're planning three days of making, teaching, hacking, inventing  and shaping the future of education and the web. We want you to be a part of it:

Whether you're a teacher or a technologist, this is your chance to help shape the future of learning *and* the web. We hope to see you in Barcelona.

Finally, here's the HASTAC thread as it's currently envisioned:

Storming the Academy

How can ideas like open learning and peer-to-peer assessment transform traditional higher education and formal learning principles that are deeply rooted in a 19th and 20th century industrial age mentality? This is the question we'll play with in Storming the Academy.

Proposed Activities:

Storming the Syllabus: Deconstructing the "assignment" with peer-to-peer learning techniques and tactics

Storming Scholarly Publishing: Building a toolkit for online publishing and reading communities

Storming Tenure: What can we add to the HASTAC/Modern Language Association Wiki on tenure?

Storming the Grade Book: Adapting the work of the Badge Development Group to academic work

Storming IT: From proprietary IT (Instructional Technology) in the administration to open source social networking in the classroom

Storming Collaboration: An interactive performance/demonstration on the ethics of minority voices (however defined) in collaborative projects

Storming Town and Gown: Resourcing communities, preparing and retrofitting individuals (a re-professional degree program) Knowledge and Networks: A Model for Preprofessional Education

Calm After the Storming: Yoga for Hacktivists


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