Professional Information: Steve Hargadon is the founder and director of the Learning Revolution Project, the host of the Future of Education interview series, and the founder and chair (or co-chair) of a number of annual worldwide virtual events, including the Global Education Conference and the Library 2.0 series of mini-conferences.
Steve pioneered the use of live, virtual, and peer-to-peer education conferences. He popularized the idea of "unconferences" for educators, built one of the first modern social networks for teachers in 2007 (Classroom 2.0), and developed the "conditions of learning" exercise for local educational conversation and change. He supported and encouraged the development of thousands of other education-related networks, particularly for professional development. For over a decade, he has run a large annual ed-tech unconference, now called Hack Education (previously EduBloggerCon). He blogs, speaks, and consults on educational and technology, and his virtual and physical events have over 550,000 members.
He has been the Emerging Technologies Chair for ISTE, a regular co-host of the annual Edublog Awards, and the author of "Educational Networking: The Important Role Web 2.0 Will Play in Education" and "Modern Learning: Re-Discovering the Transformative Promise of Educational Technology." He was the recipient of the 2010 Technology in Learning Leadership Award (CUE). He has done contract work, consulted with, or served on advisory boards for Acer, Adobe, Blackboard, CoSN, Horizon Project / New Media Consortium (NMC), Instructure, Intel, KnowledgeWorks Foundation, MERLOT, Microsoft, Mightybell, Ning, PBS, Promethean, Speak Up / Project Tomorrow, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. State Department, and others, typically focusing on educational technology and social networking. A number of corporations and organizations support his events. He is currently serving on the board of directors of NAMLE (National Association for Medial Literacy Education).
Personal Information: Steve was a foreign-exchange student through American Field Service (AFS) to Brazil for a year in high school, and he later organized and led group tours for several years as his first job after college for Stanford's Alumni Association. He spent the year 2013 traveling around the world talking to people about education. He has the skin disorder Vitiligo and created the world's largest social network for those with Vitiligo at VitiligoFriends.org. He also runs a network for members of the extended Hargadon family--Hargadon is an Irish name, and all Hargadons come from Sligo. He co-founded the Asheville Interfaith organization as well as an annual exhibit of Nativity sets from around the world called "CrechFest."
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It's a fun little tool. I can see it being very popular with younger students (although you have to be at least thirteen to register). I did at one point get it to work in the discussion forum, but it seriously messed up the formatting of the page so as you saw, I removed it. I added it to my new blog, nexus.ontarioblogs.com.