From Steve Hargadon:

I'm the creator of a social network for educators called Classroom 2.0, winner of the 2008 Edublog awards for educational use of a social networking site, and home to more than 7,000 educators interested in using Web 2.0 in the classroom.

I'm passionately committed to a vision of "engaging education" that is emerging from the use of Web 2.0 and collaborative software. I
believe that it is very important for educators to have hands-on experience with Web 2.0 technologies themselves in order to understand
how personal learning and education change when involved with the read/write web.

I'm proposing to do a series of local workshops for educators exposing them to these tools--and also allowing those already using the tools
currently to meet up. We're kicking off our first one Feb. 1 & 2 in San Francisco: http://www.classroom20wiki.com/Local+Workshops. I
would like these workshops to be free to educators, and I'm looking for some modest sponsorship by Web 2.0 pioneers to help fund them. As you can see from the agenda (http://www.classroom20wiki.com/SF+Live+2008+Agenda), I'm also wanting these vendor-partners to participate actively in the workshop by demonstrating and discussing the educational uses of their programs, with an understanding that first and foremost our goal is to help teachers.

The workshops will reflect the collaborative nature of Web 2.0, combining the benefits I saw from running last year's EduBloggerCon "unconference" in Atlanta before NECC, and the Classroom 2.0 network. The role of vendors in these events is intended to be collegial and participative. Vendors, as well as teachers, are welcome to present, and the format of the agenda (as much unstructured time as structured) is to allow for conversation, demonstration, and "drilling-down" into the uses of Web 2.0 in the classroom. There won't be the traditional vendor tables. :) We recognize that Web 2.0 companies are going to have very different financial situations--but those that can we are asking them to help us foot the bill for the events. There is no set amount--what we're really looking for are partners who will help us figure out a long-term model.

I think that the technologies of Web 2.0 are going to play a significant role in the future of education. I'm looking for a team of sponsors that like the idea of the workshops, are willing to work with us while we experiment to create a format that truly helps teachers, and that would allow us take this workshop format around the country to facilitate what we see as an historic opportunity to consider changes in education because of Web 2.0.