Monday, October 27, 2008

Don’t Miss the K12 Online Conference!

I know many of my blogging friends have already blogged about this but this is for those of you that might have missed the buzz lately. I didn’t expect this conference to actually be so inspiring and awesome but it is. I guess I have heard so much talk about it before it happened that I wondered whether all of this was just hype and that I would be disappointed. Well, I have to say that it is not just mindless hype and is truly and event you don’t want to miss.

I’ve been attending presentations at the K12 Online Conference and if you haven’t checked it out, you are missing something fantastic! I’ve never been to anything like this but where else can you get some quality professional development, never spend a dime, and can do this whenever and wherever you choose to be? Some of the presentations are video or audio and one of them is a wiki presentation. You can go to the link and look at the schedule. The best part of this is that all of the presentations are online and you can download them to watch or listen to at your convenience. They even offer professional development certificates if you meet the expectations so you might be able to use this in your school district. I have learned so much by checking these out and I hope you don’t miss out on the opportunity. You can also go back to past years and listen to those presentations. The Seedlings at Bit by Bit Podcast interviews Darren Kuropatwa, Dean Shareski, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, and Wes Fryer about the conference which really gives you some background as to the who, what, and why of getting something like this organized.

Coming up this week are:

Monday: Vicki Davis and Julie Lindsay (Kicking It Up a Notch Keynote); Sylvia Martinez (Games in Education); Chris Lehmann (The Voices of School 2.0: School Reform as described by the words and images of the people of the Science Leadership Academy); Carlene Walter and Donna DesRoches (Beyond the Stacks: Using Emerging Technologies to Strengthen Teacher-librarian Leadership)

Tuesday: Lisa Parisi (Oh the Possibilities); Elizabeth Lloyd (Changing Disabilities); Scott McLeod (Current leadership models are inadequate for disruptive innovations); Louise Maine (Overcoming Entropy)

Wednesday: Scott Snyder (Back-channels in the Classroom); Kim Cofino and Jen Wagner (Connecting Classrooms Across Continents: Planning and Implementing Globally Collaborative Projects); Aimee Stoffel (Pushing the Limits: Web 2.0 and 21st Century Learning); Peggy Sheehy (Ramapo Islands)

Thursday: Michele Wong Kung Fong (Interactive tools for remote and synchronous mentoring); Ann Oro and Anna Baralt (Monsters Bloom in Our Wiki); Wendy Drexler (Teaching Web 2.0 – Everything you need in one place); David Warlick (Telling the New Story: Leverage Points for Inspiring Change Orientation)

Friday: Lorna Constantini and Matt Montagne (Parental Engagement in the 21st Century – Leveraging web 2.0 tools to engage parents in nontraditional ways); Mathew Needleman (Film School for Video Podcasters); Bud Hunt (The Lie of Community: The True Nature of the Network): Dennis Richards and Charlene Chausis (There’s Something Going on Here You Need to Know About…)

While you are at it, don’t forget to check out last week’s presentations too! I learned a lot of new things from them and hope you will too!

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