2009 K-12 Online Conference Audio Podcast Channel



The K-12 Online Conference invites participation from educators around the world interested in innovative ways Web 2.0 tools and technologies can be used to improve learning. This FREE conference is run by volunteers and open to everyone. The 2009 conference theme is Bridging the Divide. This years conference begins with a pre-conference keynote by classroom teacher and international educator Kim Cofino the week of November 30, 2009. The following two weeks, December 7-11 and December 14-17, over fifty presentations will be posted online to our conference blog and our conference Ning for participants to view, download, and discuss. Live Events in the form of three Fireside Chats are listed on the events page of our conference Ning and Facebook fan page, and live events will continue in 2010 through twice-monthly K-12 Online Echo webcasts on EdTechTalk. Everyone is encouraged to participate in both live events during and after the conference as well as asynchronous conversations.


  • Inside the Global Collaborative Debate: Eracism by Vicki Davis, Bernajean Porter, Julie Lindsay, Kim Caise

    18/12/2009 Duration: 20min

    This presentation will center around the Eracism Project (the newest Flat Classroom Project), which was proposed by students at the 2009 Conference and will be an international middle school debate project held in September – December 2009, planned and conducted entirely by students. This presentation will have two phases: 1) An enhanced podcast or full video presentation with Vicki Davis, Julie Lindsay, Bernajean Porter, and Peggy Sheehy discussing the practical pedagogy and outcomes of connecting students globally in a way that begins with the objective and ends with the selection of appropriate technology tools for the task, centering around this particular project as the example, but also including other projects planned by each presenter. This will be a 20 minute presentation. 2) The culmination of the Eracism project, which will have preliminary debates hosted on voicethread will provide K12 online participants a venue to observe students in their final virtual world debate competition, but with k12 onl

  • Steal This Preso! Copyrights, Fair Use, and Pirates in the Classroom by Mathew Needleman

    18/12/2009 Duration: 15min

    Myths and realities of copyrights as they relate to multimedia projects in the classroom with Mathew Needleman.

  • Googlios: A 21st – Century Approach to Teaching, Learning, & Assessment by G. Alex Ambrose

    18/12/2009 Duration: 19min

    As the first decade of the 21st century comes to end and blogs, wikis, and podcasts have become more mainstream, it is important that educators step back to see how we, as professionals, are best using these tools to serve our students’ learning needs. If these modern technologies are going to be sustained in contemporary pedagogy, it is time that we “kick it up a notch” and tie these tools to both a higher theme and to learning theories. In other words, rather than using technology for technology’s sake, we need to rest on a new 21st-century foundation of teaching, learning, and assessment theory. Through a screencast, webcam, and Power Point video, “Googlios” offers not simply a “how to” but a “why to;” it introduces a model of how one educator has come to understand and organize these tools to support a 21st-century constructivist and connectivist approach to “bridge the divide” in educating our digital natives. More specifically, this presentation will shed light on a model that demonstrates relationships

  • Remixing History: The Cigar Box Project by Neil Stephenson

    18/12/2009 Duration: 20min

    Neil Stephenson believes in the power of technology to bring the past into the future. Empowered with 21st century tools, Stephenson’s Grade 7 students reinterpret events from five periods that have shaped Canada’s current historical landscape. Called the Cigar Box Project, Stephenson’s students collect and analyze historical images and artifacts, and then use graphic design principles to digitally assemble new cigar panels, each one revealing a unique, visual perspective of an historical event or time from Canada’s past. At the end of the year, students physically build their wooden Cigar Boxes, creating their own historical artifact that pulls together the story of our country. Along the way, students encounter a variety of assessment practices, create mini-documentaries about their artifacts and meet a number of experts who support their historical learning.

  • Ways of Working by Chris Betcher

    17/12/2009 Duration: 23min

    This presentation explores a range of ideas that teachers could use to make a real-world task richer and more meaningful for their students. Using a large public art event as the focus, it looks at a number of ideas for enriching student learning with technology… ideas that could be modified and applied to nearly any learning context.

  • Thinking Outside the Box – Skateboard by Keith Kelley

    17/12/2009 Duration: 19min

    How do you build a hands on program that students like? I explain the process and steps to my skateboard program. I show actually video and pictures of students using the tools, designing, painting and building their skateboard.

  • Creative competitions In Plastica and Lenguajes visual of 4 ESO (16 years) by Josu Garro

    17/12/2009 Duration: 22min

    Creative competitions In Plastica and Lenguajes visual of 4 ESO ( 16 years ) Competencias creativas de Plastica y Lenguaje visual con alumnos de 16 años, todo un proceso de aprendizaje/enseñanza utilizando una Wiki como esqueleto del curso. Buscar la implicación y creatividad del alumno y alumna de 16 años con problemas de autoestima y trabajo de aula.

  • Using VideoAnt Annotations to Provide “Audience-Based” Assessment to Students’ Video Productions by Richard Beach

    17/12/2009 Duration: 19min

    This presentation describes the use of a free video annotation tool, VideoAnt, for providing specific, targeted feedback to students’ video productions. It contains a tutorial on using VideoAnt and then illustrates the use of VideoAnt to make comments on some high school students’ video production, followed by a teacher and student discussing the value of receiving this feedback.

  • Using computer games as a context for learning and social interaction by Ollie Bray

    17/12/2009 Duration: 23min

    After a brief introduction Ollie Bray describes the use of commercially available computer games in the classroom. In particular he focuses on why the use of games are appropriate for learning and teaching. He then goes on to describe an innovative project that was piloted in is own schools learning community that uses the game Guitar Hero as a contextual hub for learning and to help children make the transition between primary school to secondary school (elementary school to high school). The project has now been adopted in various forms in schools all across Scotland and further afield.

  • Alrededor del Mundo con Skype by Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

    16/12/2009 Duration: 25min

    ¿Listos para empezar a usar Skype en las escuelas? – ¿Qué clase de hardware y software van a necesitar? Instrucciones, paso a paso, como preparar su primera llamada. ¿Cómo encontrar proyectos para participar, enlaces y recursos. ¿Cómo encontrar y conectar con más aulas? En esta presentación van a escuchar consejos en cómo preparar a sus estudiantes para una conexión de Skype exitosa, ayudarles a aprender, documentar y a reflexionar…

  • Around the World with Skype by Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

    16/12/2009 Duration: 20min

    Are you ready to get started with Skype? In this presentation you will see and hear what kind of hardware and software you will need, get step by step instructions to set up for your first call. Find out strategies and discover projects to join as well as links and resources how to find and contact more partners. You will hear advice from real teachers on how to prepare your class for successful Skype connections, help your students learn, document, reflect, and many more ideas how to open up your classroom to the world.

  • Living History – Authentic Learning Empowered By Digital Technology by Jane Ross

    16/12/2009 Duration: 23min

    Jane Ross is an Apple Distinguished Educator and has recently graduated from a Masters in Education (Ed Tech) which she did entirely online from Australia. Jane is the Digital Technologies Specialist for Sinarmas World Academy in Indonesia. She is a regular presenter in Indonesia, often presenting in Indonesian which is her second language.

  • Nurturing the 21st Century History Teacher by Tom Daccord

    16/12/2009 Duration: 18min

    Emerging technologies, a globalized world, and fiscal restraints demand innovative approaches to education. This session explores new research about 21st century teaching strategies and professional development and shares models, resources, and examples to help social studies teachers effectively integrate technology and address needed skills.

  • Parallel Play or Collaboration–Leveraging the Wiki Platform for High Quality Work by Paula White

    16/12/2009 Duration: 21min

    This presentation will help participants think about the differences between a project that is a glorified drop box or parallel play and one that truly involves students in authentic work which is purposeful, personally meaningful and engaging and that meets a need in the world today.

  • Thriving in a Collaborative Web 2.0 Classroom: The “Great Debate” and “Student News Action Network” by Tom Daccord

    16/12/2009 Duration: 19min

    This video highlights innovative educational uses of the “Read-Write” Web and shows how humanities teachers use Web 2.0 to empower students and facilitate creative and meaningful learning opportunities. The session includes a conceptual framework for “e-learning 2.0,” and showcases existing classroom projects that incorporate Web 2.0 in learning.

  • Engaging Our Youngest Minds by Angela Maiers

    16/12/2009 Duration: 11min

    Do you recognize the “wow” of your students? Are we cultivating such passion? Angela shares a story of a young learner and the habits necessary to ignite such a wow in students.

  • Digital Writers’ Workshop by Jackie Gerstein

    15/12/2009 Duration: 22min

    This K12 Online Conference presentation describes the writers’ workshop conducted with a group of upper elementary students. The focus was on the process of writing combining hands-on and technology activities with a special focus on the engagement of multiple intelligences.

  • Show and Tell: Exhibit, Reflect, Critique with Blogs by Sarah Sutter

    15/12/2009 Duration: 17min

    Explore the evolution of blogs in a high school art program, from a class blog to individual blogs to working in a drupal environment with other students. Students used blogs to exhibit work, reflect on their creative process and engage in meaningful critique with their peers. What were the hurdles? How were they addressed? What worked well? What needed to change?Hear one school’s story and see what might work for you.

  • Blogging and Communicative competences in the EFL by Cristina Arnau Vilà

    15/12/2009 Duration: 16min

    I am a foreign language teacher in a high school in Berga (Spain). We are using blogs as a tool to learn a foreign language. Here you will find three experiences I have used. I hope you enjoy it.

  • OpenSim - OpenLearning by Timothy Hart

    15/12/2009 Duration: 25min

    Opensimulator is open source software for creating 3D virtual worlds. OpenLearning is learning without artificial restrictions. This presentation is about jumping on the open virtual worlds for learning bandwagon and about giving you a start on using them in your classroom. For more information, resources, classroom examples and links, check out my accompanying blog post at edutim.com.

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