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.
Digiteens: Digital Citizenship by Digital Teenagers by Vicki Davis and Westwood Schools Students09/12/2009 Duration: 15min
Much of digital citizenship education focuses on adults compiling information to share with students, this method provides a framework for students to conduct authentic research with global partners on the aspects of digital citizenship and creation of action projects at their schools. This presentation’s goal is to: 1) demonstrate the efficacy of a project based approach to digital citizenship education, 2) provide insight into teen-mentoring of younger students, 3) effective coaching practices for teachers and educators wishing to encourage a project based learning approach to digital citizenship, 4) an overview of the aspects of digital citizenship salient to teenagers around the world and what they think the message of educators should be to their students, and 5) a concrete experience allowing students who have thoroughly researched this topic to share their thoughts with a global audience and engage in global discussion on this. This is a compilation of student views, research, and beliefs as it relates
Orientation in Second Life by Alan Hudson, Deborah Butler, Lawal Mohamed09/12/2009 Duration: 18min
New users of virtual worlds can find the interfaces and controls of 3D platforms difficult and confusing. Currently in Second life new users initially find their avatars in a space for orientation with other new users and possibly with helpers and guides to assist them. This video looks at different approaches to the design of these areas.
Options for Building Your Teacher Website and Why YOU Should by Cyndi Danner-Kuhn09/12/2009 Duration: 20min
Every educator needs to build and maintain his or her own teacher Website. Technology provides teachers with more effective ways to communicate with students, their families, and the community than ever before. This session will help you learn how to use technology to communicate with different audiences through your classroom website. There are endless benefits of a maintaining a classroom Website. A classroom website gives students Resources, Relevance, Connections, Access and Experience. This session will provide links and resources to simple tools that allow any teacher, regardless of technical know-how, to create a live Website for free. The best way is for schools to install and support a tool that allows teachers to create Websites easily, but since many schools are not at that point yet, teachers should given both the encouragement and the freedom to build their own sites. You can make use of some very good tools for building free, live classroom Websites. I may leave out your favorite, so please add
If You Host It, They Will Come by Jennifer Wagner09/12/2009 Duration: 18min
A chat with Jen Wagner about Online Projects. Ideas of how to start planning your own project. Several projects will be highlighted as “examples” and “possibilities”.
Just a “touch” of leadership – Using the iPod Touch/IPhone in Administration by Andy Crozier & Mike Amante08/12/2009 Duration: 16min
Are you using your iPod Touch/iPhone to simply check your email or answer your phone? Did you know that there many other uses of the iPod Touch that can help with some of your professional responsibilities? This presentation will show you apps and success stories from administrators in the field that are using the iPod Touch/iPhone for data collection, organization, creating a mobile office, and personal professional development.
LAN: Learning Is Social by Bryan Hughes08/12/2009 Duration: 15min
Bored by status quo professional development and stale in service workshops? Why not throw a party! LAN: Learning Is Social is the story of how North Vancouver School District used the presentations of the K12 Online Conference to breathe new life into professional development. LAN parties can be a powerful vehicle for professional development and change. This presentation defines the concept and shares our experience with the hope that others will be inspired to find creative ways to share the message of the K-12 Online Conference.
Learning Confluence: Where Philosophy Meets Practice in the 21st Century by Julie Lindsay08/12/2009 Duration: 16min
Current accepted forms of professional development provide opportunities for small bites and quick-fix solutions but do not encourage immersion, ongoing conversations and collaborative sharing of experiences. Adoption of a learning confluence amongst educators can and will make a difference within a school and extend the learning beyond the immediate environment. Based on recent practice at an international school, a model of teacher engagement and improved pedagogical approach has been developed that leads the way into transformed learning in the classroom. Using a face-to-face meeting format, including expert advisers and a virtual component, educators extended their learning boundaries and embraced constructivism with the purpose of challenging themselves to ‘lean into the sharp edges’ of 21st century education.
Instructional Strategies That Work with Videoconferencing: Increasing Interactivity by Janine Lim08/12/2009 Duration: 15min
Videoconferencing can bring the world to your classroom. It allows educators to bridge the divide by bringing experiences to rural students; by engaging conversations and interactions between urban and rural students and by connecting students globally. Whether using desktop videoconferencing or room based videoconferencing, educators can bridge the divide between “dabbling” in videoconferencing to fully integrating with solid classroom instructional strategies.
Using E-Books to Motivate Pupils Writing by Colin Hill08/12/2009 Duration: 15min
Rather than sending all pupils work home at the end of the school year, E-books allow teachers to compile collections of work to be displayed on the WWW quite soon after it is completed. Colin Hill presents how he creates E-books, proving to eb a motivation for writing, as learners know that their work is going to be on display
The iPod Touch in the Classroom by Kern Kelly08/12/2009 Duration: 16min
The iPod Touch can function as an important educational tool inside and outside the classroom. With the increased purchases of netbooks this last year, there seems to be a push for schools to put more machines into students hands. At a price point even lower than current netbooks the iPod Touch is a great compliment to any classroom. While many schools still do not allow cell phones, an iPod Touch bridges that gap. Wifi access provides a tremendous opportunity for students and teachers to browse the web, type a response, record audio or calculate a problem. The form factor makes many classroom tasks manageable while the design of the device requires far less technical support than most laptops. The main focus of this presentation is how teachers can accomplish common tasks in the classroom, but also includes how students can use the tool for their own studies. Most of the applications discussed are free or a few dollars. Viewers will learn concrete ways they can use their iPod Touch in the classroom the follo
Organizational Learning and Technology Collide by Ben Grey07/12/2009 Duration: 14min
Using Chris Argyris’s theories of learning, this presentation describes how we can better understand the way we make decisions when planning student learning experiences and considering the use of technology. Using Argyris’s Theories of Action show us how we can evaluate our instructional decisions, and exploring Argyris’s theory of single and double loop learning establishes a strong framework that can guide our decisions of when and how to utilize technology in learning.
Self-driven and Classroom-based: Professional Development in the 21st Century by Konrad Glogowski07/12/2009 Duration: 30min
Based on Guy Claxton’s statement that “schools should become communities of practice where … the ‘elders’ of the community are themselves exemplary learners” (Claxton, 2002), this presentation explores the importance of Classroom-Based Teacher Development and Reflective Practice as essential professional development practices for the 21st century. It suggests that if students today are to benefit from schools where they can acquire the learning dispositions that will allow them to build and transform future societies and address global challenges, teacher professional development must be reconfigured to allow teachers to focus on examining and learning from their own professional contexts. The 21st century demands that teachers investigate their practices on a regular basis, learn to design new approaches, and quickly and effectively respond to the demands of the ever-changing knowledge society. Classrooms must therefore become sites of inquiry where teachers engage in practice that is perpetually experimenta
Little Kids, Big Possibilities by Kelly Hines07/12/2009 Duration: 19min
Learn about the what’s, how’s and why’s of using web 2.0 tools and social networking with elementary age students to enhance learning and student engagement.
The Wizard of Apps by Joyce Kasman Valenza07/12/2009 Duration: 51min
In this student-produced keynote, Joyce and the students of Springfield Township High School’s Theatre II class consider which apps are the most critical as they walk the road together.
Going Global: Culture Shock, Convergence and the Future of Education by Kim Cofino30/11/2009 Duration: 39min
Looking at daily life in foreign lands reveals a colorful spectrum of inspiring metaphors for the shifts we need to make in education. Often what we may find initially chaotic, disorienting and strange in other countries can actually spark new ways of thinking about teaching and learning. Through the voices of teachers and students from around the world, we’ll examine the unique aptitudes which allow successful expats to thrive in any environment. These are exactly the skills that future students and teachers will need to confidently enter the digital, global, converging, collaborative world of tomorrow – wherever they might be physically located.