The K-12 Online Conference has opened! Ths is a marvelous free opportunity for educators from around the world to participate in professional development conversations in Web 2.0 formats. The confernce is in its fourth year and has been designed to be “the conference that never ends” featuring, “anytime, anywhere learning”. It is organized all by volunteers and is very much an educator to educator conference.
While the conference launches with new presentations this week, and live events over the next two weeks, all presentations (much like the Discovery Education Webinars) are archived and available beyond the conference window. Indeed you can go back to the conferences of 2006, 2007, 2008 to see the presentations of previous years. Here is how the conference is described on the website:
“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 year’s 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. Over 122 presentations from 2008, 2007, and 2006 are available, along with archived live events. Follow the K12 Online Conference on Twitter and Facebook!”
I highly recommend Kim Cofino’s Pre-Conference Keynote which posted on Monday and I am looking forward to Thursday night’s live chat. Did you know that Kim has Connecticut and UCONN roots?