K12 Online Conference

The presentation list for the 2007 K12 Online Conference was posted today.  Check out the fantastic list of presenters and their focus topics; you’ll definitely recognize many of the names.  At least, I recognized many from my blogroll.

In case this is the first time you are hearing about the second annual K12 Online Conference here are a few details.

The conference will consist of both live, interactive/synchronous, and asynchronous events.

-8-12 October 2007 Pre-Conference

-15-19 October 2007 Week 1 (Strands 1 and 2)

-22-26 October 2007 Week 2 (Strands 3 and 4)

-27 October 2007 When Night Falls

The presenters and their topics are categorized into the following strands:

  • Strand 1 – Classroom 2.0
    • Leveraging the power of free online tools in an open, collaborative and transparent atmosphere characterizes teaching and learning in the 21st century. Teachers and students are contributing to the growing global knowledge commons by publishing their work online. By sharing all stages of their learning students are beginning to appreciate the value of life long learning that inheres in work that is in “perpetual beta.” This strand will explore how teachers and students are playing with the boundaries between instructors, learners and classrooms. Presentations will also explore the practical pedagogical uses of online social tools (Web 2.0) giving concrete examples of how teachers are using the tools in their classes.
  • Strand 2 – New Tools
    • Focusing on free tools, what are the “nuts and bolts” of using specific new social media and collaborative tools for learning? This strand includes two parts. Basic training is “how to” information on tool use in an educational setting, especially for newcomers. Advanced training is for teachers interested in new tools for learning, looking for advanced technology training, seeking ideas for mashing tools together, and interested in web 2.0 assessment tools. As educators and students of all ages push the boundaries of learning, what are the specific steps for using new tools most effectively? Where “Classroom 2.0? presentations will focus on instructional uses and examples of web 2.0 tool use, “New Tools” presentations should focus on “nuts and bolts” instructions for using tools. Five “basic” and five “advanced” presentations will be included in this strand
  • Strand 3 – Professional Learning Networks
    • Research says that professional development is most effective when it aims to create professional learning communities — places where teachers learn and work together. Using Web 2.0 tools educators can network with others around the globe extending traditional boundaries of ongoing, learner centered professional development and support. Presentations in this strand will include tips, ideas and resources on how to orchestrate your own professional development online; concrete examples of how the tools that support Professional Learning Environments (PLEs) are being used; how to create a supportive, reflective virtual learning community around school-based goals, and trends toward teacher directed personal learning environments.
  • Strand 4 – Obstacles to Opportunities
    • Boundaries formalized by education in the “industrial age” shouldn’t hinder educators as they seek to reform and transform their classroom practice. Playing with boundaries in the areas of copyright, digital discipline and ethics (e.g. cyberbullying), collaborating globally (e.g. cultural differences, synchronous communication), resistance to change (e.g. administration, teachers, students), school culture (e.g. high stakes testing), time (e.g. in curriculum, teacher day), lack of access to tools/computers, filtering, parental/district concerns for online safety, control (e.g. teacher control of student behavior/learning), solutions for IT collaboration and more — unearthing opportunities from the obstacles rooted in those boundaries — is the focus of presentations in this strand.

In my new role as professional development facilitator, I am especially interested in the topics in the Professional Learning Networks Strand.

Check out the conference events page for agenda and scheduling updates as the conference approaches.  Here is the most recent update:

When the conference begins, a link will be provided here to the complete conference presentation agenda. As presentations are published each day of the conference, links to each presentation will be added in three different locations:

  1. As new posts on the main conference blog
  2. As new links on the conference presentation agenda
  3. As new entries in the conference podcast feed (2 feeds will again be provided, 1 for week 1 presentations and 1 for week 2 presentations.)

For information about K12 Online 2007 Fireside Chats with keynote presenters as well as our culminating event, “When Night Falls,” refer to our Live Events 2007 page.

I attended some of conference sessions last year and was thoroughly impressed.  I imagine that many more edu-techies will join me this year based on the success of the online components of NECC and the ongoing discussions in the blogosphere about the relevance of face-to-face conferences.

As we get closer to the conference, I’ll update these details.   In the meantime, visit the  K12 Online Conference site and check out the materials from the 2006 conference.


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