Announcements

Calling all volunteers!

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we want you

The K12 Online Conference is an all-volunteer, noncommercial effort, which means we rely completely on the contributions of generous volunteers.

If you’ve ever thought about getting more involved with K12 Online, now is the time!

On Mon., Jan. 12 at 8:00pm ET, we will be livestreaming a video hangout here to talk about volunteer opportunities for the 2015 K12 Online Conference. There are a wide variety of ways to contribute, from marketing to presenting to working on live events. Some of these things only take a few minutes, while others are more involved. However you might like to be involved, there is an opportunity for you! Please RSVP on the Google Hangout if you can attend!

If you can’t join us for this hangout but are interested, please fill out this short form and we will also post an archive of the session here.

We greatly appreciate our community’s support and help, and look forward to a great 2015!

2014 Announcements

Thank you!

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Thanks to everyone for making the K12 Online Conference in 2014 so special!

This year we had a total of 38 presentations and almost 12 hours of professional learning presentations. We greatly appreciate all of our presenters, our committee members, our viewers/attendees, and everyone who helped spread the word.

We would appreciate your feedback on this year’s conference so we can make next year even better. Please take a couple minutes to complete this very brief survey.

And don’t forget that all of this year’s sessions, as well as those from previous years, will be here for you to reference whenever you like.

2014 Announcements

K12Online Day Ten: October 31, 2014

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K12Online2014-500x500Welcome to day ten, the final day of the 2014 K12 Online Conference! All presentations are listed and linked on our main conference schedule.

Week Two – Our last 4 presentations of the conference are being posted. That brings us to a total of 38 presentations – almost 12 hours if you view them all!  Take your time to enjoy them. Share what you learn with your colleagues. You can always come back to view sessions you missed or those you want to see again. Everything is archived.

Don’t forget to try playing the game created by Kevin Hodgson!

Today’s sessions:

PASSION DRIVEN LEARNING
Passion-Driven Learning in #clmooc- Supporting Teacher Agency in Making and Learning by Mallory McNeal and Anna Smith

An Introduction to Webmaker for Educators by Brendan Murphy

Web 2.0 Tools That Will Increase Creativity and Passion in Your Online Courses by Courtney Kofeldt

STEAM

How Rube Goldberg Led Our 6th Graders to Pursue their Passions through STEM by Leigh Zeitz
Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and “like” us on Facebook. Subscribe to our email list if you’re not already receiving email updates from us. Also remember all video presentations are available in iPad / iPhone / iPod touch compatible format in our iTunesU Portal! If you tweet about the conference please use the Twitter hashtag #k12online14. Keep the conversations going.

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Web 2.0 Tools That Will Increase Creativity and Passion in Your Online Courses

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Presenter: Courtney Kofeldt
Location: West Chester
@Ms_Kof

Presentation Title: Web 2.0 Tools That Will Increase Creativity and Passion in Your Online Courses

Presentation Description: Introduction to several Web 2.0 tools that will spark creativity and ignite a passion in your students, and a review of ideas for implementation.

Link to presentation’s supporting documents:
http://padlet.com/kofeldtc/creativity

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An Introduction to Webmaker for Educators

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Presenter: Brendan Murphy
Location: Lindenhurst, IL, USA
@dendari

Presentation Title: An Introduction to Webmaker for Educators

Presentation Description: An introduction to the Mozilla webmaker tools.
Exploring webdesign with XrayGoggles. Creating webpages with Thimble. Remixing video with popcorn. Making web apps with appmaker.

Using webmaker tools in the classroom, teaching digital citizenship, and becoming digitally literate.

Link to presentation’s supporting documents:
https://dendari.makes.org/popcorn/2cdr

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Passion-Driven Learning in #clmooc- Supporting Teacher Agency in Making and Learning

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Presenter: Mallory McNeal and Anna Smith
Location: Denver, CO and Urbana, Illinois
@m_mcneal and @anna_phd

Presentation Title: Passion-Driven Learning in #clmooc- Supporting Teacher Agency in Making and Learning

Presentation Description: Making Learning Connected 2014 (#clmooc) was truly a hub for igniting innovation and inspiring passion in Connected Learning. Each week, or “Make Cycle,” initiated a new strand of thinking that was taken up, modified, and remixed in a variety of ways. In our video presentation, we will briefly share the background of #clmooc, the theory of action behind establishing iterative “Make Cycles,” as well as highlight example “Makes” that were created and shared. We will also share some of the resources that were developed during Making Learning Connected 2014 that might be useful for others thinking about this work in their own contexts, such as collected archives of weekly newsletters, webinars and Twitter chats.

Link to presentation’s supporting documents:
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How Rube Goldberg Led Our 6th Graders to Pursue their Passions through STEM

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Presenter: Leigh Zeitz
Location: Cedar Falls, Iowa
@zeitz

Presentation Description: Join Dr. Z in the journey 6th graders took into the Crazy World of Rube Goldberg. You will experience the fun they had developing “complex chain reactions to accomplish simple tasks.” Using a Problem-Based Learning format, these students explored physics while they built contraptions to drop a marble in a bucket, dip a chip in salsa, pop a balloon and even create a banana smoothie. Dr. Z shares how the inventors expressed their experiences through KidBlog and how these activities aligned with Common Core Standards in Science, Technology and Writing. It’s 20 minutes of fun and exploration into exciting ways to learn.

Link to presentation’s supporting documents:
http://tinyurl.com/Rube6thGradeResources

Additional Information:
Dr. Z Reflects – http://drzreflects.com

2014 Announcements

K12Online14 Day Nine: October 30, 2014

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K12Online2014-500x500Welcome to day nine of the 2014 K12 Online Conference! All presentations are listed and linked on our main conference schedule.

Week Two – Today we have five presentation. Take your time to enjoy them. Share what you learn with your colleagues. You can always come back to view sessions you missed or those you want to see again. Everything is archived.

Don’t forget to try playing the game created by Kevin Hodgson!

Today’s sessions:

PASSION DRIVEN LEARNING

Finding Your People by Cheryl Steighner

Trust and Transparency by Bart Miller

Moving From “Some Study I Used to Know” to Inquisitive Learning with Genius Hour & Passion Projects by Michele Haiken

STEAM

Educator with a Maker Mindset by Jackie Gerstein

What Makes a Quality STEM Activity? by Mike Anderson & Scott McLeod

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and “like” us on Facebook. Subscribe to our email list if you’re not already receiving email updates from us. Also remember all video presentations are available in iPad / iPhone / iPod touch compatible format in our iTunesU Portal! If you tweet about the conference please use the Twitter hashtag #k12online14.

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Moving From “Some Study I Used to Know” to Inquisitive Learning with Genius Hour & Passion Projects

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Presenter: Michele Haiken
Location: Stamford, Connecticut, United States
@TeachingFactor

Presentation Title: Moving From “Some Study I Used to Know” to Inquisitive Learning with Genius Hour & Passion Projects

Presentation Description: How can teachers inspire and ignite learning in their content area among the demands of the Common Core and 21st Century Literacy? This video presentation addresses how one middle school teacher made the commitment to Genius Hour with her students over the course of the school year, set up weekly Genius Hour class periods, and cultivated student ideas and interests. In the process, Genius Hour projects promoted students’ ownership of their own learning and allowed students to explore and create inquiries that were meaningful, insightful, and creative. Students were engaged and excited to discuss their passion projects at any moment and used class time with gusto to research and create. The ideas students explored allowed for their teacher to reflect on her own best practices to inspire the same inquiry and interest into her English Language Arts classroom. This presentation includes student voices and shares projects created by students this past school year. Find out how Genius Hour was introduced to the students and how the teacher facilitated weekly Genius Hour periods to support and push students thinking and ideas. Resources included for teachers looking to start Genius Hour in their classroom and veteran teachers to get answers to sticky questions like moving beyond making cupcakes, to classroom behavior and technology challenges.

Link to presentation’s supporting documents:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xFl9phtuOAwnHF4VsYVBr7Quvm9FJy09UEbh0fCM9Wo/edit?usp=sharing

Additional Information:
http://theteachingfactor.com
@teachingfactor