“Genius Hour Passion Projects” on K12 Online 2014

The K12 Online Conference is happening this year from October 20-31.

One of the many great presentations we’ll be having is on “Genius Hour Passion Projects” from JoAnn Delaney as a part of the Passion-Driven Learning strand. Here’s a sneak peek of some of the things she’ll be sharing with us!

Announcing K12 Online 2014 Presenters

Please join the organizers of the 2014 K12 Online Conference in congratulating our selected presenters for this year’s conference! As in past years, our conference is organized into four strands. Each strand has an invited keynote speaker and  additional selected speakers. Our conference begins October 13th with a pre-conference keynote presentation. Strands for 2014 are:

Week of Oct 20 – 24: Stories for Learning and Games and Gamification

Week of Oct 27 – 31: Passion Driven Learning and STEAM


Wesley Fryer
Oklahoma City, OK, USA


Ben Wilkoff
Littleton, Colorado, USA

The Power of Creating in the Classroom
Jeffrey Bradbury
North Brunswick, NJ, USA

Publishing eBooks to Meet Student Interests and Curriculum Needs
April Chamberlain
Trussville, Alabama, USA

A Tale of Three Classrooms: How and Why We Read, Write, and Think for Each Other
Jared Colley and Joel Garza

Fort Worth, TX USA and Addison, TX, USA

Digital Storytelling through App Smashing
Caroline Doughty
Arlington, VA, USA

Augmenting Interest in Reading with Augmented Reality
Kyle Dunbar

Alexandria, VA USA

My Journey With Technology
Cassidy Hall
Moscow, ID, USA

We Are All Connected
Tim Holt
Canutillo, Texas, USA

Digital Tools for Challenged Learners~Leveling the playing field!
Cheryl Oakes
Wells, Maine, USA

Out My Window
Erin Olson, Leslie Pralle Keehn
Pocahontas, Iowa, USA

Collaboration with TwitCast
Monte Tatom

Henderson, TN, USA

How Schools Are Preparing Students To Be Real World Ready
Chris Turnbull
Saint Paul, MN, USA


Kevin Hodgson
Northampton, MA, USA

Educational Games Now – Not later…
Simon Egenfeldt-Nielsen

“Creating A Classroom EDventure”
Harrison McCoy
Arlington, Texas, USA

The iPad’s Killer App
Ben Rimes
Michigan, USA

#Gamifi-ED Networked Learning about Serious Games
Verena Roberts
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

All for One and One for All
Jose Rodriguez
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Gamification: It’s not all fun and games!
Avi Spector
Montreal, QC, Canada

Five Steps to Level Up Your Teaching
Sarah Thomas
Woodbridge, VA, USA


Joy Kirr
Elk Grove, IL, USA

At the Intersection of Interest-Based and Disciplinary Learning
Paul Allison
New York City, NY, USA

Connected Learning Through Google Apps
Jennifer Bloomingdale
Schuylerville, NY, USA

Mister C’s on MIC (Musical Integration Concept)
Kevin Cornell
Beavercreek, OH, USA

Genius Hour Passion Projects
JoAnn Delaney
Hershey, PA, USA

Growing Through Connecting
Donna Fry and Mark Carbone
Ontario, Canada

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

Web 2.0 Tools that will increase Creativity and Passion in Your Online Courses
Courtney Kofeldt
West Chester, PA, USA

Trust and Transparency
Bart Miller
Tokyo, Japan

Passion-Driven Learning in #clmooc–Supporting Teacher Agency in Making and Learning
Mallory McNeal and Anna Smith
Denver, CO and Urbana, IL, USA

Digital Citizens Make the Web
Brendan Murphy
Lindenhurst, IL, USA

Finding Your People
Cheryl Steighner
Tacoma, WA, USA


Karen Wilkinson and Mike Petrich

San Diego, California, USA

Minerals Education Coalition: FREE Educational Resources 2014 updates
Rachel Grimes
Englewood, CO USA

STEAMmaker Camp: Merging Classroom STEAM and Afterschool MakerEducation
Ginger Lewman
Hutchinson, Kansas, USA

Programming in Elementary Grades
Sam Patterson
Palo Alto, CA, USA

Coding/Making/Writing with Connected Learners
Melissa Techman

Charlottesville, VA, USA

Full STEAM Ahead!
Melanie Thompson
Jefferson City, MO, USA

What Makes a Quality STEM Activity?
Mike Anderson and ScottMcLeod
Pocahontas, Iowa, USA

The Mindset of the Maker Educator
Jackie Gerstein
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

How Rube Goldberg Lead Our 6th Graders to Pursue Their Passions in STEM
Leigh Zeitz
Cedar Falls, Iowa, USA

Remember to download and share our 2014 conference flyer with other educators you know, and mark your calendar for the start of the K12 Online Conference October 14th!

K12 Online 2014 Proposal Deadline Extended

The call for proposals for K12 Online has now been extended to September 2 at 5pm PT.


We are particularly seeking additional proposals in the STEAM and Gaming and Gamification strands, though proposals in all areas will be considered.

And, and you may have noticed, the Gamification strand has been expanded to include Gaming, so all you edu-gamers, we’d love to hear from you and your students! Minecraft, anyone?

Minecraft image courtesy of Wes Fryer

2014 Conference Keynoters and Marketing Flyer

Organizers of the 2014 K12 Online Conference are pleased to announce our lineup of keynote speakers as well as the availability of our 2014 conference marketing flyer. (PDF) Please share this post, information and flyer with other educators you know! We’re looking forward to our NINTH year of fantastic and free learning in the K12 Online Conference! We hope you’ll not only plan to join us for the conference, but also invite other educators you know to join as well.


This year’s conference will begin the week of October 13, 2014, with a keynote by Wesley Fryer (@wfryer). During week 1 of the conference, Kevin Hodgson (@dogtrax) will share a keynote in the Gamification strand, and Ben Wilkoff (@bhwilkoff) will keynote the “Stories for Learning” strand. During week 2, Joy Kirr (@joykirr) will share a keynote in the “Passion-Driven Learning” strand. Karen Wilkinson and Mike Petrich (@TinkeringStudio) will keynote our STEAM strand. Descriptions for each of these strands are available on our 2014 call for proposals.

Please download our conference marketing flyer in PDF format. Forward this flyer and print it for display at your school in the teachers’ lounge, beside teacher mailboxes, outside your classroom, or anywhere else it can catch the attention of other educators! Many thanks to Naomi Harm (@nharm) for creating our flyer and logos for the conference AGAIN this year!

Please tweet about the 2014 K12 Online Conference using the hashtag #k12online14! Remember our online Call for Proposals is open through August 15th. If you haven’t presented before for K12 Online, or you haven’t presented in a few years, we’d love to have you add your voice, perspectives, and ideas to the learning experience of our 2014 attendees!

We also invite you to SHARE the K12 Online Conference by putting a linked version of our 2014 square conference logo badge on your own blog or other website. You can download the logo and add it to your site, linking it back to k12onlineconference.org.


K12 Online 2014 Call for Proposals


The 2014 K12 Online Conference organizer team is pleased to announce dates for this year’s conference as well as our call for proposals. Since 2006, K12 Online has offered unique, free, entirely volunteer-powered opportunities for educators worldwide to share and learn together about innovative ways to use technology tools to enhance teaching and learning at all levels.


The theme for the 2014 conference is “Igniting Innovation.” The conference will begin with a pre-conference keynote on Monday, October 13th. The next two weeks, starting on October 20th, 40 presentations will be published in four different strands, with four presentations posted per day. Presentations must be a single media file of twenty minutes or less (but not too much less) in length and meet other requirements specified in the online call for proposals. Presentations are due two weeks prior to the week the relevant strand begins. All presentations will be shared under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported license. The 2014 conference strands are Gamification and Gaming, Stories for Learning, Passion-driven learning, and STEM.

Gamification and Gaming (convened by Jose Rodriguez)
How can game thinking, design and mechanics be employed to make learning more engaging and fun? This strand will highlight ways educators are using gamification to transform classroom learning and encourage students to “level up” as they learn knowledge and skills both inside and outside the classroom.

Stories for Learning (convened by Susan van Gelder)
Sharing stories is a great way to learn. In the telling and the listening, learning deepens. Stories by students, by teachers, about discoveries, about classrooms… Let’s gather around the virtual campfire for some storytelling.

Passion-driven learning (convened by Karen Fasimpaur)
What does learning look like when it starts with learners’ passions and interests? This strand will cover topics such as Genius Hour, Connected Learning, interest-driven blogging, independent projects, and more.

STEAM (convened by Paula Naugle)
How are teachers and others helping students develop skills and a love of learning through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) activities and lessons? This strand will highlight innovative STEM learning, projects, and ideas, as well as the ways the arts and creativity are included in STEAM.

Please see our “Presentation Guidelines” for more information about formats and requirements. These guidelines will be updated by June 30th with a few changes.

Please consider submitting a proposal for the 2014 K12 Online Conference by September 2, and personally invite other educators you know to submit a proposal. K12 Online offers great learning experiences every year because of our fantastic presenters. Your encouragement to others to present, as well as your own willingness to present, will make K12 Online 2014 a fantastic learning experience for many teachers around the world!


Best Open PD of 2013

K12 Online has been nominated for the Edublog Awards in the category of Open PD, and we’d love to get your vote!

There are some other great nominees as well, and you can vote for more than one.

K12Online13 Day 10 1 November 2013

Welcome to day ten of the 2013 K-12 Online Conference! All presentations are listed and linked on our main conference schedule.

It’s the last day of an incredible 2 weeks. You can always come back and watch the sessions – everything is archived.



Day 10 presentations include:


V. Paige Hale: Leading by Example: Harnessing the Internet to Promote Professional Growth and Lifelong Learning

Laura McBain: Deeper Learning Online


Vinnie Vrotny and Sheryl Peterson: STEAM: Creating a Maker Mindset

Claire Kreuger: Constructing Identity with an iPad

If you’re not already, be sure 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 #k12online13.

Constructing Identity with an iPad

Presenter: Claire Kreuger
Location: Moose Jaw, SK CANADA


Presentation Title: Constructing Identity with an iPad

Presentation Description: “…everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.”
― Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

Join Claire Kreuger as she shares the ways in which she has used iPads in her classroom to help her students construct their own identity. She will show you a variety of different apps and how to use them. This presentation will be useful for all teachers interested in using or improving their use of iPads in their classrooms. It is also of particular interest for teachers in Canada looking for ways to integrate Treaty Education into their programs.

In Saskatchewan, teachers are required to teach Treaty Education at every grade level. This is a program that explores the historical relationship between the First Nations of Canada and the Canadian government. For a variety of reasons, up until now, few teachers, the presenter included, have successfully integrated this area of study into their programs. Over the past school year, with the help of a U of R research team, Claire Kreuger looked at how to use digital storytelling as a way of engaging students with learning about the treaties. She approached this project as a learner herself and aimed to learn and create alongside her students. The central question was “What does it mean to be a treaty person?”

Additional Information:
Blog: http://treatypeople.edublogs.org/



Deeper Learning Online

Presenter: Laura McBain, Ryan Gallagher
Location: San Diego, CA, USA
@sdmcb, @dlmooc

Presentation Title: Deeper Learning Online

Presentation Description: This video shows what deeper learning looks like from the perspective of a superintendent, teacher and student. It also shows why we need deeper learning and defines the various aspects of it.

Link to presentation’s supporting documents:
Deeper Learning MOOC

STEAM: Creating A Maker Mindset

Presenter: Vinnie Vrotny and Sheryl Peterson
Location: Palatine, IL US
@vvrotny and @speterson224

Presentation Title: STEAM: Creating A Maker Mindset

Presentation Description: Look around a lower grade or early childhood classroom. You will see a flurry of activity, students building, constructing, and experimenting with materials. This dynamic changes in middle and high school, as these once confident students begin with questions such as, “Why are we doing this?”, “Am I doing this right?”, and “Is this on the test?” which changes to the statement, “I am not good at this.”

A new movement which is emerging, the Maker Movement, which now challenges students to become the learner they once were, willing to try and confident in their ability to learn. It is:

School Projects + Technology = Maker 2.0

During this session, you will learn how one school has transformed its space and created a STEAM curriculum designed to allow students to rediscover their inner kindergartner. The focus of this session will be on the curriculum is being built to allow middle school students to either explore and discover their passions or dive deep into a self-identified areas of passion so that they can become someone who is willing to try, confident in their ability to learn new things, often with the help of others, and a willing to prototype, fail, reflect, and rebuild.

This session will share the environment and classroom tools which will supplement this. You will find out how you can start small, for less than 0 and scale upwards from there.

Link to presentation’s supporting documents:

Additional Information:
Vinnie Vrotny

Sheryl Peterson