The 2015 K12 Online Conference organizer team is pleased to announce the theme for this year’s conference: Virtually Unstoppable.
Please consider submitting your session ideas via 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 2015 conference is “Virtually Unstoppable.” The conference will begin with a pre-conference keynote on Monday, October 12th. The next two weeks, starting on October 19th, 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 2015 conference strands are:
Maker Ed (convened by Karen Fasimpaur)
Are you a “maker”? How can we use making to fuel learning? This strand will feature a variety of ways to incorporate the maker movement into education, including digital making (coding, webmaking, digital video and music), physical making (circuits, robotics, cardboard), writing as making, and more.
Stories of Connection (convened by Susan van Gelder)
Connecting with others whether face to face or virtually widens our horizons. Connecting can also be connecting with ideas. Your stories of connection, whether for your professional learning or with your students, can inspire others. This strand will feature stories of how connections with others outside your school have brought about growth for your students and yourself. It’s time for you and your students to share your stories of connection.
Overcoming Obstacles (convened by Leslie Pralle Keehn)
Tips, ideas, and resources for being solution-oriented in education today. This strand will feature stories of educators and stakeholders who have identified obstacles in classrooms, buildings, and districts, and found a way to make it work! From issues like lack of access to devices, to concerns around digital citizenship and online safety, to staying “up to date,” presentations will focus on problem solving and using best practices to overcome obstacles.
Beyond the Core: Arts and More (convened by Carol Broos)
The arts are the glue that connect the way we communicate within our world. Transliteracy is the centerpiece of this strand. This is the ability to understand and communicate—i.e., to be “literate”—across all communications platforms, including music, writing, mass media, speech, reading, sign language, and social media. In today’s world we must be able to tell stories, take pictures, create movies, and compose music, in order to put together a complete story.
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 2015 K12 Online Conference by May 31, 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 2015 a fantastic learning experience for many teachers around the world!