(Almost) all our content from 2006 to 2017 is archived and available online under a Creative Commons license. Please read this post from June 2018 for more background and updates about our conference and current status.

FAQ 2006

This is a growing list of frequently asked questions regarding the K-12 Online Conference. Please review this list before emailing the conference conveners with a question! 🙂

  1. When is the conference being held? The conference presentations will be published the weeks of October 23 and 30, but all of the presentations will be online for anyone to access in the future.
  2. Is there any cost involved? No, this online conference is free and open to anyone to view and comment.
  3. If I have an idea for a presentation, how do I submit it? You may e-mail your submission abstract to any of the three conference organizers. Please follow the guidelines on the SubmissionGuidelines page.
  4. What form do the presentations take? Please feel free to use your imagination! The only requirement is that people can view your work online. Obviously, the larger the file (i.e podcast or screencast) the longer it will take to download from our servers.
  5. How do I get my presentation to you? Once your submission has been accepted, we’ll let you know how to upload your work to our servers. (You will be notified of acceptance by Oct. 6, 2006)
  6. Who chooses what presentations are accepted? A committee of three people will be doing blind readings of each of abstracts and select the top nine in each strand.
  7. I hear there will be “live” sessions. How will that work? We will have weekly live Elluminate sessions so that conference participants can interact and ask questions of the Keynote speakers and other presenters. A link will be posted to the blog that will give you access to the weekly Elluminate sessions. If you are unable to attend the Elluminate chats, we will make an archive of the event available.
  8. How will I know what time to attend the online sessions? Other than the Elluminate chats all of the sessions will be pre-recorded for you to watch/listen to at your convenience. The Elluminate session times will all be published on the conference blog well in advance of each event. Watch the blog for more details.

Have another question you would like answered here? Please leave a comment!


  1. Nancy Scofield

    Is there any official documentation of the time spent virtually attending the conference? Will there be any kind of certificate of completion or participation? We’re trying to get professional development credit for our teachers, and we need some way to document the time. Does this need to be done individually (honor system)?

    This looks like a TERRIFIC opportunity–can hardly wait!

  2. Darren Kuropatwa

    Charlene: Well, that really depends. Some are brief initially, such as a 10 minute video presentation, and some are longer initially, like videos or podcasts that are longer than an hour. Almost every presentation has supporting links with further resources for you to explore. Since most people do that in a non-linear fashion it’s conceivable that your personal experience of the “presentation” will last, hours … days … weeks … however long you like. But what you’re probably asking is what is the initial time commitment … anywhere from 10 minutes to more than an hour.

    Derek: Thanks for the tip! 😉

    Bianca: No. K12 Online is a non-commercial enterprise.

    Nancy: Yes and no.

    No one is looking over your shoulder however you can leave footprints (evidence of your participation) by leaving comments here on the conference blog, on the conference take away wiki, on the various blogs, wikis, YouTube pages, flickr pages, del.icio.us links, …… that the presenters have put together and made available for you.

    Also, all the live events are being recorded. If you are present, and participate, those recordings will be a concrete record of your participation. We also have a frapper map you can add yourself to.

    In the end though, the most important way to record your participation is through the comments you leave and conversations you participate in during (and after) the conference. Although this blog is the center of the conference, the content is actually scattered far and wide across the entire internet.

    Scott: There is no registration and no fees. I like the way you describe it — “a virtual come and go affair.” Although we’d love to know a little about everyone who drops by. Drop in on our guestbook and let us know a little bit about you and what you think of K12 Online 2006!

  3. Darren Kuropatwa

    Rene: There may be a solution to your troubles in the Tools tab at the top of the blog. If you don’t find the answer to your problem there post here again. Tell us exactly what the trouble is (what did you click? what happened? what type of computer are you using?) and someone will get back to you with an answer asap. 😉

  4. Rene

    Thanks for the tip… loaded it up in Quicktime and everything worked out well.

    I kept trying to use Windows Media player and Real Player to no avail.


  5. Barbara

    You have all been great about taking time to give some great and more advanced explanations of Web 2.0 tools and their applications. Every presentation i have viewed has been great! Today I am trying to catch up on all I missed this week. My question…Can someone explain if and how I can get the audio portions burned on to a cd for my drivetime listening. I don’t yet have an ipod or mp3. Thanks!

  6. Darren Kuropatwa

    Here’s my suggestion, someone else may have a better way of doing this…

    (1) If you haven’t already, download iTunes (it’s free).

    (2) Open the mp3 file in iTunes. This will automatically force iTunes to convert the file to aiff (Audio Interchange File Format) and add it to you iTunes library.

    (3) Insert a blank cd into the cd drive.

    (4) In iTunes, drag the mp3 files you want to burn from your library “onto” the disc. Click on the “burn disc” button.


  7. Kelli Boklaschuk


    I am writing to on you on behalf of the Association of Online K-12 Schooling.

    We are very interested in partnering with your group for future conferences etc.

    Our goal is to connect, collaborate and share with other K-12 Online Educators throughout the world.

    Currently we have 90 members from 4 continents.

    We offer over 40 Learning Communities (Over 50 members in each community).

    We host free blogs using Movable Type.
    We have developed elementary Cyber Planets for grade 2-8. These are essentially online classrooms. They include the courses we have developed, sorted web activites and communication tools.

    The AOK12S, the Learning Communities and Cyber PLanets are housed in Web CT and require log in credentials to access the material.

    There is a multitude of information regarding the AOK12S on our web site and further information reagrding Learning Communities, Cyber Planets and blogs on the Cyber School site.

    Everything we have developed is available free of charge to our members and the menbership fee is also free at this time.

    The AOK12S produces quarterly newsletters (One coming for December 1) and we are very interested in provding PD for our members.

    Please contact me to discuss any type of partnership we could develop that would benefit everyone involved!

    Kelli Boklaschuk
    Greater Saskatoon Catholic Cyber School

    Have a great day!!!

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