Introduction Letter 2012

August 29, 2012

Dear K-12 Online Conference Presenters:

Our 2012 K-12 Online Conference is drawing closer, and your conveners are sending this letter to let you know about expectations, guidelines, dates, and deadlines for the conference. Hopefully this letter and our website resources will provide you with all the information you’ll need to have a successful and positive experience with K12Online this year as a presenter.

First of all, we’d like to say a big THANK YOU for presenting and sharing ideas with our global learning community through K12Online this year. This is our SEVENTH year and we continue to learn a great deal, but one thing we’ve known from the start is that our presenters are truly the heart and soul of our conference. We appreciate the time and effort you have put in and will put in to make a fantastic presentation and help educate other teachers through your work with K-12 Online this year. WE APPRECIATE YOU!

We simplified several things for presenters as well as attendees, and hope to continue improving the conference experience in 2012.

Teaser Videos

As we have since 2007, we are inviting presenters to submit short “teaser videos” about their presentations to their respective strand convener. A teaser video is OPTIONAL. Ideas for teasers from 2008 are archived, and you can also view archived teasers on our blog.

Presentation Deadlines and Guidelines

Presentations are due two weeks before the start of the week they “go live.” October 8th is the deadline for week 1 (Getting Started and Visioning New Curriculum) presentations, and October 15th is the deadline for week 2 (Kicking It Up a Notch and Student Voices) presentations.

As you know we have a length limit for presentations. (This was instituted in 2008.) Your final presentation should be no longer than 20 minutes total in length. This file is to be in  H.264-compatible format, such as a .MOV or .MP4. We have a guide of recommended compression settings to use during export.  As we did in 2011, each presenter will be limited to submitting ONLY ONE presentation media file. You are welcome to include links to additional supporting materials, but only one presentation file may be submitted as your main presentation file. (Keynote presentations can exceed 20 minutes.)

File and Presentation Submission Procedures

Here is all you have to do:

  1. Upload your presentation (by your deadline) to ge.tt
  2. Post your presentation information to our conference blog using an online web form we are creating. This form will include fields for you to enter your final presentation title, description, personal website, the link to retrieve your video from ge.tt etc. The link to the form will be sent to you by your strand coordinator.

Be sure to keep a backup copy of your presentation in case it’s needed in the future!

Live Events

We are still discussing what we are going to do with live events in this year’s conference. In past years we’ve had from one to four different live events during the conference, but with so many different live events at other online conferences we’re discussing what is best for us to do. It’s likely we’ll have at least one live event, and we’ll let you know as soon as possible what the plan will be. If you have input/ideas on this please let your strand convener know. We hope you will be able to participate.

Please contact your strand convener via email with questions. We’re looking forward to a GREAT conference this year thanks to your super ideas and hard work!

Sincerely,

Jose, Ginger, Peggy, Susan, Kim and Wesley – K12Online12 Organizers