- When is the conference being held?
- Is there any cost involved?
- How do I participate? Do I need to register?
- How do the LIVE sessions work?
- What about blocked content?
- How can I receive updates on what’s happening with K12Online?
- How do the events work?
- Where can I discuss presentations with others?
- Can I view previous year’s presentations?
- Tips for first time participants
- Managing the information overload
- Divide and Conquer
- Professional Development LAN Parties
- Asynchronous Professional Development
- Where’s the Ning?
When is the conference being held?
In 2012, the preconference keynote will be posted online Monday, October 15th. “Regular week” presentations will be available for viewing the weeks of October 22nd and October 29, and will remain online indefinitely. Live events have not yet been planned and scheduled. Check our 2012 Conference Schedule for more updates.
Is there any cost involved?
No, this online conference is free and open to anyone, anywhere, to view and comment. If you are affiliated with a commercial vendor, please see our “Goals and Values” page for clarification on participation as an individual.
How do I participate? Do I need to register?
No registration is required. You are welcome to sign our Guest Book. During the conference dates you participate by downloading the presenter’s content or viewing it online, reviewing it, and then posting feedback or comments. Comments can be posted on our conference blog. The conference schedule identifies when a particular presenter’s content will be available (after the identified date, the schedule will have a link to the content). You can also attend our culminating live event. Live events provide an opportunity for you to listen to the week’s presenters, ask questions directly and visit with other participants (virtually, speaking). It’s a good idea to watch this conference feed for conference information, follow the conference twitter feed, or check back regularly to the conference website.
How do the LIVE sessions work?
For the 2011 conference, we are hosting one live event are being held in Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate Live). Check our 2011 schedule for details. Following the 2010 conference “K12Online Echo” webcasts were held on EdTechTalk periodically. Prior to and following the 2009 conference, the K-12 Online Conference partnered with EdTechTalk to host a series of “LAN Parties” using Ustream and past conference presentations.
EdTechTalk Fireside Chats or “LAN parties” utilize two different technologies: A Ustream channel video webcast / broadcast of the live presentation, and an interactive, text-based chat room for “backchannel” discussions among participants as well as presenters. During a K12Online Fireside chat with EdTechTalk, episode hosts as well as the conference presenter introduce a session and then play back all or a portion of that session over Ustream. Following the presentation, hosts as well as backchannel participants engage in a Q&A dialog with the presenter.
What about blocked content?
Have a look at our information on accessing blocked content.
How can I receive updates on what’s happening with K12Online?
- Check our conference blog for updates
- Subscribe to our conference Twitter feed
- Monitor our 2011 Conference schedule. (presentations are linked as they “go live”)
How do the events work?
I’ve heard of “Before the Dawn,” “Fireside Chats,” “Teasers,” and “RoundTables.” What are these and how do Participate?
Fireside Chats – In 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2010, we utilized Elluminate for our live events. In 2009, we used EdTechTalk for live, video webcasting and text-based backchannel discussions about K12Online presentations. In 2011 we are using Blackboard Collaborate / Elluminate Live for conference live events.
Teasers -Teasers are optional marketing videos created by presenters to generate buzz and awareness about their conference presentation. These are cross-posted both to our conference Ning site as videos and as posts on our conference blog.
Where can I discuss presentations with others?
Post your comments and questions here, on our blog, on the post which includes the presentation you’d like to discuss.
Can I view previous year’s presentations?
Tips for first time participants
Don’t try to take it all in at once. Pick a strand and follow it. View, perhaps, only one presentation per day. Try to attend the culminating live event if you can!
Managing the information overload
Like any conference, you’re best to review the program ahead of time and choose the sessions that most interest you. Once the conference starts, you’ll find things happening at fast/furious so it’s best to plan ahead!
Check out the presentation teasers to help you decide where to start your conference experience.
Divide and Conquer
Work with a colleague to share the information. Just like at an “in-person” conference, go to different sessions and “get the information and handouts” then report back.
Get everyone together for a keynote session, then assign people to report back on the key points in one presentation.
Professional Development LAN Parties
You, the presenter and several other colleagues: Why not make it a school event and get together after school, at lunch time, whenever to view the conference sessions with colleagues? Pick one that interests you and/or fits your school ‘s goals.
Asynchronous Professional Development
If you’re busy all week, remember, the conference is mostly asynchronous (not happening in real time) so you can catch up with the conference later. All links to past conference presentations are accessible using the navigation links at the top of each page.
Where’s the Ning?
We used a conference Ning website in 2009 and 2010, but decided to discontinue it in 2011. Overall we are working to simplify the conference for participants as well as presenters. It was confusing to some people to use both a blog and a Ning site. We also used a variety of wikis in the past too. We’ve moved the content we need here, to our blog, and hope the result is a better experience for everyone.