PLN Power: A Personal Story

Presenter: Jeffrey Bradbury
Location: New Jersey

Presentation Description: What happens when an educator starts educating outside of the classroom? Why do so many teachers spend their free time blogging, podcasting, conference presenting and much more? What if the work they are doing outside of the classroom is impactful to their work inside of the classroom? What if… the work that happens inside the classroom is transferred back to the work happening outside of the classroom? In this presentation, Jeff Bradbury takes a look at a very personal subject all based on the work happening both in and outside of the classroom walls.

Link to presentation’s supporting documents:

K12Online14 Day One – October 20, 2014

K12Online2014-500x500 Welcome to day one of the 2014 K-12 Online Conference! All presentations are listed and linked on our main conference schedule.

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



Today’s sessions:


6 Second Stories for Learning by Ben Wilkoff


Game On: How Design and Play Impact Learning by Kevin Hodgson

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6 Second Stories for Learning

Presenter: Ben Wilkoff
Location: Denver, CO

Presentation Description: This presentation is based upon the idea that our stories for learning should be easy to create and share. In fact, they should really just be moments of learning, told in order to capture something important that is happening in our classrooms and schools.

This presentation takes a look at 103 of my moments. In each of these “Six Second Stories for Learning” I dive into what I have learned in working with students and adults over the last decade. They are about the connections I have made and the realizations that I have worked for.

In creating these 6 second stories, I made a challenge both for myself and for anyone who watches this keynote.

I challenged myself to tell the most honest stories I could, to not hold back and only reveal the “good” parts of my learning path. I hope I did that.

I am challenging you to do the same, to tell your own “6 Second Stories for Learning” from your own contexts. So, install vine on your phone and start sharing those moments!

If you do decide to take me up on the challenge, make sure you include the hashtag #6secSFL or #6SecondStoriesForLearning.

Link to presentation’s supporting documents:

Additional Information:
The David Warlick Keynote that is referenced at the end of the video is this one from the 2007 K12 Online Conference. It is definitely worth a watch:

Other Links for Ben Wilkoff:

Presenter Bio: Ben Wilkoff is the Director of Personalized Professional Learning in Denver Public Schools. He has taught middle schoolers English. He has managed online communities for Edmodo and been an Online Learning and Technology Resources Specialist for Douglas County Schools. He was named the Totally Wired Teacher of the year in 2007 by Edutopia and has blogged at Learning is Change since 2004. He is married to his favorite person, and loves his three children quite a little bit. He is passionate about personalized learning, technology with purpose, and creating at least one new thing every day. In short, he teaches, and learns. A lot.

Game On: How Design and Play Impact Learning

Presenter: Kevin Hodgson
Location: Southampton, MA, USA

Presentation Description: Everywhere you look, young people are playing games and mostly, they are playing games on their screens. But are they merely consumers of content or are they creators of it? With a nod towards the ideas of gamifying the classroom, this keynote presentation will delve into detail around encouraging young people to design and publish their own content-area video games, while still meeting pedagogical aims of teachers. By tapping into the elements of “play” and teaching the concepts of “design,” educators can engage students of all ages in gaming in a very positive way.

Link to presentation’s supporting documents:

Additional Information:
My Flipboard Collection on Gaming in Schools:

Teaser: A Tale of 3 Classrooms

It’s coming…. The K12 Online Conference Week 1 starts tomorrow. Here is a glimpse at one of the upcoming sessions: A Tale of 3 Classrooms

Teaser: Gamification Keynote – Game on by @dogtrax

Ladies and Gentleman, Educators, K12 Online Fans, Gamers or whatever you call yourselves, thanks for joining us for the k12 online conference 2014 edition!

A big shoutout to @wfryer for kicking off the the K12 Online Conference this past week with his Keynote:  Igniting Innovation in Teaching and Learning  Please check out if you have not done so and share with your network.  

Check out Kevin Hodgson’s Keynote Promo for the Gamification strand. It will go live on Monday October 20, 2014. 

PROMO (Game On: How Design and Play Impact Learning) by @dogtrax






Igniting Innovation in Teaching and Learning

Presenter: Wesley Fryer
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma USA

Presentation Title: Igniting Innovation in Teaching and Learning

Presentation Description: What ignites your spark for teaching and learning inside and outside the classroom? What sustains your spark for creativity and innovation? What can be a spark of innovation to encourage teachers who are not early adapter / innovators in our schools? These questions and more are addressed by Wesley Fryer, Rachel Fryer, Brad Wilson, Autumn Laidler, Jess McCulloch, Cheryl Oakes, Amy Burvall, Richard Byrne, Kevin Hodgson, Brian Crosby, Jennie Magiera, Jason Neiffer, Diane Woodard, and Michelle Roundy in this opening keynote presentation for the 2014 K-12 Online Conference. Come travel with us from Oklahoma City to Michigan, Chicago, Australia, Maine, Nevada, Montana, California, New York and Wyoming as we explore the theme of “Igniting Innovation” for this year’s conference. Please take the challenge posed by Wesley in this video: Record and share a short (60 second) video answering one of these questions about “igniting innovation!” Share your video on YouTube with the hashtag #k12onlineIgnite under a Creative Commons license. By sharing with a CC license you will permit and empower others to engage in “combinatorial creativity” and make combined remix videos including your ideas! Also, please make sure your video is PUBLIC on YouTube. Share the link to your video using the following Google Form:

Learn more about and participate in the K12 Online Conference on:

Contributor video clips are also available in this YouTube playlist:

Contributors to this video include:

Wesley Fryer

Rachel Fryer

Brad Wilson

Autumn Laidler

Jess McCulloch

Cheryl Oakes

Amy Burvall

Richard Byrne

Kevin Hodgson

Brian Crosby

Jennie Magiera

Jason Neiffer

Diane Woodard

Michelle Roundy

Link to presentation’s supporting documents:

Additional Information:
The supporting documents link is the Google Form for people to submit their own video link.

YouTube link is:

Preview for a Session On Genius Hour and Passion Projects

This teaser video previews Michele Haiken’s upcoming K12 Online session “Moving From ‘Some Study I Used to Know’ to Inquisitive Learning with Genius Hour & Passion Projects.”

This session will air on Thursday, October 30, so stay tuned. And get the whole K12 Online 2014 schedule here.

It takes a village!

Credit: Jen Collins

There are many people and organizations who contribute to making K12 Online happen. Here are a few we’d like to acknowledge:

Thanks to all of you for making this special event possible.

Happy Connected Educator Month!


This month of October, many educators around the world will be celebrating Connected Educator Month.

This is a month full of activities, like the K12 Online Conference, to establish or deepen our online connections with others. Many of us have found that being “connected” has made our teaching and learning practices deeper and more rewarding, and that’s what this month is all about.

If you are new to Connected Educator Month, how can you participate? Here are a few ways.

  • Sign up for the CEM newsletter.
  • Check out the Connected Educator Starter Kit.
  • If you know a teacher or administrator who isn’t yet “connected,” help them take one small step to get started. Perhaps watch a K12 Online conference session with them and then share what you learn via social media or a blog.
  • If you aren’t on Twitter, join! (We are on Twitter @k12online.)
  • Watch the CEM calendar for lots of great events, and take part in a few that resonate with you.
  • Tell others about the K12 Online Conference, and consider organizing a local viewing party or incorporating our videos into your formal professional development.

Wishing you all a great Connected Educator Month!