(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.
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K12 Online Conference Announcement and Archives (June 2018)

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We’re writing to let you know as the organizers of the K-12 Online Conference, we’ve decided to continue archiving all presentations and content from our past events, but not renew our annual conference schedule. Since the K-12 Online Conference started in 2006, we’ve seen an explosion in the use of educational technology tools in classrooms around the world and a corresponding growth in online professional development opportunities. When K12Online started, we were one of the first free, online conferences focused on technology integration for teachers. While we have continued for 11 years and iterated in different ways each year, participation and interest in our conference has waned and it seems best at this time for us to tap the stop button.

We are continuing to maintain our k12onlineconference.org website, however, with links to all our past presentations and referenced resources. We know many pre-service teacher educators have utilized our presentations with students and classes, since all our content is Creative Commons licensed, and we hope that re-use will continue! Even though many technology tools have come and gone and most continue to be updated, there are still wonderful and inspiring presentations to view here that can and will “stand the test of time!”


Over the years, some of the websites hosting our content have gone offline or deleted our content. These have included the College of William and Mary and Blip.tv. Our presentations continue to be hosted by YouTube / Google for ALL the keynotes from all years, and on iTunesU for all presentations starting with 2007, 2008, 2010-2017 (We are missing many from 2009).

  1. iTunesU 2010-2017
  2.  iTunesU 2007
  3.  iTunesU 2008
  4. Our YouTube Playlists

Some presentations are still on DotSub as well. The best way to view available presentations for each year is to the use navigation links at the top of our site for each year of the conference, and then click on individual presentation posts.

We want to thank all of you who have contributed and participated in the K-12 Online Conference over the years, and have helped make it such a wonderful, annual opportunity for inspiring professional learning for educators. We especially thank our organizers over the years, whose names and Twitter IDs are listed on our About page. Many, many hours have been spent here by LOTS of wonderful educators, and we appreciate all the passion, time, and energy which has been put into this amazing online (and entirely FREE / volunteer powered) learning community.

Among the multitude of free, online professional development opportunities still available for educators worldwide, we particularly encourage you to check out the following events. Some of these are annual, while others are more regular:

  1. Classroom 2.0 LIVE (Every Saturday at noon Eastern time)
  2. The Global Education Conference
  3. The Discovery Education Fall Virtual Conference
  4. EduCon Conference (January each year, face-to-face with online streamed sessions)

This summer, starting on August 1, 2018, the two week, #HiveSummit (hivesummit.org) is being convened. Like K12Online, #HiveSummit is free and participant-led, but videos will only be available online for a limited time:

The #HiveSummit will release one new video a day, for the first nine days of August. All videos will stay open in the summit for 14 days. After that time, they will disappear.

It is important to create both buzz and immediacy for digital learning events, to draw participants and encourage people to use one of our most precious and non-renewable resources: Our attention. The K12 Online Conference, in continuing to make its presenter videos and resources available perpetually, and innovating with the use of live/synchronous events in conjunction with asynchronous presentation videos, like our “Echo webcasts,” stands as a landmark experiment in volunteer-led, online digital professional development.

Thanks for your interest and support of the K-12 Online Conference. We hope our work here has and continues to contribute to your professional learning and network connections as a teacher and educator.

Keep sharing and keep innovating! Together we will keep moving forward!

Keep Moving Forward (Walt Disney)

Videos on K12 Online Conference YouTube Channel Playlists

  1. (12) k12online16-17
  2. (5) Learning Spaces Series 2016
  3. (33) K12Online15
  4. (3) k21online highlight teasers 2015
  5. (3) K12online15 teasers
  6. (38) k12online14
  7. (2) K12online14 teasers
  8. (47) K12online13
  9. (7) k12online13 teasers
  10. (34) k12online12
  11. (7) k12online11
  12. (6) k12online10
  13. (6) k12online09
  14. (4) k12online08
  15. (5) k12online07
2016-17-Design Thinking

International Panel Discussion on Design Thinking: January 20th!

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You are invited to join a live, Google Hangout panel discussion on “Design Thinking in Education,” part of the 2016-17 K12 Online Conference! International panelists include John Rinker (@johnrinker) in Nanjing, China, Brad Ovenell-Carter (@Braddo) in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and Brian Lockwood (@BrianLockwood) in Copenhagen, Denmark. The live panel will held at on Friday, January 20, 2017, at 5 pm Eastern / 4 pm Central / 3 pm Mountain / 2 pm Pacific on YouTube Live. Click here to view the start time in your local time zone. Visit k12onlineconference.org/live/ to view the live video stream on YouTube (Google Hangout) as well as the backchannel chat room to interact with presenters and other participants. The panel discussion will be facilitated by Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) in Oklahoma City, and will be archived on the K12 Online Conference YouTube channel (youtube.com/k12online) for later viewing.

We encourage you to watch John Spencer’s (@spencerideas) keynote for the “Design Thinking” strand of this year’s conference in advance, if possible, which was published on January 12, 2017. We hope you will use our upcoming videoconference and John’s keynote to extend your own knowledge and understanding of design thinking, and share your learning with others!

2016-17 Announcements

Discuss K12 Online Conference Presentations with Voxer

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We’re just 2 weeks away from the start of the 2016-17 K12 Online Conference! Julie Lindsey’s pre-conference keynote video will be posted on October 31, 2016, and a YouTube Live panel discussion led by Julie will be held November 3rd. There are many ways to participate in this year’s conference! Read more about all of these on our conference FAQ.

One of the new ways to participate in our conference this year is to use Voxer. Building on the success of EdCampVoxer in December 2015, organizers have added a Voxer channel for the 2016-17 K12Online conference! Think of Voxer like a group walkie-talkie with optional group text messaging. To get started:

  1. Download and install the Voxer app on your Smartphone and/or tablet (for iOS or Android)
  2. Sign up to create a FREE Voxer account using your name and email address. (You do NOT need a Pro/paid account to participate in our conference with Voxer.)
  3. Use this link to join our #k12onlineconf Voxer channel.
  4. Listen to and read comments posted by others in our channel.
  5. Briefly introduce yourself with an audio comment: Who are you, what is your educational role, and how did you learn about the K12 Online Conference?
  6. Try to keep audio comments no longer than 1-2 minutes each. Voxer technically supports audio comments up to 15 minutes long, but to keep the conversation going in our group we recommend keeping audio comments shorter.
  7. Interact and engage with others about our conference presentations and themes on Voxer.
  8. Have fun!

This 7 minute video by Jenna Clare (not created by our conference organizers btw) provides a good endorsement and overview of Voxer. Her instructional demo actually starts at 3:53.

2016-17 Announcements

Calling All Educational Innovators for #k12online16

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Calling all educational innovators! This is the 10th year of the K12 Online Conference, a unique, FREE, entirely non-commercial and online professional development event focused on encouraging innovative idea sharing among teachers worldwide. We’re looking for educators at all levels who are willing to share a 20 minute video about innovative learning, projects, instructional practices or other ideas in 1 of four conference strands:

  1. Learning Spaces
  2. Student Voices
  3. Design Thinking
  4. Creativity

More details and the proposal submission form (which is not very long) are available on our 2016 Call for Proposals post, which we shared in April. You can also learn more about our conference on our Goals and Core Values page. The 2016 K12 Online Conference will take place again in October this year, but the deadline to submit a proposal is June 15th. Please share this post and our proposal 2016 flyer (PDF) with other teachers you know who could share a great presentation for our conference. Preparing a 20 minute video for our online conference with STRETCH you as a professional educator and encourage you to grow further, not only by reflecting on your own practice but also by connecting you with other educators with similar interests and passion for student learning! Please “take the plunge” this year and submit a proposal to present for K12 Online!


If you have any questions about presentations, submitting a proposal or the conference overall, please contact one of our volunteer conference organizers. The names and Twitter IDs of each of our conference strand conveners are also included in our proposal flyer (linked above.)We look forward to receiving your presentation for this year’s conference by June 15th!