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Our Journey to Innovation

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Presenter: Don Wettrick
Location: Noblesville, IN

Presentation Title: Our Journey to Innovation

Presentation Description: Don Wettrick is an Innovation Specialist at Noblesville High School, just outside Indianapolis, Indiana. He is the author of “Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level”. Wettrick has worked as a middle school and high school teacher; educational and innovation consultant; and educational speaker. Don is passionate about helping students find their educational opportunities and providing them with the digital tools they need to give them a competitive edge. This video provides a look inside Don’s Innovation class. He begins with how the class started started, and goes into the “ROTH-IRA” method of innovation. Lastly, several of Don’s students discuss the Innovation class and the impact it has had on them as students and learners.

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If anyone is interested in learning more about “Genius Hour,” 20% Time, or wants to pilot an Innovation class, please let me know how I can help. You can email me at: dwettrick@gmail.com

2014 2014-Keynote 2014-Stories for Learning

Igniting Innovation in Teaching and Learning

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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:

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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

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

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2013 2013 Keynotes

2013 PRECONFERENCE KEYNOTETransforming Learning….One Voice At A Time

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Presenters: Shannon McClintock Miller and Meridan Boyd
Location: Van Meter, Iowa, United States

Presentation Description: As educators, it is so important for us to stop and really listen to the young people we work with everyday. In this keynote, Shannon McClintock Miller tells the story of being inspired by a moment when she truly stepped back to watch and listen to what her students wanted and needed. She shares several thoughts and ideas from the voices of young people all over the world and tie it into what is happening within her school in Van Meter, Iowa. By embracing the voices of our young people, we all can transform education and make a difference in the world. Shannon’s friend and student Meridan Boyd, Van Meter 4th grader, adds her voice and perspectives in this keynote presentation.

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Van Meter Library Voice http://vanmeterlibraryvoice.blogspot.com

Van Meter Library Voice on Twitter @vmlibraryvoice

Shannon McClintock Miller on Twitter @shannonmmiller

Van Meter Voice Facebook https://www.facebook.com/van.voice

Email is shannon.miller [at] vmbulldogs [dot] com

2013 Announcements

K12Online 2013 Call for Proposals

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The 2013 K-12 Online Conference organizer team is pleased to announce dates for this year’s conference as well as our call for proposals. Since 2006, K-12 Online has offered unique, free, entirely volunteer-powered opportunities for educators worldwide to share and learn together about innovative ways to use technology tools to enhance teaching and learning at all levels.


The theme for the 2013 conference is “Transforming Learning.” The conference will begin with a pre-conference keynote on Monday, October 14th. The next two weeks, starting on October 21st, 40 presentations will be published in four different strands, with four presentations posted per day. All K-12 Online presentations are published as pre-recorded videos, generally no longer than 20 minutes in length. The 2013 conference strands are Open Learning, Outside Learning, Leading Learning, and Building Learning.

Open Learning (convened by Karen Fasimpaur)
Open learning is about transparency, inclusiveness, sharing, collaboration, agency, and authenticity. It’s about how we make, share, and learn — together. If you are using or sharing open-licensed, shareable resources, participating in open communities for learning (PLNs, MOOCs, etc.), or otherwise encouraging participative learning that transcends the normal classroom boundaries, please share your stories!

Outside Learning (convened by Susan van Gelder)
Do you take mobile devices outside the classroom? Do you connect with others beyond your school and across the globe? Do you take your students on field trips (real or virtual). Have you brought in visitors via Skype or in person? Where do you go for your own learning? How do you bring the outside in and the inside out? Learn about how other teachers are opening up their classrooms and be inspired to take more of your learning outside!

Leading Learning (convened by Jose Rodriguez)
Leadership is a critical part of innovation in education, whether it is “driven” by leaders, self-directed, or led by informal means. In this strand, sessions will focus on the leaders of education who may or may not be in formal leadership positions. Participants will be encouraged to consider various types of leadership in the classroom, in the school, and in the community. Additionally, we’ll explore strategies to foster strong leadership in ourselves, our colleagues, and in our school families. Finally, we’ll look at the impact that leadership has upon the growth of the profession and ultimately, the world.

Building Learning (convened by Ginger Lewman)
In the real world, we build things. Hands-on learning is intrinsically authentic, building upon learners’ previous knowledge. Sessions in this strand will address the literal construction of artifacts, digital or otherwise, and maker-spaces, as well as the idea of building learning through a constructivist approach. Participants will explore ideas and strategies for creating and sustaining a “building learning” environment.

Please see our “Presentation Guidelines” for more information about formats and requirements.

Please consider submitting a proposal for the 2013 K-12 Online Conference by July 31st August 16th, and personally invite other educators you know to submit a proposal. K-12 Online offers great learning experiences every year because of our fantastic presenters. Your encouragement to others to present, as well as your own willingness to present, will make K-12 Online 2013 our best year ever!


How Many People Are Watching K12Online Videos?

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How do you measure the “value” and “impact” of a face-to-face conference you attend? Most likely, these benefits are measured differently by different folks. In the case of a virtual and free online conference like K-12 Online, it’s likely some of those “metrics of value” may be different than they are for face-to-face conferences. While we can count number of attendees in a face-to-face conference session, we can count the number of video views for an online conference. While those numbers don’t tell us how many people stayed for an entire session or watched an entire video, nor do they tell us how many people “did something different” or even “had their teaching practice transformed” by things they learned in a particular session, these numbers can provide a little insight into the impact of different events on attendees / participants.

Since K12 Online Conference videos are shared both on Blip.tv as well as iTunesU, the statistics provided by Blip alone are not comprehensive for the number of video views per day, week, or month for our conference. They do provide a partial picture, however, of how many people are viewing videos from our conference. Based on a Blip.tv report inclusive of video views from October 1, 2012 through January 14, 2013:

  • Our videos (hosted by Blip) were watched 10,143 times in all
  • Our videos (hosted by Blip) were watched an average of 100 times per day (98.48 times per day, to be more exact)

These statistics are available as a shared Google Spreadsheet, if you’d like to look at them in more detail.

In addition to these view statistics, it’s interesting to note how video views peaked during the actual weeks of the conference but have remained fairly steady (although lower in quantity) since then.

Blip Video Views for K12Online: Oct 2012 - Jan 2013

It’s also interesting to see what the “top referrers” are to our Blip videos. Clearly, some professors at Indiana University are using K-12 Online videos with students! Chris Betcher is also a major referrer!

Blip Video Referrers for K12Online: Oct 2012 - Jan 2013

The number for iTunes does NOT include or refer to video views in our iTunesU channel. We’ll see if we can obtain some statistics for those video downloads, and share those as well.

What do you make of these statistics? Are they lower or higher than you’d expect? It seemed we had far FEWER comments on presentation videos in 2012. These view statistics are actually higher than I’d expected, so I’m pleasantly surprised. What’s your take?

2012 Announcements

K12Online12 Day 5 Presentations: 26 October 2012

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Welcome to day five of the 2012 K-12 Online Conference! All presentations are listed and linked on our main conference schedule.

Day 5 presentations include:


Shelly Sanchez Terrell
The Magic of Mobile Learning


Jane Krauss
Make Meaning with Wolfram Alpha

If you’re not already, be sure to follow us on Twitter and “like” us on FacebookSubscribe to our email list if you’re not already receiving email updates from us. Also remember all video and audio presentations are available in iPad / iPhone / iPod touch compatible format in our iTunesU Portal! If you tweet about the conference please use the Twitter hashtag #k12online12.

2012 Visioning New Curriculum

Make Meaning with Wolfram Alpha

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Presenter: Jane Krauss
Location: Eugene, Oregon USA
Twitter: @jkrauss

Presentation Description: Project based learning can sometimes be recipe-like, leading to predictable, “cookie-cutter” results. I want to help people reimagine PBL and set up better investigations so students truly construct new meaning. It starts with posing a compelling question and then setting kids loose with tools like Wolfram Alpha, the “Computational Knowledge” engine. In this session we look at the kinds of learning activity that lead to knowledge construction (predicting, comparing, making judgements and more) and take a tour of Wolfram Alpha. To wrap things up we’ll take a quick peek at ManyEyes and Tableau Public, two tools for creating visualizations or info graphics from data derived from Wolfram Alpha and other sources.

Link to presentation’s supporting documents:

  1. Wolfram Alpha
  2. Many Eyes
  3. Tableau Public


2012 Announcements

K12Online12 Day 4 Presentations: 25 October 2012

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Welcome to day four of the 2012 K-12 Online Conference! All presentations are listed and linked on our main conference schedule.

Day 4 presentations include:


Valerie Burton
Show off your work online using Weebly.com


Bud Hunt
Make/Hack/Play: Lenses for Learning

If you’re not already, be sure to follow us on Twitter and “like” us on FacebookSubscribe to our email list if you’re not already receiving email updates from us. Also remember all video and audio presentations are available in iPad / iPhone / iPod touch compatible format in our iTunesU Portal! If you tweet about the conference please use the Twitter hashtag #k12online12.

2012 Visioning New Curriculum

Make/Hack/Play – Lenses for Learning

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Presenter: Bud Hunt
Location: Longmont, Colorado USA
Twitter: @budtheteacher

Presentation Description: The Center for Make/Hack/Play grew out of a system asking itself questions about the purpose and role of schools as institutions of learning. In this presentation, Bud Hunt unpacks the terms that guide his inquiry about and work within schools.

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2012 Visioning New Curriculum

How Technology Helped Me Paint With Mud

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Presenter: Ian Sands
Location: Apex, North Carolina USA
Twitter: @iansands

Presentation Description: In today’s high school art curriculum there is a separation between the visual art class and the technology class. The current high school art curriculum’s focus is on traditional media with very little integrated technology. Technology is separated from traditional visual art classes and given it’s own course titles such as Computer Art. Likewise, there is a separation in the selection of art medium. Though the art world has evolved to using a plethora of new materials, the majority of art class storage rooms are filled with pencils, tempera paint and other traditional media. Our challenge as art educators is twofold. First, merge new technology into our everyday art lessons. Second, share with students concepts and ideas that use both traditional materials as well as branch out to media traditionally not consider art material. In this presentation we will explore ways to incorporate technology into the full range of an art project. We will explore everything from jump starting the ideas, to developing maps and templates, to critiquing online and digital grading. Furthermore, we will accomplish this through the exploration of such nontraditional materials as post-it notes, glow sticks and mud.

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