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2008 Announcements

Announcing K12 Online 2008 Presenters

The 2006 and 2007 K-12 Online Conferences provided outstanding opportunities for free, collaborative, accessible professional learning for educators around the globe. The 2008 conference is shaping up to again provide more exemplary learning opportunities in the same spirit of collaboration and sharing! The learning will begin with a pre-conference keynote during the week of October 13, 2008. We will again invite presenters to submit “teaser trailers” for their presentations in advance of the conference.

This year’s fantastic line up of keynote presenters will create an inviting and welcoming introduction in which the sharing of ideas among diverse learners working in diverse contexts continues. These distinguished folks will not only extend the conversations, but also invite each of us to stretch and grow as they share their expertise and wisdom in their respective strands. We are delighted they have each agreed to accept their roles as keynote presenters. See our post from June 25th for more information about keynote speakers in each of our 2008 strands.

The presentations accompanying the keynotes for each strand have been selected by “blind” peer review committees coordinated by each strand convener. The committees’ tasks were extremely difficult as the quality of proposals was again outstanding. We thank everyone who submitted a proposal. We are elated to announce the K12 Online 2008 presenters whose creativity, depth of thought and innovation promise to make K12 Online 2008 exemplary.

The presenters by strand are:

Getting Started

Free Tools for Universal Design for Learning in Literacy
Jennifer Kraft

The Google Gamut: Everything you need to get started.
Kern Kelley

I Like Delicious Things
Chris Betcher

Never Too Young
Sharon Betts

Reading Revolution: New Texts and New Technologies (Suggestions for revised focus)
Laurie Fowler

Travelling Through the Dark
Steven Kimmi

Video Conferencing
Brian Crosby

Web 2.0 Tools to Amplify Elementary Students’ Creativity and Initiative
Jackie Gerstein

What Did You Do In School…?
H. Songhai

Prove It!

Best Practices with Primary Access: An Overview of Research on Student Creation of Highly Scaffolded Digital Documentaries in a History Classrooms
Glen Bull, Thomas Hammond, Curby Alexander

Facilitating Tech Integration: A Synthesis of the Research
Jon Becker

Open, Social, Connected: Reflections of an Open Graduate Course Experience
Alec Couros

CANCELLED: Professional Development without Borders: A Research and Support Model for Global Education
Konrad Glogowski and Sharon Peters

Promise into Practice: What It Now Means to Teach Adolescent Readers and the Impact of the Results
Sara Kajder

Throwing the Box Away
Barbara Bray

We Like Our Blogging Buddies: The Write Stuff with Blogging Mentors
Kathy Cassidy and Patrick Lewis

“You know, I can download those pictures myself and show you how to make a Photostory”
Elaine Newton

Using Online Argument Role-Play to Foster Learning to Argue and Arguing to Learn in a High School Composition Class
Richard Beach

Kicking It Up A Notch

Games in Education
Sylvia Martinez

Oh the Possibilities
Lisa Parisi

Changing Disabilities
Elizabeth Lloyd

Back-channels in the Classroom
Scott Snyder

Connecting Classrooms Across Continents: Planning and Implementing Globally Collaborative Projects
Kim Cofino and Jen Wagner

Interactive tools for remote and synchronous mentoring
Michele Wong Kung Fong

Monsters Bloom in Our Wiki
Ann Oro and Anna Baralt

Parental Engagement in the 21st Century – Leveraging web 2.0 tools to engage parents in non-traditional ways
Lorna Costantini and Matt Montagn

Film School for Video Podcasters
Mathew Needleman

Leading The Change

Beyond the Stacks: Using Emerging Technologies to Strengthen Teacher-librarian Leadership
Carlene Walter and Donna DesRoches

Current leadership models are inadequate for disruptive innovations
Scott McLeod

Overcoming Entropy
Louise Maine

Pushing the Limits: Web 2.0 and 21st Century Learning
Aimee Stoffel

Ramapo Islands
Peggy Sheehy

Teaching Web 2.0 – Everything you need in one place
Wendy Drexler

Telling the New Story: Leverage Points for Inspiring Change Orientation
David Warlick

The Lie of Community: The True Nature of the Network
Bud Hunt

There’s Something Going on Here You Need to Know About”¦
Dennis Richards and Charlene Chausis


  1. Vinnie Vrotny

    Wow, what an impressive lineup. One of the things that I am really impressed by is the number of new voices which will present at this year’s K12 Online Conference. My congratulations goes to the members of the selection committees. From the titles, it looks like you have done a very impressive job.

  2. Brandi Caldwell

    I am very excited. Once the lineup is set I want a flyer to post in the lounge and email as an attachment throughout my district. This is my first year not to present. My plate was full this year, but it is nice to relax and just be a learner this year. I think I am also going to encourage our administration to make some breakout sessions in PD days where people can explore one of these sessions. The 20 minute time limit makes this so much more possible this year. Can’t wait!!!

  3. Vickie Linville

    This sounds wonderful! Can I use these hours to fulfill WVDE’s required tech training hours to renew my Technology Integration Specialist certification? Do I need to register for any of these conference sessions? If not, how do I prove my attendance?

  4. Wesley Fryer Post author

    Vickie: We will be updating this, but as it stands now you will need to apply for local credit for your K12 Online participation. We have created a PD wiki with a reflection rubric. We are working on a way to print certificates with your reflection info included that would be used as your “proof” of attendance and learning. More will be shared here on the blog in upcoming weeks on this.

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