Video and audio podcast links for day 2 have been updated as of 3:00 PM GMT today. Note that some day 1 podcast links have still not been moved over to the W&M server, but should be soon. All podcast links for day 2 presentations are originating from the W&M server.
Bio: Jonathan D. Becker, J.D., Ph.D. is an assistant professor of educational leadership at Virginia Commonwealth University. He teaches courses on research design, technology leadership and school law. His research agenda lies at the intersection of technology, leadership, policy and equity in education. Bio Page: https://k12online08presenters.wikispaces.com/Jon+Becker
Presentation Title: Facilitating Technology Integration: A Synthesis of the Research Description: There is a very small but growing body of empirical research on facilitating technology integration in schools. This presentation brings together that research in the form of a critical synthesis. Dr. Jonathan D. Becker, a professor of educational leadership at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), will discuss the major themes that have emerged from the research and place them within the context of his own research with technology integration specialists in the state of West Virginia. The major goals for this presentation are to make the research accessible and to provide educational technology practitioners relevant research-based data to inform their practice.
Bio: Chris has been teaching for over 20 years and is currently the ICT Integration Specialist at Presbyterian Ladies College in Sydney, Australia. Originally trained as an art teacher, Chris has drifted away from that role and into the teaching of computing and multimedia, professional development for teachers, network administration, and even corporate training for companies like Microsoft. Bio Page: https://k12online08presenters.wikispaces.com/Chris+Betcher
Presentation Title: “I Like Delicious Things: An Introduction to Tagging and Folksonomies” Description: Using simple examples from a number of tag-driven websites, this presentation looks at how tagging and the subsequent creation of folksonomies are changing the way we think about information. Starting with obvious tagging systems used on sites like Flickr and Delicious, it examines how tagging enables information to be classified, sorted and managed in ways that make it more accessible, easier to manage and more self-aware. It also explores how tags can be aggregated across large collections of information to provide a snapshot into the overall zeitgeist of collective thinking.
Bio: Kern has uses technology in education since the beginning of his teaching career. Starting with computer clubs in Thames, New Zealand he now works and lives in central Maine, USA. He is a technology teacher at a 5-8 school and a continuing focus of his educational philosophy is having students teach others. Because of the changing nature of technology, Kern believes it is the perfect vehicle for students to learn by teaching. He is a Google Certified Teacher and has presented at the local, state and national level. Bio Page: https://k12online08presenters.wikispaces.com/Kern+Kelley
Presentation Title: “The Google Gamut: Everything you need to get started” Description: The number of technology resources available to us can be overwhelming and whenever I’m asked “Where to begin?” I usually suggest setting up a Google Account. With a single login and password, users have access to dozens of free services. This presentation walks through the process of setting up an account and then using a handful of the more popular applications that Google offers. The progression runs from email to a personalized homepage, blog reader and writer, online word processor, spreadsheet and presentation suite, calendar, photo storage, and finally a web page creator to pull it all together. Also, because Google is constantly adding and improving features, users who already have accounts might just pick up on some new tips they hadn’t known about.
Glen Bull, Tom Hammond, and Curby Alexander, Virginia, USA University of Virginia & Lehigh University
Bio: Glen Bull is co-director of the Center for Technology and Teacher Education in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. Tom Hammond is an assistant professor of social studies education at Lehigh University. Curby Alexander is a graduate fellow in the Curry Center for Technology and Teacher Education.
Presentation Title: Student Creation of Digital Documentaries in History Classrooms: Research Findings
Description: PrimaryAccess is a free online digital documentary maker designed for social studies instruction. This presentation will provide a quick introduction to PrimaryAccess and then describe some of the research on its use in classrooms, focusing on students’ learning outcomes. The presentation concludes with recommendations for teaching with PrimaryAccess.
Educators participating in the 2008 K-12 Online Conference can receive professional development credit from their local school organizations. Details about these procedures are available on our K12Online08 Professional Development (PD) Credit Wiki. Be sure to thoroughly read the expectations letter and share it with your local school organization BEFORE attending K12Online08 events and submitting reflections.
Educators wanting PD credit should follow the suggested rubric for 2008 or a locally created rubric by your school organization. To receive a printable email message which can be used as a professional development certificate, conference participants should submit their reflection (following the rubric) on the conference blog and be sure to check the box at the bottom, “Send Participation Credit.”
One hour of PD credit can be awarded for each presentation of the 2008 K-12 Online Conference which an educator attends and reflects upon following the guidance included on our PD wiki. As emphasized on the wiki, conveners and presenters CANNOT guarantee that local credit will be awarded, but we hope the procedures we have put in place will facilitate the awarding of local PD credit for participation in the conference.