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Live Events 2006

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When Night Falls

Our culminating event, When Night Falls, is a chain of several 1 or 2 hour long skypecasts stretching over a 24 hour period; a 24 hour continuous K12 Online coffee brake!

The purpose of When Night Falls is twofold:

i) To give participants an opportunity to share reflections, build networks, relationships and connections with each other. Hopefully some of the connections people make at K12 Online will grow into global collaborations for our students and support networks for all of us as we continue to push the envelope of teaching and learning in the 21st century.
ii) To get feedback on this year’s conference as we begin to plan for next year.

We want to keep it loosely structured to encourage open ended conversations but thought we should have a little structure to get the ball rolling for each new moderator’s shift.
Check out the moderators page of the When Night Falls wiki where you can find:

“¢ what time each skypecast is happening in your local time.

“¢ a link to join the skypecast(s) of your choice.

“¢ how to get into the chat room.

“¢ how to add yourself to our Participants Frapper Map.

“¢ a link to our take away wiki to share your feedback on K12 Online 2006.

“¢ the door into 24 hours of reflection, good conversation and fun with new friends from all over the world.

And one more thing …. we’ve created a quick survey to collect data to improve the conference next year. Please drop in and share your thoughts. It won’t take long …. your input can help to improve the education of our colleagues and children all over the world.

Thanks … and have a blast When Night Falls!


Ed Tech Talk over at Worldbridges

EdTechTalk#67 ( listen to podcast here)
A Dicussion about the K12 Online Conference
with Darren Kuropatwa and Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach
October 29, 2006

EdTechBrainStorm (listen to Podcast here)
October 19, 2006
Darren Kuropatwa stops by to discuss the upcoming
K12 Online Conference


Saturday’s Fireside Chat

Big thank you to Ewan McIntosh and Anne Davis for their wisdom and participation in today’s fireside chat. The conversation was amazing. Many week two presenters came and gave us teasers for their upcoming presentations- which from the sound of it, should be incredible! If you missed the chat here is the Archive.

Have fun in Week 2 and be sure and join Tapped In in preparation for the upcoming When Night Falls event. We need one more moderator for that 24 hour event… so check out the wiki and if you are available in that time zone please sign up!


Last Night’s Fireside Chat
Huge thanks to Keynoters- Alan Levine and Bud Hunt as well as many week one presenters and other guests who attended the Week One Fireside Chat. A special thanks to Sharon Peters who stayed with us despite technical issues.

If you would like to listen in– here is the Archive . Wes Fryer has uploaded a Podcast version as well.

More Fun to Come—-

Fireside Chat Week 2 —Make Plans to Attend- Unlimited Seating!
Fireside chat Saturday (Oct 28) at 3:00 GMT (4:00 London) with keynoters – Anne Davis and Ewan McIntosh
and the following Week Two Presenters: (stay tune as the list of presenters wiil grow)

Judy OConnel
Julie Lindsay
Joseph Papaleo
Jeff Utecht
Graham Wegner
Mark Ahlness
Terry Freedman
Anne Davis
Rob Lucas
John Connell
Steve Dembo

Fireside chat Thursday Night (Oct 26) with keynoters – Alan Levine and Bud Hunt
and the following Week One Presenters:
Clarence Fisher
Kevin Burden
Mark Wagner
Kurt Paccio
James Gates
Vicki Davis
Karen Richardson
Jeff Utecht
Luke Walker
Kathy Cassidy
Chris Kaminski
Sharon Peters
Silvia Tolisano

CLICK HERE to Join the Elluminate Room at 7pm Eastern on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006. Your time? GMT Converter
Can’t make it? Check here for the archive.

Week Two Fireside Chat
And while your at it.. clear your schedule for Sat. Oct. 28 at 11am Eastern Your time? GMT Converter

Where Week Two Keynotes Ewan McIntosh and Anne Davis and presenters will be joining us. More to follow about this fireside chat on Friday!


We had our first Fireside Chat this evening, Monday, Oct. 16 with preconference keynote speaker David Warlick and it was a huge success. If you missed it and would like to see the archive version please click here.

Seat Limit
Unfortunately, the Fireside Chats have a 50 seat limitation. We had no idea that so many of you would want to attend but are very flattered you did. Thank goodness the archive plays the event in its exact form, so it is the nest best thing to being there. For our next Fireside Chat it will be a first come, first serve with a 50 seat limit. And for those of you who aren’t able to join us, we will once again post the link.

Weigh In
So what did you think of the first Live Event? If you attended, or after you watch the archive, please leave us a comment and let us know what you think. See the schedule below for more upcoming Live Events.

When Night Falls
Our culminating event, When Night Falls is a 24 hour continuous K-12 Online Skypecast! Check out our wiki where you can sign up to participate and find out more. You will also need to sign-up for a free Tapped In account prior to this event.


Fireside Chats- Virtual Style
Join the conference organizers and the keynote speakers in a free wheeling open-ended chats in Eluminate. This is open to anyone interested in participating. A link to the chat will be published on the blog well before the time we’ll get together. Ask the keynotes about their presentation, share your thoughts and ideas about the other presentations seen that week. This is an opportunity for all presenters and participants to get together and discuss anything on your mind. This is also an opportunity to provide some feedback to the presenters and organizers about the conference; kudos, contructive criticism and suggestions for next year are all equally welcomed.

Do I Need Special Software?

Nope! All you need is a computer with a microphone and speakers, a head-set works best. Then on Oct. 26, 2006 at 7pm EDT, after you have watched almost all the Week One presentations and keynotes (which will post on the conference blog throughout the week) simply click on the link we will provide and the Elluminate software will load and then drop you into the virtual meeting room.

Someone will be in the room an hour early to help you check your mic and give a quick overview of the very intuitive tools used in the Elluminate environment.

The Fireside Chat Schedule is below:

Fireside Chats via Elluminate

  • Oct 16th at 6 pm Eastern – David Warlick and 4 Conveners (Darren Kuropatwa, Wes Fryer, Will Richardson (if he isnt traveling) and Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and YOU!
  • Oct 26th at 7 pm Eastern: Bud Hunt and Alan Levine, Conveners, any Week 1 Presenters and YOU!
  • Oct 28th at 11 am Eastern: Ewan McIntosh and Anne Davis, Conveners, any Week 2 presenters and YOU!

Each session will have an archive of the chat which will also be posted on the blog.

See you Live in Elluminate!

When Night Falls
Our culminating event, When Night Falls is a 24 hour continuous K-12 Online Skypecast! Check out our wiki where you can sign up to participate and find out more. You will also need to sign-up for a free Tapped In account prior to this event.

On Oct. 19, 2006 and Oct. 29, 2006 we will be chatting with the folks over at Worldbridges about K12 Onlineo6. More details to follow.


FAQ 2006

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This is a growing list of frequently asked questions regarding the K-12 Online Conference. Please review this list before emailing the conference conveners with a question! 🙂

  1. When is the conference being held? The conference presentations will be published the weeks of October 23 and 30, but all of the presentations will be online for anyone to access in the future.
  2. Is there any cost involved? No, this online conference is free and open to anyone to view and comment.
  3. If I have an idea for a presentation, how do I submit it? You may e-mail your submission abstract to any of the three conference organizers. Please follow the guidelines on the SubmissionGuidelines page.
  4. What form do the presentations take? Please feel free to use your imagination! The only requirement is that people can view your work online. Obviously, the larger the file (i.e podcast or screencast) the longer it will take to download from our servers.
  5. How do I get my presentation to you? Once your submission has been accepted, we’ll let you know how to upload your work to our servers. (You will be notified of acceptance by Oct. 6, 2006)
  6. Who chooses what presentations are accepted? A committee of three people will be doing blind readings of each of abstracts and select the top nine in each strand.
  7. I hear there will be “live” sessions. How will that work? We will have weekly live Elluminate sessions so that conference participants can interact and ask questions of the Keynote speakers and other presenters. A link will be posted to the blog that will give you access to the weekly Elluminate sessions. If you are unable to attend the Elluminate chats, we will make an archive of the event available.
  8. How will I know what time to attend the online sessions? Other than the Elluminate chats all of the sessions will be pre-recorded for you to watch/listen to at your convenience. The Elluminate session times will all be published on the conference blog well in advance of each event. Watch the blog for more details.

Have another question you would like answered here? Please leave a comment!


Proposal Guidelines

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Proposals for presentations are now being accepted for K12 Online 2006. We’ve automated the process using this web form. Please use the form for all submissions.When you’re ready to submit a proposal for K12 Online some of the things you will be prompted for are:

  • An abstract of what you will do. Please keep the abstract to less than 250 words.
  • The strand you’re submitting for.
  • How do you plan to produce your presentation? (podcast, screencast, video, PPT, blog etc.) Remember, your presentation must be viewable online once it is posted to our servers.
  • If you can, please include illustrative or exemplary links for your idea that would be helpful. Also, please include links for any past work you have online as well.

The submission deadline for all abstracts is September 30, 2006. All proposals will be vetted by a blind review committee. You will receive an acceptance notification no later than October 6, 2006.

We look forward to reading your proposal!


Announcing K12 Online!

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Announcing the first annual “K12 Online 2006” convention for teachers, administrators and educators around the world interested in the use of Web 2.0 tools in classrooms and professional practice. This year’s conference is scheduled to be held over two weeks, Oct. 23-27 and Oct. 30- Nov. 3 with the theme “Unleashing the Potential.” A call for proposals is below.

There will be four “conference strands”– two each week. Two presentations will be published in each strand each day, Monday – Friday, so four new presentations will be available each day over the course of the two-weeks. Each presentation will be given in podcast or screencast format and released via the conference blog (www.k12onlineconference.org — give it a couple of more days, it’ll work 😉 ) and archived for posterity.


Week 1
Strand A: A Week In The Classroom
These presentations will focus on the practical pedagogical uses of online social tools (Web 2.0) giving concrete examples of how teachers are using the tools in their classes. They will also show how teachers plan for using these tools in the delivery of their curricular objectives.

Strand B: Basic/Advanced Training (one of each per day)
Basic training is “how to” information on tool use in an educational setting, especially for newcomers.

Advanced training is for teachers who have already started using Web 2.0 tools in their classes and are looking for: (a) advanced technology training (eg. how to write your own blog template or hack existing ones), (b) new tools they can make use of in their classes, (c) teaching ideas on how to mash tools together to create “something new,” (d) a pedagogical understanding of how technologies such as Weblogs, wikis, podcasts, social bookmarking sites, RSS feeds and others can deepen learning and increase student achievement, or (e) use of assessment tools to measure the effectiveness of Read/Write Web technologies in their personal practice and with their students.

Week 2
Strand A: Personal Professional Development

Tips, ideas and resources on how to orchestrate your own professional development online; the tools that support Professional Learning Environments (PLEs); how to create opportunities to bring these technologies to the larger school community; how to effectively incorporate the tools into your personal or professional practice; or how to create a supportive, reflective virtual professional community around school-based goals.

Strand B: Overcoming Obstacles
Tips, ideas and resources on how to deal with issues like: lack of access to tools/computers, filtering, parental/district concerns for online safety, and other IT concerns while trying to focus on best practice in the use of Web 2.0 tools.

For organization purposes, each strand is overseen by a conference convener who will assist and coordinate presenters in their strand. The first presentation in each strand will kick off with a keynote by a well known educator who has distinguished his/herself and is knowledgeable in the context of each topic. This year’s conveners and keynote presenters are:

Convener: Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach
Keynote: David Warlick

David Warlick is a 30 year educator, author, blogger, and Web 2.0 programmer. Since 1981, he has been using information and communication technologies to help people learn, young and old. When his school could not afford any software for it’s computers, he taught himself to program and wrote award-winning instructional games, before computers could even display in color. His blog posting are read around the world, and his free online web tools are accessed millions of times a week. At heart, David Warlick is a teacher, with a contagious passion and enthusiasm for helping people discover a brand new world of teaching and learning. David blogs at http://2cents.davidwarlick.com and podcasts at http://connectlearning.davidwarlick.com.

A Week In The Classroom
Convener: Darren Kuropatwa
Keynote: Bud Hunt

Bud Hunt teaches high school language arts and journalism at Olde Columbine High School in Longmont, Colorado. He is a teacher-consultant with and the Tech Liaison for the Colorado State University Writing Project, an affiliate of the National Writing Project, a group working to improve the teaching of writing in schools via regular and meaningful professional development. Bud is also the co-editor of the New Voices column of English Journal, a publication of the National Council of Teachers of English. A consumer of copious amounts of New Media, Bud blogs and podcasts about his practice and larger educational issues at http://www.budtheteacher.com.

Basic/Advanced Training
Convener: Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach
Keynote: Alan Levine

Alan Levine is the Director of Member & Technology Resources for the New Media Consortium (NMC, http://www.nmc.org/ ). Before this, he spent 14 years evangelizing technology for the Maricopa Community Colleges, where he first hoisted a web server back in 1993 on a Mac SE/30. While at Maricopa, Alan was a key contributor to significant efforts such as Ocotillo, a faculty-led initiative that promotes innovation and drives change, created the Maricopa Learning eXchange (MLX), a virtual warehouse of innovation that pioneered the use of RSS in syndicating learning object content, and developed Feed2JS, an open source software shared for allowing people to easily incorportate RSS content into web pages. Alan works from home in Phoenix, Arizona and publishes his work on CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/).

Personal Professional Development
Convener: Will Richardson
Keynote: Ewan McIntosh

Ewan McIntosh is an educational technologist and teacher of French and German. Based in the Edinburgh area of Scotland he frequently works around the UK and Europe, leading student and teacher workshops and conferences. He is an experienced workshop facilitator in the area of Web 2.0 technologies in education across stages and curricular areas. Ewan blogs at http://edu.blogs.com

Overcoming Obstacles
Convener: Wesley Fryer
Keynote: Anne Davis

Anne is known for seeing the educational possibilities in the use of
weblogs with students in classrooms, having implemented wonderful ideas and weblog projects with students and teachers in K-12 classrooms and at the university level. She currently works at Georgia State University in the Instructional Technology Center in the College of Education as an Information Systems Training Specialist. Her weblog, EduBlog Insights is a co-winner of the Best Teacher Blog in the second international Edublog Awards, a web based event that
recognizes the many diverse and imaginative ways in which weblogs are being used within education.

We’d like to invite you to submit a proposal to present at the conference. If you have something you’d like to share with the community, both people who are new to blogs and/or experienced bloggers please email the appropriate conference convener above with your ideas. The deadline to submit a proposal (just the proposal, not the finished product) is September 30, 2006. One of us will contact you to finalize the date of your presentation. Your presentation may be delivered in any web-based medium (including but not limited to…podcasts, PowerPoint files, blogs, websites, wikis, screencasts, etc.) and must be emailed to your assigned conference convener one week before it goes live, (see above strands) so that it can be uploaded to the server.

The conference organizers are:
Darren Kuropatwa

Darren Kuropatwa is currently Department Head of Mathematics at Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He is known internationally for his ability to weave the use of online social tools meaningfully and concretely into his pedagogical practice and for “child safe” blogging practices. He has more than 20 years experience in both formal and informal education and 13 years experience in team building and leadership training. Darren has been facilitating workshops for educators in groups of 4 to 300 for the last 10 years. Darren’s professional blog is called A Difference (http://adifference.blogspot.com).

Sheryl Nusbaum-Beach

Sheryl is a technology/education consultant for the National Education Association (NEA), the Center for Teaching Quality, SRI International, the Virginia Community College System, the Virginia Department of Education, the Miami-Dade Public Schools, the Alabama Best Practices Center and adjunct instructor in the School of Education at The College of William and Mary. She has had several journal articles and book chapters published, been featured on public broadcasting television and radio shows, and is a regular presenter at local, state, and national conferences speaking on topics of homelessness, teacher leadership, virtual community building, and 21st Century learning initiatives. Sheryl blogs at 21st Century Collaborative (http://21stcenturylearning.typepad.com/blog/).

Will Richardson

Will Richardson is known internationally for his work with educators and students to understand and implement instructional technologies and, more specifically, the tools of the Read/Write Web into their schools, classrooms and communities. A public school educator for 22 years, Will’s own Weblog (Weblogg-ed.com) is a primary resource for the creation and implementation of Weblog technologies on the K-12 level and is a leading voice for school reform in the context of the fundamental changes these new technologies are bringing to all aspects of life. Will is the critically acclaimed authour of the best-selling book Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful Tools for Classrooms (March 2006, Corwin Press).

Wesley Fryer

Wesley Fryer is an educator, author, digital storyteller and change agent. With respect to school change, he describes himself as a “catalyst for creative educational engagement.” His blog, “Moving at the Speed of Creativity” was selected as the 2006 “Best Learning Theory Blog” by eSchoolnews and Discovery Education. He is the Director of Education Advocacy (PK-20) for AT&T in the state of Oklahoma.

Conference Tags: k12online, K12online06

If you have any questions about any part of this, email one of us:

  • Darren Kuropatwa: dkuropatwa {at} gmail {dot} com
  • Sheryl Nusbaum-Beach: snbeach {at} cox {dot} net
  • Will Richardson: weblogged {at} gmail {dot} com
  • Wesley Fryer: wesfryer {at} pobox {dot} com

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