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2015 2015-Maker Ed

Maker Ed: The work and the impact

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Presenter: Stephanie Chang, Trey Lathe
Location: Oakland, CA, USA

Presentation Title: Maker Ed: The work and the impact

Presentation Description: The maker education movement carries with it the momentum and promise to transform education — and ultimately, how we view learning and teaching altogether. It brings together elements of various educational pedagogies and practices, historical movements, and current trends, engaging all youth in interdisciplinary, hands-on learning experiences that are reflective and purposeful. Maker Ed, a non-profit organization that works with educators, organizations, and communities nationwide, help to train, support, and connect educator’s efforts to integrate making into their educational approaches and make a deep, long-lasting impact on their youth.

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2015 2015-Stories of Connection

Ordinary/Amazing Stories of Connection

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Presenter: Alan Levine
Location: Strawberry, AZ, USA

Presentation Title: Ordinary/Amazing Stories of Connection

Presentation Description: We all start out our educational careers (meaning when we were in kindergarten) intrinsically knowing the value of sharing. Somewhere between there and graduate school we lose track of this simple concept, be it worrying about intellectual property rights, fearing theft, or just questioning the value of what we do.

The open ecology of the internet can undermine what I think is learned and limiting stinginess. In this presentation I want to celebrate the True Stories of what happens to people when they share something openly on the web whether they think it ordinary or amazing. I asked colleagues to share their own stories of something unexpected, valuable, powerful, or just plain inspiring as a result of sharing that piece of media, document, video, blog post, even a single tweet that became valuable to someone they did not know before.

The power, the strength, the future of the internet as we know it now, depends on this two-way flow. Share openly, appreciate what others have done, and then share your story. I cannot guarantee amazing results or free trips to exotic countries.

But I can guarantee, if you never share anything openly, you will never having an amazing story happen to you.

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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

2015 2015 teasers

K12 Online on Classroom 2.0 LIVE

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This Saturday, Sept. 19 at 9am PT/noon ET, the K12 Online Conference will be on Classroom 2.0 LIVE to talk about this year’s event.

We’ll be giving an overview of the conference and talking about this year’s line-up including our keynotes, strands, and opportunities to participate. And if any of our presenters would like to join in to give a quick preview of their sessions, we’d love to have you!

Please join us at http://live.classroom20.com/ and spread the word across your networks!

2015 Announcements

HOW Have You Used the K12 Online Conference for Professional Learning?

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Since the K12 Online Conference began in 2006 nine years ago, there have been more than 360 presentations from around the world, all recorded and archived. Hundreds of educators have joined in, not only for their own professional learning but also to share these resources with other educators in their own schools/districts and online.

“Just in time learning” has become an essential part of learning for many teachers. Knowing this, several years ago, I began using the archived presentations from the K12 Online Conference for professional development in the Madison School District (Phoenix, AZ). The quality, and wide variety of topics, provided a rich menu for teachers to pick from, allowing them to build their own learning. It opened a new door for teachers, showing them they could use resources, such as the archives from the conference, to learn and keep up with the latest practices and tools for effective technology integration.

Have you, or anyone in your learning environment, ever used the K12 Online Conference for professional development or professional learning? Was PD credit given, and, if so, how were hours or points determined? If it was informal, please share how it took place (who participated, what did you view, how was it organized, whether participants were able to earn re-certification hours, etc.). Please share your story with us so others can benefit from what you have done. Please use this form to submit your experiences. Even if you haven’t actually implemented your idea but have a suggestion/idea to share we’d love to have you submit the form also. View the submitted responses and take on the challenge of of trying one or more of these strategies in your school/district/country.

Kim Thomas, 2015 K12 Online Conference PD Facilitator


Calling all volunteers!

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we want you

The K12 Online Conference is an all-volunteer, noncommercial effort, which means we rely completely on the contributions of generous volunteers.

If you’ve ever thought about getting more involved with K12 Online, now is the time!

On Mon., Jan. 12 at 8:00pm ET, we will be livestreaming a video hangout here to talk about volunteer opportunities for the 2015 K12 Online Conference. There are a wide variety of ways to contribute, from marketing to presenting to working on live events. Some of these things only take a few minutes, while others are more involved. However you might like to be involved, there is an opportunity for you! Please RSVP on the Google Hangout if you can attend!

If you can’t join us for this hangout but are interested, please fill out this short form and we will also post an archive of the session here.

We greatly appreciate our community’s support and help, and look forward to a great 2015!