It is getting closer: the 2010 K12 Online Conference is firing up with the 2010 call for proposals. This year’s conference theme is “Cultivating the Future.” The K12 Online Conference is a free, online conference for educators around the world interested in the use of web 2.0 tools in classrooms and professional practice. Even if you choose not to submit a proposal (though being involved is a lot of fun and I highly recommend it), I hope you are able to participate in/”attend” the conference itself. This year’s conference is scheduled for October 18-22 and October 25-29 of 2010, with a pre-conference keynote the week of October 11. The conference has four topic strands, two per week, and new presentations (usually about 20 min. in length each) are posted to the conference site each day as audio and/or video files. Past conferences are also available in the conference archives.
I have been looking forward to the K12 Online Conference since this summer. I started with the Keynote for the “Getting Started” strand and found the Flip Video cameras especially interesting. Sometimes I feel like I have a good grip on what’s out there, and then there is time to share, connect, and learn more. It is almost overwhelming.
Jennifer Kraft’s presentation on “Free Tools for Universal Design for Learning in Literacy” not only introduced me to the tools she highlighted (I’m especially interested in the speech to text tools addressed as the Mac version of Dragon Speak did not meet our school’s needs). Jennifer’s presentation is filled with text/audio tools, graphic organizers, note-taking tools, it is well worth the 16 minutes!
Now on to the next presentation!
ps – if you were looking for the Friday Five last week, we were out of school – the “Five” will return this week!
I really can’t wait. One month from today the K-12 Online Conference 2008 begins. I have been catching up on my RSS feeds which included the teasers for this year’s conference (open each post to see each teaser) and I found myself getting so excited! I was amazed at K12 in 2006 and last year I found some courage and submitted a presentation and enjoyed every minute of being a part of the conference. This summer I was so swamped with my literature games project I did not have time to submit a proposal so I am just really looking forward to “attending” this year. If you have never participated in K12 Online, you don’t have to wait – the past 2 conferences are archived on the website, you could begin today! 🙂