Thing 13 (Week 6): Attend a "21st Century" Conference (in your PJs!)


The K-12 Online Conference is a free, volunteer-run, international, online event for educators around the globe. Presenters are selected by a panel of distinguished edtech leaders from the U.S. and several other nations. The purpose of the conference is to advance the use of leading-edge digital tools, media and environments in the cause of high-quality K-12 learning, worldwide. In 2006, the first K-12 Online Conference drew more than 50,000 attendees. The 2012 conference had a theme of Learn, Share, Remix.

Each year, over a two-week period, typically in October, at least 40 conference sessions and keynote presentations are posted online. The presentations are then archived on the web for continued access, on demand. Conference sessions are typically multimedia lectures (in video format) and most include links to supplementary materials. This "thing" uses the archived conference presentations. I encourage you to explore first the 2011 and 2012 sessions, as they are newest, but you are free to select sessions from any year to complete your task, and there are quality offerings throughout.

Discovery Exercise

Visit the K12 Online Conferencesite and "attend" a presentation of your choice. See instructions below for help in navigating the K12 Online Conference site.

Pick a session that seems interesting/compelling to you, view the presentation and explore the supporting links or resources and see what you can learn! (Check the Task, Part 1 below for blog post requirements).

Now that you are aware of the K12 Online Conference, I hope you will return to this resource for future learning, that you will "attend" the 2013 conference in the fall, and visit more archived sessions for 2006-12 where you have time and interest. Please share this wonderful resource with your colleagues.

The easiest way to locate a session is to click one of the categories listed under 2012 (or earlier years) at the top of the the blog. (The top navigation is present on every page of the site).
Under each category (for example, "Story Time"), you will find several blog posts listing presentation titles, presenter information and a session description.

Click a post/session title to view the full session page, where you will find a full session description, and links to stream or download the presentation (typically in video format).

Many sessions will provide accompanying resources (such as a companion wiki site or related links) as supporting content for the presentation.
On the main session page, you will find links for viewing (or listening to) the online presentation.

¤ NOTE: Session lengths vary, but most are 20-30 minutes (keynote presentations may be longer). You should see a video "run time" or length listed on the player.


PART 1: Write a blog post sharing your thoughts about the K12 Online Conference session you viewed. What were the main points made? Did you learn anything new? Did you find value in the "online, anytime" delivery option for professional development? Is there anything from the session you might use in your classroom or professional learning? Include a link to the session in your post and be sure to include "Thing 13" as part of your post title.

PART 2: Explore any other participant blog you wish (blog addresses are listed on our tracking spreadsheet) and leave a comment in response to any post that interests you. Be sure to include a link back to your own blog in the "website" field. (If you are logged into Edublogs, it should do this automatically).

‡ HELP Resource: Introduction to comments and writing comments(external link from Edublogs)
‡ HELP Video: How to insert links in your post (from Edublogs)
(More Edublogs help resources available on the Edublogs Help Page)