K12 Online Conference

Tuesday, October 07, 2008 | | 6 comments »

I started the laying the groundwork today for an event at my school centered around K12 Online. I'm hoping I can get 8 to 12 teachers/administrators to stick around on a Friday night in November to view some of the presentations. I first heard about this idea from Jeff Utecht, who hosted a LAN party like this with some of his colleagues last year.

Here's the rough outline.

30 min - View one of the keynotes as a group - discuss.
1 hour - View 2 sessions on your own or in a small group - whole group sharing/break
1 hour - View 2 more sessions with a whole group sharing/reflection

Then, further discussion takes place at a local watering hole after the event.

Sounds like a good time, doesn't it? I sent the info out to my staff today and do have some interested people. I'm excited.

Do you have any tips for this event? Things I should or shouldn't do? Let me know.


  1. Beth Holmes // October 8, 2008 at 8:13 AM  

    I've been thinking about how to get volunteers to participate in K-12 online. I really like the idea of meeting face-to-face for participant discussion. Because finding time to meet is always a challenge here, I'm also toying with an online experiment. Thought I'd identify a session topic, establish a Chatzy room for the topic, identify a window of time, and invite everyone to view the session and discuss reactions in Chatzy. I'm hoping to see our educators "choose" to participate! Thanks for the post on an important topic.

  2. Jeff Utecht // October 9, 2008 at 12:38 AM  

    1. People show up for food.
    2. The power is in the discussion make it be the focus. It that means cutting a session short...do it. Discussion time is learning time.

    3. If possible record the discussion and post as a podcast with the tag k12online and as a comment to the conference site itself. Just don't talk it be it!

    4. Food...people always show up for food!

    5. Drinks don't hurt either. ;)

  3. mrsdurff // October 10, 2008 at 7:09 PM  

    And Starbucks coffee - people show up for dessert with Starbucks

  4. IMC Guy // October 14, 2008 at 10:16 AM  

    Beth, if you set an online discussion up, let me know.

    Jeff, thanks for sharing the original idea at NECC and the tips now, I hope mine is as successful.

    Durff,I forgot about dessert!

  5. Mr. Bass // October 14, 2008 at 2:09 PM  

    If you record the discussion, post it at NotK12Online. http://www.notk12onlineconference.org to share the goodness.

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