Online Community Professional Development Strand

Imagine bringing recognized educators into your schools to provide Professional Development for your faculty and staff. The Online Community provides a model for this. Using this model, we will enjoy discussions with educational leaders in Brazil, California, Arizona, North Carolina, and Texas.

This model integrates a recorded video with realtime Skyped discussion. Each of the speakers have already created a 20-minute video recording. Some of them were in the K-12 Online Conference Session website Some of them are in the TedX seminars Some of the videos are professional videos created to share their ideas and expertise. In each session, we will begin with a short Skyped introduction with our guest educator. We will then watch a 15 - 20 minute video on the selected topic. During this whole process, we will have a backchannel running (an online chat room) during the video so that the audience can discuss with the presenter and each other as it progresses
After the presentation, we will use Skype to actually connect with the speaker. Whether the speaker is in Texas, California or Brazil, we will be able to meet face-to-face for some more in-depth discussion about the topic.

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A unique aspect of communication during each session is that we will use CoverItLive to provide a back channel (ongoing chat room) so that the attendees can discuss the presentations as they watch it. It will provide another way of processing the information for some while it might prove to be distracting for others. The added plus for this facet is that it also provides the presenter with a venue for learning what is on the audience's minds before the discussion time in the second half of the session.
This is a model that you can use at your school, district or company for a minimal expense. It provides educators the opportunity to view and review these presentations as needed.

ITEC 2012

Here is a list of the presentations that will be made in Room 316 at the Iowa Event Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Thornburg.pngTeaching in Theaters Without Audiences (10:45 - 11:35 AM CST)

Dr. David Thornburg (Recife, Brazil)
Imagine teaching in an educational holodeck where anything is possible. Explore how traditional classroom design can impede learning and experience classrooms where students explore projects in-depth through immersive, interactive simulations.

Edwards.jpegWhen Leadership and Learning Collide (12:40 - 1:30 PM CST)

Dave Edwards (Hampstead, North Carolina)
This thought-provoking discussion explores how leadership at all levels can build a culture that fosters effective learning environments. Dave demonstrates how leaders can allow learning and leadership to collide through effective best practices and new strategies with proven results.

Lovely.jpegSelecting Apps for Young Learners: Criteria, Ideas, Examples (Ages 3-8 years old) (2:15 - 3:05 PM CST)

Gail Lovely (Friendswood, Texas)
This session will help you establish criteria for selecting apps for teachers and young students to use. Sometimes free apps are good and sometimes "you get what you pay for"… let's be a little more intentional in our choices in apps. Suggested criteria and example apps will be shared.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Dodge.jpegIt's About Asking Questions: Mobile Learning and Student-Generated Questions (1:00 - 1:50 PM CST)

Bernie Dodge (San Diego, California)
Mobile learning changes the rules for students. Middle school/high school students explore their worlds and create questions about the world around them as well as their course materials. It’s a whole new game for learning.

Vincent100.jpgQRazy for QR Codes (2:00 - 2:50 PM CST)

Tony Vincent (Phoenix, Arizona)
Those funny looking squares called QR codes can make your classroom more interactive and efficient. Innovative instructional applications will be shared along with tools for creating codes. We will finish with new interactive technologies that compliment QR codes.

Enjoy the presentations from previous years.

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