Online PD Community


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 Tennessee, Minnesota, Texas, Colorado, Illinois and Iowa.

This model integrates a recorded video with a realtime video conferenced discussion. Each of the speakers has already created a 20-minute video recording for the 2012 K-12 Online Conference. In each session, we will begin with a short 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 Google Hangout to actually connect with the speaker. Whether the speaker is in Texas, Colorado or Illinois, we will be able to meet face-to-face for some more in-depth discussion about the topic.

An aspect of communication during each session is that we will use a ChatWing chat room 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 2013

Here is a list of the presentations that will be made in Room 310 at the Iowa Event Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

Monday, October 14, 2013

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Scott Merrick (Nashville, TN)

Virtual Worlds for Learning and Teaching: Power Examples to Get You Thinking

Monday - 11:10 - 12:00

Scott Merrick has been exploring virtual worlds, a.k.a. 3D online environments, for years and has focused for the past half decade on their potentials for extending learning and teaching onto the global stage. This session uses a live exploration of a custom-built Wallwisher.com webpage with voice narration created in Audacity. Learn a little bit about several more or less randomly selected (from hundreds existing) examples of the power of virtual environments to help establish “sense of place at a distance.”


Naomi Harm (Brownsville, MN)

Creating Seven Habits of Highly Effective Professional Development Learning Experiences
Monday - 1:10 - 2:00
Naomi Harm explains how technology can radically change instructional strategies to bring about socially meaningful learning. Learn how an organization can move to deeper and more creative staff development practices through a kaleidoscope of blended learning opportunities. Seven online highly collaborative tools will be explored and demonstrated. She will discuss how to develop a vision of Web 2.0 for achieving your district’s technology literacy goals, as well as how to provide support for an online community-based reflection portal for educators.

Please feel free to continue the PD conversation with Naomi through Twitter at @nharm or feel free to email Naomi at naomi@naomiharm.org

Also checkout the great upcoming webinars this month that Naomi is presenting at through the 2013 K12 Online Conference on the Open Learning Strand: Any Device Will Do ~ Best Practices of BYOD Implementation. K12 Online Conference Webinar will broadcast live on Friday, Oct. 25th at 8AM EDT and will be archived for you to view when your schedule allows. Check out all the additional resources this FREE online conference has to offer here.

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Leigh Zeitz - (Cedar Falls, Iowa)

Making 21st Century Learning Come To Life in Your Classroom

Monday - 2:50 - 3:40
Dr. Leigh Zeitz will explore 21st Century Learning from the practical side. What is a 21st learning environment? What is the difference between 20th and 21st Century learning? Dr. Z will share ways to integrate new paradigms into your classroom and tools/applications that can address today’s students’ learning needs.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

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Shelly Sanchez Terrell (San Antonio, TX)

The Magic of Mobile Learning

Tuesday - 8:00 - 8:50

Shelly Sanchez Terrell advocates transforming learning through mobile learning. The features and apps allow learners to move around the classroom, which helps spark creativity and imagination. In this session, we explore activities that get learners on their feet exploring, analyzing, and engaging with the concepts they are learning. These activities will various features of mobile devices including recording videos, taking photos, and recording audio. We will also explore fun apps that allow students to be imaginative and creative.

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Bud "The Teacher" Hunt (Longmont, CO)

Make/Hack/Play - Lenses for Learning

Tuesday - 11:00 - 11:50
Bud The Teacher shares the journey they have taken to conceptualize and develop their Discovery Center for Make/Hack/Play in his Colorado school district. This session will be valuable to Iowa educators because he identifies the many ideas/problems/issues that they encountered as they entered the Make Movement and how they addressed them.

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Tricia Fuglestad (Heights, IL)

Teaching Art in a Technology Rich and Connected Classroom
Tuesday - 1:00 - 1:50
PBS Teachers Innovation Award winner, explores Integrating technology, web 2.0, and interactive tools in her art room. These activities give students the opportunity to enhance their 21st-century learning skills, practice creative problem-solving, and develop higher-level thinking as they create art. Showcasing student work through online venues opens your art room doors to an authentic global audience, connect students with others in collaborations, and enriches learning for all. Tricia will share stories and examples from her technology-rich elementary art room and how their online connections have enthralled, enriched and engaged her students.