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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 through video conferencing (ZOOM.US). 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 to actually connect with the speaker. Whether the speaker is in Shanghai, Sydney, California or Illinois, we will be able to meet face-to-face for some more in-depth discussion about the topic.

This is a Professional Development 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.

Monday - October 13
Tuesday - October 14
8:00 – 8:50

Bring Digital Badges to your School or ClassroomMichael Boll - Shanghai, China
11:10 – noon
21+ Digital Learning Tools Every 21st Century Teacher Should Know!Leigh Zeitz - Cedar Falls, Iowa

11:00 – 11:50

Flipped Class for AdministratorsJon Bergmann - Chicago, Illinois

1:10 – 2:00
Making the Case for Making in SchoolsSylvia Martinez - Torrance, California

1:00 – 1:50

Coding for KidsChris Betcher - Sydney Australia
2:50 – 3:40
20 Creation Apps in 20 MinutesDavid Lockhart - Atlanta, Georgia

Here is a list of the presentations that will be made in Room 317 at the Iowa Event Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

Monday, October 13, 2013

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Leigh Zeitz (Cedar Falls, Iowa)

21+ Digital Learning Tools Every 21st Century Teacher Should Know!

Monday, 10/13 - 11:10 - 12:00

Dr. Leigh Zeitz will share 21+ tools that you will want to use in your 21st Century classroom. Dr. Z will share ways to integrate new these discoveries into your classroom in ways to address today’s students’ learning needs.

Sylvia Martinez (Torrance, California)

Making the Case for Making in Schools

Monday, 10/13 - 1:10 - 2:00
The Maker Movement is a revolutionary global collaboration of people learning to solve problems with modern tools and technology. Adults and children are combining new technologies and timeless craft traditions to create exciting projects and control their world. The implications are profound for schools and districts concerned with engaging students, maintaining relevance, and preparing children to solve problems unanticipated by the curriculum. The technological game-changers of 3D printing, physical computing and computer science require and fuel transformations in the learning environment. K-12 educators can adapt the powerful technology and “can do” maker ethos to revitalize learner-centered teaching and learning in all subject areas.

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David Lockhart - (Atlanta, Georgia)

20 Creation Apps in 20 Minutes

Monday, 10/13 - 2:50 - 3:40
Are you tired of going to a PD session and only getting one idea or app? Do you like to play with the technology before you use it in the classroom? Then this session is for you. We give you 20 apps to create new and wonderful things for your classroom. Put them in your teacher toolbox!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


Michael Boll (Shanghai, China)

Bring Digital Badges to Your School or Classroom

Tuesday, 10/14 - 8:00 - 8:50 AM

Badges, badges, badges. Fun, motivation, excitement. Ok, you get the point. Badges are a time tested (think like for 10,000 ago or more) method to bring out full achievement in students and adults. Everybody loves to receive recognition for things they have done.
The communication revolution (thanks Internet) means we can both give and display badges on a grander scale than ever before. My school is currently in a beta test stage for using badges with students and we would like to share our experiences so far. This workshop will cover some of the ins and outs of using badges in and outside of the classroom.

Jon Bergmann (Chicago, Illinois)
Flipped Class for Administrators
Tuesday. 10/14 - 11:00 - 11:50
Learn from Flipped Class pioneer Jon Bergmann as he explains tips for administrators as they consider implementing flipped learning into their schools.

Chris Betcher (Sydney, Australia)
Coding for Kids
Tuesday, 10/14 - 1:00 - 1:50
While not every student might want to write their own software, understanding the big ideas of coding is a skill that all students would benefit from, even the very young ones. Understanding the key ideas of computational thinking – identifying patterns, thinking algorithmically, manipulating data, solving real problems, etc – is an important step in helping our students build mastery over their world.
This presentation will take you on a guided tour through some of the resources available to your students to help them learn the principles of creating code. We’ll check out a range of desktop and iPad apps suitable for teaching very young students to program, through to tools and websites that can help your older students learn to hack code, and much more.