At this busy time of year if you are looking for ways to unwind, unplug, and yet still be plugged in, you might want to check out the K-12 Online Conference – Theme: Purposeful Play. The K-12 Online Conference is organized by several people (Peggy George, Susan van Gelder, Kim Caise, Jose Rodriguez Ginger Lumen, Darren Kuropatwa, and Wes Fryer) and happens…guess what, all online, all totally free! He has lined up a group of web notables to discuss and present on various issues related to educational technology. The entire schedule is available:
The conference started just yesterday and continues through Dec. 9th. Topics are varied, but a few popped out as contenders (I will add links as they become available online):
- Nov. 28th: The World is My Classroom and When Learning Becomes an Event
- Nov. 29th: How Do I Know I Make a Difference?
- Nov. 30th: Computer Based Math and Tragdigital History: Bringing the Past Alive
- Dec. 1st: Sharing Stories, Becoming Storytellers and Are You for Real?
- Dec. 2nd: What if the Story Changed?
- Dec. 5th: Scratching Kids Brains and Tech as an Ally in the IB Science Class
- Dec. 6th: QR Codes in the Classroom and Creating ePortfolios with WordPress
- Dec. 7th: The Power of Projects and Get Out of the Classroom: Virtual Field Trips
- Dec. 8th: Everything Apps for the K-12 Educator and Creating Self Grading Quizzes in Google Spreadsheets
- Dec. 9th: Screencasting 101 and Gaming to Learn and Learning to Game
There are many, many others each day, I just picked a few to highlight. They are posted either in an audio or a videocast. You can also find them later through iTunes U.