If you are interested in presenting at the 2008 Texas Computer Education Association’s annual conference in Austin (scheduled for Feb 4-8, 2008) you have until tomorrow (1 May 2007) to submit your proposal! Yikes!
I submitted proposals for sessions on “Digital Music Creation: Engage, Inspire, Have Fun!” and “Welcome to the Global Education Conversation!” I hope to team up with others on a preso about “Cell Phones for Learning” and “Global Voices: Distance Learning Projects With Interactive Podcasting and VOIP Tools” as well. I first shared the session on digital music making with my then 8 year old son in Plano in October 2006. I’m sharing this in a couple of weeks at the Texas ESC Region 1 Technology Conference in South Padre Island, and again on August 3rd at the Oklahoma A+ Schools statewide conference. Having more scheduled sessions for that presentation gives me incentive to continue expanding my Garageband (and Fruity Loops) musical knowledge and skills! The session on the Global Education Conversation focuses on the K-12 Online Conference, and I shared that for the first time a couple of weeks ago in Holland, Michigan.
It’s so hard to submit presentation proposal ideas almost a year in advance! Who can predict what topics will be most relevant to discuss at an educational technology conference held 10 months down the road?! Such are the requirements of large conferences… I understand. It makes me appreciate the “just-in-time” nature of learning in the edublogosophere, that is for sure!
As I continue to share presentations and learn from educators here in the southwestern United States and elsewhere, I am increasingly convinced of two things:
- The most important thing we can do with and for other educators is help “plug them in” to the professional learning communities thriving and growing online.
- The most important thing we can do with our students to advance the cause of constructive educational reform is help them appropriately share their voices online via digital storytelling projects and contests.
I am SO looking forward to the 2007 K-12 Online Conference! I love meeting people face to face, and I enjoy educational technology conferences, but I have to admit my learning curve grows the most from asynchronous learning opportunities like those afforded by K-12 Online– when I’m able to time and place shift as desired, and learn as I can find/make time. I also consistently find that traditional face-to-face, “sit and get” professional development with teachers is very limited in many ways. Most significantly, when it comes to web 2.0 tools and connections, I find that teachers get overwhelmed very easily. Everyone needs to grow/develop their background knowledge/schema for new concepts over time, and that can’t happen all at once in a 45 minute presentation or even a three day conference experience.
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