Professional development for educators today can be a very expensive and demanding. Costs of conference registrations, hotels, meals, and travel have all dramatically increased. True, one can stay in his/her home town or city and still attend local conferences but these, too, have their own set of challenges including the following:
- popular sessions fill up quickly;
- sessions that one may want to attend often run concurrently, so one is forced to attend a particular presentation while missing other learning opportunities scheduled for the same time slot;
- one attends an hour session, only to find that within the first 5 minutes of the presentation, the topic or focus is not the best fit
- sessions are often focused on “nice to know” but may not have the ultimate fit of “just-in-time” delivery
If these seem to be some of the concerns that you encounter, then I have a professional development solution, which is called the K12 Online Conference found at: http://k12onlineconference.org/ Two weeks of presentations start today, and because it is online, the above problems and restrictions are totally eliminated.
Most educators, that I know, love to hear the four-letter word … “FREE”. In other words, there is no registration fee for the professional development provided during the K12 Online Conference. Neither must you travel anywhere, in fact you can partake of these inspiring educational sessions while sitting in the comfort of your own home, lounging in your pyjamas. This year’s theme is “Purposeful Play” and although the pre-conference keynote by Angela Maiers entitled “The Sandbox Manifesto” has already been presented on Monday, November 21st, you are not out-of-luck as you would be in traditional conferences. In fact, one of the most important aspects of K12 Online Conference presentations is that they, together with any pertinent resources, are displayed and archived on the web. In fact, interested educators can review not only the current year’s videos but also presentations shared during the previous five years from 2006-2010.
To begin taking advantage of this powerful learning opportunity, all you need is a computer with speakers and Internet connectivity. Begin by pointing your browser to the K12 Online Conference main page and continue investigating any of the following links:
- K12 Online Conference (Home Page)
- K12 Online Conference – 2011 Schedule
- K12 Online Conference – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Those educators using Twitter, may wish to follow the comments made regarding the K12 Online Conference by searching or filtering tweets using the “#k12online” (without quotes) hashtag. Furthermore, I find this online learning opportunity a great way to learn about educators with whom I might share a kindred spirit. I am always looking out for new ideas shared through educational blogs and if you feel the same way, I encourage you to examine Sean McGaughey’s “K12 Online Blog and Twitter List“.
... this K-12 Online Conference is not only “the conference that never ends”. It should also be considered as “the conference that keeps on giving”.
In closing, I can’t think of a better, more apt description of the K12 Online Conference than I used in my previous post called “K-12 Online – The never-ending conference” when I stated:
In summary, this K-12 Online Conference is not only “the conference that never ends”. It should also be considered as “the conference that keeps on giving”.
Take care & keep smiling