My philosophy of education connects the learner with their own learning independently of what is being taught. This comes from my own experience in the classroom, both as student and as teacher. This means that your students are learning what they want to learn, whether we like it or not, whether it is related to what we are teaching or not. Learning is personal and innate. We are always learning. If you are looking for an outlet for your inner student, Give one of these two online opportunities a try.
2009 K-12 Online Conference Overview
The K-12 Online Conference invites participation from educators around the world interested in innovative ways Web 2.0 tools and technologies can be used to improve learning. This FREE conference is run by volunteers and open to everyone. The 2009 conference theme is “Bridging the Divide.” This year’s conference begins with a pre-conference keynote by classroom teacher and international educator Kim Cofino the week of November 30, 2009. The following two weeks, December 7-11 and December 14-17, over fifty presentations will be posted online to our conference blog and our conference Ning for participants to view, download, and discuss. Live Events in the form of three “Fireside Chats” are scheduled on our conference events page, and live events will continue in 2010 through twice-monthly “K-12 Online Echo” webcasts on EdTechTalk. Everyone is encouraged to participate in both live events during and after the conference as well as asynchronous conversations. Over 120 presentations from 2008, 2007, and 2006 are available, along with archived live events!
Infinite Thinking Machine – Education in the Digital Age: A Tour of FRONTLINE’s Digital Nation
Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 12am GMT (next day) (international times here)
Location: In Elluminate.http://tinyurl.com/pbscr20 If you haven’t used Elluminate before, you can make sure your computer is configured correctly to enter the room by going tohttp://www.elluminate.com/support.
PBS Teachers and Classroom 2.0 are hosting a free webinar for educators on Tuesday, December 8th at 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern with Producer/Director Rachel Dretzin from FRONTLINE’s “Digital Nation” project. Rachel will share her insights and findings from the year-long, multi-platform project exploring the impact of the Web and digital media on life in the 21st century.
The Digital Nation Web site will include online video reports on how the Internet and technology are changing cultures, reshaping workplaces and creating new approaches to the way we solve problems. Issues to be examined include the Web’s impact on education, how social media has changed the way individuals interact, and Internet safety and privacy. Central to the site will be a mosaic of user-generated content designed to let visitors participate in the documentary process. The site also will feature a producers’ blog, embeddable video and other sharable content, and a schedule of live online events with expert guests.