Budget and time restraints certainly do infringe on the ability of classroom teachers attending many conferences throughout the school year. I want to make you aware of a wonderful opportunity which will come in the form of a virtual conference that you will be able to "tune in" to at any time. It will be held during the next three weeks, but every session will be recorded and available for you to listen to at your leisure.
This FREE conference is run by volunteers and open to everyone. The 2008 conference theme is “Amplifying Possibilities”. This year’s conference begins with a pre-conference keynote the week of October 13, 2008. The following two weeks, October 20-24 and October 27-31, forty presentations will be posted online to the conference blog, here, for participants to download and view. Live Events in the form of three “Fireside Chats” and a culminating “When Night Falls” event will be announced. Everyone is encouraged to participate in both live events during the conference as well as asynchronous conversations. More information about podcast channels and conference web feeds is available!
Some "teasers" about the upcoming sessions can be found here.
Here is the schedule for the K12 Online Conference . You will notice that the times are in GMT (Greenwich Time) but when you click on the date and time, there is a cool converter which will tell you what time the session is "live". Remember, you will be able to listen to a podcast and often watch a video of the session after it is over.
I encourage all of you to visit the schedule and choose one or two sessions that sound interesting to you.
I am about to start my 2008/2009 workshops. I will fly to Dallas tomorrow, then on to Denver, and then Phoenix. I really prefer these three day weeks.