The K12 Online Conference 2013 Has Begun

The K12 Online Conference 2013 Has Begun

If you’re not already aware of it, the K12 Online Conference has begun for the 2013 year.  It is organised every year by a committee of amazing people and contributed to by a set of more amazing peoples. This year’s theme, Transforming Learning, will not disappoint either.

Each week presentations will be released for you to watch at your leisure. I often taken part in this, my favourite kind of conference, in my PJ’s. I highly encourage you to participate. (PJ’s are optional!)

Here’s the Open strand teaser video from Karen Fasimpaur

K12 Online Conference Schedule

Here’s the schedule link (keep checking it as the links will be updated as the presentations get released).  You might even enjoy it so much that you become a presenter for next year’s conference – like I did one year!

 

Learning2.012 – Full

I was just checking the Learning2.012 website for the registration information for this year’s  conference at the Western Academy of Beijing (Thursday 11 October – Saturday 13 October)  – and discovered that it’s full! Fantastic news! There is, however, a waiting list – click here if you would like to go on the waiting list.

The Learning 2.0 conference is a transformative, challenging experience for all participants; it is the conference that leads the change in education. As a participant, at Learning 2.012, you will attend a variety of sessions including extended workshops from recognized leaders in the region and worldwide, workshops, unconference sessions, and meetings with your cohort group. We want to ensure that the learning continues beyond the conference by facilitating network-building opportunities through conversations which are then extended, sustained and supported online.

The breakdown of sessions looks like this for each participant:
* Two Extended Sessions led by our Learning 2 Leaders (3 – 3.5 hours)
* One Learning 2 Leaders presentation: the big idea in a nutshell
* Two additional workshops or presentations
* Two ‘unconference’ sessions
* Three ‘cohort’ sessions in curriculum/common interest groupings
* Three sets of Learning 2 Talk sessions

 

I’m very excited about this conference! I love the new format and I haven’t been able to attend Learning2.0 for the past two years.  This year I’m one of the Learning 2 Leaders for the strand 1:1 in the Elementary Classroom.  Being in the classroom really is my passion and after two years as the Technology & Learning Coach at ISB, I’m pleased to say I’m returning to the classroom to teach Grade 3. I’ve missed being in the classroom very much and can’t wait to get right back into it!

Of course, I’m thrilled to be leading learning alongside old friends and technology greats such as Keri-Lee Beasley, Clint Hamada, Julie Lindsay, Jess McCulloch, Jabiz Raisdana, Dana Watts and Jeff Utecht. It will be fantastic to see them all face to face again – it’s been a while – and I’m looking forward to learning, growing, sharing and laughing with them all again.  Whilst Kim Cofino, Simon May and Madeline Brooks aren’t leading any sessions this year – they have been furiously working behind the scenes with organisation – making this conference the best yet!  I can’t wait to catch up with them too!

I’m especially excited about FINALLY meeting Chris Betcher face to face – we’ve been like ships passing in the night for several years now, enjoying a PLN friendship for a few years but never actually meeting face to face. Can’t wait!! I’m looking forward to meeting and learning from Dean Shareski and Lucy Gray too – both have featured in my PLN for several years now too.

If you’re registered and going to Learning2.012 in October – see you there!  Please come up and say hi – I’d love to talk to you!  If you’re interested, get yourself on that waiting list – you just never know!

 

Experiencing Mumbai, India

I am home from ASBUnplugged 2010 – graciously hosted by the American School of Bombay – February 24-27.

As I begin the process of reflecting on the sessions/workshops that I attended – editing and organising my notes for posting, I thought I would share this little video with you.

I managed to get out and about for about 2 hours with the wonderful Simon May and the equally fabulous Kim Cofino, to explore Linking Road, Mumbai, India.

The traffic catches your attention almost immediately so I thought I’d try to capture a little reminder of what it was like as we explored.

A taste of the traffic – Linking Road, Mumbai, India

“Everyone talks about the sensory overload that you get when you visit India. They weren’t wrong!”

Photograph by Teaching Sagittarian via Flickr

It’s That Time Again!

Yes! It’s that time again ……. almost!  You KNOW what I’m talking about ….. it’s that time when you can don your PJs, and suck up all the bandwidth with your own personal learning sessions, anytime, anywhere!
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It’s almost time for the annual FREE K-12 Online Conference! This years theme is “Bridging the Divide”. And this year is shaping up to be the best yet!  Our very own Kim Cofino will be kicking off the whole shabam, the week of November 30th, with the Pre-Conference Keynote:
Going Global: Culture Shock, Convergence, and the Future of Education

So mark these dates on your calendars:

PRE-CONFERENCE KEYNOTE:  Week of November 30th

WEEK 1: December 7-11, 2009
Getting Started (13 presentations)
Leading the Change (14 presentations)

WEEK 2: December 14-17, 2009
Week in the Classroom (13 presentations)

I have to add that the keynote for this strand is by an awesome Kiwi girl (of course) Rachel Boyd
Kicking It Up a Notch (14 presentations)

That some, 41 presentations, all for you, at your leisure, and for the total PD price of ZERO dollars.

Maria Knee has put together this very clever teaser using animoto. If this doesn’t “wet your whistle” I’m not sure what will!!

Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is used in the publication of all events. So if you’re like me, and ALWAYS get the timezones wrong – use TimeandDate to help you join in the fireside chats and eluminate sessions.

Psssst:  Did I mention it was FREE!!

Book Clubs for Independent Readers – Maggie Moon

EARCOS 2009.  Second Workshop Session with Maggie Moon – My thoughts in Italics

Kids like to read, kids like to talk – marry the two together.
Make them think talking about reading is cool
Read-Aloud important time of the day

Framework for Balanced Literacy
Interactive Read Aloud with Accountable Talk
Shared Reading,
Reading workshop
writing workshop
interactive writing/shared writing,
word study (phonics)

Reading Aloud to young children helps them to develop in 4 critical areas: oral language, cognitive skills, concepts of print, phonemic awareness

Different kinds of read alouds
Interactive Read Aloud – stop at places to think aloud, let students talk to a neighbor often have whole-class conversations
Content Area Read Aloud – texts that support learning in science social studies, math
Story Time – get lost in stories
Chose what read-aloud suits your grade level

Read Aloud Book Choices:
High Interest – ask kids!
Can be finished within a reasonable time frame.
Match “Units of Study” or theme work when possible
(get their feet a week or so before you start that unit – expose them to that genre)

Purpose of a Reading Workshop is get students reading independently as much as possible – sustained, focus, stamina building reading – book clubs fits in there – could still be reading own book but reading a bookclub book at the same time.

Partnership reading

Read Aloud is a good intro into bookclubs – you are modeling what a bookclub might sound like, look like.

Grow your own ideas, theme, what is the author trying to say …. Lively interesting conversations rather than a “recording” session

There are student book club basics – see slide notes

Can have individual conference with students who are reading a book above their level to help them cope with the bookclub.
Conversations should be as natural as possible – not retelling, want kids talking throwing ideas around, challenging, questioning
Give students a goal to work towards – that’s what bookclubs are for – use that to drive the reading strategies that we’re teaching throughout the year.

Getting students ready for bookclubs  (do this over the year …… I really like this idea)

Say to students: One of the reasons that we are practicing this is when we get into bookclubs this will be really helpful.    Grow your own ideas, having something to say to your partner, group etc.
Ability to change your mind is important.
Having conversations, how many pages are you going to read, negotiate what we’re going to look for.  When are we going to meet again?

Have your bookclubs staggered so that you as the teacher can manage.

Like the idea of bookclub folders, team brand name ……

Tracking their thinking together – what do you really want them to focus on ….. so that conversation doesn’t go pooooof after 5 minutes

Independent readers could have some ownership in scheduling their bookclub – what would work best for them.

Look out for the coming prepared for talk with Post-its slide. It has some great ideas on it.

Post-its help you prepare for conversations, makes you more ready to talk.

Pause and think – at the end – Maggie doesn’t write a book review at the end of her reading of a book.  Don’t need to always write at the end of the book.  Ask them to capture on paper some of their ideas  in their final conversation.
(book review totally deflates the finish of the book)

There are times that you want to assess the ideas – could see a post-it note wall working here.

What’s a character’s motivation what’s getting their way
Interaction with other characters, what does this say about them?
Character change
Model with students what to pay attention to …… (see above)
Teach them to read off the post-it – model it so they don’t sound robotic

After the conversation, model prompts that record their revision of changing of ideas after listening to others

I used to think … now I think

Little scaffolds that help them do this.

Accountable talk – see slide
Give students a vehicle to get them talking to one another, to have a good conversation.

Interactive Read Aound with Accountable Talk – Maggie Moon

From EARCOS conference in Kota Kinabalu March 2009.  Maggie Moon is a Literacy Consultant from the Phillipines.  She regularly visits ISB Bangkok as a Literacy Coach.  It was really good to be able to sit down and listen to Maggie speak.  As a newbie to Readers and Writers Workshops, I deliberately chose to attend all of Maggie’s workshops at EARCOS.  I’m so glad I did – although in reflection this would have been a great way to be introduced to Readers and Writers Workshop on arrival at ISB.  I finally feel like I have the missing pieces to the whole umbrella puzzle of my learning about these two types of workshops and student learning within them.  Although my lessons are still no where near how I would like to be, I finally feel like I’m making some progress with the way they are running.

These are my notes from Maggie’s workshop:  Maggie’s handouts here:

Interactive Read Aloud with Accountable Talk Thinking and Talking Deeply About Books

Kids like to read, kids like to talk – marry the two together.
Make them think talking about reading is cool
Read-Aloud important time of the day

Framework for Balanced Literacy
Interactive Read Aloud with Accountable Talk
Shared Reading,
Reading workshop
writing workshop
interactive writing/shared writing,
word study (phonics)

Reading Aloud to young children helps them to develop in 4 critical areas: oral language, cognitive skills, concepts of print, phonemic awareness

Different kinds of read alouds
Interactive Read Aloud – stop at places to think aloud, let students talk to a neightbor often have whole-class conversations
Content Area Read Aloud – texts that support leanring in science social studies, math
Story Time – get lost in stories
Chose what read-aloud suits your grade level

Read Aloud Book Choices:
High Interest – ask kids!
Can be finished within a reasonable time frame.
Match “Units of Study” or theme work when possible
(get their feet a week or so before you start that unit – expose them to that genre)

15-20 minutes everyday
OR
2-3 times a week, 20 mins
2-3 times across a 6 day cycle, 25 minutes
Try to schedule it – the more regular it is the more students come to expect it

Proficient adult reader – good for kids to hear one read.