Virtual School Meanderings

June 5, 2012

[EDEN-News] EDEN Porto Conference – Conference Webcasts – CORRIGENDUM

From yesterday’s inbox…

CORRIGENDUM – Conference webcasts

If you are not joining the event, you can still follow the plenary sessions and some parallel sessions, which will be webcasted. The list of these sessions mentioned with the dates and times can be seen on the conference website where the URL will appear soon.

You can also particpate at the webinar workshops by entering their dedicated webinar rooms listed below. Workshop teams will have a designated facilitator who will enable the online participants to contribute to the live discussions.

7 June, Thursday
11.30-13.00 (GMT)

ICT in the Process of Developing Learning to Learn Competences in Lifelong Learning Transitions: From Theory into the Practice

7 June, Thursday
16.30-18.00 (GMT)

Adults Learning for Intergenerational Creative Experiences

8 June, Friday
14.30-16.00 (GMT)

Design Principles for Pedagogic Multimedia

8 June, Friday
16.30-18.00 (GMT)

How to Give Credit for Learning with OERs

9 June, Saturday
9.30-10.45 (GMT)

The Demographic Challenge Needs Innovation in Health Services and Cultures: How e-Networking & e-Learning can Activate New Mindsets, Unlashing Intergenerational Resources for Society?

Keynotes’ Panel Online

Friday afternoon in Session E1, Keynote Speakers will be joined by ICDE Secretary General Gard Titlestad and Universidade Aberta Rector Paulo Dias for a special discussion on central themes of the conference.

Participants on site and others joining the online stream are invited to submit questions to the panelists via Twitter, Facebook or Linkedin. Session Moderator, Deborah Arnold will ask selected questions during the panel.

See also: Keynotes’ Interviews: read what Dale Stephens and David White think.

Meet Your Peers Online – Virtual networking at the Conference

Blog, Share, Tweet, Post, Scoop

This year’s EDEN Conference will enjoy high social web support, to discuss share links and resources via the EDEN 2012 Annual Conference blog. To be able to post, apply via sending an e-mail to suba@eden-online.org with the e-mail address you wish to use for logging in to the blog.

Everyone is welcome to Tweet about it using the hashtag #EDENPorto, post on Linkedin or Scoop.it, load presentations in Slideshare and than post it on Facebook. We will make this event offline and online truly remarkable.

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Follow the Conference Blog for real-time experience.

Conference Sponsor

You may follow conference updates via Facebook, Twitter and Linked-in.

Reminder: EDEN 2012 And K-12 Online Learning

A reminder that the European Distance Education Network 2012 Annual Conference begins tomorrow.  About seven weeks ago, I have searched the program and here are the K-12 online learning sessions that I was able to find.

7 June 2012 – Thursday

09:00 – 11:00 Plenary Session 1

Keynote Speech
Isabel Leite, State Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, Ministry of Education and Science, Portugal

11:30 – 13:00 Parallel Sessions A

Session A4

Students’ and Teachers’ Perceptions of an Innovative Blended Learning Environment – Case Porvoo Campus
Kitte Marttinen, Adulta, Teemu Patala, Context Learning Finland, Elina Ketonen, Reijo Ruusunen, University of Helsinki, Kirsti Lonka, University of Helsinki / Karolinska Institutet, Finland

14:30 – 16:00 Parallel Sessions B

Session B2

A Delphi Study on the Competencies of 21st Century Teachers
Heeok Heo, Sunchon National University, Kyu Yon Lim, Ewha Womans University, Korea (Republic of South Korea), Jeong-Hee Seo, Korea Education & Research Information Service, Korea (Democratic Peoples Republic of North Korea)

Session B4

Does Familiarity Breed Contempt? Examining Distance Learning Students’ Perceptions
Dale Kirby, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, Michael K. Barbour, Wayne State University, United States of America, Dennis Sharpe, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

8 June 2012 – Friday

11:30 – 13:00 Parallel Sessions D

Session D3

Virtual Schooling for All Ages – The News from VISCED
Paul Bacsich, Barry Phillips, Sara Frank Bristow, Giles Pepler, Sero Consulting Ltd., George Watley, University of Northampton, United Kingdom

Session D4

Willingness of People of Different Ages to Learn Online – Taking Guizhou Cadre Online Learning School as Example
Tang Huilin, Li Yuebo, Guizhou Radio and TV University, China

9 June 2012 – Saturday

09:30 – 10:45 Parallel Sessions G

Session G3

Roadmap to Digital School: A Case Study from Italy
Giuseppina Cannella, Elena Mosa, Leonardo Tosi, INDIRE (ANSAS), Italy
The workshop session aims at providing a general overview on the Italian strategy for helping the schools become digital. This includes massive investments on technology, training and content. These key elements represent the focus of different project that fall under the “umbrella name” of Digital School (http://www.scuola-digitale.it/) whose general aim is to go beyond the limit of the physical classroom and build a new concept of learning environment. The workshop will present and discuss the aims and outcomes of the five projects that, together, depict the strategy of the digital school: Interactive Whiteboard National project, 2.0 Cl@ssroom project, 2.0 Schools project, Connecting geographically isolated schools (small islands) and Digital Publishing project to produce a new generation of digital content for schools.

I won’t be in attendance, Dennis Sharpe will be presenting for our team I believe.  However, if someone is there I would welcome guest entries from them.

June 4, 2012

[EDEN-News] EDEN Porto Conference – Conference Webcasts

From the inbox earlier today…

Conference webcasts

If you are not joining the event, you can still follow the plenary sessions and some parallel sessions, which will be webcasted. The list of these sessions mentioned with the dates and times can be seen on the conference website where the URL will appear soon.

You can also particpate at the webinar workshops by entering their dedicated webinar rooms listed below. Workshop teams will have a designated facilitator who will enable the online participants to contribute to the live discussions.

7 June, Thursday
11.30-13.00 (CET)

ICT in the Process of Developing Learning to Learn Competences in Lifelong Learning Transitions: From Theory into the Practice

7 June, Thursday
16.30-18.00 (CET)

Adults Learning for Intergenerational Creative Experiences

8 June, Friday
14.30-16.00 (CET)

Design Principles for Pedagogic Multimedia

8 June, Friday
16.30-18.00 (CET)

How to Give Credit for Learning with OERs

9 June, Saturday
9.30-10.45 (CET)

The Demographic Challenge Needs Innovation in Health Services and Cultures: How e-Networking & e-Learning can Activate New Mindsets, Unlashing Intergenerational Resources for Society?

Keynotes’ Panel Online

Friday afternoon in Session E1, Keynote Speakers will be joined by ICDE Secretary General Gard Titlestad and Universidade Aberta Rector Paulo Dias for a special discussion on central themes of the conference.

Participants on site and others joining the online stream are invited to submit questions to the panelists via Twitter, Facebook or Linkedin. Session Moderator, Deborah Arnold will ask selected questions during the panel.

See also: Keynotes’ Interviews: read what Dale Stephens and David White think.

Meet Your Peers Online – Virtual networking at the Conference

Blog, Share, Tweet, Post, Scoop

This year’s EDEN Conference will enjoy high social web support, to discuss share links and resources via the EDEN 2012 Annual Conference blog. To be able to post, apply via sending an e-mail to suba@eden-online.org with the e-mail address you wish to use for logging in to the blog.

Everyone is welcome to Tweet about it using the hashtag #EDENPorto, post on Linkedin or Scoop.it, load presentations in Slideshare and than post it on Facebook. We will make this event offline and online truly remarkable.

*****************************

Follow the Conference Blog for real-time experience.

Conference Sponsor

You may follow conference updates via Facebook, Twitter and Linked-in.

May 26, 2012

[EDEN-News] EDEN Porto: Hints – Networking, Music, Wine

From Thursday’s inbox…

EDEN

Less than two weeks left until the EDEN Porto Conference

Conference days are approaching! Registration will remain open until the end of May. Prepare yourself for networking and check the attached list of delegates as per today. Delegates with completed registration have access to the full text of conference papers to be presented in Porto which will allow you to read contributions beforehand and prepare for a lively session.

A selection of interesting conference papers coming from outside Europe:

  • A Delphi Study on the Competencies of 21st Century Teachers
    Heeok Heo, Sunchon National University, Kyu Yon Lim, Ewha Womans University, Korea (Republic of South Korea), Jeong-Hee Seo, Korea Education & Research Information Service, Korea (Democratic Peoples Republic of North Korea)

You will note the special team of authors, bringing together two rather different worlds in an academic paper.

  • Perceptions of Progress: Learning Analytics and Social Learning Behaviours
    Deborah Everhart, Georgetown University, United States of America
  • The Challenges for Mature Life-Long Learners: Insights from Video Diaries of First-Time Distance Students
    Mark Brown, Helen Hughes, Massey University, New Zealand, Natasha Hard, Mike Keppell, Liz Smith, Charles Sturt University, Australia
  • The National Teacher Training between 2005 and 2010: The New Capes and the Open University of Brazil
    Celso Jose Costa, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Maria Renata da Cruz Duran, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Tatiana de Lourdes Massaro, Universidade Federal Fluminense – UFF, Brazil

There will be quite a few good presentations about intergenerational learning, however those which challenge the related banalities are collected in the Session B1, Thursday afternoon, chaired by Sally Reynolds, a bright challenger herself:

  • Generation Y – Myth or Reality? Reflections on Technology Pedagogy and Academic Identity
    Laurence Solkin, Neal Sumner, City University London, United Kingdom
  • The Clash between Generation X and Generation Y: More Myth than Fact!
    Helene Raimond, Walloon Agency for Telecommunications, Belgium
  • Digital Students – Is there a Gap?
    Diana Andone, Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania
  • Reconsidering “Gen Y” & Co: From Minding the Gap to Overcoming it
    Emanuele Rapetti, Lorenzo Cantoni, Universita della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland

The European Commission Education Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) will present two consecutive workshops Friday afternoon about „Intergenerational Learning and ICT in the EU Policy and Practice”, illustrating how the EU policy through the Lifelong Learning Programme is supporting intergenerational learning through the development of digital skills.

Music Hint for the Conference Days

The Optimus Primavera Sound Festival will be held in Porto from 7-10 June. If you like good fresh music, visit the website for further information.

Porto wine is not only port wine

A recommendation, pour les connaisseurs: everybody knows the Port wine, the fortified, sweet one, produced exclusively in the Douro Valley. The valley is also the home of many other excellent wines, very much worth of tasting.

See you in Porto!

Conference Sponsor

You may follow conference updates via Facebook, Twitter and Linked-in.

May 7, 2012

EDEN 2012 And K-12 Online Learning

As is the normal procedure, the European Distance Education Network 2012 Annual Conference is coming up in a month and a bit, so they have just released their program.  I have searched the program and here are the K-12 online learning sessions that I was able to find.

7 June 2012 – Thursday

09:00 – 11:00 Plenary Session 1

Keynote Speech
Isabel Leite, State Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, Ministry of Education and Science, Portugal

11:30 – 13:00 Parallel Sessions A

Session A4

Students’ and Teachers’ Perceptions of an Innovative Blended Learning Environment – Case Porvoo Campus
Kitte Marttinen, Adulta, Teemu Patala, Context Learning Finland, Elina Ketonen, Reijo Ruusunen, University of Helsinki, Kirsti Lonka, University of Helsinki / Karolinska Institutet, Finland

14:30 – 16:00 Parallel Sessions B

Session B2

A Delphi Study on the Competencies of 21st Century Teachers
Heeok Heo, Sunchon National University, Kyu Yon Lim, Ewha Womans University, Korea (Republic of South Korea), Jeong-Hee Seo, Korea Education & Research Information Service, Korea (Democratic Peoples Republic of North Korea)

Session B4

Does Familiarity Breed Contempt? Examining Distance Learning Students’ Perceptions
Dale Kirby, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, Michael K. Barbour, Wayne State University, United States of America, Dennis Sharpe, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

8 June 2012 – Friday

11:30 – 13:00 Parallel Sessions D

Session D3

Virtual Schooling for All Ages – The News from VISCED
Paul Bacsich, Barry Phillips, Sara Frank Bristow, Giles Pepler, Sero Consulting Ltd., George Watley, University of Northampton, United Kingdom

Session D4

Willingness of People of Different Ages to Learn Online – Taking Guizhou Cadre Online Learning School as Example
Tang Huilin, Li Yuebo, Guizhou Radio and TV University, China

9 June 2012 – Saturday

09:30 – 10:45 Parallel Sessions G

Session G3

Roadmap to Digital School: A Case Study from Italy
Giuseppina Cannella, Elena Mosa, Leonardo Tosi, INDIRE (ANSAS), Italy
The workshop session aims at providing a general overview on the Italian strategy for helping the schools become digital. This includes massive investments on technology, training and content. These key elements represent the focus of different project that fall under the “umbrella name” of Digital School (http://www.scuola-digitale.it/) whose general aim is to go beyond the limit of the physical classroom and build a new concept of learning environment. The workshop will present and discuss the aims and outcomes of the five projects that, together, depict the strategy of the digital school: Interactive Whiteboard National project, 2.0 Cl@ssroom project, 2.0 Schools project, Connecting geographically isolated schools (small islands) and Digital Publishing project to produce a new generation of digital content for schools.

I’ll post a reminder of these sessions as the event draws closer.

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