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October 17, 2014

FETC Virtual Conference Goes Live In Just 7 Days!

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FETCV Virtual Fall 2014: October 23, 2014

Free Virtual Conference Opens Next Thursday!

Dear Michael Barbour,

There’s still time to register for and attend FETC Virtual Conference going live on October 23—that’s just 1 week away.

Register now for complete conference access!



Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom 

Sylvia Martinez, co-author of Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom

Followed by a live Q&A!

Outstanding Sessions—Choose from several highly informative LIVE presentations, including:

Transforming Teaching and Learning with Augmented Reality
Effective Technologies for the Digital Classroom
Creating and Implementing a Sustainable K-12 Software Coding Program
From Angry Birds to Minecraft: What Games Teach Us About Learning



Virtual Exhibit Hall: Preview and evaluate the latest hardware, software and solutions from leading exhibitors in a cutting-edge interactive virtual exhibit hall.

Real-Time Networking Opportunities: Explore a virtual networking lounge where you can reconnect with colleagues and develop new relationships with other like-minded professionals from all over the world.

Prizes, giveaways, Q&As, and downloadable content-to-go!

Register now for this one-day high-tech educational event! Invite your entire department, staff and faculty to take advantage of this professional development opportunity—all at no charge!


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EdMedia 2015 (Montreal) Call for Participation: Dec 12

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Montréal, Quebec
June 22-25, 2015
Call for Presentations
Due: Dec. 12, 2014
EdMedia is an annual international conference serves as a multi-disciplinary forum for the discussion and exchange of information on the research, development, and applications on all topics related to educational media and technology. EdMedia attracts more than 1,500 leaders in the field from over 70 countries.
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We invite you to attend EdMedia and submit proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, tutorials, workshops, posters/demonstrations, corporate showcases/demos, and discussions.






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[EDEN-News] 8th EDEN Research Workshop, Oxford 2014 – EDENRW8 Starts in Two Weeks!

Also from Wednesday’s inbox…

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Research Workshop Starts in Two Weeks!

Together with our hosts and co-organisers, The Open University, we look forward to welcoming the participants of the 8th EDEN Research Workshop (EDENRW8) in Oxford. Prestigious keynote speakers will present on both challenges and solutions in research focusing on ICT-supported learning. Alongside this, 50 papers, 20 posters, 6 workshops and several inspiring debates ensure that the conference will be an extraordinary event.

You are invited to consult the detailed programme and, if you haven’t done so already, submit your registration to join the 140 colleagues from 34 countries who secured their places already.

Delegates with completed registration have access to the conference publications in electronic format that allows a thorough preparation for the lively sessions. The online registration remains open until 22 October.

Recognising Excellence

Best Research Paper and Poster Awards

The tradition of awarding the EDEN’s Best Research Paper will be continued, in collaboration with the Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Open and Distance Learning. Click here to see the list of finalists.

The Open University is sponsoring the Best Poster Award, decided by the votes of conference delegates.

The Awards will be presented at the Gala Dinner on 27 October.

Students’ and Young Researchers’ Grant Awarded for EDEN Research Workshops

The Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Research in Open and Distance Learning in collaboration with the Professor of Educational Technology at Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Dr. Olaf Zawacki-Richter, awarded for the first time support for young researchers at the EDEN Research Workshop Series.

EDEN Fellow Ceremony at the Welcome Reception

The Welcome Reception is hosting the Fellow Award ceremony in the Sheldonian Theatre. We are honoured that the Lord Mayor of Oxford will join to greet participants and the new EDEN Fellows.

The EDEN Fellow Awards will be presented by Antonio Moreira Teixeira, President of EDEN and Graham Upton, Oxfordshire Deputy Lieutenant to:

Senior Fellow: Tony Bates,
President and CEO, Tony Bates Associates Ltd., Canada

Fellow: Andras Benedek,
Director of the Institute of Applied Pedagogy and Psychology, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary

Before the Welcome Reception, honouring the Ancient Greeks’ peripatetic tradition of learning, a group of EDEN Fellows will walk around in the garden of the RW8 venue discussing the future of digital education. All delegates are welcome to join!

Workshop Highlights

Workshops will discuss diverse topics with one theme as focal point, here are some of the thought-provoking examples:

  • From Beans on Toast to Molecular Gastronomy (and a Bit of MasterChef): Linking Learning Design with Learning Analytics
  • From Lightning to Enlightenment: How to Apply Learning Analytics in Practice
  • Learning across Disciplines: A Step Too Far for Educational Research?
  • The Impact of Openness on Technology Enhanced Learning Integration in Education Organizations

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SITE 2015 (Las Vegas) Call for Participation Due: Oct 23

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   Call for Participation Due: October 23, 2014
March 2-6, 2015
Las Vegas, Nevada
NEW: SITE offers a peer refereed publication opportunity in the

SITE Research Highlights Book.

SITE 2015 is the 26th annual conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education. Join with 1,300+ colleagues from over 60 countries in Las Vegas!

This society represents individual teacher educators and affiliated organizations of teacher educators in all disciplines, who are interested in the creation and dissemination of knowledge about the use of information technology in teacher education and faculty/staff development. SITE is a society of AACE.

NEW: SITE offers a peer refereed publication opportunity in the

SITE Research Highlights Book.

Registration & Hotel Information
Special discounted hotel rates

have been secured for SITE participants. To receive this special rate, hotel reservations must be
made by: January 29, 2015
(5PM EST US) and you must identify yourself as an attendee of SITE 2015.
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October 16, 2014

SITE Update—Autumn 2014

Another item from Tuesday’s inbox…

Hello SITE Members!

I wanted to send another update to you at this very important time of year in the SITE calendar.

SITE 2015 in Las Vegas!

First and foremost, please note the submission date for the SITE 2015 Conference in Las Vegas, NV proposals is Thursday, October 23 and that day is rapidly approaching!

I already am excited about what a great conference we are going to have in Las Vegas in March, but I encourage you to be active in the SITE community now.

➢ Submit proposals at

➢ Sign up to be a reviewer at

➢ Complete your Academic Experts profile at .

➢ Contribute to the conversation at

All accepted conference papers will be internationally available and distributed via the EdITlib Digital Library,

Update: National Technology Leadership Summit

After proposals are due, work continues for SITE reviewers and SIG leaders toward final decisions for what’s sure to be a wonderful 2015 conference program in Las Vegas! I encourage you also to consider submitting a proposal in the Full Proposal (Edited Book) category. Acceptance in this category will allow your paper to be considered for publication in the Research Highlights in Technology and Teacher Education book published in the EdITLib Digital Library ( ). This publication carries the same weight as a journal publication.

On September 24-26, 2014, SITE hosted the National Technology Leadership Summit ( ) at the American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education headquartered in Washington, DC. At this summit, 12 education association presidents including the Association for Mathematics Teacher Education (AMTE), the Conference on English Education of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), School Science and Mathematics (SSM), the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), the Teacher Education Network of the International Society for Teacher Education (ISTE), and the International Technology and Engineering Education Association (ITEEA), just to name a few, as well as other leaders in education technology and teacher education met in strands to consider three current topics in technology and teacher education.

The first strand focused on using technology to enhance Informal Learning. The second strand was focused on Personalized Learning, including the role of wearable devices in education. The third strand considered educational implications of the Make to Learn movement and focused on using 3-D printing to reproduce American inventions to create integrated STEM lessons and curriculum in association with the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. All three of these strands will have sessions at SITE where you can learn more about what was discussed and how to get involved.

I hope to see you all at SITE 2015 in Las Vegas!


David A. Slykhuis
President, SITE – Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education

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