Virtual School Meanderings

April 15, 2014

CNIE Conference 2014

Note that I have been a member of CNIE for many years now – since it was first created (and a former member of both AMTEC and CADE – the two organizations that merged to form CNIE).  Their conference is coming up next month, and it will have a strong K-12 focus this year (see below).

Hi Michael,
Hope all is going well for you. I was just wondering if you could promote our CNIE (Canadian Network for Innovation in Education) Conference on your Virtual High School blog and anywhere else you can. We have many sessions of interest to K-12 teachers. I’m attaching a poster as well.
The (CNIE) conference being hosted by TRU May 14 to 16, with pre-conference workshops on May 13. This is a wonderful opportunity to participate in a national and international conference here in Kamloops.
A draft of the schedule is already posted on our website at http://www.tru.ca/distance/cnie.html Registration is through the CNIE and you need to set up an account to do so https://www.assocsrv.ca/cnie-rcie/login.asp?lang=e
We’ve also arranged for some great pre-conference workshops. You can find descriptions of them all here http://www.tru.ca/distance/cnie/program-and-agenda/pre-conference-workshops.html and can register here http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/cnie-pre-conference-workshops-tickets-10807648969?  To highlight a few:
  • Drawing on the Walls is a one-day visual facilitation workshop with Nancy White that opens up the possibilities for visual / graphic facilitation
  • Gamification with Katrin Becker
  • Video Camp and Sound Camp with the Innovations Lab
  • Geocaching
  • Online Mapping
  • Interculturalizing the Curriculum
Please let me know if you’d like more information.
Melissa Jakubec

BCCOL 439 

April 11, 2014

Virtual Version Of 2014 USDLA Conference Available – Register Today!

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USDLA 2014

Virtual Sessions

Monday, May 5, 2014

 

Welcome & Opening Keynote Session – Monday, May 5, 2014

8:30am – 9:45am

Julie Young, President & CEO (Retiring)

Florida Virtual School

“Evolution of Distance Learning: From Stone Tablets to Tablet Computers and Beyond”

 

Session 1- Monday, May 5, 2014

10:00am-11:00am

Connecting K -12 Schools Through Videoconferencing and Other Mobile Technologies

Presented by: Daryl Diamond (Sheridan Technical Center, Broward County Public Schools) Ruth Pluemer (Lyons Creek Middle School, Broward County Public Schools), Maurice Rancourt (BECON – Video Conferencing, Broward County Public Schools), Elaine Shuck (Polycom), and Kevin Williams (BECON – Video Conferencing, Broward County Public Schools)

Constituency: K-12

Broward County Public Schools has a long history utilizing videoconferencing and mobile technologies to enhance teaching and learning. This session will showcase some of these unique learning experiences and demonstrate how its implementation has changed the classroom landscape by exposing students and teachers to content that incorporate a global perspective.

 

Session 2 – Monday, May 5, 2014

11:15am-12:15am

Game Rush – Motivation and Engagement Strategies for Gamification

Presented by: Katharine Hixson and David Small (Pearson)

Constituency: K-12

Games and gamification are increasing in popularity amongst schools and institutions. But, designing and delivering games is viewed as a challenging task. This session will address three critical concepts: 1) How should we design games? 2) What instructional strategies best benefit from games? 3) What are practical tips for games?

 

Session 3 – Monday, May 5, 2014

1:30pm-2:30pm

Online Facilitation – Situational Coaching/Mentoring to Reduce Transactional Distance

Presented by: Carla Lane (The Education Coalition)

Constituency: ALL

Online students need support to be successful. Facilitators have to do more to cover the transactional distance of an online class. Situational coaching and mentoring reduces the gap by supporting students as they present individual needs and work to become self-directed and independent learners. This session will also discuss professional development plans that K-12 schools, colleges, and single departments can initiate to help instructors understand this process, create student orientations, provide materials, and assess student growth. Stop by to learn more.

 

Session 4 – Monday, May 5, 2014

3:00pm-4:00pm

Using Lecture Capture as a Pathway to Learning

Presented by: David McDonald (Stephen F. Austin State University)

Constituency: K-12/HE/COR/MIL/GOV

This presentation will share the results of a pilot project using the PANOPTO lecture capture tool to increase learning at a mid-sized university. This session will include a brief introduction to lecture capture, a demonstration of the technology, a description of the methods used, and the project results.

 

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USDLA 2014

Virtual Sessions

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

 

Session 5 – Tuesday, May 6, 2014

9:00am-10:00am

#MyHighSchoolDoesn’tSuck

Presented by: Mickey Revenagh (Connections Learning)

Constituency: K-12/HE/COR/MIL/GOV

Hear how students around the country went from hating high school in a traditional setting to discovering an innovative new “Version 2.0″ blended schools where technology combines with personalized learning to make school relevant and engaging again. Hear about the elements students today need to ensure #MyHighSchoolDoesn’tSuck.

 

Session 6- Tuesday, May 6, 2014

10:15am-11:15am

Innovative Global Trends and Best Practices in Video-Enabled Learning Spaces

Presented by: Elaine Shuck and Marci Powell (Polycom)

Constituency: ALL

Students and faculty expect to communicate anytime, anywhere utilizing visual collaboration in the classroom in innovative ways. Video-enabled devices are revolutionizing how educators teach and students learn. This session will focus on the latest technological capabilities, hottest trends, and best practices which are impacting the way we teach.

 

Session 7 – Tuesday, May 6, 2014

11:30pm-12:30pm

Higher Ed 101: Why Colleges Act the Way They Do

Presented by: Rob Robinson (Blackboard)

Constituency: ALL

For those new to working with colleges and universities, or even for seasoned veterans, they can sometimes be baffling institutions. Why they behave the way they do can be explained by the history of U.S. higher ed, their unique structures, funding, and organizational models. This session will help explain this unique industry.

 

Session 8 – Tuesday, May 6, 2014

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Transformative Learning Online: Creating a Quality Learning Environment

Presented by: John Beckem (State University of New York, Empire State College)

Constituency: ALL

Through the use of technology, Empire State College has effectively linked theory, research and practice to foster transformative learning in online and blended study environments. The goal of this presentation is to demonstrate how transformative learning has been achieved in online and blended study environments of adult students through the use of current, relative Web 2.0 and Social Media technologies. Participants of this presentation will be given the history and development of transformative learning theory, findings of quantitative and qualitative research, examples of assignments, rubrics for assessment, student outcomes, student feedback, and criteria for selecting and implementing appropriate technologies to foster transformative learning in online and blended study environments.

 

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USDLA 2014

Virtual Sessions

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

 

Closing Keynote Session – Wednesday, May 7, 2014

10:30am-12:00pm

Dr. James Martin, Professor of English and Humanities, Mount Ida College and Senior Academic Advisor, The Education Alliance

Dr. James E. Samels, President and CEO, The Education Alliance

“Back to the Future: Connecting the Dots of Distance Learning

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About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a non-profit association formed in 1987 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. The association reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion dollar U.S. education and training market. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-k-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets. The USDLA trademarked logo is the recognized worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance learning industry. http://www.usdla.org

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April 10, 2014

Early Bird Pricing Ends 5/1 for the 10th Annual Online Learning Institute at ISTE

Yet another item from Tuesday’s inbox…

Register NOW for the Online Learning Institute!

Join leaders in online and blended learning for the 10th Annual Online Learning Institute on Tuesday, July 1st from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. during the ISTE Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Early bird registration is $139 and ends May 1stAfter May 1st, the registration fee is $169. Registration is now available at the ISTE registration site. Just add the Online Learning Institute to your conference registration on the Special Events page.*

Highlights of the day are an exciting keynote presentation and dynamic roundtable discussions. The registration fee also includes breakfast and lunch which provide additional time for making connections with others interested in online and blended learning.

Keynote Speaker:

Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow

Don’t miss this chance to learn and share strategies and lessons about implementing successful online and blended learning programs in states, districts, schools and other organizations with school, district, state and national leaders in the fields of online and blended learning!

Visit the Online Learning Institute website for the preliminary agenda and be sure to follow us on Twitter for the most recent Online Learning Institute updates.

For more information, please contact Erin Earnst, EdTech Leaders Online; Mike Abbiatti, Southern Regional Education Board (SREB); Barbara TreacyEdTech Leaders Online or Rob Darrow, International Association for K12 Online Learning (iNACOL). We’re looking forward to seeing you in Atlanta!

*Please contact Erin Earnst if you wish to register only for the Online Learning Institute.

  

   The Online Learning Institute Advisory Committee:

  • Dr. Joe Cozart, Associate Director, Georgia Virtual School
  • Michael Gorman, Educator, Author and President, ISTE Special Interest Group for Online Learning (SIGOL)
  • Lisa Hervey, Research Associate in the Digital Learning Collaborative at The William & Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation and teaching assistant professor at North Carolina State University
  • Matt Huston, Education Consultant, formerly Director of Online Learning at Peer-Ed
  • Connie Swiderski, Professional Development and Communications Consultant, Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN)
  • Carol Teitelman, Coordinator of Distance Learning, TX ESC Region XIII

   The Online Learning Institute Co-Sponsor Planning Committee:

  • Mike Abbiatti, Director, SREB Education Technology Cooperative
  • Dr. Rob Darrow, Director of Member Services, iNACOL
  • Erin Earnst, Research Associate, EDC/EdTech Leaders Online
  • Linda Keller, Senior Project Manager, ISTE
  • Holly Lynde, Research and Policy Coordinator, SREB Education Technology Cooperative
  • Ana M. Ramirez, Curriculum Specialist ISTE
  • Barbara Treacy, Director, EDC/EdTech Leaders Online

For more information, please visit the Online Learning Institute website.

The Online Learning Institute is presented by:

                                          

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Barbara Treacy | EdTech Leaders Online @ EDC, 43 Foundry Avenue | Waltham, MA 02453

TWO BIG EVENTS DURING The 2014 USDLA Conference: Bill Jackson Memorial Scavenger Walk & Sunrise Run

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KEYNOTES

USDLA Opening Keynote Speaker

Julie Young, President & CEO (Retiring) - Biography
Florida Virtual School
Presentation title:

“Evolution of Distance Learning: From Stone Tablets to Tablet Computers and Beyond”

USDLA Closing Keynote Speakers
Dr. James Martin – Biography
Professor of English and Humanities, Mount Ida College

and Senior Academic Advisor, The Education Alliance

Dr. James E. Samels – Biography
President and CEO, The Education Alliance

Presentation title:

“Back to the Future: Connecting the Dots of Distance Learning”

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Pre-Conference Workshops

 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

2:00PM-5:00PM

Participants can choose one Pre-Conference Workshop at no additional cost!

 

Workshop 1

State Chapter Leadership Workshop

Presented by: Ken Conn (USDLA)

Constituency: ALL

This pre-conference workshop will have value in bringing the state chapter leadership together in a face-to-face format to network, share, plan, and learn with one another. This will provide the participants with information and strategies that they can take with them back to their local teams. Following this session it is expected that the attendee will (1) have knowledge of the active and forming state chapter leadership, (2) resources and strategies that other state chapters are using to maintain and grow their associations, and (3) a stronger network of individuals that they can collaborate with.

 

Workshop 2

Connecting K-12 Schools Through Videoconferencing and Other Mobile Technologies

Presented by: Elaine Shuck (Polycom) and Daryl Diamond (Broward County Public Schools)

Constituency: K-12

In this session we will take a look across the U.S. and globally to see best practices. Alaskan teachers demonstrate Classroom WithOut Walls. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn how students become engaged in a “hate to miss” learning environment, various devices and software are used to collaborate and participate in problem-based learning with peers across globe. We will also hear from Broward County Public Schools and how their long history utilizing videoconferencing and mobile technologies has enhanced teaching and learning. This session will showcase some of these unique learning experiences and demonstrate how its implementation has changed the classroom landscape by exposing students and teachers to content that incorporate a global perspective.

 

Workshop 3

Collaborating in the Cloud

Presented by: Darin E. Poynter (University of Kentucky) and Eric Poynter (Eastern Kentucky

University)

Constituency: ALL

This presentation will introduce and explain various methodologies for connecting and interacting with others through Internet-based “Cloud” services including popular social media sites. Participants will learn about how cloud services are changing work environments, closing loops, and making it easier to communicate. This workshop will provide participants with a framework for leveraging cloud services to achieve key training and development outcomes. Participants will discover how innovative technologies can be used to communicate, engage partners/trainees, reinforce learning and provide opportunities for networking. This workshop will offer real-time demonstrations and opportunities to experience cloud collaboration technologies. Participants do not need to have a strong technical background to attend or understand the material, but will be asked to participate in the creative, thought-provoking seminar.
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FULL PROGRAM

 

Time
Day 1 – Sunday, May 4, 2014
1pm – 5pm Registration
2pm – 5pm Pre-Conference Workshops (download program)
5:15pm – 6:30pm Opening Reception
7:00pm Mobile Round Table Dinners (Registration Required)
Time
Day 2 – Monday, May 5, 2014
7:30am – 5pm Registration
8:30am – 9:45am Welcome & Opening Keynote
10:00am – 11:00am Concurrent Sessions 1 (download program)
11:15am – 12:15pm Concurrent Sessions 2 (download program)
12:30pm - 1:15pm Luncheon
1:30pm – 2:30pm Concurrent Sessions 3 (download program)
3:00pm – 4:00pm Concurrent Sessions 4 (download program)
6:00pm – 7:00pm Poster Sessions/Awards Reception
7:00pm – 9:00pm Awards Banquet Dinner
Time
Day 3 – Tuesday, May 6, 2014
7:30am – 5pm Registration
9:00am – 10:00am Concurrent Sessions 5 (download program)
10:15am – 11:15am Concurrent Sessions 6 (download program)
11:30am – 12:30pm Concurrent Sessions 7 (download program)
12:45pm – 1:45pm

Luncheon Panel

2:00pm – 3:00pm Concurrent Sessions 8 (download program)
7:15pm Evening Activities (TBD)
Time
Day 4 – Wednesday, May 7, 2014
8am – 10am Registration
8:30pm – 9:30pm Concurrent Sessions 9 (download program)
9:45am – 10:45am Concurrent Sessions 10 (download program)
11:00am -12:15pm Closing Brunch & Keynote
Download Program for all sessions as one PDF

 

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EXHIBITOR PROSPECTUS

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The United State Distance Learning Association (USDLA) 2014 National Conference is the premier event for professional in the distance learning industry. This conference is an opportunity for exhibitors to share ideas, distance learning programs and products and network with key industry leaders.

Attendees include professionals from preK-12, higher education, corporate, government, military, telehealth and home schooling constituencies.

 For the 2014 conference USDLA is introducing an exhibit hall with focus events that will bring attendees directly to you. Be a part of the new USDLA National Conference exhibits.

If you are interested in displaying your products and services, sharing experiences and successes, or introducing your business to more than 350 decision making attendees in the distance learning field, the 2014 National Conference is where you want to be.

Space is limited so request your booth today!

Exhibit Location: Midway Pegram

Exhibit Dates: May 5-6, 2014

Move in: Monday before 7:30 am

Exhibit Hours:
Monday 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Exhibitors must be present at their booth for the following activities:

7:30 – 8:30 am – Continental breakfast – food placed near hall to promote traffic 2:30 – 3:00 pm – Afternoon break – food placed near hall to promote traffic 4:00-5:30 – Exhibit Hall Open Only (will hold raffle – attendees must be present to win)

Tuesday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Exhibitors must be present at their booth for the following activities:
8:00 -9:00 am – Continental breakfast – food placed near all to promote traffic

3:00-5:00 pm – Exhibit Hall Open Only (will hold raffle – attendees must be present to win)

Move out: Tuesday 5-7pm
Booth size: 8X10 Booth Package includes: signage, table and 2 chairs
Fee: $1,500 per 8′X10′ booth

NOTE: The exhibit space is carpeting. You do not need to purchase carpet unless you require a specific color to match your display/booth.

Exhibitor’s descriptions will be sent from USDLA to all registered attendees several times beginning two weeks prior to the conference. Please be sure to include your description on the USDLA Exhibit Agreement form. Exhibitor information will be included on the USDLA website as part of the National Conference Exhibitor Directory and in the final program with two exhibitor listings – an alphabetical and a listing by company/organization.

Floor Plan – note shaded booths are sold.

Any questions or to discuss exhibitor or sponsorship opportunities
please contact:USDLA Exhibits Manager:
Dyanne Hughes, CMP
Phone: 904-206-4417904-206-4417
Email: dyanne.hughes@att.net
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About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a non-profit association formed in 1987 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. The association reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion dollar U.S. education and training market. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-k-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets. The USDLA trademarked logo is the recognized worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance learning industry. http://www.usdla.org

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April 7, 2014

[CNIE-L] MADLaT April 4th Update

From today’s inbox…

Hello Everyone,

Please have a look at this exciting conference update!

Attached you will find information regarding the Keynote Speaker, as well as workshop and session information.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity so register today.

 

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