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January 23, 2017

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January 22, 2017

Streaming Breakfast Seminar — Digital Technologies And The NZC – What’s It All About?

An item for my Kiwi readers…

Inspiring professional learning at your convenience — streamed straight to you!
Kia ora Michael

We invite you to join our next streamed breakfast seminar on Friday 3 March:

Digital technology and the NZC – what’s it all about? 

In this live-streamed presentation, Tim Bell will discuss the addition of Digital Technology as an integrated strand of the Technology learning area in the New Zealand Curriculum and as a whenu within the Hangarau Wāhanga Ako of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa by 2018. This is the first change to the NZC since its introduction in 2007 and represents an exciting development. He will also define key topics such as programming, data representation and algorithms and discuss what they might look like in the classroom.

This CORE breakfast seminar will

  • Explain the topics in the new curriculum strand
  • Give reasons for introducing this into the curriculum
  • Show how these topics can be integrated within other subject areas
  • Demonstrate how computing topics can be taught without using computers
  • Report on the learnings and successes from a Christchurch pilot

 Viewing options

Live stream –  7:30am – 8:30am – watch the seminar live, with the opportunity to ask the presenter questions via a virtual discussion space. $80 plus gst.

Recorded video – view a recording of the seminar at a convenient time. We aim to have this available the Monday following the event. $80 plus gst.

Live stream and recorded video – watch the live seminar, benefit from the discussion space and receive access to the recorded video. $120 plus gst.

Register >

About our presenter

Tim BellTim Bell is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Canterbury. His “Computer Science Unplugged” project is widely used internationally with the supporting materials (books and videos) in 20 languages. Tim has received many awards including the ETH (Zurich) ABZ International Honorary Medal for Fundamental Contributions in Computer Science Education (in 2013) and the IITP (NZ) Excellence in IT Education Award. Since 2008 he has been involved in the design and deployment of the approach to the teaching of digital technologies in New Zealand schools.

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6 Webinars Next Week | Early Learning, Leadership, Personalized Instruction And More

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STEM PLAY: Integrating Inquiry into Learning Centers
Monday, Jan. 23 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time
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Broadband Imperative II: Increase Infrastructure to Support Student-Centered Learning
Monday, Jan. 23 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director for SETDA; Sherilyn Evans, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of CENIC, California; and Tony Hunter, CIO, Broward County Public Schools, Florida

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Leading, Implementing, and Sustaining Innovations in Personalized Learning
Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time
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Music Play: Before You Play Music, You Must Play WITH Music!
Wednesday, Jan 25, at 2 p.m. Eastern Time
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STABLE Accounts: National Savings & Investment Solutions for People with Disabilities
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Presented by Juliana Crist, STABLE Account Director, Office of the State Treasurer of Ohio, and Eric Ochmanek, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the State Treasurer of Ohio

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[AECT] 2017 Summer Symposia: Call for Papers

Another item from Friday’s inbox…

The 1st Formative Design in Learning Symposium

Call for Papers

Abstracts Deadline: March 3, 2017

The symposium will be held in Jacksonville, FL on July 22-23, 2017 in conjunction with the regular AECT Summer Leadership Meetings. It will begin the morning of July 22, 2016 and end at the end of day on July 23, 2017. The goal of the symposium is to gather together participants who are interested in a shared peer review process of their submissions to the journal. While the target audience is emerging scholars and graduate students, the intent is for anyone who has a potential submission and wishes to share their research, participate in a real dialogue and deep discussions about their selected topic, and receive some valuable input to help increase their chances for it to be published in the journal. Participants are encouraged to collaborate on their proposals with scholar/mentors who are also encouraged to attend.

Similar to what has been done at previous biannual Research Symposia, we will utilize the Art of Hosting techniques for engaged conversation to encourage intense and deep discussions of each submission. Time will also be allotted for one or two social/recreation events to help encourage collaboration. Accepted proposals will be then readied for submission for formal review into Springer’s Editorial Manager, the same journal management system utilized by Springer for ETR&D and TechTrends. A small conference fee (with some included meals) is expected and will range from  $100 to $150.

The Journal of Formative Design in Learning bridges the gap between theory and practice by providing reflective practitioners (designers, teachers, instructors, researchers, and others) of teaching and learning with a single source for scholarly papers that discuss new developments and the impact of new knowledge in the field of formative evaluation and assessment. The journal publishes original papers of research-based design and development with a focus on applied research, including evaluation reports, action research, case studies, and lessons learned that inform improvement in instruction, and design and development approach, among others. While the main audience is practitioners, all published articles are grounded in established research and theory. This symposium is formative in nature and is specifically designed to help less experienced authors understand the submission, review, and publication processes of this peer-reviewed academic journal.

Proposals are being solicited for submissions that cover a broad range of topics. This broad framework will shape our interactions, discussions, and the informal context of the symposium.  During the symposium, participants will examine submitted proposals with the intent to ready (i.e., pre-peer review) them for formal submission to the journal.

The roundtable discussions will provide a rich and engaging opportunity for participants to have their submissions reviewed as well as learn the art of journal peer review, and become informed about current research in the selected topics. Examples and experiences from outside the traditional boundaries of instructional design and educational technology are encouraged so as will enrich the discussion.


January 2017: Call for proposals
March 3, 2017 Abstracts due [1,000-1,200 words]
April 7, 2016 Submissions selected
June 1, 2016: Selected Submissions Due [2,500-4,000 words]

Should a proposal be selected and the author(s) accept it, they will be asked to commit to:

  • Strictly adhere to the presentation and discussion guidelines for the symposium.
  • Expand the initial proposal into a paper suitable for discussion and submitting it to the symposium chairs by June 1, 2017. Failure to provide the formal paper by June 1, 2017, may result in the acceptance of the proposal to be rescinded.
  • Commit to reading the submissions from the other presenters prior to attending the symposium. Attendees with be given access to all of the presenters’ papers after June 1, 2017.
  • Attend the full symposium (including all sessions and workshops) and actively participate in all collaborative and/or group activities.
  • Make adjustments to the initial paper based on feedback and collaboration from symposium and ready it for formal submission for the journal by September 1, 2017. This will allow enough time for the journal editors to determine which submissions will be aggregated into one or two special issues of the journal to be published in 2018.

As an “online first” journal, all accepted articles will be published online (with specific DOI numbers) within 30-45 days of final approval. Most published articles will eventually find their way into specific issues/volumes of the journal that are selected at the discretion by the editorial board and in conjunction with trending topics and specific objectives. Regardless of their appearing in an issue/volume, all published articles will be referenced/indexed for institutional P&T purposes.

Click here to submit your proposal to the Symposium


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[EDEN-News] EDEN Annual Conference, Jönköping 2017 – Reminder: Submission Deadline Approaching

From Friday’s inbox…

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EDEN 2017 Annual Conference: #EDEN17
Call for Contributions Open – Deadline 30 January

Jönköping, Sweden 13-16 June 2017


The conference is hosted by the Jönköping University in co-operation with Destination Jönköping

Call for contributions

The responsibility of the scholarly community includes the proper handling of diversity in education with respect to learners’ profiles, backgrounds, generations, cultures with different languages, literacies, and ways of communication as well as diversity in media and technology enhanced learning environments.

We need renowned reflections of practice that support paradigm-changing transformations based on systematic knowledge.

Join the Conference in Jönköping to tell about your research,
projects and experience connected to diversity challenges

Networking and interactivity, sharing and discussion will be core aspects of the conference experience, focusing on what you can learn from and with your peers.

Training sessions which are a recently introduced feature of our events are providing an interactive way for profession development.

Submissions that relate to the Conference Scope and one or more of the Conference Themes are welcome in paper, poster, workshop, training, demonstration and synergy formats.

Only 11 days left for submissions!

Conference Gala Dinner

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The venue of the Conference Dinner will be the classical style Elite Stora Hotellet, one of the most beautiful buildings in Jönköping and with a central location along the southern shore of Lake Vättern.

Jönköping’s walking street passes right by the hotel, putting guests right in the midst of the city’s shopping, attractions and nightlife. Elite Stora Hotellet was built in the mid 1800’s and has been painstakingly renovated. Much of the hotel has been preserved in its original glory, including the Hall of Mirrors, which is one of Scandinavia’s most beautiful banquet halls.

Accommodation during the conference

To help with choosing accommodation for the conference and to make Your conference experience memorable, we recommend booking a room at one of the hotels listed below:

Hotel Savoy

Clarion Collection Hotel Victoria

Elite Stora Hotellet, Jönköpingbook here

Vox Hotel – refer to “EDEN Annual Conference 2017” when enquiring via e-mail or phone

Best Western Plus John Bauer Hotel – referral code: G534810 when booking through e-mail

Comfort Hotel Jönköping

Special offer: Discounted travel with Lufthansa Group Partner Airlines

lufthansaThe Lufthansa Group airlines offer a comprehensive global route network and exclusive prices and conditions to our participants, visitors, exhibitors, and invited guests. Read more on how to use the special offer.

Visit the world’s only Match Museum

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Jönköping was known for its matchstick industry between 1845-1970. The Match Musem in Jönköping is the world’s only. It is located in the beautiful building that once was the first match factory in Jönköping.

In the museum, living match history is told. Encounter the people and machines that built up the match industy and developed it into a global operation. You will find an exciting film and thousands of matchboxes and labels.

vatternDid you know?

Jönköping is a city on the shores of Lake Vättern, in southern Sweden. It’s known for its long lakeside beach, Vätterstranden. Lake Vättern is the second largest lake in Sweden, after Vänern and the sixth largest lake in Europe.

Conference Venue: Jönköping

The conference is organised by EDEN in co-operation with the Jönköping University.

Jönköping is an excellent example of an impressively developing University, city and region which attracts economic, cultural and social progress and modernisation. The Scandinavian countries and particularly Sweden have always been in the forefront of learning innovation, open and digital education. We look forward with excitement to a memorable conference in 2017!

Join the Community in the exciting city of Jönköping to share your research, projects and practice at #EDEN17!

The conference will take part within the research environment CCD at the School of Education and Communication, Jönköping University with the support of Destination Jönköping.

Sponsorship opportunity

EDEN is offering sponsorship packages linked to the event. For further details about sponsorship, please consult the Sponsorship Brochure and the Conference Secretariat.


Schedule and Deadlines

Submissions: 30 January 2017

Registration Opens: mid-February 2017

Notification of Authors: 31 March 2017

Conference Dates: 13-16 June 2017

For any conference related questions contact the Conference Secretariat


The EDEN 2017 Annual Conference is the initiative of EDEN supported by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union.


EDEN – European Distance and E-Learning Network Secretariat
Tel: +36 1 463 1628, 463 2537 Fax: +36 1 463 1858

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