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September 20, 2019

This Is The Email You’ve Been Waiting For!

An update from this Texas-based conference that has traditionally been quite K-12 distance, online, and/or blended learning friendly.

Earlybird Registration and
Call For Proposals are now Open!

Earlybird registration and call for proposals are now open for the 2020 TxDLA Annual Conference: Through the Looking Glass, A Wonderland of Innovation.
Come be a part of the premiere distance learning conference in the state of Texas this spring, March 22-25 in Fort Worth, Texas.

In a world where students and faculty are excited about technology, we will travel down a path of discovering a whole new world of creative advancements in technology. Students are using technology in every aspect of their lives and faculty are developing new and innovative methods to engage their students, so we want to push the boundaries and explore new ways to engage students using technology.

We will focus on viewing innovation through the lens of the student, faculty, and partnerships. We want to encourage faculty by demonstrating the possibilities of technological advancement. We want to partner with corporations, government, non-profits, and museums to give glimpses into what innovation they are discovering. And, we want to assist our K-12 partners with innovative technology resources as they are striving for excellence in supporting their constituents.

We live in a wonderland where technology and innovation are key – they take our classrooms to a new level for students as they prepare for jobs that don’t even exist yet. Join us in exploring new technology and changing education for the better.

Have an innovative idea or presentation to share? Call for Proposals is open now!

Register for the Conference
Submit a Proposal
Learn More
We live in a wonderland where technology and innovation are key - they take our classrooms to a new level for students as they prepare for jobs that don’t even exist yet.

Join us in exploring new technology and changing education for the better.

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Join SITE 2020 in New Orleans!

A reminder that the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education is the only academic organization that has a special interest group for K-12 online learning.

Call For Proposals: November 8, 2019
SITE 2020 in New Orleans is the 31st annual conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education. SITE is for anyone interested in the creation and dissemination of knowledge about the use of information technology in teacher education and faculty/staff development.
Full Papers • Book Chapters • Brief Papers
• Best Practices • Roundtables • Panels
• Posters • Workshops • Symposia
• Virtual Sessions • Innovators Playground
Accepted papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings
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September 19, 2019

Submit Your Proposal Today For DLAC 2020!

A reminder of this up-coming conference deadline.

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Time’s a Tickin’!
Call for Proposals deadline is September 23

for DLAC 2020!

Do you have a story you’d like to tell about how online and blended learning are creating equitable access for your students, or how your school or district is focusing on course and program quality, or maybe how your middle and elementary students are starting to benefit from digital learning?

If you have story to share or a question you’d like to explore, we would love to hear it at the Digital Learning Annual Conference (DLAC), February 24-26 in Austin, Texas. The deadline for submitting your DLAC proposal is Monday, September 23.

You don’t need to plan an hour-long presentation, because that’s not what we (or DLAC attendees) are seeking. Session types and times vary considerably, with an emphasis on shorter, more interactive discussions instead of longer, sit-and-get presentations. Sessions range from very short presentations (6 minutes) to debates that might be as long as 90 minutes, with many options in between. There is a format for practically any session you would like to lead.
Some session topics that registrants have expressed interest in exploring include:

  • Equitable access
  • Program quality related to instruction, content, technology and culture
  • Digital citizenship and social emotional learning
  • Digital learning innovations in elementary and middle school

We encourage you to share your best practices and innovative approaches to online and blended learning with a national audience, but don’t forget to share the bumps and bruises you’ve encountered along the way.

For details about the DLAC proposal submissions and presentation format, please follow this link to our website. If you have questions regarding the Call for Proposals, please contact Allison Powell, Program Committee Chair, at

Did you know?

  • DLAC 2020 is introducing the DLAC Superintendent’s Program, curated conference experience for invited superintendents who are interested in networking with their peers as they start or grow online, blended, and digital learning in their districts.
  • DLAC Group Rate is only $499 per registration for districts or schools registering a minimum of five attendees.
  • The Early Bird registration rate of $549 per registration runs through November 1.

We look forward to your submission and to seeing you in Austin!
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September 18, 2019

Derek Wenmoth Keynoting iNACOL Symposium on October 29, 2019

This item from the neo-liberals may be of interest to my Kiwi readers.  Sad I’m going to be missing Derek on this trip.

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Dear Colleagues,

iNACOL is pleased to announce our Tuesday morning keynote. Please join us to hear from Derek Wenmoth, Principal Consultant at CORE Education, on Tuesday, October 29th from 8:00-9:15am PT.

The theme of this keynote is “Future Makers.”We’re constantly exposed to stories of change on the horizon, from artificial intelligence to driverless cars; from the threat of war, to the shortage of food and fresh water; from the exploration of life on other planets to the slow degradation of the state of our own planet’s ecosystem. While awareness of these things has certainly been rising in recent years, the scale and scope of their impact is often not appreciated until the change has already occurred, and the sense of ‘helplessness’ to do anything about it is pervasive across all areas of society.

As educators, it is our responsibility to be thinking about how we prepare our young people for such an uncertain, constantly changing future. We must ask two important questions as we think about the organization of our schools, our curriculum and our approach to learning. They are:

  • What will learning be like in the future? And
  • What must we learn for the future?

Our response to these questions will be pivotal in determining what sort of future we want to see and how so many of the issues and concerns that currently confront us may be addressed.

Imagine the difference if, instead of seeing ourselves primarily as ‘instructors’, passing on the knowledge and skills to a new generation as we have for decades past, we were to see ourselves as ‘future makers’, investing in the development of the young people in our charge in ways that ensure they’ll be equipped to make decisions about how they will live and work in the future world, so that this change doesn’t simply happen to them, but they can feel empowered and enabled to do something about it, to live and to thrive, not simply survive into the future.

Drawing on his experience as an educator, policymaker and thought leader in the New Zealand context, Derek will explore some of the ways in which leaders and teachers may respond in order to ensure schools remain relevant and ‘future-focused’ in all areas of their activity. Derek will reference the work he’s done in monitoring global trends and influences, and suggest what we must do to ensure we’re preparing our students to be confident, connected and capable learners in a world where change is the constant, and how we might work together to manage the change required in our schools and in our communities in ways that honor the past and pursue the future.

Please join us at the iNACOL Symposium to hear from this esteemed speaker, nearly 200 thought-provoking sessions and unparalleled networking opportunities October 28-31, 2019 in Palm Springs. This year’s iNACOL Symposium theme is “Shining a Light on the Future of Learning.

Register to attend the iNACOL Symposium today.

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About the iNACOL Symposium

On October 28-31, 2019, iNACOL’s annual conference will bring together 3,000 experts and educational leaders exploring the leading edge of personalized, competency-based learning in K-12 education from across the United States and around the world, including leading practitioners and educators, policymakers, researchers and innovators from throughout the field.

Attendees will find invaluable networking opportunities; access to expertise, analysis, the latest trends and research; and thought-provoking interactive sessions for leaders shaping the future of education. The Symposium includes hundreds of engaging interactive sessions, with tags to guide attendees toward highly relevant professional learning opportunities. Learn more on the iNACOL Symposium website.

About iNACOL 

The mission of iNACOL is to drive the transformation of education systems and accelerate the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all. Visit our websitelike us on Facebook, connect with us on Linkedin and follow us on Twitter.

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Register Now For Online Learning 2019

Note this up-coming Canadian conference.

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Click here to download the 3-day Schedule at a Glance showing all ONLINE LEARNING 2019 sessions from Tuesday, October 8 to Thursday, October 10, 2019 to help you plan for time with us.

Click here to browse the searchable/sortable complete program schedule for ONLINE LEARNING 2019 with information on each author/presenter, co-presenter, presentation abstract, and program track.

ONLINE LEARNING 2019 Keynote Addresses

keynoteoln1sept172019.png Join Dr. Stephen Murgatroyd, Chief Innovation Officer, Contact North | Contact Nord for our Opening Keynote Address, “Shaping (As Opposed to Stumbling into It!) – The Future of Online Learning and Training”, on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.

In his keynote address, Dr. Murgatroyd debunks the myths and unmasks the fads as he describes the far-reaching impact of:

  • Serious games
  • Simulation
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Immersive Learning
  • Challenge-based Learning
  • Adaptive Learning
  • Peer to Peer Learning
  • Mentoring and Coaching
  • Collaborative Learning networks
  • Design-based Learning
keynoteoln2sept172019.jpg Join Giselle Kovary, President, n-gen People Performance Inc. for our Day 2 Keynote Address, The Gen Z Learning Journey From Higher Education To The Workplace, on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.

In her keynote address, Giselle explores how Gen Zs differ from Millennials, their learning preferences and instructional design techniques that can be applied to co-create, collaborate and connect with the next generation of learners.

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Don’t miss the unique opportunity to network with colleagues from all over the world. Registration for ONLINE LEARNING 2019 is available for $845.00 CDN plus applicable Harmonized Sales Tax (HST).

Click here to access our online form to register.

ONLINE LEARNING 2019 also features two staff discount packages:

  • 10% discount on each full Conference registration fee for 5 to 9 staff members that register
  • 20% discount on each full Conference registration fee for 10 or more staff members that register

Please contact Cara Dsouza at or at 416-512-8186 ext. 214 to discuss these special discount packages and SAVE!

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Participate in one of 9 different workshops taking place throughout the three days of ONLINE LEARNING 2019 to learn practical skills and best practices.

nationalsurveyolnsept172019.png The 2019 National Survey of Online Learning in Canadian Post-secondary Education: Preliminary Results and Implications

Join Dr. Tony Bates, Dr. Tricia Donovan, Nicole Johnson and Dr. Jeff Seaman of the Canadian Digital Learning Research Association as they present 2019 National Survey of Online Learning in Canadian Post-secondary Education: Preliminary Results and Implications at ONLINE LEARNING 2019.

This special session takes place on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 2:45 p.m. and is available to all delegates attending ONLINE LEARNING 2019.

Book Your Accommodations

Click here to complete your reservation online at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.

Call Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel Reservation’s Centre at 1-888-627-7175 to book over the phone. Reference the group name ONLINE LEARNING 2019 to receive the special rate.

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ONLINE LEARNING 2019 is pleased to have Air Canada, a member of the Star AllianceTM, as its official airline.

Click here to learn more about what discounts are available and how to book your flights.

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Sponsor and exhibitor positions are still available.

Click here for more information.

Contact Chuck Nervick or call 416 512 8186 ex. 227.

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