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March 22, 2019

SITE 2019 – Curating Online Digital Resources For The Flipped Classroom

The twenty-second session, only one today, and last session for the conference focused on K-12 distance, online and/or blended learning of SITE 2019  that I am blogging is:

Curating Online Digital Resources for the Flipped Classroom

ID: 53950Type: Panel
  1. T.Logan Arrington, Judy Butler, and Terrie Ponder, University of West Georgia, United States

Friday, March 22 10:15 AM-11:15 AM Location: Celebrity Ballroom 1&2

Teacher education programs should systemically incorporate technology throughout their curriculum by now, almost a quarter of the way into the 21st Century. However, in reality, it is not. Professional educators, and future employers, agree that critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity (the 4Cs), are key for all classrooms. While technology, the 4Cs, ATE’s standards, the ISTE standards, and the InTASC standards, should not be new to any teacher educator, perhaps exploring how they come together as a multi-dimensional necessity for all teacher education, be it a practicum, or college class, will be beneficial. Through sharing and discussion, we intend to assist participants in discovering what tech tools can help teach these concepts in all education courses, but specifically those dealing with methods, focusing on 21st Century teaching (Jacobs, 2010). This session will address digital online resources for six areas: personal productivity and professional growth; presentation tools; tutorials and tools for designing differentiated instruction; sources of web-based assistance to develop general tools (e.g., rubrics); teaching strategies (e.g., electronic interactive notebooks); and sources of pre-made lessons and materials. In addition to introducing and sharing these tested tools, our panel will discuss the types of performance issues solved through their implementation.


As I began the drive back to California today, I was unable to attend this session.  So if there were any folks in attendance, please post your notes in the comments area.

Friday Update: SITE 2019

The daily update from the final day at SITE 2019.

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education

Dear Michael Barbour:

Let’s close this 30th Anniversary of SITE with a bang! Or better yet, a pop and a fizzle at the Closing Happy Hour! Please review the schedule highlights today and don’t miss the closing reception today at 12:30PM in Studio for a toast to seeing each other at SITE 2020 in New Orleans!

Be sure to tag your tweets and post your highlights and photos from the week with #SITE19 and follow us @SITEconf !

Remember to check out the Virtual Presenations this year on! (See information below)

Friday’s Schedule Highlights

8AM – 12PM…..Registration (Mezzanine Level, Conference Center Rotunda)

8:30AM – 9:45AM…..General Session, Awards & Keynote: Lynn Gangone (Celebrity 1&2)

10:15AM – 12:30PM…..Concurrent Sessions

10:15AM – 12:30PM…..Symposium (Celebrity 2)
Practicing and prospective teachers’ pedagogical reasoning about using technology in their educational practice

12:30PM – 1:45PM…..Happy Hour & Invitation to SITE 2020 in New Orleans (Studio)
Joins us for snacks and a toast as we cheers to 30 years at SITE and invite you to next year’s conference in New Orleans, Louisiana! We look forward to experiencing 300 Years worth of stories, celebrations and one-of-a-kind culture with our SITE community in the ‘Big Easy’!

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Have a spectacular day!


Sarah Benson
AACE Conferences Director
@SITEconf #SITE19

Conference Services AACE – Assoc. for the Advancement of Computing in Education
PO Box 719, Waynesville, NC 28786-0719 USA
E-mail: *

March 21, 2019

SITE 2019 – Flipping The Conversation: Using Synchronous Online Learning Tools To Forster Interactivity And Discussion

The twenty-first session, and only session today, focused on K-12 distance, online and/or blended learning of SITE 2019  that I am blogging is:

Flipping the Conversation: Using Synchronous Online Learning Tools to Forster Interactivity and Discussion

ID: 53987Type: Best Practices
  1. Seung Hyun Kim and Deborah Augsburger, Lewis University, United States

Thursday, March 21 10:15-10:30 AM Location: Sunset 3

We believe that teacher education can step up to improve teacher competence in using effective online practices to augment traditional classroom instruction. This pilot project uses a peer-mentor model as our faculty design synchronous online learning experiences to integrate pedagogically effective technology. Participants in this project are graduate and undergraduate teacher candidates in content area reading and educational technology courses. Each course instructor uses Blackboard Collaborate as a synchronous communication tool and incorporates a wide variety of interactive features. Through guided reflection on their own online learning experience, teacher candidates learn how synchronous online learning tools can be integrated in K-12 instruction. In addition, the teacher educators gain practical ideas to design and manage synchronous online instruction, which they use to mentor others. In this presentation, we share the results of our pilot project and suggest effective instructional strategies for the implementation of synchronous online learning in teacher education programs.


This is a best practices session – those types of sessions that SITE continues to promote, but most folks don’t know what to do with or how to appropriately review.  Personally, I don’t like these session formats and would have encouraged the presenters to actually continue their data collection and submit a proposal to one of the paper formats next year.  But that’s just me.  Anyway…

The presenters were focused on a pilot project that aimed to 1) explore how teacher educators design synchronous online learning spaces to foster discussion, 2) learn how participating in synchronous learning impacts student engagement and satisfaction, and 3) provide an instructional model to integrate synchronous learning in K-12 settings.  The project is being implemented in undergraduate and graduate level courses of teacher education programs in the 2018-2019 academic year (i.e., so right now).

The session itself focused on what the two instructors involved in the pilot had learned about creating synchronous sessions using Blackboard Collaborate, including how they used features such as to video/audio, sharing files and applications, polling options, text chatting, hand raising, utilizing whiteboard, using emoticons, and working in a small groups to engage students.

Personally, I would have preferred to learn about the project next year, after the data had been collected and analyzed – as I do think they have something that could be of interest here (once it is completed).

Thursday Update: SITE 2019

Today’s SITE 2019 update…

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education

Dear Michael Barbour:

Good morning and welcome to Thursday at SITE 2019! We’ve had many reports of great discussions and new connections made yesterday at the Posters Session! Please review this email sent each morning to help plan your day.

Be sure to tag your tweets and post your highlights and photos from the week with #SITE19 and follow us @SITEconf !

Remember to check out the Virtual Presenations this year on! (See information below)

Thursday’s Schedule Highlights

7AM – 8AM…..Stretch with SITE Free Yoga Class (Santa Monica 2)

8AM – 5PM…..Registration (Mezzanine Level, Conference Center Rotunda)

  • Remember to pick up your pre-purchased Beatles tickets! We have a few remaining seats available for purchase today before 10AM!

8:30AM – 9:45AM…..General Session, Awards & Keynote: Bart Epstein (Celebrity 1&2)

9:30AM – 12:30PM…..FREE Workshop (Westwood)

9:45AM – 10:15AM…..New SIG Chairs Orientation (Sunset 1)

12:30PM – 1:45PM…..Founders Luncheon – Honoring New Comers and Sponsors (Celebrity 1)

A drawing for 2 FREE NIGHTS in New Orleans will be held to recognize SITE members who bring a newcomer to the conference for the first time.

In the spirit of SITE as the “friendly society,” SITE members who bring a newcomer to the annual conference are also invited to lunch today with recipients of the SITE Founders’ Award. The SITE Founder’s Luncheon will provide an opportunity for those attending SITE for the first time to learn about the early days of the society from some of those who were present at the beginning.

The SITE Founders participating in the luncheon are collectively providing a sponsorship (to be selected by a random drawing at the luncheon) that will enable a participating newcomer to return to the SITE conference the following year. Along with special recognition, one complimentary SITE 2020 registration and two FREE NIGHTS in New Orleans are included in the sponsorship!

  • Lunch will be provided on a first come – first serve basis.

1PM – 5PM…..Innovators Playground (Celebrity 3)
– Make your plans today to join us at the Innovators Playground, showcasing new innovations in education from organizations and communities across the globe! Experience hands-on activity with the top creative and learning technologies in an interactive space.

Who is Attending?

6:45PM – 9PM…..Beatles LOVE Cirque Du Solei (at The Mirage)
– Tickets must be picked up at the SITE Registration desk, TODAY by 5PM. Directions to The Mirage will be provided with your tickets. Please arrive at the Mirage by 6:45PM.

Plan your Conference on!

Be sure to create your profile and familiarize yourself with! Remember to add it to your homescreen on your mobile device so you can easily:

  • Create a Personal Profile
  • View & Create Meetups with Colleagues & New Friends
  • View Presentations
  • Create a Personal Planner
  • Create & Participate in Discussions
  • Plan your Session Schedule with the Most Current Updates
  • Search for Attendees
  • Connect with and Message Participants
  • Include in your Profile Imported Publications from
  • View Social Web Feeds and More!

Have a spectacular day!


Sarah Benson
AACE Conferences Director
@SITEconf #SITE19

Conference Services AACE – Assoc. for the Advancement of Computing in Education
PO Box 719, Waynesville, NC 28786-0719 USA
E-mail: *

March 20, 2019

SITE 2019 – Symposia for Student Support Strategies in K-12 Online Learning

The nineteenth session focused on K-12 distance, online and/or blended learning of SITE 2019  that I am blogging is:

Symposia for Student Support Strategies in K-12 Online Learning

ID: 54348Type: Symposium
  1. Kim Loomis, Clark County School District, United States
  2. Jered Borup and Chawanna Chambers, George Mason University, United States
  3. Rebecca Stimson, Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute, United States
  4. Jacqueline Zweig and Erin Stafford, Education Development Center, United States
  5. Leanna Archambault, Arizona State University, United States
  6. Kerry Rice and Andy Hung, Boise State University, United States
  7. Keryn Pratt, University of Otago, New Zealand

Wednesday, March 20 1:45 PM-2:45 PM

No presider for this session.

Featuring researchers from district-level programs to universities and research organizations, this symposia will highlight how students in K-12 online learning are being supported by various strategies. Kim Loomis from Clark County School District will talk about preparing secondary students for virtual school; Jered Borup, Chawanna Chambers, and Rebecca Stimson will talk about a study sharing teacher and mentor perceptions of parent engagement in a supplemental online program; Jacqueline Zweig and Erin Stafford will share their work on an online orientation for first-time online students; Kristen DeBruler and Jemma Bae Kwon will give an overview of their work with online teachers who went from isolated to networked; Kerry Rice and Andy Hung will discuss their early warning system developed out of data and text mining; and Keryn Pratt will share New Zealand’s strategies to supporting secondary education students.


I had to step out of the conference after lunch and make some work-related calls and online sessions, so I didn’t get to this session until it was 35 minutes in.  At the time Jacqueline was just finishing up her session, who was the last presenter during the first session – so I showed up for the question and answer session.

So in the second hour, Leanna began with a look at the ASU Prep Digital (i.e., an online charter school based at Arizona State University), and the pilot virtual student teaching experience that they have set up around that new school.  The experience was a semester long.  There were 12 students who expressed an interest, but only 4 were able to participate.  As a way to introduce us to the school, Leanna played .  One of the biggest challenges that was faced in the pilot was getting the student teachers to understand what “teaching” is in an online school – all of the facilitation beyond the planning and delivery of the live, synchronous lesson.  From an administrative point of view, the university and/or state requires 75 hours of student teaching time – but that doesn’t equate easily to the online environment.  The student teachers have reported feeling isolated, because there is no staff room and even the interactions with the mentor teachers (when they aren’t being changed on the student teacher) are generally mediated through technology.

Next was Kerry looking at the latest of their data mining projects.  This is part of a continuing project that has been looking to create a model for an early warning system.  The report that this presentation was based on is available at:

One of the unique aspects of this project was an exploration of whether AI could do some of the analysis.  Another unique aspect of this project – and by unique in these instances I mean things that were added that they hadn’t been studying before – was the use of text in the analysis (as opposed to just behaviourial data from the SIS and LMS.  There were three rounds of analyses (i.e., round 1: standard; round 2: deep learning; and round 3: adding text data).  The deep learning model performed better than the popular ensemble models, and the addition of the text data was better than the prediction without that data.  By the end of Week 8, the predictive model can identify up to 54.5% of at-risk students.  Interestingly, for the first time since they started doing these studies, gender was not a predictive factor.  Some of the general factors that predict success were: total logins, logins/week, and general engagement in the course.  Based on just a text analysis, they were able to determine that the word count and analytic thinking in the writing were predictors of success or at-risk (using the LIWC).

While there was one more session left in this symposium, I had to leave to take another telephone call (sorry Keryn).


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