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March 31, 2017

SITE 2017 Proceedings Now Available Online!

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March 30, 2017

JOLR Special Issues

Note these two special issues coming up.  I do hope that the one on diverse learners turns out more diverse than the special issue that similar folks who edited a special issue of Journal of Special Education Technology did.

Michael Barbour,

We hope this email finds you well. The Journal of Online Learning Research (JOLR) has two upcoming special issues:

o   Guest Co-Editors: Mary Rice (, Mark Deschaine, Daryl Mellard

o   Manuscripts Due: October 20, 2017

o   Guest Co-Editors: Christopher P. Rozitis (, Khendum Gyabak, Krista Tomaselli

o   Manuscripts Due: April 20, 2018

Could you please share these opportunities with anyone you think might be interested? The guest editors are also happy to answer any questions regarding their special issue.

Thank you for your help!

Jered Borup & Leanna Archambault
Co-Editors-in-Chief, Journal of Online Learning Research

March 25, 2017

SITE 2017 Keynote Talks Now Available!

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March 9, 2017

SITE 2017 – Make It Real: Designing Authentic Online GIS Learning For A K12 Audience

The thirty-eighth session – and final for the conference – that I am blogging here at SITE 2017 related to K-12 Online and Blended Learning is:

Make it real: Designing authentic online GIS learning for a K12 audience

  1. Aaron Doering

    Aaron Doering

    Univ of Minnesota
    Minneapolis, MN

    Aaron H. Doering, PhD; Associate Professor, Learning Technologies; Co-Director, LT …

    , University of Minnesota, United States

  2. Jeni Henrickson, University of Minnesota, United States

Thursday, March 9 2:15-2:45 PM

No presider for this session.

Geographic knowledge and spatial thinking skills are key in today’s globally interdependent world. New tools and models are needed, however, to guide teachers and learners alike through the process of geographic inquiry using new technologies such as geographic information systems (GIS). EarthXplorers is a new online learning environment that integrates a GIS platform and takes an inquiry- and project-based approach to learning GIS. This environment uses U.S. historical sites of significance tied to contemporary issues to advance spatial thinking and geographic inquiry skills. Our study explores teacher and student engagement with EarthXplorers as it examines how geographic inquiry, spatial thinking, and creative problem-solving skills are impacted by engagement with an online learning environment centered on GIS learning using real-world examples.

Full Paper
K-12 Online Learning New Possibilities with Information Technologies Geospatial Education

I really wish I could be in this session, but I’m on the shuttle on my way back to the airport.  So if you are in the room, please post your notes below.

SITE 2017 – Tech2Teach: Making the Future Ready Shift through a Blended Learning Initiative

The thirty-seventh session that I am blogging here at SITE 2017 related to K-12 Online and Blended Learning is:

Tech2Teach: Making the Future Ready Shift through a Blended Learning Initiative

  1. Kenton Smith, MSD Washington Township, United States
  2. Seth Hamilton, MSD Washington Township, United States

Thursday, March 9 2:05-2:25 PM

No presider for this session.

MSD of Washington Township launched a pilot program, Tech2Teach, during the 2015-2016 school year. This program, based on the Future Ready Schools Framework, was designed to connect teachers to new literacies and learning tools as a component of curriculum development and instruction. The initial purpose of the pilot was to engage teachers in the process of developing a vision and culture for digital learning and personalized professional development. The selected teachers collaborated with district coaches and leaders to maximize digital learning opportunities in their schools. This paper explores the Tech2Teach program design as well as the strategies that helped shape and redefine student learning experiences. Now in its second year, Tech2Teach includes select departments and grade level teams participating in the program. The district offers its challenges, successes, and future plans to help guide other districts through a similar design model.

Best Practices
Distance/Flexible Education K-12 Online Learning Teaching and Learning with Emerging Technologies

So I’m on the shuttle on my way back to the airport.  So if you are in the room, please post your notes below.

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