K12 ONLINE CONference
of 2006 was the first online conference I ever attended. This was the format...
At the time, I thought it was the best thing since sliced bread! A teacher, who I later came to know, was talking about using technology in grade 1! In Canada! I could watch someone deliver a short video, talk about it with friends, and share it with my peers. What could be better?
Over the years, The K12 Online Conference has continued to evolve and came out with a whole new format this year. Instead of blasting out 40 short videos to share, talk about, etc over a very packed 3 week schedule, they are putting out mini-conferences- which have started with Julie Lindsay and a 3 part keynote entitled "GLOBAL NARRATIVES – COLLABORATION ON THE EDGE".
You can watch these one at a time or spend about a half hour to watch all three. There was also a voxer chat, twitter chats and a panel discussion. I have met Julie at ISTE conferences over the years and took her Flat Classroom Teacher Certification course back in 2012- 2013. I also helped manage several Week in the Life global projects with Vicky Davis and Julie Lindsay. Julie is an amazing global educator who actually walks the talk. She knows what she is talking about because she has done it herself.
One interesting comment I read about this discussion: "Interesting point from Julie about younger teachers not doing global collaborative projects and older teachers taking the lead. I believe that's incorrect. The 'younger teachers" who are not "doing" global collaboration are actually making these global connections but not making a big deal out of it. They just do it as it's not entirely innovative these days. I believe the "older teachers" (as Julie says) do make a big deal out of it and create these projects, hype them up as innovative, as it's something that was innovative back when they were younger teachers. But it really isn't any more." commenter name: Bernard Shaw.
Hmmm... All I can say, as an older teacher, who has done quite a few global collaborations in the past, I still think this type of collaboration is relatively new in many, many environments- even to "younger teachers". Despite the fact that technology may be ubiquitous in some schools, it is not being leveraged for global collaborations as much as it could be.
Coming up next week-