[Sigh...] I'm really hoping that this year will be a year for more stuff that I want to do... The K12 Online Conference for 2009 wrapped up a couple weeks ago. I wasn't able to sit in on any of the live webcasts, but I am going to tune in to some of the twice-monthly events hosted by EdTechTalk - they'll be running archived webcasts and include some back-channel discussions. Looking through the list of 2009 presentations, there are definitely a couple that I need to go back and take a look at, including:
- Inside the Global Collaborative Debate: Eracism - I'm familiar with two of the presenters - Vicki Davis is very active in the blogosphere as Cool Cat Teacher, and Bernajean Porter has come into our district to work with the instructional technology coordinators - so I feel a bit obligated to check out there presentation.
- Googlios - A 21st Century Approach to Teaching, Learning, and Assessment - In my opinion, this is the direction that teaching needs to move: creating portfolios as living bodies of work that students can use to demonstrate what they know. I'm going to check out G. Alex Ambrose's presentation to see if I can learn something new to share with my teachers.
- Using computer games as a context for learning and social interaction - This is one that's close to my heart; as a long-time fan of computer games, I've always thought that they could be harnessed as an effective and interesting teaching tool. (See my posts about games, particularly Sid Meier's Civilization series.)