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The K12 Online Conference – More Then Two Weeks Of Free PD – You Set The Pace!

The K12 Online Conference , with this years theme “Bridging the Divide” is an exciting way to network and facilitate your own professional development.  The conference is free and  includes the weeks of, December 7-11 and December 14-17,  encompassing over fifty presentations. This is a conference  filled with innovative ways  to use Web 2.0 , reflect on best practices, and  learn about technologies that can be used to facilitate 21st century learning. Events and their  scheduled times  are posted ,and as an added extra, they all remain on-line to serve as an archive. In fact, an archives’ page  serves as an outstanding  permanent resouce and  includes over 122 presentations from 20082007, and 2006 . Check out and join  the conference Ning to interact, and read the  conference blog  for good information. The conference wiki is a great place to get started. All of these serve as a place to  view, download, and discuss ideas from the conference. There are  also three live events presented as  “Fireside Chats” and they  are listed on the events page of the conference Ning and Facebook fan page. Live events will  even continue in 2010 through twice-monthly “K-12 Online Echo” webcasts on EdTechTalk. You can also follow the K12 Online Conference on Twitter and Facebook!  There is a great first timers page that provides some helpful information on how to get the most out of this conference. For those interested in PD credit , there is a page  that can give you more information. You can even make  one or more of the presentations a school professional development event. Get together with colleagues to view the conference sessions and discuss.  There is sure to be a session that fits your  interests and school ‘s goals. Remember, the conference and all past conferences  are mostly asynchronous (not happening in real time), so you can catch up with the conference at anytime using the archives. I have included a link to different PDF files that can be printed or emailed (select the one for your time zone). Make sure you check this out and I hope to see you on the Ning! – Mike

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Edublog Awards 2009 – A Way To Thank An Education Blogger!

This midweek posting has been published to make you aware of the Edublog Awards for 2009. I have included my blog nominations and invite you to visit the sites posted below that are rich in resources and reflections. Perhaps you have a nomination. If so, Click on the Edublog Award 2009 Link  for more information. As always, please feel free to visit the 21centuryedtech Wiki and enjoy the valuable links I have provided in my nominations. Have a great week and enjoy the resources! – Mike

I have now been officially blogging and posting a wiki for four months. Thanks for your comments, your bookmarks, your subscriptions to the blog, and your memberships on the wiki. The wiki alone has had over 7000 visites in this short period of time. I have become a great fan of blogs and wikis and have prepared my list for the Edublog Awards2 2009. I did not nominate every category because I have not investigated all of the areas. It was hard for me to select nominations because there are so many oustanding authors of blogs and wikis on the web. Some of my picks are based on listening  to individuals at conferences and then visiting their blog.

 I just want to thank all the authors of wiki’s and blogs for their hard work at providing information that benefits students and teachers everyday. If you wish to nominate an author of a wiki or blog please visit Edublog Awards 2009 !  The nomination period runs until December 8, 2009.

Categories include ; Best individual blog, Best individual tweeter, Best group blog, Best new blog, Best class blog, Best student blog, Best resource sharing blog, Most influential blog post, Most influential tweet / series of tweets / tweet based discussion, Best teacher blog, Best librarian / library blog, Best educational tech support blog, Best elearning / corporate education blog, Best educational use of audio, Best educational use of video / visual, Best educational wiki, Best educational use of a social networking service, Best educational use of a virtual world, Lifetime achievement.

The time you take nominating will be appreciated by all of those people who spend hours  researching and bring ing great ideas to all of  us everyday!  It really is a great way to say, thank you! Below you will find my attempt at  selecting my nominations. Take a moment to visit these outstanding links for some great resources and reflections. Also, I will be creating a blogroll on the 21centuryedtech Wiki. If you know of , or author, an outstanding blog or wiki please let me know so I can include it on the Wiki. Feel free to visit the 21centuryedtech Wiki  for some great information and resources, and as always as always, thanks for reading! – Mike


Best Teacher BlogCool Cat Teacher  by Viki Davis –  http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com

Best Tech Support  BlogKaffeeLatch by Kathy Schrock – http://kathyschrock.net/blog

Best Individual BlogThe Power Of Educational Technology – Liz Davis –  http://edtechpower.blogspot.com

Best Library BlogNever Ending Search – Joyce Valenza – http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/blog/1340000334.html

Best New Blog – Angela Maiers Education – Angela Maier – http://www.angelamaiers.com

Best Education Use Of A Virtual WorldOh! VirtualLearning – Scott Merrick – http://scottsecondlife.blogspot.com

Lifetime Achievement – Dangerously Irrelevant – Scott McLeod – http://www.dangerouslyirrelevant.org/top_posts.html

Best Resources Sharing BlogFree Technology For Teachers – Richard Byrne – http://www.freetech4teachers.com/


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