Saturday, August 15, 2009

Continuing the Conversation

What is the conversation of which we so glibly speak? What exactly is the content, who is speaking, what are the salient points in this conversation?
If you're not "in the conversation" do you know the answers to these questions?
If you belong to Diigo and you go to this page -->http://www.wired.com/techbiz/people/magazine/17-09/st_thompson and scroll down, you will see just a glimpse of this so-called 'conversation'. There in several colors are other people comments. These are comments on the composition, not the spelling or capitalization, or things we teachers often see. These are reflective thoughts, generated because something resonated within while reading the text. These are extensions, conversations, thoughts to ponder. This is the conversation of which I speak. This is where I take my middle school students, so why not the adults who surround them?
Literacy as been mistaken for skill in reading and writing in schools. Literacy is communicating and comprehending using a medium. That medium could be dance [I think ballet, but why not other forms of dance as well?], theatre [I think opera, but why not Broadway, offBroadway, and other forms?], art [Sistine chapel here, but that's me...], music [quartets in my book-I'm old fashioned], or literature. The art of composition remains the same just the medium differs.
Opinions, outrages, reactions? Comment them all and enter the conversation anywhere online....

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Saturday, August 1, 2009

K12 Online Conference 2009

The K12 Online Conference is a global conference that will take place in December this year. The dates (as I understand them) are:

The 2009 pre-conference keynote speaker is Kim Cofino, Thailand. Kim’s keynote will be published on Monday, November 30th. The synchronous "fireside chat" will take place on December 5th.

The actual conference is themed "Bridging the Divide".
Week one: December 7 – 11, 2009
Strand A: Getting Started
Strand B: Leading the Change

Week two: December 14 – 18, 2009
Strand A: Week in the Classroom
Strand B: Kicking It Up a Notch

A live event is planned for the Saturday following each week of the conference in partnership with EdTechTalk. These live events are being called LAN parties.

This year the conference plans to have an iTunes link as well as the video and audio links. Previous conferences are available on the site for your perusal.

Please be aware the deadline for proposal submission is August 16, 2009.
You may or may not be aware that even I presented in K12Online one year. As I am fond of saying, if I can do it, then anyone can. So get submitting!

More information is available at K12Online Conference 2009.

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