Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Its Free! -- K12 Online Conference

Are you looking for a FREE conference?
Look no further:

Welcome to the K-12 Online Conference!
The K-12 Online Conference invites participation from educators around the world interested in innovative ways Web 2.0 tools and technologies can be used to prove learning. This FREE conference is run by volunteers and open to everyone. The 2008 conference theme is “Amplifying Possibilities”. This year’s conference begins with a pre-conference keynote the week of October 13, 2008. The following two weeks, October 20-24 and October 27-31, forty presentations will be posted online to the conference blog (this website) for participants to download and view. Live Events in the form of three “Fireside Chats” and a culminating “When Night Falls” event will be announced. Everyone is encouraged to participate in both live events during the conference as well as asynchronous conversations. More information about podcast channels and conference web feeds is available!

Call for proposals:

I attended the first two (2006 & 2007) and found them to be well, well worth my time.

Just Sharin'!
Lee Anne

Tips for Digital Literacy - Yes, this is stuff you want to know!

Like many of you, I am still trying to get a comfortable handle on “digital literacy.” I have tons and tons of questions and very few "good" answers.

  • How do I help my students evaluate and manage all the information presently available to them?
  • How do I help them distinguish the good from the bad from the ugly?
  • How do I help them understand copyright and copyleft?
  • How do I help them find a variety of information (not just what’s available through Wikipedia or Google)?
  • How do I, how do I, how do I????

So, anytime I see an article dealing with anything to do with digital/information/media literacy, etc., I’m on it. Needless to say, this article from TechLearning, “Make Students Info Literate” by Judy Salpeter had my full attention. The article touches on several timely topics, such as finding a variety of research options, finding effective research terms, copyright, tools that make evaluation easier, terms and definitions of 21st Century literacy, and NCTE recommendations.

In case you don’t subscribe to
TechLearning you may want to . . . no, I don’t get any money for this!

Just Sharin’!
Lee Anne