Upcoming Events & PD w/ Me (and others)

Here are some upcoming events (some free and some not) I'd like to share with you. All of them have live elements that you may want to join!

Sounding Board Informational Meeting
Kim Cofino
Wed April 30th at 11:00 am UTC (see local times here). You can access the session via the link on the Sounding Board page. There is still time to sign up your classroom to be a peer review classroom for the horizon project.

Innovative Uses of Technology in the Classroom
Friday, May 2nd 10:30 am – Noon EDT
Free Ustream of Panel Discussion
This Friday, May 2nd, I'm very excited to be at Princeton this Friday at “Students and Electronic Media: Teaching in the Technological Ageon a panel with Kevin Jarrett (about Second Life) and Daniel McVeigh (Ocean of Know). I'll be ustreaming our panel and we'll have a backchannel chat (check my blog Friday morning for instructions)

If you're near Princeton, this is free and registration is still open. (I think.) See the agenda here. (Kathy Schrock and some other amazing people will be there too!)

Planning Meetings for Online Course for Digital Citizenship
Wednesday, April 30 12:30 pm CST (1:30 EDT)
Thursday, May 1 7:30 pm CST (8:30 EDT)
Kate Olson is hosting two “planning” / idea meetings about the opportunity to create a free course for parents, students, and anyone interested in learning more about digital citizenship, safety, and success. Elluminate links are posted at the Ad4dcss blog.

The First In-Person Flat Classroom “Course” with Julie Lindsay and me
Tuesday, July 8 – Wednesday, July 9th
See full schedule.
Yes, we will ustream some of this (probably the opening and closing) but the rest of the time, I hope you can understand, Julie and I will be focusing on those who are attending.

We've talked for two and a half years now about truly sharing and teaching what it takes to “do” a true Flat Classroom/ Horizon Project collaboration. Honestly, if the movement is going to grow (as it is), it will require many more teachers and schools understanding how it works and doing it themselves. Truly sustainable, culture altering movements such as we believe flat classroom should be, cannot be monopolized by anyone. The shifting world-view that we see in our students needs to be shared with others.

This arose out of a discussion I had with Steve Hargadon at IL-TCE about how Julie and I wanted to do this but didn't have the time to plan it… so Steve, who always does things up to the standards that Julie and I also aspire to, is planning this event for us.

And Elizabeth Helfant in St. Louis has Julie and I spending some special time with her school and selected schools in her association on Monday and is letting us continue on in her amazing facilities through Tuesday and Wednesday. We've created a wiki and will be sharing what we do for this on an ongoing basis. (If you're interested, registration information is available on the wiki. Who knows if we will do this again, but this time will be very, very special.)

NECC Presentations


Saturday, June 28th
I wouldn't miss it for the world. This is my favorite PD event FOR ME! Listen and learn from many amazing people. I'll never forget last year as Julie and I were talking, having met for the first time and Jeff Utecht from China plops down in the seat between us. Talk about amazing moments!


Monday, June 30 8:30 am – 9:30 am at NECC
Adam Frey, cofounder of wikispaces and I will share updated information on wikispaces and I'll talk about how we use the site in projects.

Exploring Classroom 2.0 Panel
with Steve Hargadon
Monday, June 30 12:30 – 1:30 pm, NECC

Flat Classroom “Birds of a Feather”
Monday, June 30 2:00 – 3:00 pm NECC
Join Julie and I as we facilitate discussions between people interested in creating “flat classroom” style projects. We will be grouping you in ways to facilitate meaningful connections.

Flat Classroom “Mini” 3 hour workshop
Wednesday, July 2, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
For those going to NECC, Julie and I are doing a workshop on Wednesday Morning sponsored by SIGTel. There are some slots still open, I think. We will work to include external participants in some of the work as well via ustream and wiki. Stay tuned.

Panel Discussion on Viral Professional Development
Wednesday, July 2, 1:30 – 2:30 pm (San Antonio Time)
We've been planning this for some time and will be putting the finishing touches on this exciting panel discussion over the next several weeks. This WILL be ustreamed AND backchanneled.

Please say “hi”
The toughest thing about these conferences is in finding the sufficient time to give a decent “hello.” I hope if you say “hi” that you'll have your business card in hand a note on the back about anything you'd like to discuss in the future. I try to make these notes myself but am notoriously without a pen (perhaps why I type everything.) We may then be in touch via e-mail later.

Take time to say “hi” and know that I'll do my best to take a minute. I do so love meeting other people just like me. I look forward to these events like edubloggercon and the Flat Classroom workshop where we'll be able to kick back and spend a little more time in conversation.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Diane Hammond April 30, 2008 - 3:16 am

Thanks for this list Vicki. I am feeling so badly that I can’t make it to Edubloggercon in San Antonio!!! It was such a truly amazing experience last year! Please count me in on the backchannelling – I wouldn’t miss it for the world.

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