How do you connect online for instruction and learning? Where do you find teachers and students from around the world? One way to connect and learn from an international audience is to learn online through WizIQ live classes. Another way is to join an online conference. Connecting online (CO09-CO12) is a free annual online conference that takes place on the first weekend of February. The presenters are educators from around the globe who are passionate about instruction and learning and are enthusiastic about sharing how they engage with students through the use of technology. I have been organizing and moderating the sessions for the past 4 years with the help of volunteer teachers and the support of the team at WizIQ.
This year’s CO12 was incredible. The theme of the conference was connecting online for instruction and learning that goes beyond the classroom. The Presenters discussed the following topics:
- Connecting online to improve instruction and learning: Online learning and pedagogical/instructional experiences
- Experiences with the use of technology in face-to-face and online classes. What worked and what didn’t work for you?
- How do you use technology to promote your online workshops, consultation, business, and communities?
- Research conducted on e-learning
- 21st Century learning and teaching
- Challenges of the 21st Century learning/teaching environment
- Leading a business with e-learning technology
You are invited to view the recordings and add your comments. I would like to thank Harman Singh the CEO of WizIQ for his ongoing support and Dr. Smirnova and Nicola Avery for helping moderate the sessions. I would not have been able to spend 16 hours a day moderating the sessions. Not only is manpower necessary, but so are back up plans in case someone misses a session or technology fails.
Technology can facilitate instruction and learning and make our lives easier, but it can also pose challenges. Weather conditions may not always be compatible with technology. One of the participants, Janet Biachini wasn’t able to give her session due to heavy snow conditions in Italy. She walked for 2 hours with her husband carrying the laptop to a neighbor to try to give the session only to find out that there was no electricity there, either. I would like to thank all the presenters for doing an awesome job and for being passionate about teaching and learning with technology and sharing their online experiences with the world. The sessions focused on lifelong learning ideas, Math, English as a second or foreign language, electronic pen, cell phones, blogs, Moodle, blended learning, second life, music, art, research, authentic learning, community building, and online connections that grow.
The connections develop as presenters and participants come back year after year to learn from one another. This year the presenters agreed to write a collaborative book for CO12. The purpose of the book is to share the topics of the presentations in writing. Readers will be able to gain a deeper understanding of the presentations and how technology can be used to enhance instruction and learning. We hope that the book will be out before the next free Connecting Online conference for 2013 (CO13). Presenters may begin the registration process for CO13, today. You may also join the Ning social network for CO12 for updates for CO12 and CO13.
We learn from one another by connecting online via WizIQ’s live classes and online conferences. Online conferences provide us with opportunities to meet and learn from educators from around the globe. We would normally not be able to travel to so many countries for face-to-face conferences because of the prices and time involved. Take advantage of these online conferences and join us on CO13. In the meantime, you are invited to watch the videos and add your feedback so we can make CO13 even better.