Summer Teacher Symposium 2011

Sponsored by Michigan, Idaho and North Carolina Virtual Schools
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June 13th, 2011 (All times Eastern Standard Time)
11:00 -Welcome, Overview of Conference, Sponsor Session Blackboard Collaborate, Matt Wasowski bbcollaborativesm.jpg

11:30 - Keynote Speaker, Dr. Curtis Bonk " "Adding Some TEC-VARIETY to Online Courses: Ten Principles for Jumbo Motivation
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"Everyone is talking about the need to motivate and engage students. This is true in face-to-face classrooms and is even more true in online environments. Many students are unhappy due to bland online content and unimaginative activities. It is too lock-step and mechanized. There is no room for flexibility, choice, and creativity. Many others are bored since the course does not utilize current technologies. They love their iPods, iPhones, and other wireless and mobile technologies and want their instructors to utilize them. Some feel that the instructors have not addressed their preferred learning approaches. They want hands-on activities where they produce something meaningful as well as time to explore the resources they find the Web. All these people tend to simply want more variety, or more specifically, they want 'TEC-VARIETY'. Bonk’s new instructional design model for online learning -- TEC-VARIETY -- will break online instructors and students out of boring online learning. To simplify Web-based learning possibilities, each letter of the TEC-VARIETY model stands for a well known motivational principle, including:

(1) Tone or climate,
(2) Encouragement or feedback,
(3) Curiosity,
(4) Variety,
(5) Autonomy or choice,
(6) Relevance and meaningfulness,
(7) Interactivity and collaboration,
(8) Engagement,
(9) Tension, and
(10) Yielding products and goal setting

During this talk, Dr. Bonk will outline dozens of active learning ideas and solutions that motivate students and creatively engage them in deeper learning experiences. It is time to break out of boring online approaches with a bit of TEC-VARIETY!!!

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Bonk, C. J. (2009, November 23). Benefits and Audiences of Online Learning in K-12 Environments, Inside the School (, Magna Publications, Madison, WI. Available:
Bonk, C. J. (2009, October 5). Using Shared Online Video to Anchor Instruction: YouTube and Beyond, Faculty Focus (, Magna Publications, Madison, WI. Available:
Bonk, C. J. (2009, April 14). Online learning frameworks: Past, present, and future. Newsletter from Commission on Accelerated Programs, #6, Available

12:45 - Break

1:00 - Breakout 1 (Choose from 1 of the 3 sessions below)

Session 1 "Engaging Students in Synchronous Sessions", Beth Shepherd and Lisa Fiedor, North Carolina State University
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Web conferencing sessions like Elluminate Live! are built for interaction. How can you use these tools to eliminate boredom and foster engagement? In this session, we'll discuss effective ways to engage your students in a synchronous web conferencing environment. We'll outline specific engagement strategies, including behaviors that are engaging or disengaging for online learners, techniques you can use to foster engagement, activities for online teaching, and synchronous classroom management strategies. You will participate in lots of examples that you can adopt for your own synchronous classroom. Although this session is aimed at online teachers, it is also useful for anyone who leads meetings or presentations in a web conferencing system.

Session 2 "From Rubbish to Rubies: Re-evaluating Student Research", Kristin Oostra, Idaho Digital Learning, David Young, Michigan Virtual
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Let’s face it, sometimes research papers fall short of our intentions. Students are confused, teachers are frustrated. It becomes an unpleasant assignment for everyone. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are several tools online to boost communication, preparedness and ultimately student success. This presentation will highlight free online resources as well as spark ideas so that together teachers and students can take research papers to a new level.

Session 3 "Utilizing Video: How to use Screencasting and Video Editing Software for Engaging Announcements and Instruction", Amanda Lima, NCVPS
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Do you want to take your instruction to the next level? Do you want to exemplify a 21st Century Learner to your students? This session will walk you through the use of self made videos with screencasting and an overview of video editing software potential. Overview of Video in Education - Why? What does the research say? Pros and Cons?, Ways to Create Video - Jing ,Windows Movie Maker, iMovie, Camtasia and necessary tools for production (mic and webcam basics, video camera optional.)

2:00 - Breakout 2 (Choose from one of the three sessions below)

Session 1 "Meeting the Needs of Special Needs Learners in the Online Classroom", Leslie Fetzer, Natalie Holm, Jen Currin, NCVPS,
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Best Practices, tips, and tricks for differentiating assignments and working with EC Teachers to enhance the online learning experience with an individualized approach.

Session 2 "An Heretical Look at Self-Directed Learning",, Myk Garn, Southern Regional Education Board
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“Is didacticism doomed? Where do teachers stand in the world where content, courses, and credentials are available online for free? Join Myk Garn for this Webinar as he challenges today's teaching paradigm and explores how both students and educators can put the learner in the driver's seat of their educational experience.”

Session 3 "Managing PLCs Online", Karen Carroll, NCVPS
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How to organize and set reasonable goals and time lines for PLCs in an online environment.

3:00 - Breakout 3 (Choose from one of the three sessions below)

Session 1 "Leveraging Social Networking in a Formal Online Learning Environment", Peter Arashiro, MVU
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From the earliest releases of Netscape Navigator in the 1990s to the present, the notion of delivering online courses has not radically changed. Most of what has been implemented is based on practices from the traditional face-to-face classroom: lectures, demonstrations, discussions, projects, assignments, and assessments. And while online technologies have evolved so that lectures can include multimedia, demonstrations can incorporate interactive simulations, and blogs and wikis can allow for better organized and focused discussions and projects, the instructional paradigms and practices are still basically the same. And for most students, the learning experience is basically the same as well: compulsory and disconnected. Compare this to the kind of change and impact online social networking has had over the past 8 years. The level of engagement and time spent using online social networks like Facebook by its users is staggering. Is there a way to harness the energy and interactions of these social networks and direct them toward online learning?

Session 2 "Blended Learning," Niki Walker, Idaho Digital Learning
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What if the classroom experience felt more like a day on the ski mountain? Whether the skier chooses to glide down the mountain on skis, a snowboard, or another method, the learner progresses at their own pace with a tool that works best for their style. Depending on skills, the participant can spend the day on the beginner hill, advance to the intermediate runs, or challenge themselves on expert only black diamond runs.
In this presentation, Idaho Digital Learning shares new ideas in blended learning, practices and technologies that are available for Idaho’s classroom teachers. Learn about new programs and learning systems that link Idaho content standards with student assessment and a variety of digital learning content that will allow individualized, prescribed learning experiences based on the students need and learning preferences.

Session 3 "8 Ways to Jump Start Mobile Learning in Your Courses", Kody Stimpson, Idaho Digital Learning
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There are many ways to begin implementing mobile learning into your courses. This session will present eight ways you can enhance learning through mobile devices. Several tools & alternatives (some free) will be mentioned as well as tips for developing sound mobile content. Participants will leave with a list of ideas and a basic understanding of several ways to prepare their courses for the exciting world of mobile learning.