October 13, 2014

Session Schedule Posted / Early Bird Rates Extended

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Early Bird Rates Extended

By popular demand, we’ve extended our ESS Early Bird rate until Friday, October 24th. After that, registration increases to $199 for individuals and $175 for teams of two or more. Register for ESS at Eventbrite.

Session Schedule Posted

While attendees will receive a printed program, we’re posting our entire session schedule now so that  you can get a head start in deciding which sessions to attend. While there may be a few updates before the symposium, our SCHED page is the best place to plan your symposium. http://ess2014.sched.org/

September 29, 2014

Three Great Workshops Scheduled

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We’ve scheduled three great workshops, each only $25 to attend. Come Thursday afternoon for Rob Darrow’s Planning, Implementing, and Sustaining a Blended Learning Program or Burt Lo’s Using iBooks Author to Create Interactive Resources. Saturday morning, before the closing keynote, blended learning expert, Catlin Tucker presents Creatively Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards with Blended Learning. Again, each of these workshops is just $25 to attend.

Thursday Afternoon: 1PM – 4PM

Planning, Implementing and Sustaining a Blended Learning Program
Rob Darrow

This workshop will benefit teacher and administrative educational leaders. Learn about tools, metrics and measures that will help you build, improve or extend a successful and student-centric blended learning program. This session focuses on best practices of planning and implementing a blended learning program and based on iNACOL’s roadmap for blended learning implementation which includes the six key elements of leadership, professional development, teachers, policy, technology, content. Learn how these can be applied in your school or district.

Using iBooks Author to Create Interactive Resources
Burt Lo

iBooks author can be used by administrators, teachers and students to create dynamic and interactive resources for school or classroom management and for student learning. Participants must have a Mac device with iBooks author installed.

Saturday Morning: 8:15AM – 11:15AM

Creatively Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards with Blended Learning
Catlin Tucker

Play with technology and explore new ways to engage students in active learning to meet the Common Core. This session will focus o n concrete strategies and tools you can use to teach reading, vocabulary, research and writing. Use technology to scaffold work, foster collaboration and drive higher-order thinking. Explore how you can blend technology and tradition to create a student-centered classroom that encourages students to be active participants in the learning process. Walk away with lesson ideas and fun tech tools you can use with students today!

Early Bird Symposium registration is now open until October 10th. Just $179, registration includes Friday and Saturday sessions, a keynote/lunch on Friday and a closing keynote on Saturday. Groups of two or more who are from the same school, district, or organization may register for $165. Hilton rooms for the symposium are just $139 per night.

The 3nd annual eLearning Strategies Symposium is being held on December 12-13, 2014 at the San Mateo Marriott, a free shuttle ride away from SFO, with workshops scheduled on December 11th and 13th. More information can be found at www.elearns.org.

September 4, 2014

Two Great Keynotes Highlight ESS 2014

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Amy Burvall

We’re excited that YouTube sensation Amy Burvall will keynote Friday, December 12th, at the eLearning Strategies Symposium this year. A Humanities teacher for more than 20 years, Amy is currently teaching Theory of Knowledge at Le Jardin Academy International Baccalaureate (IB) “world school” in Kailua, Hawaii. Her work in the History for Music Lovers YouTube channel (aka “Historyteachers”), which features history-based parody music videos with more than 10 million views, has appeared in Wired magazine, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Honolulu Magazine, CBC, NPR, and international blogs and media.

Ramsey Musallam

Ramsey Musallam, flipped learning guru provides our closing keynote on Saturday, December 13th. Ramsey, a TED Talk alumnus, is a secondary science instructor at Sacred Heart Cathedral in downtown San Francisco and serves as an adjunct professor of education at the University of San Francisco and Touro University. He is the host of the Infinite Thinking Machine, an Internet TV show dedicated to sharing innovative ideas for teachers and students. Ramsey’s TED Talk “3 Rules to Spark Learning” is widely popular with classroom teachers and was the lead talk on TED’s first-ever PBS TV premiere, “TED Talks Education.

Pre-registration for the eLearning Strategies Symposium is now open until October 3rd.   Individual pre-registration is currently $179 and groups of two or more may register for $165 each. Directions for paying by purchase orders are below . Registration rates increase on October 4th to $199 for individuals and $175 for teams.

August 26, 2014

More Scheduled Sessions

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Below are just a few of the great sessions that we’ve scheduled for this December’s Symposium.

Apps to guide information rehearsal and retention
Timothy Jaconette, @timjac
This fun session will introduce teachers and administrators to mobile app driven solutions to improve learning. The focus of this session will be on apps that help you record information you’ve learned, retain that information electronically and then rehearse your knowledge to transfer learning from the digital world into our minds. Apps presented will be useful both to students in the classroom as well as to school employee’s daily work. most apps discussed are free! The presenter is a Senior Researcher of Mobile Apps at Stanford University and brings no bias toward any one company. I would prefer an afternoon session if possible.

E-learning model at King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia: A journey to 200,000 students
Abdullah Al Fraidan, @Alfraidan
In this presntation, we will shed light on the elearning model at King Faisal University Saudi Arabia and its experience in attracting more than 150,000 elearning students in its various programms using high technology. More than 400 online services are available to students plus more than 144 exam centers spread throughout the country which make students not need to be encampus except in the graduation ceremony.

Beyond Blended Learning. It’s Blended Instruction.
Kristina Mattis
Sometimes relying on anecdotal feedback isn’t enough to justify why something is done the way it is. Blending theory into practice can help you answer “that’s why.” Learn how Google Forms and publishing in e-Portfolios can improve student writing outcomes.

It’s not just blended learning anymore, it’s blended instruction. Blending theory and research into practice increases the validation of instructional design. In this session, the writing process will be justified by theory and research. Participants will be shown how the stages from the theory of self-regulated learning actually improve writing outcomes, all of which students can demonstrate using Google Forms and publishing in e-Portfolios. While the initial establishment of the process is teacher-directed, future processes are student-centered, allowing students to take more ownership of their writing.

[Insert LMS Here] Summer Academy
Kevin Fairchild, @kfairchild6
Last year, I built a blended summer course for teachers who wanted to incorporate a blended component to their classes. The course was delivered through our LMS, using a flipped model, and included not only instruction in using the LMS but also considerations and strategies for online learning. I’ll share how I built the course, how the teachers completed the work, and what some of the results were.

Technology in the Common Core Age
Dennis Large, @dennislarge
Common Core and the Smarter Balanced assessments are changing our classrooms. K-12 online and blended learning environments are poised to lead the change. This session examines the specific role of technology in this transformation – including research and best practices. We will examine some of the ideas and the applications gaining traction as teachers make the connections between ed tech and the Common Core.

August 21, 2014

Nominate a Great Online/Blended Teacher or eLearning Advocate

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Do you know or work with a great online or blended teacher at your school? Do you work with an eLearning leader, someone who has advocated for and led online and blended initiatives?

The eLearning Strategies Symposium is now accepting nominations for two eLearning awards, which will be presented on December 12th during the ESS keynote address.  The CUE and Stanislaus COE-sponsored eLearning Strategies Symposium is an annual California conference for K-12 educators, administrators, and advocates focused on online and blended learning.

Online Teacher of the Year

The Online Teacher of the Year Award recognizes an online teacher who has made a noteworthy contribution to eLearning in an online or blended setting. Supporting and engaging all students online is the key element in this award. Nominees must be currently teaching online with K-12 students. Nominations may be submitted by the individual nominee or by another person who is able to support the nomination through personal involvement with the nominee.

eLearning Advocate

The eLearning Advocate Award is presented to an individual or organization that has contributed significantly to promoting, advocating, or implementing eLearning at their school, district, county or state. It may include organizations, members of the state and/or federal legislature or their staffs, educators, or individuals who have made sustained and/or extraordinary efforts in promoting eLearning to advance student achievement.

Nominations are now open until September 15th. For more information, visit our ESS Awards page.

Early-bird registration for the Symposium is just $165 for groups of two or more or $179 for individuals. The symposium includes two keynote addresses and more than 60 concurrent sessions, all focused on online or blended learning. Visit our ESS registration page for more information.

Ramsey Musallam, a TED Talk alumnus and blended learning pioneer, will provide our closing keynote on Saturday and Amy Burvall, a YouTube sensation on the History for Music Lovers channel, is our opening keynote on Friday. We’ve also begun posing some of our accepted sessions on the main ESS page.

August 5, 2014

Session Samples: ESS 2014

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With ESS 2014 just four months away, we’d like to share a few of the terrific sessions you’ll be attending. Return each week for more.

Digital Storytelling Using the iPad in an Online Environment
Roger Pence

Explore the pedagogy, techniques, and application to content using student-generated digital stories created on the iPad using the online, collaborative video editor WeVideo.  iMovie and YouTube upload will also be examined.  Authentic research, writing, and speaking become transferable 21st century skills. A brief, live (follow-along) demonstration using WeVideo to make a prototype classroom digital story as well as comparison to iMovie, Pinnacle Studio, etc. will be explored. Resources, student examples, and writing prompts provided!

Blended and Online Common Core: Creating Dynamic Thinkers in All Subject Areas
Courtney Calfee

Blended and Online Common Core: Creating Dynamic Thinkers in All Subject Areas is an interactive training that will equip educators with an understanding of their role in addressing the instructional shifts required by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Applying CCSS across all subject areas helps transform students who are accustomed to thinking about text-explicit concepts into dynamic thinkers able to draw inferences and reach evidence-based conclusions no matter what course they are in. Learn ways that higher-order questioning can be infused into Live Lessons/Collaborations and be the beginning of an exciting change in learning outcomes.

To build or to buy?
Courtney Calfee

Should you build or buy online courses? Participants will collaborate and evaluate the resources needed to create engaging online curricula. During the training, educators will learn the development process that Florida Virtual School has used over the last 15 years to create engaging, award-winning online courses. To help determine whether to build or buy, participants will review pedagogies, instructional design elements, and INACOL National Standards for Quality Online Courses.

Google Forms for Administrators
Will Kimbley

Increase communication and collaboration with Google Forms. Beyond surveys, Google Forms can be used as a walkthrough and evaluation tool, bullying & behavior report notification, & much more. Many Forms are already pre-made for you. we’ll show you where to find them.

Flipping Feedback
Kristina Mattis

Students submit work digitally, so why not provide digital feedback? This workshop demonstrates various ways to provide free written commentary, audio streaming, and video recordings on student work. Participants can learn to use Google Docs, Screencast-o-matic, Flubaroo, Formemailer, Google Kaizena (Voice Comments), and Google Movenote, for instance, to provide efficient feedback as part of this session.

June 17, 2014

Amy Burvall to Keynote 2014 eLearning Strategies Symposium

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Costa Mesa, Calif., June 16, 2014 — Today, CUE and the Stanislaus County Office of Education announced that Amy Burvall will provide the opening keynote for the third annual eLearning Strategies Symposium, a conference dedicated to highlighting and exploring effective strategies for online and blended education.

A Humanities teacher for more than 20 years, Amy is currently teaching Theory of Knowledge at Le Jardin Academy International Baccalaureate (IB) “world school” in Kailua, Hawaii. Her work in the History for Music Lovers YouTube channel (aka “Historyteachers”), which features history-based parody music videos with more than 10 million views, has appeared in Wired magazine, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Honolulu Magazine, CBC, NPR, and international blogs and media. She was privileged to present at TEDxHonolulu 2011 and served as co-curator for TEDxHonoluluED 2013.

In her keynote, “The Cafe, the Studio and the Stage: Re-Imagining Spaces for Blended and Online Learning”, Amy will re-imagine the environments in which our students learn, whether traditional, blended, or completely online. She will answer such questions as what are the essential elements of these “spaces” and what tools are useful in managing student learning, production, and amplification of student work.

“We are thrilled that Amy Burvall will be our kick-off keynote speaker at eSS,” said CUE’s Executive Director, Mike Lawrence. “Her innovative approaches to education and her willingness to explore all avenues of content delivery and creation will be the perfect way to start the symposium.”

Early Bird Symposium registration is now open until October 10th. Just $179, registration includes Friday and Saturday sessions and a keynote/lunch on Friday and a closing keynote on Saturday. Groups of two or more who are from the same school, district, or organization may register for $165. San Mateo Marriott rooms for the symposium are just $139 per night.

 

June 9, 2014

Ramsey Musallam to Keynote 2014 eLearning Strategies Symposium

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Costa Mesa, Calif., June 3, 2014 — Today, CUE and the Stanislaus County Office of Education announced that Ramsey Musallam will provide the closing keynote for the third annual eLearning Strategies Symposium, a conference dedicated to highlighting and exploring effective strategies for online and blended education.

Ramsey Musallam, a TED Talk alumnus, is a secondary science instructor at Sacred Heart Cathedral in downtown San Francisco and serves as an adjunct professor of education at the University of San Francisco and Touro University. He is the host of the Infinite Thinking Machine, an Internet TV show dedicated to sharing innovative ideas for teachers and students. Ramsey’s TED Talk “3 Rules to Spark Learning” is widely popular with classroom teachers and was the lead talk on TED’s first-ever PBS TV premiere, “TED Talks Education.” In his keynote, “Peeking In: Using Technology to Fuel and Measure Student Inquiry,” Ramsey will use examples from the classroom, his research and society to explore curiosity as a cognitive construct, a pedagogical tool and surprisingly, an assessment device. Simple resources and instructional strategies used to spark curiosity will be presented, and case studies will be analyzed.

“We’re excited to hear from Ramsey Musallam at eSS,” said CUE’s Executive Director, Mike Lawrence. “He’s an innovative speaker with a passion for online and blended learning, who brings important perspectives to our symposium.”

Early Bird Symposium registration is now open until October 10th. Just $179, registration includes Friday and Saturday sessions and a keynote/lunch on Friday and a closing keynote on Saturday. Groups of two or more who are from the same school, district, or organization may register for $165. San Mateo Marriott rooms for the symposium are just $139 per night.

For more information, visit the eLearning Strategies Symposium website, www.elearns.org.

June 4, 2014

Common Core at the Symposium

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Given that blended learning skyrocketed 49% last year, we’re pleased to include a Common Core strand at this year’s eLearning Strategies Symposium. Join us in December for these and other great sessions about eLearning’s pedagogy, content, big picture, capacity building, and gear.

Blended and Online Common Core: Creating Dynamic Thinkers in All Subject Areas
Courtney Calfee

Blended and Online Common Core: Creating Dynamic Thinkers in All Subject Areas is an interactive training that will equip educators with an understanding of their role in addressing the instructional shifts required by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Applying CCSS across all subject areas helps transform students who are accustomed to thinking about text-explicit concepts into dynamic thinkers able to draw inferences and reach evidence-based conclusions no matter what course they are in. Learn ways that higher-order questioning can be infused into Live Lessons/Collaborations and be the beginning of an exciting change in learning outcomes.

Technology in the Common Core Age
Dennis Large

Common Core and the Smarter Balanced assessments are changing our classrooms.  K-12 online and blended learning environments are poised to lead the change. This session examines the specific role of technology in this transformation – including research and best practices. We will examine some of the ideas and the applications gaining traction as teachers make the connections between ed tech and the Common Core.

The Core of the Common Core
Kyle Brumbaugh

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are now a part of all classrooms, but how can you quickly and easily create and develop lessons that will allow you to meet multiple CCSS and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)?  This session will provide you with strategies on how to develop tool sets, workflows and power lessons that will allow you to supercharge the teaching and learning in your classroom.  This session will also allow you to get the students to teach each other and in turn deepen their own learning.

Authoring and Adapting Online Content with CK12 – the Leading OER Platform
Stephen Politzer

CK-12 is the leading Open Educational Resource (OER) for quality, free common core aligned online courses and curriculum concepts. Find a complete course or curriculum concept and use it directly out of the box… or copy it, edit and adapt it, and make it your own by adding your words, links, and resources. In this session, you’ll get an overview of the CK-12 OER system, learn how to search for and find courses and concepts, copy and edit courses and concepts, and even author and publish your own courses and concepts. Quality AND free… CK-12!

Discussion Boards: Purpose and Power
David Dillon

Participants will explore the purpose and power of Discussion Boards.  Discussion Boards can be used for the following three purposes: 1) deepening a student’s knowledge, 2) initiating peer tutoring, and 3) demonstrating mastery of material.  Discussion boards are powerful tools for meeting many ELA Common Core Anchor Standards.  In this workshop participants will take an in-depth look at how to use Discussion Boards effectively.  Key concepts that will be looked at include developing essential questions, online deliberation, and argumentation.  Be prepared to discuss these concepts.

The eLearning Strategies Symposium returns December 12th and 13th, 2014 and focuses on K12 educators, administrators, policymakers, industry, and advocates. The San Mateo Mariott will host the two-day event. Pre-registration for the eLearning Strategies Symposium is now open until October 3rd.   Individual pre-registration is currently $179 and groups of two or more may register for $165 each.

The San Mateo Marriott, a short, free shuttle ride from San Francisco International Airport, is centrally located by Highways 92 and 101 on the San Francisco Peninsula. Single and double rooms, which are $139 per night, include free wi-fi and self-parking. Room reservations must be made by Friday, November 25, 2014 to ensure the ESS group rate.  Secure your room through the eSS hotel reservation page,

 

May 27, 2014

Symposium eLearning Award Nominations Open

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The eLearning Strategies Symposium is now accepting nominations for two eLearning awards which will be presented during the December 12th keynote.  Full information, links to the online submission form, and the timeline are listed below. Recognize your local eLearning teacher and eLearning advocate by submitting a nomination by September 15, 2014.

eLearning Educator of the Year

The eLearning Educator of the Year Award recognizes an virtual or blended teacher who has made a noteworthy contribution to eLearning in an virtual or blended setting. Supporting and engaging all students is the key element in this award. Nominees must be currently teaching either in a virtual or blended setting with K-12 students.

Nominations may be submitted by the individual nominee or by another person who is able to support the nomination through personal involvement with the nominee.

**”Supporting and engaging students online” based on iNacol National Standards for Quality Online Courses means: “Learning activities and other learning opportunities are developed to foster instructor-student and student-student interaction. The technology and course content encourage exchanges amongst the instructor and students through email, discussions, synchronous chats, simulations, lab activities, online collaborations and other group projects. Within the grading policy, guidelines defining student participation and expectations are provided.

Threaded and/or synchronous discussions are available for developing community, asking and finding answers to questions about the course, and around the content. Access is available to groups or individual students based on the purpose of the activity. Rules, roles, and expectations for the discussion are clear and posted within the discussion forum.” (iNacol, 2011, Standard 10, p. 13)

Nominations for this category are submitted through the CUE eLearning Special Interest Group (eLSIG). Unless ineligible, the eSS Educator Teacher of the Year recipient will become the CUE/SCOE nominee for the National  Educator of the Year Award through iNACOL.

Required Nomination Materials:

  • Two-page overview of the nominee’s contributions to educational technology in a classroom setting and how the nominee uses technology to support standards-based curriculum on an ongoing basis.
  • A current curriculum vitae or resume.

eLearning Advocate Award

The eLearning Advocate Award is presented to an individual or organization that has contributed significantly to promoting, advocating, or implementing eLearning at their school, district, county or state. It may include organizations, members of the state and/or federal legislature or their staffs, educators, or individuals who have made sustained and/or extraordinary efforts in promoting eLearning to advance student achievement.

Nominations for this category are submitted through the eLearning Special Interest Group (eLSIG).

Required Nomination Materials:

  • One page overview of the nominee’s contributions to eLearning.

Timeline

Nominations open: May 27, 2014
Submissions close: September 15, 2014
Announced at eSS – Dec. 12, 2014
Awardees will receive complementary registration to the eLearning Strategies Symposium.

Submit an Award Nomination

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