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Friday, November 16, 2007

K-12 Online Professional Development Sessions

I'd love to attend if it didn't cost $25.
Below is the description of our next Wise & Witty Weekday session for this academic year.

Title: Tales from the Trenches: Distributed Learning in the K-12 World: The BC Experience
Solvig Norman and Eleanor Liddy
21 November 2007 at 1:00 P.M. (Eastern)
Mode: Elluminate Live!


K-12 distributed learning in British Columbia has a long established history dating back to the old correspondence school model that was established in 1919. Currently there are over 50 different K-12 distributed learning programs in BC (with 33,000 students). This session will explore current challenges and successes, including the use of content, technology, and standards for development & delivery within the K-12 distributed learning system. Open School BC’s role will be highlighted through its unique situation among the main players within BC. Highlights will include an overview of Open School BC’s content development model, online hosting service, and the Educators' Resource Centre, which is a popular online service focused on building a community of collaboration among BC teachers


To register for this session, please contact Tim Howard of CNIE in Ottawa at cnie-rcie@cnie-rcie.ca, phone 613.241.0018 or fax 613.241.0019. You are welcome to collect your colleagues at your site.

You will receive instructions before the event.

Registrations rates are $25 per workshop per individual OR $100 per workshop per site. Please add the appropriate GST or HST.

We are fortunate in having a small committee to arrange for this and further sessions. The committee members are Krista Francis-Poscente, Bill Fricker, and Bev Pasian. We will announce details for other sessions planned for the year; watch the listserve or our Web site for developments. If you have ideas for future sessions, please let us know.
Also, don't forget that today we have another K-12 one from CIDER.
Dear CIDER Member:

We would like to invite you to the next presentation in our series of free CIDER sessions. This session will feature a presentation and discussion with Dr. Elizabeth Childs, Director of Professional Learning for BCEd Online, and Lara Jongedijk, Project Researcher for BCEd Online.

Title: Research Results from BC's Connected Learner's Technology Projects

What factors help to create effective online learning environments in K-12? In this session, Dr. Elizabeth Childs and Lara Jongedijk will report on the final data from nine provincial Connected Learner's Technology Grant Projects that ran across 18 months and involved 14 school districts in British Columbia. The technologies used in the projects included: webcasting, web-conferencing, synchronous courses using Elluminate Live, use of Smartboards, online tutoring and data archiving. Lessons learned will be discussed and recommendations for making informed decisions when planning and implementing similar technology projects will be shared.

When: Friday, November 16, 2007, 11am-12pm MST (Alberta)

Where: Online via Elluminate at:

Please make sure your Mac or PC is equipped with a microphone and speakers, so that we can use the Voice over IP functionality built into the web conferencing software. Please note that it is extremely important that you get your system set up prior to the start of the event. Please don't wait until the day of the session to do this. Information on installing the necessary software and configuring your PC is available at http://www.elluminate.com/support/ in the "First Time Users" section. If necessary, Elluminate customer care technicians are available to assist you toll-free at 866-388-8674 option 2. International users can dial 703-956-3812.

The session will be recorded and available for future playback from http://cider.athabascau.ca/CIDERSessions/

CIDER is a Community Partner of Elluminate - http://www.elluminate.com - who proudly sponsors our web conferencing needs. To sign up for a free, no obligation three-user version of Elluminate, please visit http://www.getvroom.com
Hope to see you there for the CIDER one, and I'll try and post the free archive of the CNIE one after it goes up on their website.

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