Course Procedures

To earn 1 PLU, you must "attend" and respond to five conference sessions. (2 PLU = 10 sessions/responses).


STEP 1: Locate a session that interests you. View the session and explore its supporting resources. Keep the response/reflection items in mind, and possibly take notes as you view and explore (see STEP 2).


To get started, visit the K12 Online Conference site.


The easiest way to locate a session is to click one of the categories listed under 2009 (or other years) on the right sidebar of the blog.(The sidebar is present on every page of the site).

¤ NOTE: You are free to "attend" sessions from any year, but please be aware that the quality/consistency of presentations will vary a bit. The presentations for 2008 and 2009 will have to most consistency in format and video quality. Please be patient and simply select an alternate presentation if you experience technical or quality issues. There are about 175 presentations to choose from, so you should be good to go.
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Under each category (for example, "Getting Started"), you will find several blog posts listing presentation titles, presenter information and a session description.

Click a post/session title to view the full session page, where you will find a full session description, and links to stream or download the presentation (typically in video format).

Many sessions will provide accompanying resources (such as a companion wiki site or related links) as supporting content for the presentation. Be sure to explore those resources as well.

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On the main session page, you will find links for viewing (or listening to) the online presentation.

¤ NOTE: Session lengths vary, but for 2008 & 2009, session videos were capped at a maximum of 20 minutes. (Keynote presentations will be much longer). You should see a video "run time" or length listed next to the presentation link. Accompanying resources will also vary.
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STEP 2: Create your reflection/response using one of the suggested (or a similar) tools.

Please address ALL OF the following elements in EACH OF your session reflections. Other than the session name, strand and URL/location (items 1-3), you do not need to literally address each item as a discrete, numbered response – please be as creative and engaging as you wish, as long as you clearly respond to each area, AND use a media format to supplement or present your reflection for EACH session. You may wish to simply type the information for items 1-3 on the wiki page adjacent to your media-based response (see Reflection Format Options below as well as Example Participant Page. See Help Resources for some basic assistance using many of the suggested tools).

Required Response/Reflection Items:

  1. Name of session.
  2. Conference year and strand.
  3. URL of session.
  4. Brief session summary / main points made. Use your own words and provide enough detail that someone new could get a feel for the session content. Please include a brief description of any key supporting resources/sites as well.
  5. Questions you have and/or ideas for further exploration after viewing the presentation.
  6. What did you gain from the session in terms of your personal professional development?
  7. How will you apply the learning to your professional situation? Describe at least three ideas for lessons, activities, assessments, projects or other possibilities for applying the tools or concepts presented to support teaching and learning (or your current professional role).

Reflection Format Options:

Here are some suggestions for the format of your reflective responses to the questions/items above. See Help Resources for tips on using several of the suggested tools. See Example Participant Page and/or former participant pages (click a name on the left navigation) to view some completed responses. You are free to substitute other, similar tools, as long as you use at least two (or three) different media/display formats embedded or uploaded to the wiki. Do not attach a Powerpoint.

TIP: If you are using a graphics-heavy site that allows for only limited text (e.g. a ToonDoo comic strip, or an Animoto slideshow, feel free to put main points/bullets in the media portion and include your full response as text on the wiki page.

  • A brief video (~2-3 minutes long), created with a webcam, Flip camera (or other digital video camera) or digital storytelling software such as Photostory or iMovie, uploaded to the wiki page (must be under 20 MB) or embedded from YouTube or other video sharing site.
  • A digital story created with images and text/audio using a site such as VoiceThread or MixBook.
  • A "comic" using Pixton or ToonDoo
  • A brief podcast (MP3 format) created in Audacity (or GarageBand) and uploaded to the wiki (must be under 20 MB) or embedded from a podcast hosting site such as Gcast or Podbean,
  • An embedded as a Vocaroo recording. Or Gabcast free phone podcast.
  • A concept map embedded in the wiki page using a site such as Gliffy or Bubbl.us
  • A digital collage/bulletin board using Glogster, Wallwisher or Stixy.
  • A slide show using an online tool such as Google Presentations, or a Powerpoint presentation uploaded to Slideshare and embedded into the wiki page. (Do not upload a Powerpoint file to the wiki -- you must upload it to Slideshare or a similar service and embed it into the wiki).
  • An animated "movie" using Xtranormal.

STEP 3: Embed or upload your response to your wiki page on this site. Repeat 5 or 10 times.

See Example Participant Page to get an idea of how to format and present your responses.


Help Resources:

Especially note the final section which provides instructions for Embedding media, which is a key activity for this course.