With all of the excitement which is being generated by David Warlick’s Pre-Conference Keynote and anticipation of the remaining 40 sessions over the next three weeks, it is difficult to imagine the end of the K12 Online Conference. When Night Falls, the closing event of the conference is looming on the horizon and we are seeking volunteers to make this event a fitting end to what promises to be an outstanding conference. When Night Falls, which will begin on October 27th at 0:00 GMT. (To see what time this begins in your time zone – World Time Conversion) As night falls across the planet, educators across the globe are encouraged to participate in this culminating event, This event will be a 24 hour opportunity for participants in the 2007 K12 Online conference to gather around a virtual water cooler or have a virtual shared coffee break, to reflect and connect with friends, both old and new, about their experiences at K12 Online 2007. The purpose of When Night Falls is twofold:
- To give participants an opportunity to share reflections, to build networks and relationships and to make connections with each other. Some of the connections people make at K12 Online will grow into global collaborations for students and support networks for all of us as we continue to push the boundaries of teaching and learning in the 21st century.
- To get feedback on this year’s conference as we begin to plan for next year.
Since When Night Falls is going to run for 24 hours, we’re looking for people who are willing to volunteer to be moderators for this event. For me personally, many of individuals who I got to meet during last year’s When Night Falls I now count amongst my friends. They have provided me opportunities to grow and learn both professionally and personally. And from this group, I have been introduced to an even larger pool of people who now fall within my friendship group. I now feel that I can travel nearly anywhere throughout the world and know that I can connect and share with these great people. In brief, we are asking each moderator to:
- host and moderate an Elluminate session for 1-2 hours — if you don’t know how to do that, we’ll teach you!
- record some information on a wiki, over the course of their show, solicited from the participants, to help us create an even better experience next year. Ask people to share their:
- bouquets (what we did well)
- brickbats (what we didn’t do well)
- suggestions for next year
- write a 200 word or less summary on the wiki of what the discussion was about during your segment.
- record the session. If you don’t know how to do that, we’ll teach you!
- encourage everyone to register their participation by entering their location and blog address on the Conference Attendr Map if they haven’t already.
To register, you can visit the When Night Falls Wiki and fill in the pertinent information. We look forward to your participation. Don’t know how to use Elluminate? Tutorials will be available and practice rooms will be available during the last week of the conference.