There is an interesting education going on. Most of the main events are next week but the keynote by David Warwick took place earlier this week. What makes this conference different is that it is all taking place online at http://k12onlineconference.org/ and it involves top educational bloggers from around the world. An international conference with no travel or hotel stay requirements. This may change the way we thing about conferences.
A complete schedule is available at http://k12onlineconference.org/docs/k12online06-agenda.html Vicki A Davis has an online conference planning guide with her summary of some of the key events and information. It looks like continuing education credit is available by the way. If that doesn’t make it a real education conference I don’t know what would!
Now you would think that this sort of online conference would be less interactive than a live conference but in some ways the opposite if true. For example Dave Warwick is hosting a wiki to discuss the keynote. And of course many of the bloggers who are attending are posting their own notes in their blogs. For example here is a link to Wesley Fryer’s Moving at the Speed of Creativity blog with his notes and screenshots. This is only going to get more interactive and the conference moves into its main schedule next week.
OK so there is no big dinner, no parties and no exhibit hall giving away brochures and swag but there looks to be a lot of education going on. It’s going to be interesting to see how it develops.