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ETLO Participates in TxVSN Virtual Conference
posted 8/1/13

ETLO is thrilled to be a part of the Virtual Online Learning (VOL) Speaks VOLumes Conference, a virtual conference being offered by Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN). Registration is free and open to everyone (not just TX educators). Registration is available at: http://pd.txvsn.org/login/signup.php.

There's an impressive schedule of live sessions listed at: http://pd.txvsn.org/mod/page/view.php?id=2742 and the sessions will be recorded and archived on the site.

Join ETLO's Kirsten Peterson and Erin Earnst on Thursday, August 1st at noon Central Time for a webinar on Time Management Tips for Online Facilitators and Participants. Webinar participants are welcome to be a part of the conversation and share some of their strategies for online learning time management.

ETLO Director Barbara Treacy is leading a session on Friday, August 2nd at 9 AM Central Time on So You Want to Teach Online.

Hope you can join us!

ETLO partners with Qualcomm and Boston Public Schools on Innovative Mobile Learning Project
posted 7/17/13

Beginning summer 2013, ETLO will provide a mobile-optimized, blended course for a cohort of Boston Public School leaders on Leading Schools in a Web 2.0 World, supported by a generous grant from Qualcomm's Wireless Reach Initiative. The course will enable participants, who will access the course using tablets with broadband connections, to expand their digital, mobile leadership skills and develop an action plan for implementation in their schools. ETLO facilitators will incorporate specific facilitation strategies that take advantage of mobile access.

Excellent Day of Learning at Online Learning Institute in San Antonio
posted 7/17/13

The 9th Annual Online Learning Institute jointly sponsored by ETLO, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) and Southern Region Education Board (SREB) was a huge success! Thank you to all of the members of the ETLO community who helped to make it such a great day of learning.

The day included a thought-provoking keynote presentation by Dr. David Rose from CAST, interesting roundtable discussions, informative remarks by Renee Citlau, Julie Evans, Kate Loughrey, Winnie Bracco and our own Barbara Treacy, and great conversations during networking time with educators from around the country interested in online and blended learning.

If you attended the Online Learning Institute, but have not yet completed the feedback survey, please help us improve for next year by completing this brief survey: http://go.edc.org/oli13survey.

The notes, recordings and other resources will be posted on the Online Learning Institute website: http://oli.etlo.org for your ongoing reference and sharing.

We look forward to the 10th Annual Online Learning Institute during ISTE 2013 in Atlanta. If you are interested in serving on the Online Learning Institute 2014 planning committee, please contact Leinda Peterman at lpeterman@edc.org.

 

New Partnership with Endicott College for Graduate Credit
posted 7/17/13

We are pleased to announce a new graduate credit partnership with Endicott College's Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies for eligible ETLO courses. The Five ETLO courses listed below are eligible for three graduate credits, which can be obtained after successful completion of the course with an additional fee and course requirements:

For further information, please visit our Graduate Credit page.

CoSN Logo ETLO Director Speaking at CoSN CTO Clinic
posted 5/14/13

ETLO Director Barbara Treacy will be speaking at the CoSN CTO Clinic at Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts on Thursday, May 16th. Barbara is leading a hands-on session in the afternoon focusing on Blended Learning: What is it and How Do We Support Educators in the Transition to Digital Learning?

Visit the link below for registration details and full agenda:

CoSN CTO Clinic Agenda and Registration
Webinar Series Archive
posted 4/24/13

Thank you to our colleagues who shared their time and expertise in our webinar series this past spring and summer! This ongoing series covers a variety of topics related to online and blended learning. The archives from all of our previous webinars webinars, including an excellent panel presentation on Collaboration and Content in Online Course Design by Liz McGonagle and Paula Marini from TEC, Andrea Stavrakas from Wellesley Public Schools (MA), and ETLO’s Kirsten Peterson and an informative webinar by ETLO’s Lesley Reilly and Alex Dreier on Mobile Devices and Online Learning, are available at: http://www.edtechleaders.org/webinars.

If you would like to propose a topic and/or presenter for our next webinar series that is starting in September, please email Erin Earnst at eearnst@edc.org.

Register Now for the 9th Annual Online Learning Institute
posted 4/24/13


Join leaders in online and blended learning for the 9th Annual Online Learning Institute during the ISTE Conference at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Antonio on June 26 from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Registration is now available at the ISTE registration site!* 

 

The Online Learning Institute is sponsored by EDC’s EdTech Leaders Online (ETLO), International Association of K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) and International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Early bird registration is $129 and ends May 1! After May 1, the registration fee is $159.


Highlights of the day are keynote and panel presentations and roundtable discussions. The registration fee also includes breakfast and lunch which provide additional time for making connections with others interested in online and blended learning. The keynote speaker is Dr. David Rose, CAST CEO and Co-Founder and panelists include Julie Evans, Project Tomorrow CEO, and Angela Smith, Texas Virtual School Network Operations Director.

 


Don’t miss this chance to hear exciting keynote and panel discussions and to share strategies and lessons about implementing successful online and blended learning programs in states, districts, schools and other organizations with school, district, state and national leaders in the field of online and blended learning!

 


Visit the Online Learning Institute website at http://oli.etlo.org for the preliminary agenda. Be sure follow us on Twitter (@edtechleaders) for the most recent conference updates. We hope you can join us for exciting keynote and panel presentations and in‐depth roundtable discussions about the power and future of online learning while networking with practitioners from around the country! For more information contact Leinda Peterman, ETLO, Matlea Parker, SREB, Barbara Treacy, ETLO or Rob Darrow, iNACOL.

*Contact Leinda Peterman at lpeterman@edc.org if you wish to register only for the Online Learning Institute.

DA Logo District Administration Magazine Features ETLO’s Work Preparing Online Teachers
posted 4/24/13

District Administration Magazine’s article entitled Preparing for Online Teaching features the work that EdTech Leaders Online (ETLO) is doing to support educators as they transition into teaching in online and blended environments. ETLO Director Barbrara Treacy discusses the increasing popularity of online learning and shared with District Administration that, “What we’re going to see in the future is a spectrum of blended courses, and the rare classroom that is 100 percent face-to-face.”


The importance of providing professional development to help teachers learn to teach online is highlighted in the article. “Teachers need to experience online learning themselves, says Treacy of EdTech Leaders Online, to ‘use the tools and experience the change in pedagogical design teaching online—the way you interact, the pace of learning, and the opportunities in content.’ ” Some of the key strategies for effective online teaching that are a part of the ETLO’s Teaching Students in Online Classrooms and Teaching Students in Blended Classrooms online professional development courses are highlighted in the article.


Click the link below to read the full article.

Preparing for Online Teaching , District Administration Magazine, May 2013
ETLO's Director Discusses Benefits of Online Professional Development in Education Week
posted 3/13/13

ETLO's director, Barbara Treacy, discusses the benefits for teachers’ use of technology in online professional development in the March 14th edition of Education Week.

Barbara shares, "They themselves are being engaged in learning with technology...This is good because they actually get what's going on with the learning environment, and how it is enhanced with technology...Using it in their own learning is a great way to help students use it." 

Read the article by clicking the link below.

Ed-Tech PD Focuses on Student Learning Needs, Education Week, March 2013 (Subscription Required)
Join ETLO in Celebrating Digital Learning Day on February 6th!
posted 1/21/13

In celebration of Digital Learning Day on Wednesday, February 6th, EdTech Leaders Online (ETLO) will be a part of two exciting events.

First, ETLO's director, Barbara Treacy, will be part of the 2013 National Digital Learning Day Live Chat with Education Experts from 2:30 – 3:30 PM ET focused on the Digital Learning Transition. You are invited to share your ideas and ask questions during this live event by visiting http://digitallearningday.org/chat.

After the live chat, ETLO is hosting an online conversation from 4:00 – 5:00 PM ET. This live, interactive webinar event will include a panel of K–12 teachers, students and members of the ETLO staff discussing how teaching and learning with digital resources can create authentic motivation and engagement.

Members of the panel, moderated by ETLO's Kirsten Peterson, will share concrete examples from their own online, blended and face-to-face experiences to illustrate the types of environments, tools and strategies that create excitement and motivation. Here are some of our scheduled panelists:

  • Paul Anderson, High School Science Teacher from Bozeman, MT
  • Zena Taha, Information Technology in a Global Society Teacher for Online International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme
  • Crystal Pullen, Instructional Leader for North Carolina Virtual Public School's Peer Tutoring Center
  • Reed Callahan, Sophomore at Lexington High School, MA

We hope you can join in the conversation by visiting http://econference.edc.org at 4:00 PM ET on Wednesday, February 6th.

Looking forward to celebrating Digital Learning Day with you!

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