nnovative teaching practices, supported by the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) strongly predict students’ acquisition of 21st century skills (Innovative Teaching and Learning Research 2011). The Microsoft Teaching with Technology curriculum supports educators’ professional development as they seek to integrate ICT into their teaching and learning.
Online learning designed to give you a deeper understanding of ICT
Created to help set a foundation beyond learning to use technology, educators will develop a deeper understanding of how ICT integration can enhance the teaching and learning experience and enable 21st century skill acquisition via six online learning courses:
Why promote technology literacy?
How technology and pedagogy mix
Organize and manage the use of ICT in the classroom
Selecting ICT resources to support curriculum outcomes
Using basic ICT tools to support teaching and learning
Technology literacy and your professional development
Whether you’re in an administrative position or an instructor, if you’re in search of a stronger foundation upon which to build expertise in online course design, development, instruction, and assessment you will benefit from this practical, innovative online event. The VOL Conference brings a community of hundreds of educators worldwide – right to your desktop for interactive online sessions, discussions, hands-on learning, strategy swapping, and networking.
The VOL Conference is the place to connect with and learn from colleagues. Attendees will interact directly with speakers, moderators, and peers. Take part in live polls, answer real-time discussion questions, and ask questions and converse with peers via live chat during any of the sessions. Keep in touch with the community via the conference internal messaging system and the “Latest News” filled with tips and tools.
Can’t attend your favorite session live? No problem? All sessions are recorded and posted almost immediately for those who can’t attend, or for those who want to review a session after the conference. Attendees have access to the asynchronous recordings for a year after the live event.
Attend from Anywhere: Forget the costs and hassles of travel – the 3-day conference is completely virtual. Meet and interact with the experts and your peers, share information, expand your professional network, and learn from talented colleagues, all from the convenience of your desktop. Over 95% of previous participants in the speaks VOLumes conferences report that the virtual experience is extremely meaningful and valuable – if not more so – than attending a face-to-face conference.
Engaging Speakers: The VOL Conference features an incredible line-up of dynamic speakers and authors. During VOL, the presenters not only share scores of online teaching and learning techniques from their own practice, but facilitate a lively dialogue with a community of participants. The result: a stimulating sharing of practical take-aways that each participant can immediately integrate into their own online teaching, and an instant network of peers that serves as an ongoing resource to all members of the VOL community.
Learning with the Authors: Dynamic authors - all of whom are respected practitioners in the field, are presenting during the conference. The presenters will not only share with you during the conference but have been invited to continue a lively dialogue with a community of participants in the TxVSN “Learning with the Authors” online book study.
The Learning with the Authors online book study will be a series of Webinar meetings throughout the coming year for the study of each individual book selected with a concluding Webinar meeting with the guest author/s in attendance. More information
Professional Networking: The VOL team strives to create a culture of sharing and produces the conference with an array of tools and events that foster relationship-building with peers and the growth of professional networks. Participants cite the connections they made with others in attendance online as among the most valuable elements of the online conference experience.
Live Interactive Sessions: The VOL Conference Team has crafted a jam-packed three days of access to top speakers, great content and exceptional networking opportunities. Each day of the conference will include numerous live online sessions facilitated by leading experts and moderators. Participants will hear and interact with workshop leaders and other attendees on topics designed to offer practical strategies for improving online learning courses and programs. Each session will last about one hour, and will feature live two-way web-based audio, visuals, and real-life demonstrations of best practices at work.
Full Session Recordings: All presentations are recorded and posted almost immediately to the conference community site so that participants unable to attend live or who wish to review can experience the sessions when it is most convenient. Access to the session recordings is available for a year after the VOL Conference. No matter what time zone you are in, you can still enjoy and benefit from the online conference experience. The conference is meant to adapt to your schedule. Other conference activities are asynchronous, so you can participate in those elements whenever it suits you best. All registrants will have access to all conference resources — and a network of colleagues and authors.
A Green Conference: The VOL Conference Online is the greenest professional development conference around. With zero travel required, no wasteful carbon emissions, and no need for tote bags to carry around piles of paper you’ll just throw out anyway, VOL 2012 is not only good for your own learning, it’s good for our planet.
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