Monday, October 13, 2008

Some Opportunities for Professional Development

As I begin to ramp up for the T+L conference at the end of the month, I wanted to take a moment to tell you about some exciting opportunities a little closer to home.

The first is the The Chicago International Children's Film Festival
I happened upon this completely by accident this morning while "sleep surfing" at 4:00 in the morning.

According to their website:

The CICFF is North America's largest and most celebrated film festival devoted to films for and by kids, and it's the only Academy®-qualifying children's film festival in the world! (That means our winners in the short film category can go on to compete for the Oscars®!

This year, "Cannes for Kids" features over 200 of the best films and videos for kids from 40 countries. The Festival welcomes over 26,000 Chicago area children, adults, and educators to hundreds of screenings. More than 100 filmmakers, media professionals & celebrities attend the Festival to lead interactive workshops with kids."

They offer packages for groups over 25 and some very interesting Professional Development Opportunities for parents and teachers alike. Perhaps the most intriguing thing is that it is "for and by kids." I have always believed that giving students ownership of the learning process ingrains the lesson being taught.

You don't even need to leave the comfort of your classroom or home for the second opportunity. It's the K12 Online Conference!

It actually start today October 13th, 2008! According to the website:
"The K-12 Online Conference invites participation from educators around the world interested in innovative ways Web 2.0 tools and technologies can be used to improve learning. This FREE conference is run by volunteers and open to everyone. The 2008 conference theme is “Amplifying Possibilities”. This year’s conference begins with a pre-conference keynote the week of October 13, 2008. The following two weeks, October 20-24 and October 27-31, forty presentations will be posted online to the conference blog (this website) for participants to download and view. Live Events in the form of three “Fireside Chats” and a culminating “When Night Falls” event will be announced. Everyone is encouraged to participate in both live events during the conference as well as asynchronous conversations. More information about podcast channels and conference web feeds is available!"

I already missed the Pre-conference keynote, but luckily in the 21st century you don;t have to be anywhere anymore! I've posted it for your convenience below:

Pre-conference Keynote

I'm looking forward to the month ahead as it is going to be filled with so many thought provoking opportunities. I'm sure in the coming months this blog is going to be filled with thoughts and ideas, so please visit often!
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