Professional Experiences

Explore this listing of technology professional development opportunities. Try a face-to-face conference or take an online challenge. What learning style fits your needs and schedule?

K12 Online Learning Conference

Begins Monday, October 15, 2012 and ongoing all year long!
The K12 Online Learning Conference is the largest global conference that never ends. All sessions can be accessed after real-time dates, including keynotes. You can get involved in the conference Ning, blog, or wiki. Search for sessions that appeal to your interests. Catch some interesting learning while sipping coffee in your slippers. The conference is totally online. Oh, and did I mention that it is FREE?!!


The next gathering is November 12, 2012, 9am to 4pm
Lewis Elementary School
Cost? It's free!
Go here to register.
"...Edcamp is an unconference-style day of technology professional development organized and given by the local participants.

What are the goals of edcampPDX?
  • Networking: Connect educators in the Portland / Oregon area
  • Instructional Practices: Learn new curriculum ideas, best practices, and/or tech integration ideas from other educators
  • Personalized: You customize your own PD by suggesting, facilitating and attending sessions about topics that interest you!

Educon 2.5

January 25-27, 2013
Philadelphia, PA
This conference is about change, revisioning educational practice. It is about using technology as a natural part of this revisioning. Join progressive thinkers, educational technology experts, and just darn good teachers. "And it is not a technology conference. It is an education conference. It is, hopefully, an innovation conference where we can come together, both in person and virtually, to discuss the future of schools. Every session will be an opportunity to discuss and debate ideas - from the very practical to the big dreams" (Educon 2.4 web site).

NCCE 2013

Februrary 26-March 1, 2013, Portland, OR
Northwest Council for Computer Education
NCCE is our local chapter of ISTE, the International Society for Technology in Education. Hear from teachers in the trenches, exciting keynotes, or bring your laptop for a hands-on session. There is something for everyone at NCCE. Get inspired! This year's theme is "The Greatest Show on Earth!"

EdJEWCon 5773.1

April 28-30, 2013
Jacksonville, FL
Gottlieb Academy
EdJEWCon is sponsored by the AviChai Foundation and modeled after the secular Educon. Last year was the first time this conference occurred, drawing folks from Texas to the Northeastern region of the USA. This year's conference includes two HUGE keynotes, Chris Lehmann, the founder of Educon and the leader of Philadelphia's Science Leadership Academy AND Steve Hargadon, creatore of Classroom 2.0, Eluminate and so many other exciting innovations in educational technology. This is the largest gathering of Jewish educators concerned about shifting instruction and learning towards discovery, innovation and 21st Century practices. This is the conference to NOT miss. Be there!

Here is a TEDX Talk by Chris Lehmann, "Education is Broken"

Classroom 2.0
This is a collaborative space for educators to dialogue and share ideas around a wide array of interests. This is a Ning platform, allowing teachers to form interest groups and participate in a general forum as well.

Summer Opportunities:

ISTE 2013

June 23-26, 2013 San Antonio, TX
This is the largest national educational technology conference in the United States. Meet colleagues from all over the country, play on the showcase floor with emerging tech tools and software, and attend sessions that give you that spark for your own classroom integration.

BLC 2013

Alan November's Building Learning Communities
July 21-26, 2013, Boston, MA (This includes pre-conference and main conference dates.)
Teams or individuals from schools join together for a hands-on learning experience. Bring you laptop and your favorite digital camera. You become the student and hands-on learner. Meet colleagues and keynoters from around the globe. This is a unique professional development experience, as you work closely with colleagues and it is mostly hands-on. If there is only ONE professional development opportunity you can attend this year, make BLC 2013 the ONE!