Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Conference 2.0 News - Homeschooling, STEMxCon, Library 2.013, Education Film Festival, Reinventing K12, & More

This is an update of the worldwide virtual conferences from Web 2.0 Labs.

Details are below on the newly-announced (and happening fast!) homeschooling and independent learning conference, the super-exciting STEMx conference in September, the "future of libraries" (Library 2.013) conference in October, GlobalEdCon 2013, and more! These "peer pd" opportunitiesare unlike anything else available online: they are completely free, they are focused on making it easy for practitioners to present, and they emphasize connecting, creating, and collaborating.  Also, teasers below for Connected Educator Month, an education film festival, and Revinventing K12.

August 23 - 24, 2013
We've just announced the inaugural worldwide Homeschool Conference. This two-day, online, and free event will provide an opportunity for the sharing of strategies, practices, and resources by those involved with homeschooling, unschooling, free schools, democratic schools, and other forms of alternative and independent education. The response has been enthusiastic, and intriguingly from many traditional educators wanting to learn more or already serving homeschool students in some way. We invite all to participate and to come to the conference site to learn more about becoming a conference presenter, volunteer, advisory and outreach board member, partner, or sponsor! It's going to be a wild ride holding a conference this quickly, but we expect a TON of fun sessions, and even a small film festival!

September 19 - 21, 2013
We are getting an AMAZING set of presentation proposals for the world’s first massively open online conference for educators focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and more. We've already started accepting presentations, which we're doing in the order they were submitted. Submit one! Proposals can made between now and September 1st. If your organization involved in STEMx endeavors, and encourage you to become a conference partner (it's free, and comes with some benefits!). We are also looking for global advisory board members who can help publicize the conference in their local areas. More information on the conference site.

October 18 - 19, 2013
Our third annual Library 2.0 conference on libraries, librarians, and librarianship is also generating GREAT session proposals, which we are also in the process of reviewing and accepting. There are eight conference strands covering a wide variety of timely topics, such as, MOOCs, e-books, maker spaces, mobile services, embedded librarians, green libraries, and more! Proposals can made between now and September 30th. We're also thinking of doing a set of K-12 / teacher-librarian pre-conference --keynotes--stay tuned for more information.

November 18 - 22, 2013
This is the great "mother ship" of our virtual conferences. Coming into our fourth annual event, we are so excited for another five days of all-out connecting and collaborating. If you've never been a part of this event, you MUST find some time to participate. Focused on helping teachers and students connect globally, we're proud of the amazing network that has been formed around this conference. We might just hit 500 presentations this year! The call for proposals will open very soon, and all are invited to participate.

January 17 - 18, 2014 (coming)
We're in our early planning stages for an Australia / New Zealand time-zone friendly educational technology virtual conference. There some definite excitement building. More information to come.

February, 2014 (coming)
Also in the early planning stages, but very excited about this event!

March 27, 2014
After a terrific first summit this year, TICAL, the founding sponsor, has enthusiastically committed to doing this again! Look for more news in the fall.


  • Connected Educator Month has been announced for October this year, and it's going to be awesome. We'll integrate the Library 2.013 conference into the month's publicity, and it looks likely that the terrific Reform Symposium will take place early in the month as a part of this massive online love-fest for connected learning.
  • We're making some plans for a worldwide education film festival at the start of 2014. If you know filmmakers (or are one) and you want to talk about this with me, please reach out (!
  • A final tease is for a special event in November, under wraps right now, but tentatively titled "Reinventing K12." Stay tuned!.

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