I can’t travel by my body, but my mind can go around the whole world connecting to a variety of brilliant networks in minutes. These FREE online conferences add a lot to my expertise, skills, and knowledge. As a teacher, I always search for such opportunities to update myself professionally and academically. They provide me with a solid theoretical background and applicable ideas of the most recent trends in education and teaching English in particular. In such online conferences, I meet new educators, follow them on their various social networking websites (e.g., Twitter, Google+, Facebook, ….), collaborate with them in international projects, share ideas, build online communities, and create new collective knowledge. During this month (October 2013), there are SIX online educational conferences that will be hosted online and can be attended for FREE:
1. FETC Virtual Conference & Expo
October 10, 2013
10:30 AM – 6: 00 PM ET
The FETC Virtual Conference and Expo event focuses on exploring the most pressing issues related to 21st Century Skills. This 100% online event brings several valuable education technology presentations straight to your desktop at your convenience. Register Now for this 100% online event that will offer:
- A dynamic exchange of best practices and tips for success
- Expert speakers that will show you how to use technology to advance the way schools and districts operate and educate
- A virtual networking lounge to reconnect with colleagues and make new contacts
- Real-time access to other participants through instant messaging
- Technology product and service demonstrations in our virtual exhibit hall
- Free content downloads and presentations to go
2. 4th Annual Reform Symposium Conference
October 11 – 13, 2013
RSCON 2013 is a free online three day event bringing together educators, students and innovators from around the world. The entire conference will be held online using the Blackboard Collaborate platform. The Reform Symposium Conference will be a highly inclusive and engaging event that will encourage students and educators around the world to share and learn about transformative approaches to learning and teaching. Big Thanks to + Shelly Sanchez Terrell for sharing this great opportunity of connection and interaction with other educators.
3. Using Technology in Teaching: Principles in Practice
October 12, 2013, UTC 14:00 – 21:00
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This is the first joint online conference by TESOL CALL-IS (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, USA – Computer Assisted Language Learning Interest Section) and IATEFL LTSIG (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language, UK – Learning Technologies Special Interest Group).
4. Library 2013 Worldwide Virtual Conference
October 18 – 19, 2013
The conference will be held entirely online around the clock in multiple languages and time zones. Everyone is invited to participate in this FREE forum designed to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing among information professionals worldwide. There will be 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! Presenters may also submit presentations that cover LIS-related topics not included in the themed strands. The Library 2.013 Worldwide Virtual Conference is a great opportunity for professional development and networking.
5. The DEN Fall VirtCon
October 19, 2013
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM ET
The DEN Fall Virtual Conference is a free professional development event for educators to learn about the most effective ways to integrate digital media into their instructional practices. It is unique because of its blended environment. The sessions will be broadcast online, but you can attend either from your own home or at one of the many face-to- face (F2F) events around the world. By attending an event in your area, you get that buzz that can only be experienced by being face to face with others.
6. K-12 Online Conference
October 21 – Nov. 1,2013
This is a FREE, online conference open to ANYONE organized by educators for educators around the world interested in integrating emerging technologies into classroom practice. A goal of the conference is to help educators make sense of and meet the needs of a continually changing learning landscape. Please see the frequently asked questions (FAQ) to get started with the K-12 Online Conference. More information is available about 2013 conference schedule is available.