MiniCon May

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Time: 9:30am to 1pm EDT / Time Zone Converter

This is our last half day free online event to prepare us for July 11-13th official online conference.

We will feature guest poet Chaouki M'kaddem, keynote speaker Steve Wheeler, a technology smackdown event that anyone can sign-up for, and seven mini-presentations that give you a sneak peek at what to expect at our annual Reform Symposium Free Online Conference (RSCON5), that will take place July 11-13th, 2014 and feature 60+presentations, 2 plenaries, 10 keynotes, student presenters, and much more.

See Inspire Presenter descriptions below.


Click on the hyperlinked title to view the recording of each event 

9:30am EDT - Opening Ceremony + Chaouki M'kaddem

10am EDT - Keynote Steve Wheeler

11am EDT - 7 Inspire Presentations

12pm EDT - Technology Smackdown


Our half day events are a great way to introduce your colleagues to an online conference. We have the following press materials you can email or print! It’s free! Get them inspired today!

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Inspire Presenters

Justine Hughes
New Zealand

I Don't Give Homework Anymore
The presentation focuses on changing the approach to homework which can be a bit 'hit and miss' to developing a Prep for Learning, (Preparation for Learning) focus to engage students to be involved in their learning inside and outside of the classroom. The aim is to focus their thinking as part of the everyday learning and teaching process.

Sue Beckingham

Bring your own devices for Learning #BYOD4L

In this short talk I will share the outcomes of an exciting free open short course myself and Chrissi Nerantzi developed called BYOD4L. Volunteer facilitators joined us and together with participants who were both educators and students, we learnt and reflected upon how using our own portable devices we could connect, communicate, curate, collaborate and create to enhance the learning experience. This unique online course has a Creative Commons licence to enable other educators to reuse and extend the learning opportunities it affords.

Arjana Blazic

The Future Classroom Project

Marijana Smolčec

Developing an Online Project: Pros and Cons

How a simple penpal project developed into something more and what do you learn while running a project.

Rosmery Ribera

Online Lesson Plan Pool
Lesson Planning is key when it comes to teaching. Nevertheless, we sometimes have busy schedules that prevent us from planning our classes. Furthermore, even if we have time, we sometimes run out of ideas to make our classes fun and interactive.
I intent to help my hard working colleagues by providing a way to both, create and download ready to go lesson plans. I also intent to inspire them to go the extra mile when it comes to lesson plan.

Sarah Thomas

You've Decided to Flip...Now What?
Congratulations on deciding to flip (introduce students to material before class, to maximize time) your classroom! Now, where do you go from here? In this session, learn how to overcome common challenges, such as access to technology and student accountability.

Ludmila Smirnova

Igniting Passion for Teaching with Technology in College Methods Classes
In my methods courses I encourage pre-service teachers to explore, practice and utilize existing and emerging learning technologies. I call it “laboratory time.” In this presentation I will share how engaging teacher candidates in individual and collaborative technology-enhanced projects ignites their passion to teaching and creativity.