Spread The Word: Free Google-Sponsored #EdTech Conference May 2nd

Are you looking to connect with educators, learn from technology experts, and not leave the comfort of your classroom or home? Then you’ll want to set aside some time this Wednesday, May 2nd from 12-10pm to attend the first-ever Google-sponsored ‘Education On Air’ online conference.

The free conference is jam-packed with rapid-fire sessions on how to integrate Google products into your classroom. While it’s obviously Google-centric, I’m sure there will be useful bits of information for just about every teacher reading this post right now. Here’s more on what to expect courtesy of Google:

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the conference?
The conference is entirely virtual, online. All the sessions are being given using Google+ Hangouts On Air. To join Google+ visit www.google.com/+.

How do I get more information on Google+?
Visit the help center at this webpage.

What are Hangouts?
Hangouts allow up to 10 people to participate in an online video chat, face-to-face-to-face. Find out more information on this webpage.

What are Hangouts On Air?
Hangouts On Air make it possible for the host or broadcaster  to record and live stream their hangout to the  public. As of now, only select whitelisted users can host Hangouts on Air. We are working to make Hangouts on Air more widely available so please stay tuned for more information.

How do I participate in the Education On Air Conference?
To register your interest in a conference session, visit the Google+ post that the presenter made about the event. In the comments section below the post indicate your interest.  You can find the link to the Google+ Page posts from the Conference Schedule tab. Presenters will make their posts on April 10 & 11th so check back if you do not see it at first.

When you leave a comment on the presenter’s post, you may wish to include your role, location, and any questions or comments you have about the session. The presenter will read these comments before and during the event to see which questions the audience has, and whether to invite some of the people to participate in the Hangout on the day.

I have not been invited to the Hangout, but I want to join. What can I do?
Hangouts On Air allow for 10 people to participate in a  live discussion. Each host will decide how many people to invite to the session, and when they will do this. Some people may invite participants at the start, while others may wait until the question & answer portion of their session. Although it will not be possible for all viewers to take part inside the Hangout, everyone can watch the live stream of the session and take part by posing questions and comments in the stream. Recorded sessions will be available after the fact.

Where do I find the Hangout On Air so that I can tune in and ask my questions?
The Hangouts will be live streamed on the speaker’s Google+ Pages. You can find a link to the Google+ page for presenters of each session in the Conference Schedule tab. If there are multiple speakers, the session description tells you which of them is showing the live stream.

How do I pose questions and comments about the session?
Click on the link to the post the presenter made about their session on their Google+ profile. You can find the link to their post on the Conference Schedule tab. Write your questions in the comments section below the post. The presenter and facilitator will monitor these comments to find popular questions before and during the session.

The session has started but I don’t see the live stream video on the presenters page.
This may be because the session is a bit late in starting.  If the session is going to be delayed the moderator will let viewers know by commenting on the post about the session on the presenter’s Google+ page.

How do I propose a session?
We are no longer accepting submissions for presentations for the May 2 Education On Air conference. However we plan to hold additional Education On AIr Conferences later in the year. We also encourage you to hold your own Hangouts whenever you want.

Schedule Of Events

Below is a list of all the sessions in the Education On Air Conference on May 2nd. All times are Eastern.

Hot Topics in Educational Technology
2pm PD Now!
3pm Blended Learning
4pm Digital Literacy & Citizenship
5pm Teachers as Innovators and Entrepreneurs
6pm Digital Natives at The Gates: Giving in to 21st Century Learners is Not the Same as Giving Up
8pm Building Tomorrow’s Innovators and Leaders with Robotics

Communicate, Connect & Share
12pm YouTube in the Classroom
1pm Mind=Blown with minutephysics
2pm Level Up! Taking Your Professional Development to the Next Step with Google’s Training Opportunities
3pm The World is Your Oyster: Using Google Docs and Google + to Connect with the World
6pm Google+ in Higher Education
7pm I Think, Therefore I Blog

Google Apps
1pm Google Apps for the School Community
2pm Giddy for Google: Successful roll-out of Google Apps for Education
3pm From No Apps To Google Apps – One School’s Journey
4pm Setting up Google Apps for Your Domain
5pm Google Apps for School Administrators
6pm Rolling out Google Apps for Education
7pm Google Apps for Teacher Education

Harnessing the Power of the Web
12pm Chromebooks: Faceless Magnificence
3pm Chrome for the Classroom
4pm 1:1 in the Cloud – How Choosing a Cloud-based Solution Impacts Student Learning
5pm The Web Alternative
6pm Google Apps and Other Products in a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Environment
7pm Harnessing the Full Power of the Web
8pm Polish Your Chrome with Apps of Gold

Instructional & Assessment Tools
12pm Managing Digital Portfolios
1pm Using Google Docs to Organize the Classroom
1pm Use of Google Earth to Visualize Student-Collected Air Pollution Data
2pm Using Google Tools to Create and Manage Online Courses
2pm Google Docs for Writing Instructors
3pm Google Earth Tours in Education
3pm A Global Hip-Hop Passport
4pm Assessment Trackers: Tools for Teachers
5pm Formative and Summative Assessments Google Style!
5pm Creating Comic Strips with Google
6pm Using Google SketchUp in the Classroom
6pm Grading with Flubaroo, and using Google Apps Scripts in the Classroom
7pm The Play, The Playwright, and Your Scene: Using Google Docs, Sites, and YouTube
7pm Project Portfolios – A Middle School Social Studies Year Long Project
8pm Google Sites for Your Classroom (Basics)
1pm The Paperless Classroom with Google Docs
2pm Becoming a Google Search Ninja
3pm Google Forms for Everything
4pm Branch Logic for Google Forms
5pm Gmail: The Heart of Your Digital Life


Below are the educators holding sessions in this first-ever Hangout On Air Conference. Learn more about them and the sessions they will run.

More Information

If you think this looks like the right place for you, check out the official Google page for the conference and get involved. See you there!