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Presenters Tools and FAQ

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 FAQ for Presenters

(excerpts from the K12 Online Conference Website and the Presenter's Wiki)
  If I have an idea for a presentation, how do I submit it?

An online form is available along with more details within the call for proposals posted in May 

on the K12 Online Conference website - http://www.k12onlineconference.org/

  What form do the presentations take?

Please feel free to use your imagination! The only requirement is that people can

view your work online. Obviously, the larger the file (i.e podcast or screencast)

the longer it will take to download from our servers. In 2007, we are encouraging

all presenters to provide a “podcastable” version of their presentation to be included

in the conference podcast web feeds. Artifacts from past presentations have been

presented using a variety of sites including: YouTube, TeacherTube, Animoto, SlideShare,

Google Video, Viddler,  RockYou.

  Who chooses what presentations are accepted?
    A committee of three people do blind readings of each of abstracts and select the top nine in each strand.
  How do people 'attend' my presentation?
5.   How do others find out about my presentation being available?

-On the day which your presentation is to go 'live' - it is posted on the conference website using  tags such as k12Online, K12Online2007, as well those on Twitter will get notice.  Have we missed a place where we should be promoting?

 -If you do a blog post about your presentation make sure to include the following tags so others following the K12 Online conference can keep abreast of your updates: k12online, K12online07

6.   I want my presentation to involve a discussion, what are the best ways to accomplish this?
7.   Can I do a syncronous or "live" presentation?
  How do I get my presentation to the online conference?

When the time comes to submit your creative presentation there will be several things to consider.
First, when we publish your presentation on the conference blog it will follow this outline:

1. Your Name 6. Short presenter bio
2. Your Location 7. Link to presenter bio
3. Your Blog/Website (if applicable) 8. Link(s) to the actual presentation
4. Presentation title 9. Links related to your presentation
5. Presentation description  

Process for Submission


The College of William and Mary has graciously agreed to provide server space for housing of all of the presentations associated with the K12Online07 Conference to ensure longevity of the archives, therefore, we will need a final copy of your presentation for uploading.


Please send your presentation to Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach. The easiest way to transfer large files is through a program called SendSpace (up to 300Mb files) or Send this File (files over 300Mb, note that it may take many hours to send large files using this service ... you will have to leave your computer on overnight). They are both free transfer services that have a one-step registration. Simply register and then send the files(s) The program will notify Sheryl when the files are ready for her to "pick-up" and she will then upload them to the conference server space. Your convener will be in communication with each of you as the time draws near and make sure that you are comfortable with how the files will be transferred.


Here is a bit more information about sending your files to Sheryl:

For files < 300Mb try http://sendspace.com/ while for files < 1Gb there is http://dropsend.com/ (we have never tested this service out, anyone want to try it out?) Two other possible options for very large files, but these are file HOSTING services, not large file emailing services; I have never tested either of these services: http://www.mooload.com/ (files < 500Mb) and http://www.onedump.com/ (unlimited space). 


After you transfer your files, please follow-up with an email to Sheryl letting her know what you have transferred and include any URLs or additional information you think she should have about your presentation.


File Formats


Presenters can choose to publish their presentation in any online viewable format, but should strive to make the presentation ideas as accessible as possible. At a minimum, we hope each presentation will include:

1. An mp3 audio-only version of the presentation which can be downloaded as a podcast

2. If a video version of the presentation is published, any file format can be used. To encourage accessibility, as well as the ability of conference participants to readily download and view/consume video versions of presentations, we encourage each presenter to provide a podcast-friendly version of their presentation video. Windows-media video files can be converted to podcast-friendly QuickTime files with the free Jodix converter. QuickTime files can be made podcast-friendly using iTunes (free) and choosing ADVANCED - CONVERT SELECTION FOR IPOD. ffmpegx is a free Macintosh program for converting virtually any video file format into QuickTime. Helpdesk volunteers will be available to assist presenters with file conversion needs if desired.


Creative Commons Licensing


All presentations for the 2007 K-12 Online Conference will be published under the least-restrictive use license possible. By agreeing to present and in submitting your proposal to present, all presenters acknowledge their presentation will be published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license.



File Conversion Info and Tools

Ideally, we would like to have a mp3 audio version of each presentation available during the 2007 K-12 Online Conference. If presentations are shared in any type of video format (wma, mov, flv) we would also like to provide a downloadable QuickTime formatted (.mov) file compatible with iPods. All these presentation files will be hosted on the William and Mary servers. The reasons we would like to provide these file formats are:


  1. To provide the greatest accessibility possible to the presentations of the conference.
  2. To permit the creation of two different conference podcast "channels," one for audio-only presentations and one for enhanced/video presentations (if available.)
Presenters should NOT feel pressured to create an enhanced or video presentation if that was not originally planned: Audio-only (mp3) presentations are FINE and welcomed! If, however, video presentations are shared then we want to make those files as compatible for asynchronous download and viewing.


The K-12 Online Conference help desk is available to assist presenters in the file conversion process. Presenters are welcome to handle file conversion themselves, or have help desk volunteers assist. The following tools are available to convert presentation files:


  1. Jodix WMA to MOV (iPod) format converter - FREE, runs on Windows
  2. GeoVid - Video Extractor - Free, runs on Windows
  3. iSquint iPOD mov converter - FREE, runs on Macintosh
  4. ffMPEGx - FREE, runs on Macintosh
  5. Movie Conversion Tools - FREE, runs on Macintosh, 4 apps in this download
  • Convert To MP3 v2.0.5
  • Convert To AAC v1.0
  • Convert To AIFF v1.0
  • Split Movie Tracks v1.0
9.   I've heard of  "Before the Dawn", "Fireside Chats", "Teasers", "RoundTables", ...what is my involvement in these, as a presenter?
    What is it? & 'Where' does it occur?   Presenter's involvement
Before the Dawn        
Fireside Chats        

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