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iNACOL VSS Overlay: Mobile App, Conference Webcasting, Wiki, and, Social Networking

During the iNACOL Annual Conference on online and blended learning, the Virtual School Symposium (VSS) 2011, we will be utilizing new media and social media methods to broaden the discussion and to keep people informed of changes, news and in-person observations.

Mobile App - A conference mobile app is available for free download. Conference sessions, maps of the conference, and information about Indianapolis can found on this interactive app which is available for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry. Use your mobile device's QR reader to scan the QR code on page 2 of the conference program book or at the registration desk in order to download the mobile app. You can also download the mobile app powered by Desire2Learn at http://www.virtualschoolsymposium.org/mobile.

Wiki - There will be a live VSS conference wiki (located at http://vss11.wikispaces.com) to allow attendees to interact in real-time and engage in discussions about the trends, issues and programs discussed at the conference. Conference speakers are encouraged to upload copies of their presentations and any hand-outs on the wiki.

Webcasting - The VSS keynote addresses and break-out sessions being held in White River Ballroom G/H will be webcast live as well as be available for on-demand playback. In addition, the break-out sessions being held in Rooms 201/202, 203/204, 304/305, and Grand Ballrooms 1-4 will be recorded and be available for on-demand playback. The live webcast and on-demand recordings can be accessed at http://www.kzosites.com/inacol/.

Facebook and Twitter - iNACOL is unveiling a new Facebook Page this year, located at http://www.facebook.com/inacol. Share conference photos, thoughts, and experiences, and be sure to check in to the VSS 2011 events! If you are using Twitter please use the hashtag #vss11 in each of your entries. In addition, there are session specific hashtags that are listed immediately after each session description in the program book. When you use the session specific hashtag, it will be linked live to the conference wiki!

Dates   Location
     
Pre-Conference
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
8:00 AM - 8:30 PM

Conference
Thursday, November 10, 2011
7:00 AM - 9:30 PM

Friday, November 11, 2011
7:00 AM – 4:00PM

  JW Marriott Indianapolis
10 S West Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 317-860-5800

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JW Marriott Indianapolis
JW Marriott Indianapolis

In November 2011, the VSS will bring together over 2,000 representatives from national, state, district, private and other virtual school programs to attend the industry's leading event in K-12 online and blended learning. Experts in K-12 virtual education will have robust networking opportunities; learn about the latest trends, challenges and opportunities in e-learning; interact in session presentations; and gain access to the latest research and best practices reports.

The VSS highlights the cutting-edge work in K-12 online education across the country. It is the only national conference focused solely on K-12 online and blended learning in such a comprehensive way, and the highest-level practitioners and policy-makers seeking to develop e-learning programs within educational institutions in the United States, Canada, Mexico and abroad attend it.

The Request for Proposals for the VSS 2011 is closed and notifications were sent in June. The VSS Program Committee appreciates the large number of submissions and looks forward to a high-quality program.

Registration is Now Open!

Press attends free of charge - please visit the Advance Media Registration page for details on required media qualifications/press credentials and to register.

To see resources from last year's VSS conference, you may visit the: VSS 2010 Overlay, Including Links to the Webcasts and Wiki: http://vss2010.wikispaces.com/).