When Night Falls begins at 12:00 AM on Saturday, November 1st (GMT). Each moderator will host 1 or 2 hours of the conversation.

Prompts to Keep the Conversation Moving and Encourage Reflection When Night Falls

Add your suggestions here:
  1. Which session stood out for you and why?
  2. What was the highlight of conference in general and why?
  3. What surprised you the most?
  4. Explain any value added pieces for you personally that were a result of the conference.
  5. What lessons learned should conference organizers know about-- from your personal perspective? What would you suggest they change for next year?
  6. What topic(s) do you wish had been discussed in either the live events or presentations?
  7. Did any of you experience the conference with a colleague or group and discuss it afterward? What were the highlights of those discussions?
  8. What cool events do you know about that took place around the K12Online content?
  9. Did you blog about the event? Why? Any feedback on your blogs?
  10. Are you new to the blogosphere or Web 2.0 technologies in general? If so, please share your reactions to the conference format-- or did you talk with anyone who was a newbie, please share their reactions.
  11. Imagine with me-- how this style of professional development will be used in the future in K12 education.
  12. Building on a comment made by a participant in the Skype chat...and say... that is a powerful idea, what do the rest of you think about that? Why? Take a piece of a comment and dig deeper with participant and ask others to add their ideas.
  13. Share in 1-2 minutes... What you liked, What you learned, What you will use...about one sentence each ...
  14. As a result of all you have seen and heard from the K12 Online Conference... pretend you are in the elevator with the governor, superintendent, or a policy/decision maker in your area, district or ministry--you have 1 minute to sell them on the idea of 21st Century literacy, Web 2.0 tools, or access issues for your students-- what will you say? Remember this person gets off the elevator in 1 minute.

Facilitation Techniques
  • Key principle: Show genuine curiosity about participants beliefs and attitudes and encourage other participants in the room to do the same.
  • Act as a catalyst: Stimulate and prompt discussion. Do not be the center of attention-- rather pose a question and then fade into the background. Remember your role is moderator and your job is to get participants discussing the key issues and sharing their ideas.
  • Ask and ask again: Ask each participant what he or she thinks. Ask probing questions to deepen the thinking and the quality of responses. Ask participants what they think of others responses.
  • Acknowledge, Affirm, Appreciate: Focus on understanding deep concerns that underlie participant's views. Find out what people agree on, but do not ignore or overlook differences of opinion. There is strength in diversity of thought.
  • Your primary job as moderator is to make certain all participants get a chance to voice their thoughts...don't be afraid to evoke your responsibility to hear all participants views and move the discussion along for the sake of time.
  • Relax and enjoy the conversation!