The Homeschool + Conference 2013
Steve Hargadon and myself (Pat Farenga) teamed up to create the first free, online, global homeschooling conference on August 24 to 26, 2013. We pulled it together in less than six weeks and had presenters from the UK, Romania, Spain, Canada, India, Switzerland, and the United States who addressed over 1600 members during the two-day event. All the sessions were recorded and are available for viewing and/or listening at 2013 Conference Recordings.
Steve and I seeded the speaker's list with keynotes and distinguished speakers who we knew would help give the event momentum, but the main point for us was to see what happens when homeschoolers get to use a technological platform reserved for university-level courses (Blackboard Collaborate) to co-create a nonsectarian homeschooling event. The results speak for themselves, as the variety of approaches and beliefs encompassed by the conference strands demonstrates.
I posted these recordings of the keynotes and distinguished speakers to YouTube and gathered them on this page to give you a flavor for this unique event. You can see and listen to the entire list of conference recordings at the Homeschool Conference Recordings page.
DECEMBER 16, 2013: Steve and I have decided to put off the second conference until later in 2014, instead of doing it in January. We will announce the new dates once we know them.