Proposal for a Hands On Workshop for Symposium in Nashville



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Submission made on March, 2018.


Deploy fun aquatic engagement opportunities with our open-source suite of digital badges, concept maps and game-play methods via pool + web.

Presentation Track:

Blended Learning

Type of Presentation:

Hands-On Workshop, 2 hours and 15 minutes.

The Hands-On Workshop is a 2 hour and 15 minute block intended as an interactive enrichment session for participants and allows for a longer in-depth investigation of a particular topic, tool, or practice, and provides hands-on training. Preview materials are encouraged and should be made available prior to the Symposium via the mobile application.

Session Abstract:

Please provide a description of your proposed session. This description will be posted in the program book and mobile application if your proposal is selected. The length of the abstract is limited to 500 characters. Please note that contents copied from other applications (e.g. Microsoft Word) may lose their formatting when pasting into this field. Please be sure to carefully review your abstract before submitting this proposal.

Swim & Water Polo Camp at Pittsburgh Public Schools successfully guides hundreds of inter-city, non-swimmers through a rapid progression to competent, deep-water swimming. Water-safe, competitive, game-play stresses sportsmanship, teamwork, stroke proficiency and fitness. Learn how to build a program around and beyond the pool with digital experiences that motivate hands-on tech usage, connected writing, literacy, body-awareness and Olympic behaviors.

Outcomes, need 3: 170 characters max:

Define Your Session Learning Outcomes. In keeping with the competency-based, personalized learning focus of the Symposium, please clearly list three learning outcomes that participants will be able to master and apply as a result of participating in your session. (This includes the knowledge and skills that attendees will acquire). These outcomes will be listed along with the session abstract in the program book. Session Learning Outcome 1 (170-character limit): Session Learning Outcome 2 (170-character limit): Session Learning Outcome 3 (170-character limit):

  1. Participants will be able to describe techniques that move all students to safe, aware, deep-water swimming.
  2. Participants will be able to identify and lead new, innovative games that engage a wide-range of participants, keep swimming fun and promote sportsmanship and teamwork.
  3. Participants will be able to describe effective ways to blend digital experiences with athletic / aquatic experiences to produce academic success.

Describe Presentation Interactivity:

Describe how you will deliver the session content and engage attendees throughout your session. Describe how this session will model elements of personalized learning, including quickly getting to know participants, dynamic grouping of participants, multi-modal delivery, and/or learner-driven pace or mastery (500 characters): If you would like to share a video that showcases your school or district’s personalized and/or competency based model as part of your presentation proposal, please provide the URL below. The video should show examples of personalized, competency-based models in action; focus on students, teachers, and/or education leaders; and be less than 5 minutes in length.

If logistics allow, workshop happens at a pool. Otherwise, we pretend with similar results.

(1) Huddle, circle, body flex, goal setting (1-6), equipment insights (underwater cameras, tablets, BYOD, fins, disks, headbands, boundaries).
(2) 60-min in pool: fitness, show-off-swims, capping-up, game play in 2 teams.

(3) Digital badge deployment (teamwork, sportsmanship), online course (Get Your Feet Wet), quiz peeks (SKWIM Levels 1-4), wiki lesson plans, photo/video web, connected writing (eval).

Target Audience:

Intermediate / Advanced

Grade levels:

PreK-5, 6-8, 9-12.


Mark Rauterkus of Pittsburgh, PA, USA, has coached swimming since 1976 when he started a team as a lifeguard. With 9 years at the college level, 10,000 swimmers have called him “Coach Mark.” He has worked for 52 athletic directors and 34 principals and his swimmers have set state records in four states. Mark published 100+ titles for cutting-edge sports participants including the first ebook in sports in 1989. His advocate site,, aims to Create Literate Olympians Here.


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  • Reply email:
    Dear Mark

    Thank you for submitting a proposal to present at the iNACOL Symposium 2018. You may access your presentation submission HERE.

    Below are your submission details:

    Submission ID: 435
    Submission Title: Deploy fun aquatic engagement opportunities with our open-source suite of digital badges, concept maps and game-play methods via pool + web.
    Name: Mark Rauterkus

    The iNACOL Symposium Program Committee will notify you of acceptance by May 8, 2018.

    As a reminder, the iNACOL Symposium will be held on October 21-24, 2018 at the Nashville Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Attendee registration will open mid-April 2018.

    Please contact iNACOL Events Project Manager, Christy Ellis, with questions:

    Best regards,
    The iNACOL Team

  • Email to K & K:

    What do you know about “blended learning?”

    I hit submit on this proposal for leading a workshop in October in Nashville.

    It is due on Friday, tomorrow.

    The speaker spots are competitive. Last year there were 2x as many submissions as there were accepted.

    It would help if I had (we had) a video of up to 5 minutes for supporting this topic.

    They were cold to the idea of doing a product specific thing, so I downplayed the SKWIM efforts.

    I’m going to Nashville in a few weeks for another conference. I’ll try to dig deep and see what the swim pool situation is like when there. I was in a couple of pools in the past 8 months. One is at Vanderbuilt and the other in a public park — home once to World Record Holder, Tracy Caulkins.

  • Advance email question to staff from Mark about the pending submission:

    Hi Bruce,

    We are preparing a pitch of a Hands On Workshop for the Nashville Symposium to include a trip to a swimming pool.

    Logistics questions swirl. What do you think?

    We could, perhaps, do the hands on workshop earlier in the morning or later in the day so that the participants have time to travel to the pool, optionally suit up and get in the water, or just spectate, and then return to the rest of the events.

    Great pools are available at Vanderbilt as well as in Centennial Park, perhaps others are closer as well.

    Possible ADVANCE schedule for Hands On at off-site venue:

    If other hands on workshops happen from 9 am to 11:15 — then this modified schedule would allow for full time in workshop AND return to convention venue in plenty of time.

    7:30 am depart on shuttle.
    8:00 am poolside workshop begins
    10:15 am poolside workshop ends (gives 2 hours-15-minutes)
    10:30 shuttle departs pool
    10:45 return to venue

    The same could unfold at the end of the day where participants choose to migrate to an off-site location and see a small time shift for completion of activities.

    We can do the entire workshop without the swim pool too, but experiences of the game-play, sportsmanship, teamwork and utilities in the water are with a high impact.

    Furthermore, if our workshop gets accepted, we would be willing to host other optional fitness and social activities at the pool(s) for participants at different times and on different days. That can be “floated” after the main seminar (either with or without the pool venue) is approved.

    Stay tuned for the final submission this week.

    Thanks for the video replay of the submission guidelines.

    – – – – – reply – – – —

    Greetings Mark,

    Thank you for your interest in submitting a proposal for our Symposium. Please make sure your proposal is submitted by the midnight ET deadline on March 16, 2018.

    Thank you,


    Bruce Friend

    Chief Operating Officer

    International Association for K12 Online Learning (iNACOL)

    1934 Old Gallows Rd, Suite 150, Vienna, VA 22182


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