SOURCE: LearningTimes, LLC

January 09, 2008 11:07 ET

"Grammar Girl" to Keynote Live at Sixth Annual Illinois Online Conference

Leading Podcast Host Takes Educators Behind the Scenes of a Successful Podcast

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - January 9, 2008) - The Illinois Online Conference for Teaching and Learning -- a global online professional networking and learning event for educators now in its sixth year -- announced today that award-winning podcaster "Grammar Girl" will open the conference with a live online keynote address.

The Grammar Girl podcast provides short, friendly tips to improve one's writing, and is hosted by Mignon Fogarty, the show's creator and founder of the popular Quick and Dirty Tips series of podcasts. Fogarty will deliver her live, interactive webcast keynote on February 13, 2008, kicking off three days of exciting online collaboration and networking among hundreds of education and training professionals worldwide.

The Illinois Online Conference (IOC) features over 50 presentations and workshops, conducted completely over the Internet February 13-15, 2008. Each year hundreds of educators and trainers from postsecondary and K-12 education and the workforce development arenas converge online to participate in virtual classroom sessions, active discussion forum exchanges, and online poster sessions. Networking events, virtual happy hours, podcasts and blogs mean that participants not only learn from the distinguished presenters, but from each other. And they do it all without the cost and hassle of winter travel to Illinois.

"I receive e-mail messages every week from teachers who are using Grammar Girl in their classrooms, and I'm looking forward to interacting with so many educators during an extended, live, online edition of Grammar Girl at the Illinois Online Conference," said Fogarty.

Grammar Girl was recently voted "Best Education Podcast" in the Podcast Awards, in which over 1.3 million unique people voted.

"I'm an avid listener of Mignon's podcast," said Jonathan Finkelstein, Executive Producer of LearningTimes, one of the organizations that produce IOC. "Her fun and utterly digestible approach to instruction is a great model for teachers everywhere, no matter what topics they teach or what technologies they use. Grammar Girl will provide a fitting opening to this year's event."

The second and third days of IOC will be marked by other exciting keynotes spanning both virtual and physical learning spaces. Julian Lombardi of Duke University will explore Croquet, an open environment for creating collaborative virtual worlds for learning, while Rachel Gutter, the School Sector Manager of the US Green Building Council, will focus on making our ground-based learning more eco-friendly and sustainable.

Registration for IOC 2008 is open and includes access to an online community, all live keynotes and events, session recordings, materials and online discussions for one year.

For more information and to sign-up visit

About Illinois Online Conference

Now in its sixth year, the Illinois Online Conference for Teaching and Learning connects educators and trainers from around the world in a state-of-the-art conference hosted completely online by the Illinois K-20 education community. The event is sponsored by Lake Land College, Illinois Virtual Campus, Illinois Community Colleges Online (ILCCO), Illinois Online Network (ION), the Illinois State Board of Education, and Illinois Virtual High School. In addition to LearningTimes, this year sponsors also include Grammar Girl and the Quick and Dirty Tips series of podcasts, and Qwaq Forums. The conference will be held February 13-15, 2008. For more information visit, write or call 888-222-9749.

About LearningTimes

LearningTimes, LLC designs and produces online learning conferences, communities and events, and provides the platforms, applications and promotional expertise that make them successful. The LearningTimes Network of over 150 online communities and 250,000 members connects each institution with other learning-oriented groups and provides unique opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration. For more information, contact John Walber at 215-884-7321or Visit LearningTimes on the Web at

About Quick and Dirty Tips

Quick and Dirty Tips creates and distributes digital content that offers short, actionable advice from friendly and informed authorities that will help you succeed at work and in life. Whether you want to manage your time and money more efficiently, communicate more effectively, observe the correct rules of etiquette, or improve your performance in other home and workplace endeavors, Quick and Dirty Tips are here to show you that education and entertainment can go hand in hand, and that learning can still occur no matter what stage of life you're in if you'll just invest five minutes of your time. Visit Quick and Dirty Tips on the Web at or contact Claire McKinney at or (646) 307-5241.

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