Homeschooling, Unschooling, & Free / Democratic / Alternative Learning
Attending the Conference:
The Homeschool Conference is being held online and is free to attend. Please consider registering at this site so we can keep you updated with any information or instructions, however you do not need to be registered (or to have your registration confirmed) in order to attend any sessions.
The conference platform is Blackboard Collaborate, on online platform that combines video, audio, chat, presentation, and other capabilities, and it supports participation from any computer using Window, Mac OS, Linux, iOS, and Android.
To check that your computer is ready for Blackboard Collaborate, please click here. "Step 1" will indicate if you have a version of Java that is compatible, and then "Step 2" lets you actually go into a test session. We encourage you to do this in advance of the conference. If you have any difficulties, you can check the Collaborate Help FAQ and then ask for help in the WeCollaborate.com user community.
The links below are to Google calendar listings of the conference sessions in each of the world's time zones, specifically for August 23 & 24 (August 25th in some time zones). Select your time zone and click on its blue link to the left of the cities listed. The conference schedule should load on this page and you should be able to see all sessions in YOUR time zone.
While we have tried to adjust for Daylight Savings changes in different countries, please double check to make sure the time clock on your time zone page matches your current time.
Attending a Session:
In the conference schedule page for your time zone, you should be able to see all sessions in your time. To quickly locate a session, search the page by using Control+F (Command+F on a Mac).
Click on the session title to expand the session information. Each session will have a live Blackboard Collaborate link (added the day before the conference begins). On the day of the conference, you will then be able click this link to enter the live room.
Session recordings will be posted almost immediately after a session is completed here, or look to the conference menu for a link to the recordings page.
To continue correspondence with a session presenter and attendees, look for the presentation discussion post here.
Schedule Pages by Time Zone:
Compare your time to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to determine your viewing time zone. The current GMT time and date are:
Click on the time zone link on the left to get to your schedule page.
|GMT - 11|
|GMT - 10||US Hawaiian Standard Time, Honolulu|
|GMT - 9|
|GMT - 8||US Alaska Daylight Time, Anchorage|
|GMT - 7||US Pacific Daylight Time, San Francisco, Seattle, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Vancouver|
|GMT - 6||US Mountain Daylight Time, Denver, Salt Lake City, Calgary, Edmonton, Guatemala, San Salvador, Tegucigalpa, Mangua|
|GMT - 5||US Central Daylight Time, Houston, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Chicago, Bogata, Kingston, Lima, Mexico City, Winnipeg|
|GMT - 4:30||Caracas|
|GMT - 4||US Eastern Daylight Time, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Columbus, Miami, Philadelphia, New York, Washington (DC), Toronto, Nassau, Ottawa, Montreal, Havana, Santiago, Santo Domingo, La Paz, San Juan, Asuncion|
|GMT - 3||Halifax Daylight Time, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Brasilia, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro|
|GMT - 3:30|
|GMT - 2|
|GMT - 1|
|GMT + 0||Greenwich Mean Time, Reykjavik, Accra|
|GMT + 1||Lisbon, Casablanca, Dublin, London, Algiers, Lagos, Kinshasa,|
|GMT + 2||Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Zurich, Frankfurt, Oslo, Copenhagen, Rome, Berlin, Prague, Zagreb, Vienna, Stockholm, Budapest, Belgrade, Warsaw, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Harare, Cairo|
|GMT + 3||Sofia, Athens, Tallinn, Helsinki, Bucharest, Minsk, Istanbul, Kyiv, Khartoum, Ankara, Jerusalem, Beirut, Amman Daylight Time, Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Dar es Salaam, Baghdad, Riyadh, Antananarivo, Kuwait City, Doha|
|GMT + 3:30|
|GMT + 4||Moscow, Dubai|
|GMT + 4:30||Tehran Daylight Time, Kabul|
|GMT + 5||Karachi, Tashkent, Islamabad, Lahore|
|GMT + 5:30||Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata|
|GMT + 5:45||Kathmandu|
|GMT + 6||Almaty, Dhaka|
|GMT + 6:30||Yangon|
|GMT + 7||Bangkok, Hanoi, Jakarta|
|GMT + 8||Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hong Kong, Perth, Beijing, Manila, Shanghai, Taipei|
|GMT + 9||Seoul, Tokyo|
|GMT + 9:30||Darwin, Adelaide|
|GMT + 10||Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbaine|
|GMT + 10:30|
|GMT + 11|
|GMT + 12||Anadyr, Auckland, Suva|
|GMT + 13|
|GMT + 13:45|
|GMT + 14||Kiritimati|