Monday, November 14, 2011

Global Education Conference & RWM

A unique event will be taking place this week in cyberspace. The 2011 Global Education Conference is a free online conference that will connect educators from around the globe in a series of keynotes, presentations, and discussions. The conference begins on Monday, November 14 and literally lasts around the clock until concluding Friday. You can find a schedule of the conference at the bottom of the page here.  Find your time zone and click on it to link to the session times.  Each presentation listed includes links for viewing the event or for adding to your Google calendar.  

I will be doing a presentation entitled "Connecting to Real World Problems with Google Earth" on November 17, 00:00 GMT.  Please take some time to join me.  Use the session schedule to find my presentation in your time zone or find me in the schedule.  Note that my presentation will be taking place on Wednesday afternoon on November 16 in the U.S.  This is the link to my session in Blackboard is here.

The presentations will be given using Blackboard Collaborate.  Blackboard Collaborate is easy to use but you will need to download a file to your computer for each session and have a working internet connection.  Links to each session are given in the schedule.  Each presentation typically lasts 60 minutes.  Keep in mind that some presentations may be in another language; last year's conference had presentations from 62 different countries.

The conference is a collaborative, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. It is designed to significantly increase opportunities for building education-related connections around the globe while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity.

The conference seeks to present ideas, examples, and projects related to connecting educators and classrooms with a strong emphasis on promoting global awareness, fostering global competency, and inspiring action towards solving real–world problems. Through this event, it is our hope that attendees will challenge themselves and others to become more active citizens of the world. Let us learn, question, create, and engage in meaningful, authentic opportunities within a global context!

 - conference website

Please take one hour out of the next four days to hear what others are doing around the world.  You may find some presentations lean towards educational technology but all should address the global experience of learning.  Enjoy!

Here are a few links for more information...
Global Education Conference website
Presentation schedule
Twitter: #globaled11
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