Summer holidays and camping with family prevented me from attending any of the three google hangouts that Lucy Gray cofounder of the Global Education Conferences held. My reflections from the land down under are as follows!
- the sheer awe of being part of a conference that is free, completely global, enables international networking and simultaneous sharing with world wide educators in real time.
- being able to volunteer to moderate the conference and virtual lounge for long stretches of conference time whilst those in the USA were asleep.
- learning from and with educators from Africa, the Middle East and other distant lands. There was a great cohort of new educators from these countries this year.
- From the ning chat, we learnt of the current state of living and learning in Syria. The power is taken off at least twice a day for 2 hour stints to reduce the amount of violence. Kudos to this educator who was a presenter at the conference and was able to juggle around these blackouts and succeed in her efforts.
- Admiring the efforts and lengths that other educators have to go to to present. In the words of our Syrian presenter when asked how her presentation went:- “Actually, we planned it well! We went to one of Lattakia 5 star restaurant to make sure that we have excellent internet access and on electricity.”
- the virtual conference lounge where there was spontaneous networking, general chat, getting to know the presenters, the volunteers and general chat etc.
- the chat on the ning where many people are comfortable to ask questions, share their experiences, passions and where they live and most importantly develop that all important global network. This would mostly be in English but often in Spanish and a translator tool had to be used to be able to understand each other.
- Learning to moderate Spanish sessions with the help of translator tools, emoticons etc
- Moderating a mulititude of sessions in the Australianevening with others from Israel, the Middle East, New Zealand and my wonderful colleague, Julie Lindsay.
- setting aside dedicated time to moderate many of the sessions and hear how others are approaching global education.
- certificates were available for presenters and participants
- the new ability to view recorded presentations in Blackboard Collaborate, or save as an mp3 file or share to youtube.
Tatyana Chernaya presents from Moscow, Russia
- gaps in (Australian) night time slots where there were no presentations. But this quiet time gave time to plan, organise and network beyond the conference presentations
Social media toolbox with Hani
Suggestions for future conferences
- encourage sessions in other languages. English is still the predominant language with a number of Spanish sessions.
- look at the timing as the Global Education Conference came hot on the heels of Connected Educator month – a busy time for other online conferences, webinars and activities
What a fabulous and amazing conference this was. A big, big thank you goes to Steve Hargadon and Lucy Gray, the conference co-chairs. If you missed the conference you can find the recordings of presentations here. The keynote presentations will be uploaded to the globaledcon youtube channel.
People are encouraged to leverage the resources developed by the Global Education community. Lucy Gray has shared this list of resources:-
- Our Declaration of the Value of Global Education
- Groups -There are groups for language teachers, primary teachers, higher education, Skype using teachers, etc. Feel free to create your own group on a topic of interest.
- Ongoing Projects – Five group projects were established during the conference. Consider participating Discussion Forum – If you want to post a call for participation, solicit project partners, share a resource, or ask a question, please post in our discussions. This is a great place to connect with other GEC members.
- Social Media – Social media outlets with the link to global education include:
The Global Education Conference starts in two week’s time. Call for proposals are still being taken. Don’t forget to book the dates into your calendar for this great conference – Nov 18th-22nd, 2013. Join the Global Education Conference site and settle in for some great global learning. The whole conference is free and online with presenters and participants from across the world. See the flyer for details.
Follow some of the conversations pre, during and post the conference using the hashtag #globaled13
Are you presenting, will you be there! If so, hope to catch you online.
Presentation from USA on the Global Food Project
The global education is an innovative conference that uses cutting edge technology to connect, communicate with and enable collaboration across the globe in a 5 day, 24/7, free online conference that is open to any people interested in global education. The two co-founders, Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon do an amazing job to organise, co-ordinate and lead this conference, helped by an international team of volunteers.
- connecting and learning with and from people of many different countries in numerous sessions
- Being in the same conference room at the same time with many of my online colleagues, especially those whose projects I have worked on and with eg Hello Little World Skypers group, World Museum colleagues, Lorraine Leo.
- finding like minded people who are passionate about global education
- being a part of the leadership committee with an amazing network of innovators helping to organise and fine tune the conference
- completing super volunteer shifts of up to 7 hours, working alongside moderators from Egypt, Belgium, Israel and Australia
- helping out in up to 5 virtual session rooms at once.
- attending several of the keynote sessions
- moderating and co-moderating Spanish sessions where neither presenter or moderator could understand each other but the presentation successfully went ahead. Images used in the presentation told the story even if the language could not be understood.
- watching the energy in the chat window of the Global Education Conference ning and observing people from numerous countries helping and supporting each other.
- Learning of countries that I did not know existed as people in the chat would share where they were from.
- Perusing the conference program and schedules with sessions 24/7, often with three or four simultaneous sessions
- Modearing a session where a mix of languages was used – French and English
- learning more about the potential and best use of Blackboard Collaborate as an online conferencing tool
- all sessions were recorded and can be found by clicking on this link.
The setting or location – space and time no longer matter when the conference is virtual.
- The conference took place in Blackboard Collaborate, a virtual conference tool that is a firm personal favourite
- Discovering that my husband’s computer would allow me to be in up to 5 blackboard collaborate rooms at once (mine would crash as soon as I opened a second room)
- understanding others when neither speaks a common language
- co-ordinating the virtual lounge and ensuring that there were individual moderators for all sessions
- nervous presenters wishing to pre-load their presentations or wanting to practise the
- helping those who are new to technology navigate the Global Education Confernece ning and find current sessions or sessions they knew they wanted to attend. Their pleas for help were often found in the chat area of the ning.
- how to continue the conversations and maintain the global networking
- web based nature of Blackboard Collaborate means that java may have to be updated.
- ensuring that there are participants in all sessions
- ensuring sufficient numbers of volunteers especially in the hours when the US is asleep
- intermittent problems with MS Powerpoint presentations failing to load. Conversion of presentation to jpgs would often throw the order of slides out.
Suggestions for improvement
- a sandpit room for presenters during the conference
- encourage further sessions in languages other than English
- ensure that current sessions and links to rooms are added to the chat just prior to the session (dependant on numbers of volunteers)
You know there is something great and exciting going on when
- the twitterverse starts pumping out tweets in a continuous wave using the #tag #globaled12 If you do not already follow hashtags, try going to tweetchat and entering globaled12 in the search window and watch the tweets fall. See the globaled12 hashtag analytics
- 1000 people apply for membership to the Global Education ning over two weeks
- here is much animated chat going on in the Global Education Conference social networking site,
- people say hi in their language in the chat
- you can see conversations going on in a number of languages in the chat window
- a multitude of people email to seek advice and answers to questions re a conference,
- presenters are collaborating and working together and when the world is involved there are amazing conversations.
- opportunities for training take place on an increasing scale
With over 330 sessions, a five days of conference and a potential audience drawn from across the world, the Global Education Conference is potentially the World’s Biggest Conference for Educators and people interested in promoting global education. This amazing feat for a conference is online, virtual and best of all free. It does not sleep for 5 days with presentations around the clock! Presenters at this conference include educators, students and various community bodies interested in global education.
The hard work of Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon together with a global committee have been instrumental in its organisation. Do not miss this exciting opportunity to :-
- learn about the world from the world rather than a textbook
- learn with the world
- enjoy the comfort of your home or office space or classroom to be part of some amazing keynotes, spotlighted sessions and many presentations from people who are connecting globally and pushing education beyond our classroom walls.
Check out the schedules and sessions, scroll down find your time zone, click on the link to your timezone and you will be sent to the schedule for where you live. Choose the session(s) you want to attend, look for the link to the room, click on that prior to the session and you will enter the room where that presentation takes place.
Following are links to either lists of some of my favourite projects and connections and some suggestions for those people who are new to global education of presentations that might be of interest to them.
- Hello Little World Skypers presentations
- Flat Classoom Project presenters and Stories from the Flat Classroom with Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davis
- Sessions that might interest those who are new to global education.
See also Julie Lindsay’s great post on How to attend the global education conference.
Are you presenting? What sessions would you suggest? What do you think of an amazing conference like this? What excites you about this conference? Have you attended any of the past global education conferences?
Hope to see you there!
One of the most exciting conferences for me, is the virtual, online Global Education Conference involving educationalists and students from across the globe. This conference runs 24/7, is free and innovative in nature. All sessions offer presentations that share, discuss and/or present on global connectivity and collaboration. This year, it partners with the iEarn conference. The twitter hashtag is #globaled12
Submissions to present are still being accepted but hurry as the closing date is approaching fast. It is hoped that readers of this blog will attend some if not many of the sessions and consider submitting a proposal to present. Full details can be found at the Global Education Conference website and/or see the summary below. Will you be presenting? Will you be attending?
The 2012 Global Education Conference
Global education is one of my passions and as such, I am proud to be on the Leadership Advisory Board for the Global Education Conference. iEarn is partnering with this conference for 2012. Below are the details. Will you consider presenting, volunteering and or participating?