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!
“The Sun Never Sets” is one of the scheduled sessions offered as part of Connected Educator Month. It will be held on Friday August 3rd at 5pm, UTC or Saturday, August 4th at 7am, Melbourne Australia time (GMT+10).
This is a panel and open discussion about global connected education trends and how connected educators around the world can help each other improve practice, with panelists Ed Gragert, Lucy Gray, Vicki Davis, Julie Lindsay, and Anne Mirtschin, Steve Hargadon moderating.
These fellow panelists have been highly instrumental in ensuring that the sun does not set for my students, classes and learning. It is with great pride that I join them in this great discussion. Steve Hargadon created Classroom 2.0, an online space for global educators to share conversations five years ago – a kickstart space for me to become well connected. Julie and Vicki co-founded the Flat Classroom Projects – projects where my students and I have learnt so much about connecting, communicating and creating with others across the globe, using the latest in technology. Lucy Gray has shared her passion for global education by forming a ning for educators wishing to get involved in global projects. She co-founded the online Global Education Conference together with Steve Hargadon. Dr. Edwin H. Gragert is Executive Director of iEARN-USA. iEarn has developed online collaborative projects across 130 countries, with up to 2 million students working daily on these projects.
The title of this session alone is fascinating enough to draw a crowd of educators wishing to connect. The panelists are visionaries and I have simply been fortunate enough to be part of their vision. Please join us and share in the conversations.
Here is the link to join in this session.
Make sure you also check out some of the other wonderful activities and events from the Connected Educator site. Follow the hashtag #ce12 on twitter.
It was with great pleasure that Carole McCulloch and I could moderate this week’s eT@lking session and welcome Steve Hargadon as our guest presenter. Steve has been instrumental in connecting me and my classrooms to the globe. Three years ago, I joined the ning that he set up:- classroom2.0 The contacts, resources, the ideas and the conversations that I made and experienced there, have changed my teaching world, classroom, practice and life. eT@lking is part of the Australia Series which Steve has also been instrumental in setting up through Learn Central.
The topic of this session was the upcoming “Global Education Conference” – an ambitious, HUGE conference that has the potential to change education and the way we currently see and experience it. Global education is a personal passion of mine.
Fitting to the occasion, our participants came from a number of countries – Egypt, India, USA, Germany and Australia and we listened to Steve in his quiet, pleasant manner, walk us through the official site and explain the objectives, the processes and the potential outcomes of the conference.
To our delight, the power of PLNs became obvious when Lucy Gray the co-organiser of this big event, saw a tweet feed and came in and joined us. See her global education ning. Lucy was able to add further fascinating dimensions to the topic. Thank you Steve and thank you Lucy for initiating the conference and joining us live to explain the concepts.
The conference is unique in that there are
- no costs
- is global (will feature translators, mentors, chair persons etc of a global composition)
- organized on a global scale
- available to anyone, anytime, anywhere over the conference days.
If you are interested in being part of this conference, what can you do?
- Spread the word
- Take up a role:- goto the official conference site and check out all the roles that are being offered. Already there are more than 100 participants involved in co-ordinating.
- Consider presenting for one or several of the sessions
- Most importantly, attend as many sessions as possible during the conference.
- Follow the twitter #tag
How to get involved!
From the chat came the following:-
- The official global conference site
- The twitter tag is #globaled10
- From @Carol McCulloch – this is such a great example of ‘drive’ with the 3 essential elements: autonomy, mastery and purpose
- get a conference badge
- @Carole McCulloch: we are approaching critical mass – on the potential for connectivism – and this conference will have impact on the doubters too
Listen to the recording