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The Global Education Conference – from a moderator’s point of view

There is something surreal about moderating and leading  a Global Education Conference presentation with representatives from across the globe including Bolivia, India, China, Korea, Vietnam, USA, Nepal, New Zealand, Philippines, Somalia etc However it is not just any conference but a virtual one which is free, online, runs 24 hours a day over four days. There were participants whose names I could not pronounce, nor did I know which was the first name or last name, nor the gender attached to the name. The title of the session was Tools and Apps for the Global Educator. You can view the presentation.

Participants came from all levels of education – from teaching the very young through to tertiary and beyond. They came from a variety of languages including Chinese, Korean, Sinhalese, Filipino. Yet our interest in global education led us to develop a list of apps and tools that global educators might find valuable.

As the US participants went to sleep, it was time to take over the moderation of the conference. The Australian evenings and late afternoons were certainly quieter than the frenzy of the US day times. Sessions always had participants, unlike previous years where there was sometimes just the presenter and moderator. It was pleasing to have a good number of sessions with presenters from the Philippines. The background sounds changed with dogs barking in the background, roosters crowing and motor bikes on the road nearby. Technology rarely failed. The last night of the conference was the busiest with four concurrent sessions sometimes running. Maizie from Israel, Sue Wyatt from Tasmania and I were able to handle these busy times until the US once again started their day.

The Spanish conference presentations are always a challenge as I cannot speak Spanish and many of them cannot speak English. Google translate and Bing translate come into their own in these circumstances. Trying both tools, I think that Bing was more successful in translation than google. But often, the full meaning had to be guesstimated. There is also something surreal about being a participant in a Spanish session, listening to the speed, the intonation and the flow of the language!

steve being translated in spanish

I was able to attend one session during my daytime – that of keynote presenters Will Piper and Pedro Aparicio Engaging in Learning Beyond Borders. These two guys met each other in the Global Education Conference five years ago, struck up a connection and have worked together ever since. It was multilingual (which I personally loved with Pedro sometimes speaking in Spanish and then translating back into English). They had a great sense of fun as can be seen by Will’s quick costume change at the end!

having fun with will and pedro

This is a truly amazing conference when the world is involved and that shared passion for global education evident. It is highly recommended that you watch some of the recordings of presentations. The keynotes are a great place to start. Did you participate in any sessions? Which would you recommend?

The Global Education Conference

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The Global Education Conference is here again. It is free, online, open to all interested in global learning over a span of four days, 24 hours a day. It is  a space for educators from all corners of the globe to congregate, socialize, network and to learn with and from each other.

There is something surreal about being in a presentation with people who may not speak English as their first language, whose names I cannot pronounce and who may come from countries I have to ‘google’ to find out where they are from.

There is an amazing array of keynotes and presenters, who come from all countries of the world, all passionate about global education, willing to share their experiences. Please make time to join this amazing conference. Check out the conference program in your time zone, put up your feet and enjoy the best that technology can bring.

The twitter hashtag is #globaled. The ISTEglobal PLN has put together a list of their presenters and some recommended sessions. You can see it by clicking on this link.

Global Education Conference Leadership Team Introduction

I have been proud to be part of the Leadership Team with the Global Education conference since it’s inception. Here is a flipgrid video to introduce myself to others, share what I do in education and my experiences with the Global Education Conference.

  1. Click on this link to see my introduction. (The video would not embed into Word Press, Sorry!)
  2. Click on this link to see other members of the Global Education Leadership Team.

My introduction in text format

Hi I am Anne Mirtschin, a technology teacher from Hawkesdale P12 College a small prep to year 12 College in Australia. Technology has allowed us to breakdown our classroom walls so that we can learn with and from the world and beyond the textbook. As my students are geographically and culturally isolated, I am passionate about global education. We connect with others whenever we can and get involved in global projects wherever possible.

One day per week I partner with our Victorian Dept of Education and Training as a web conference coach.  I love to travel. I have been on the Leadership Committee for the amazing Global Education Conference since its inception. It never ceases to astound  me that I can be in a webinar with people from Africa, Nepal, the Middle East, Europe, USA, Asia etc all sharing our passion for global education. I am Communications Officer for the ISTE Global PLN, a Flat Connections, Master Skype and Global Classroom teacher.

My network is now global, my classroom is global and my students are also becoming global.

The Global Education Conference 2014

This coming week features the Global Education Conference -one of my favourite online conferences – an amazing conference involving potentially the world. Presenters and participants do come from across the world. Sessions are predominantly in English but other languages are starting to feature now. See the schedule, choose your own time zone first and spend time looking at all the sessions on offer.

My involvement:-

Sessions of global colleagues who are also presenting. These people are part of my networking groups and special to me.

Which ones have I missed? What sessions can you recommend? Make sure you attend at least a few session of #globaledcon

 

 

 

Global Education Conference 2014

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Technology allows us to take learning beyond the textbook and enables global education to take place on a scale previously unheard of. The global education conference is a wonderful way to learn about the world from the world and with the world. It is an amazing conference that brings all corners of the world together and makes so many connections possible.
If you are involved in global education, we would love you to consider presenting. There is still time to submit proposals for this exciting conference but please ensure it has a global education element. Final submissions have to be in by November 1st.

You can read more from any of the following flyers that may be of interest to you. Please note that we are looking for more student presenters.

Make sure you mark these dates on your calendar and set aside some time to participate in one or another – presenting, moderating or simply participating. Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

Reflections on the Global Education Conference #gec13

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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!

Highlights

  • 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

Tatyana Chernaya presents from Moscow, Russia

The disappointments

  • 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

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

Resources from the Global Education Conference

global education twitter profile

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:-