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.
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.
- Click on this link to see my introduction. (The video would not embed into Word Press, Sorry!)
- 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.
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.
Sessions of global colleagues who are also presenting. These people are part of my networking groups and special to me.
- Tóthné Bán Gyöngyi on Using skype , google hangout and writing mails/letters to help small students in a little classroom to open their eyes to the large world outside
- How to create a student centered global classroom using Skype, Twitter and blogs with Ann Michaelsen Tue, November 18, 5am – 6am
- Keeping your batteries charged and learning together by connecting globally with other educators Maria Colussa
- Building Essential 21st Century Skills Through Global Collaboration Projects Effie Kyrikakis
- World Museum Projects: Collaboration Projects in Scratch with Yoshiro Myato, Lorraine Leo and Dr José Manuel Sáez Lopez
- Speechcraft Online: Connecting the Speakers’ Trainers Globally with Coach Carole McCulloch and Toastmasters around the World
- “Conceptualizing Violence and Leveraging Skype to Promote World Peace” with Dr. Deason, at 7pm +3GMT local time here! I will be basically talking about conceptualizing violence
- Keynote: Our Global Friendships with Lisa Parisi, Donna Roman, Toni Olivieri-Barton, Emily Roth, Robyn Thiessen
- Global Collaboration: The Student Perspective with Sheri Williams, Amy Jambor and others
- Conceptualizing Violence and Leveraging Skype to Promote World peace with Dr. Chris Deason and Abrahim Bahiti, BA
- Students Presenting A Week in the Life – Environmental Issues with Toni Olivieri-Barton
- Digiteen/Digitween – Global Digital Citizenship Project with Theresa Allen and Helen McConaghy
- Social Entrepreneurship: The Student Voice with Sharon Brown-Peters
- Building Essential 21st Century Skills Through Global Collaboration Projects with Effie Kyrikakis
- The Elders mentor younger ones at “The School in the Cloud” with Sebastian Panakal
- The Global Classroom Project Stories and Launch 2014-15 with Michael Graffin
- Changing Perspectives of Japanese High School Stdents toward the Chinese by Videoconferencing with Mariko Eguchi
- Theresa Allen Digiteen/Digitween – The Global Digital Citizenship Project
Which ones have I missed? What sessions can you recommend? Make sure you attend at least a few session of #globaledcon
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!
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: