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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


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

global audience for Nasir

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

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:-

Global Education Conference


The Global Education Conference starts in two week’s time. Call for logoproposals 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.

The Global Education Conference from a volunteer’s point of view

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.

The highlights

  • 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)

The challenges

  • 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)