Global education resources

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At the Global Education Conference, there were many sponsors and supporters. I am just going to list a few, add a link to their website and perhaps to specific resources I think might be useful.

iEarn is an organization found in over 140 countries of the world. They run many global collaborative projects as seen here at this link.

GCE is the Global Campaign for Education and they have many resources found here.

VIF is about international education. Many resources for teacher professional development. Sign up here to get resources.

Intel has lots of information about gamification during November.

Wonderment – an adventure to create a world of good – looks like some fantastic challenges for kids to wonder about

Flat Connections – run by Julie Lindsay – an Australian – ways to connect your classroom by flattening the walls

National Geographic – lots of fantastic resources for teachers in the education section

AFS – these are resources from the USA  organization but here is a link to the Australian site.

Brainpop is a fantastic site with lots of resources in so many different topic areas. Students love this with videos, games, quizzes and other information. Does include a widget or badge for your blog. Link to the brainpop educators community.

While attending sessions, I also saw some great resources.

Here are links to some of them:

P21 organization – includes free copies of downloadable books re global education activities and resources

Teach UNICEF topics to explore, and global citizenship briefs written in language students understand , link to Australia’s page in UNICEF – lots on indigenous students

One Hen Inc – great resources teaching students about entrepreneurship – this company began from reading a book called One Hen

Kiva – an organization for giving micro loans – perhaps you could do this as a class, grade, or school

Great sessions about global education

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When I attend a conference, I generally plan and schedule the sessions I want to attend. These are often with speakers I know from previous conferences or about a topic I am really interested in.

But this online conference was different. Being retired and used to using the Blackboard Collaborate rooms, I offered to help as a moderator. I arrived in the main conference lounge around 10am and left around midnight each day. Some hours we were flat out, checking a couple of rooms each, but we did have chances for breaks.

Here are some of the sessions I moderated in,  had time to attend as a participant or heard were fantastic. Those teachers in bold I have met face to face and would recommend their sessions first as they collaborate globally all the time. Here is the link to all recordings from the conference.

Just click on the link and it will take you to the recording. Make sure your Java is up to date if you decide to use the BbC version rather than the .mp versions.

Theresa Allen: Digitween/Digiteen global digital citizenship project – students were presenters in this session

Christy Barham: Helping students embrace cultural diversity and develop global awareness

Marshal Conley: Personalized learning – a guide for engaging students through technology

Maria del Carmen Colussa – Keeping your batteries charged – learning together by connecting globally

Nick Cusumano: World Theatre Video Project – connecting globally through performance

Alice Forsythe: Global Education Coalition – mainly for New York City but mentioned other resources

Peter Gilmartin: Strategy for globalizing secondary school – global citizenship/competency certificates

Terry Godwaldt: Connecting your classroom to the global stage with Global Encounters

Michael Graffin: The Global Classroom Project: Stories and project launch 2014/2015

Dondi Gyongyi- how a classroom in Hungary opens its students eyes to the large world around it

Leena Hannula – Wonderful third life – senior citizens in art museum in Finland

Henry Harboe – Video pen pals with developing world classrooms

Jeff Harlan – Dream Flag Project – empowering and developing global awareness in K-12 students

Leslie Pralle Keehn – Global Citizenship License

Effie Kyrikakis – Building Essential 21st Century Skills Through Global Collaboration Projects

Julie LindsayFlat students – Flat learning – Global Understanding

Ann Michaelsen – How to create a student centred global classroom through skype, twitter and blogs

Anne Mirtschin – 4 different sessions – World is our classroom, Global connections, Skype in the connected classroom and Hello little world skypers

Yoshiro Miyata – World Museum Project – collaboration project using Scratch

Kate O’Hara – went through three web tools for enacting critical pedagogy online

Toni Olivieri Barton – Students presenting about Week in the Life – environmental issues

Group of teachersour global friendships

Daniel Sadowsky – Free UNICEF teaching resources for Ebola, Climate Change and more!

Student technology team – A student led virtual technology conference – a new model for collaboration

Joyce Valenza – Going global – a Library call to action

Ruth Valle – Mystery Skyping – why we love it

Global Education Conference

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This week the 5th Global Education Conference begins on Tuesday our time in Australia.

This annual conference is a way to link with other students, educators and organizations around the world. You don’t have to sign up or join the ning to take part in the conference but if you want to make great connections with other educators or global organizations, then joining the ning would be worthwhile.

Every day, every hour, there are sessions you can join by logging in to a blackboard collaborate room. To find the room, just visit the schedule here (GMT+11) and click on the link up to half an hour before the scheduled time for the session to start. There will be a link there that will take you to your room. Just follow instructions and enjoy the session.

Once your session is over, the recordings will be archived and you will be able to get to them here.

Some speakers you might enjoy following are (link goes to their website):

Anne Mirtschin (Australia) – Tech Talk Tuesday 4pm session is always interesting, also the Tuesday 11pm session on Hello Little World Skypers

Julie Lindsay (Australia), Theresa Allen (USA), Toni Olivieri-Barton (USA), Robyn Thiessen (Canada), Ann Michaelson (Norway)

Some of the topics covered include blogging, skyping with other classes around the world (interesting one from a small school in Hungary), coding such as using Scratch.

Just check out the schedule and look at what the sessions are all about. Sometimes even worthwhile getting up for the early morning ones.

The organizers of the conference have produced a great flyer giving lots of tips on how to enjoy the conference and to get the most out of it.