Global Education Conference Day 1

As mentioned in my last post, one way to connect globally is to take part in the online Global Education Conference happening this week. Here is the Aussie time schedule (Hobart time of course).

As a volunteer at the conference, I get to go into the presentations and listen to some wonderful speakers. They all relate to something global and each session is recorded and archived here.

In a five hour period, I sat in on two different sessions:

Empowering Young Changemakers through Design Thinking

Mahika Halepete is the 15 year old presenter who has her own non profit organization called Ayana International. Check out this article about how she got started with social justice around the world. She also wrote and sang her own song called Walked Away. Just Google her name and you will be amazed at what she is doing.

KEYNOTE      Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom

Sylvia Martinez – Author, speaker, publisher 

If you are into tinkering and maker spaces at your school then this session has lots of ideas and resources you can use. A website co authored by Sylvia is about helping educators invent the future.

Another moderator was  impressed with a session co run by my friend Anne Mirtschin from Hawkesdale in Victoria. It was about the world peace music project. Listen to the recording here and see if you agree.

Connecting globally

He has the whole world on his head

Creative Commons License Michael Coghlan via Compfight

Part of the Australian curriculum relates to connecting both teachers and students globally. How do you do that?

When I first began blogging in 2007, I knew no-one from overseas. I asked my mentor Sue Waters from Edublogs how to find people for my students to connect with on their blogs. Sue sent out a tweet and, suddenly, I started to develop a global PLN (personal learning network).

My first three connections were Jan Smith from Vancouver Island, Canada, Inpi from Lisbon, Portugal and Paul Bogush from Connecticut, USA. I am still in contact with these three educators and have actually visited Jan and Paul on one of my trips to USA.

Do you have any overseas teachers or educators in your PLN ? How can you find them?

Join a global education network

With over 26,000 members in their global network, this conference always has some great presenters from many different countries of the world. Check out their online guide to their conference happening next week. Make sure you find the schedule for our time zone.

I will be there next week as a volunteer in some of the sessions.

Join twitter as an educator and or class

You will see a twitter guide in the links on the sidebar – everything you need to know about twitter. Twitter is my go to for personal learning.

  • Send out the URLs of student posts and see who replies on their blog posts. Include #17stubc and #comments4kids
  • Start a hashtag relating to a topic you are doing in class and pose questions on twitter for other classes to reply to – make sure you are following other class twitter accounts for this to work well
  • As you now have a blog, make sure you include the @edublogs whenever you tweet.
  • Take part in some Twitter chats – you can follow even if not a member but need to join Twitter to actually take part

Here is the information for using Twitter with students

Take part in the Global Read Aloud

This event takes place in October/November each year. Check out their website here and perhaps plan to take part in 2018.

Connect with other groups

Join the Global Oneness project – Lots of interesting stories and ways to curate collections of stories about global events and problems.

Connect with others via Skype or Edmodo

The Wonderment is a way for kids to do good in the world