Sunday, November 23, 2014

Global Education Highlights (weekly)

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Global Education Highlights (weekly)

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Students present on global learning and more! - Global Education Conference 2014

The Global Education Conference is next week, November 17-21, 2014.

Right now (less then 3 days before starting) we have:
  • 250 general sessions 
  • 33 keynotes, or maybe 34 now
  • 20,347 members in the educational community!

Not sure about you, but I am planning to attend as much as I can - and learn from as many as I can. This conference is TOTALLY ONLINE, TOTALLY FREE and runs 24/7 for FIVE DAYS. There is something for everyone! The focus is on global education, global learning, global collaboration and how teachers and all learners are shifting the educational paradigm to embrace change through global connections that are often embedded into the curriculum (at all levels).

The Global Education Conference (now in its 5th year!) is a special event as it highlights innovation and cutting edge pedagogy, often with the use of new and emerging technologies. It provides inspiration to many educators globally as they hear and interact with teachers and leaders who are already out there connecting themselves and their students to the world. If you are a teacher or a leader (at any level) who wants to learn how to connect with the world in meaningful ways you MUST join some sessions and learn more.

A word about the sessions - each session runs for ONE HOUR - and presenters usually build in discussion and interaction activities. Being virtual it is easy to come in and out of the presentation rooms - and each time slot has at least 3 choices - so you can find the presentation that aligns with your needs and settle in to enjoy!

The Student Strand this year has grown and I wish to send a special thank you in advance to all teachers and students willing to step up and design a presentation that shares your global learning. We have a Student Presenters and Presentations group - everyone is welcome to join, especially students and teachers involved in the student strand presentations. Share your resources and links to your presentation material there well.

Here is the list of Student-led presentations (if I have missed any, please let me know!)

BTW - this list is in GMT+11 (my time here in Australia). Find YOUR time zone HERE.
Those highlighted in yellow are from Flat Connections teachers and students - Flat Connections is a sponsor of GEC 2014.

Tuesday 3pm
A Virtual Trip to Asia
Paramita Roy and students in Gr 6 and 8 (Julie to moderate)

Wednesday 2am
Service Learning for Highs School Students
Max Bone - Student

Wednesday 4am
Students as Tech Support
Kern Kelley

Thursday 2am
FlippingPD - Pre-Service Teachers Teaching Teachers Globally
Eva Brown
This session features students at the university level!

Thursday 12pm
A Student-Led Virtual Technology Conference? A New Model for Collaboration!
Marymount School of New York - Students

Thursday 11pm
Global Collaboration - The Student Perspective
Amy Jambor & Sheri Williams and students from Berea District, Ohio (Julie moderating)

Thursday 12pm
A Student-Led Virtual Technology Conference? A New Model for Collaboration!
Student Technology Leadership Team Marymount School of New York

Friday 3am
Students Presenting A Week in the Life - Environmental Issues
Toni Olivieri-Barton, Laura Israelsen, Cindy Nickodam and students

Friday 9am
Digiteen/Digitween - Global Digital Citizenship Project
Theresa Allen and Helen McConaghy and students (Julie moderating)

Friday 12pm
The World is Our Classroom
Anne Mirtschin and Grade 7 students (Julie moderating)

Friday 9pm
Social Entrepreneurship: The Student Voice
Sharon Brown-Peters and students

Saturday 3am
Student Stories in a Solar Cooking Project
Kathy Bosiak and students Lincolnton High School

See also my selected list of not only student presentations, but personal selections for GEC - it may help you CHOOSE where to be!

Don't forget to tweet about the conference and add the hashtag for International Education Week #IEW14 in addition to #globaled14. The GEC handle is @globaledcon

See you online in a session next week!

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Global Education Highlights (weekly)

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Sunday, November 02, 2014

Global Education Highlights (weekly)

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Global Education Highlights (weekly)

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Friday, October 24, 2014

'Moonshot' for new flattened learning environment - Thank you #gtasyd

About a month ago I was privileged to be chosen to attend the Google Teacher Academy in Sydney. Based at the Google offices in Pyrmont, Sydney, about 50 of us as well as a team of organisers came together to explore, connect, discuss, and come up with NEW ideas and approaches 'moonshots' for improving teaching and learning.

The application video that was my bridge for #gtasyd:


What I really liked about this experience is the opportunity it gave everyone to extend themselves and to think once again, even more and positively 'out of the box' of everyday situations to really envisage what might be possible in the future.

I am already an Apple Distinguished Educator (class of 2010, Singapore) and have had many exciting professional development experiences over the years. I knew this academy was going to be another step for me along the pathway of realisation of what is possible and to move closer to making it happen. When it was announced No Tosh would be leading the academy I was doubly excited, having connected with both Ewan McIntosh and Tom Barrett in the past I knew the quality work they were doing around the world. Hamish Curry, another No Tosh team member was in Sydney with Tom as well.

The Google Teacher Academy grouped us into teams and we met online for about three weeks before gathering in Sydney. Hats off to our 'Giant Leap' (our team name) leader, Matt Ives from New Zealand who worked hard at bringing us together and supporting our ideas and dreams. 

What was great????

  • I loved the fact our team was so diverse - in how long we had been teaching (shout out to Kim Sutton, a very young and exuberant teacher!), our areas of interest and expertise, and our ideas for making the change we all need to see in education. 
  • I loved the fact we worked hard as a team for a large part of the academy, sharing ideas for feedback, re-developing, re-sharing and getting more and more excited as more concrete plans emerged by Day 2.
  • I loved the use of Design Thinking to mold our ideas - and even though I have been using this in the workshops I run myself more recently and have a working knowledge of how to apply this - when you actually use it yourself for your own ideas it takes on a whole new meaning! 
  • I loved the fact we now all have a new network of educators to share ideas with and know these fragile thoughts will be welcomed for what they are......brave ideas in a confusing world, ready to be further tested, reshaped and eventually launched

My Moonshot

I want to start a virtual school.....but I do not like the term 'virtual school' and the connotations it has with set curriculum and exam-focused learning. line with the work I have done with Flat Classroom/Flat Connections in the past 10 years, I want to create what I am calling 'Learning Collaboratives' and put the responsibility onto the students to join these (in conjunction with teachers, or not) and become engaged and motivated through the socialisation of learning, networking and community that build collaborative learning.

Planning - using 'hexagons'
My hexagon after team brainstorming

Planning - the next stage
My moonshot - further planning

My Moonshot - The 'sentence'

What I plan to do is pilot 'Learning Collaboratives' in 2015. These will be different to the usual global collaborative projects I run. I am putting together details on this Learning Collaboratives doc and hope to have concrete objectives available by the end of October to share and encourage brave teachers and students to come and join.

Right now I am planning a 'Social Entrepreneurship Collaborative' (as on the doc.) I am also considering a 'Language Learning Collaborative' with a focus on Chinese. If you have any interest in being part of this please connect with me at any time!

Team 'Giant Leap' working hard!

Team 'Giant Leap' - stars of the event!

The whole group - #gtasyd

A little blurry - but here I am as a Google Certified Teacher!

Thanks Google and  no Tosh and all organisers. This was a very worthwhile and progressive experience for me and for all involved I believe. Well done!