Last week I attended the fourth annual Global Education Conference, a free week-long online event bringing together educators and innovators from around the world, from Monday, November 18 through to Friday, November 22, 2013 (for me, in Australia, it was Tuesday November 19 to Saturday, November 23rd). The entire conference took place online in webinar format.
The Global Education Conference is a collaborative, inclusive, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. It is designed to significantly increase opportunities for connecting classrooms while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity and educational access for all.
Last year’s conference featured 400 general sessions and 20 keynote addresses from all over the world with over 13,000 participant logins. I blogged about last year’s conference
before the event at
during the event at
and after the conference at
I was not quite as organized before this year’s Global Education Conference but I have developed a few techniques to make it easier for me to try to keep up with the huge amount of information and the collection of links and resources being shared during the webinars.
In each of the sessions I attended I saved a list of the links as they were given and used Jing screen capture http://www.techsmith.com/jing.html to collect images which I made into a collage for the session.
The Global Education Conference 2013 website is http://www.globaleducationconference.com/
Recordings of the webinars can be found at
Blog posts about the conference can be found at http://www.globaleducationconference.com/profiles/blog/list
Here are the session descriptions for the presentations I attended with links to some of the websites and programs that were mentioned and a collage of images.
The 9X9X25 Challenge: A Reflective and Open Model of Professional Development
Full Session Description: The 9x9x25 Challenge was offered locally to faculty at Yavapai Community College in Arizona, USA. The aim of the Challenge was to use reflective writing as a way for writers to question and to clarify current practices, as well as fine tune existing methods of teaching. Using the open web as a platform and broadcasting the writing to the author’s personal learning networks, the Challenge allowed educators to develop deeper connections locally and allowed them to build connections beyond their institution.
Because the writing and the work was broadcast to the open web using Twitter the participants had interactions with educators from all over the US and abroad. Like the Global Education Conference, the 9x9x25 Challenge is a different model of professional development as it takes place on the web and invites participation from other connected educators.
Over the nine weeks, 16 faculty produced a remarkable 140 thoughtful and well written posts about teaching and learning. This was significant because prior to the event it would have been nearly impossible to find written work on the internet, or anywhere, about teaching and learning crafted by our faculty.
As writers on the open web, participants in the 9x9x25 Challenge have questioned, created, and engaged in meaningful, authentic professional development opportunities within a global context! After only two weeks the model was copied by another college in Michigan.
This session will examine the structure used for the Challenge, what worked, what needs to be improved, and how we look forward to doing next year at no cost to the college.
Links shared during the session
Kate Sutton Jones
Transforming professional learning through global collaboration
Full Session Description: This presentation advocates for collaborative professional learning communities for global educators. The session will examine core components of establishing a professional development community and illustrate how such a community benefits educators, and students by connecting classrooms, promoting global awareness, fostering cultural proficiency and inspiring action. Global professional learning communities provide the opportunity to network with colleagues, participate in discussions, share best practices, and develop solutions as part of an online community of practice focused on improving professional learning and student achievement.
Jennifer Estrada and Pam Allyn
Transformational Literacy for the 21st Century: Four Lessons from the LitWorld Model
Full Session Description: Worldwide at least 793 million people are unable to read and write. Recognizing that literacy is the foundation for emotional and physical well-being, intellectual growth, and economic security, LitWorld is filling a devastating gap in support and services in education for children who live in the most challenging circumstances around the world. LitWorld’s educational programs are pioneering integrated approaches that value the story, the creative spirit, and the holistic lives of children. Our programs bring children together in praise-centric environments to foster a lifelong love of reading and writing, and to cultivate strong community bonds under the guidance of a trusted mentor. Our strength-based LitClub curriculum shows children how to reframe their stories so that they tell who they are and who they want to become. This crucial process of narrative framing not only cultivates their literacy skills but also gives them the strength and resilience they need to face their life challenges. A newly launched variation of LitWorld’s LitClub called Story21 integrates family literacy learning and technology. Technology is a power tool for building literacy skills, and is the doorway to accessing the information, dialogues and movements that are steering society. In this session, we will explore ways that we as educators and thought leaders can leverage the technology we have at our fingertips to create an innovative, transformative literacy education experience. Participants will learn how to create literacy-rich environments while empowering students to be the leaders of the Global Literacy Movement. These techniques will be presented through the lens of LitWorld’s LitClub model and the Story21 program, which provide a democratic, mobile, and effective method of teaching and learning that can be replicated in a variety of circumstances, and tailored to meet the literacy needs of the students, families, and communities they serve. By making our communities and our classrooms global, we shape our youth not only as students, but as future leaders.
Jennifer and Pam offered
4 Powerful Lessons for Transformational Literacy
Lesson 1 Power of story
Lesson 2 Power of collaboration
Lesson 3 Power of reflection
Lesson 4 Power of joy
ePortfolios as Environments for Global Engagement, Deep Learning and Authentic Assessment
Full Session Description: Portfolios have been around for a long time, but were originally in paper form and focused on large individual projects. Today, electronic portfolios provide an environment for reflection, collaboration, journaling and publishing one’s ideas. In this session, I will talk about deep learning and components of an ePortfolio environment. I’ll then provide examples of some ePortfolios that demonstrate their effectiveness as well as the challenges. I’ll discuss how ePortfolios can fit into an open online course (through OERu) that uses eportfolios to document learning and facilitate group projects among members of the global community. We’ll then share ideas about ways to incorporate ePortfolios into our work with learners, focusing on global interaction.
As an HP fellow, I am offering a mini-course on the topic, “Exploring STEM Competencies Through ePortfolios.” I’ll provide a brief overview of that mini-course and how it fits within the HP Catalyst Academy Project.
Ayat Tawel and Bernadette Rego
Harry Potter Book Project in Edmodo: A Collaborative Initiative between Students from Egypt and Canada
Full Session Description: With an increasing acceptance of children using internet for academic purposes, comes apprehension pertaining to their safety and well-being when online. While as educators we want children to become more « net savvy », we need to temper this with precautions to keep them safe on the web.
This session will demonstrate how educators Ayat Tawel and Bernadette Rego successfully established using Edmodo, a free Learning management system, as a place for students from Canada and Egypt to meet and discuss questions enhancing their reading skills using the popular book « Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone ». We will demonstrate how Edmodo and other web 2.0 tools can be used to protect the students’ online identity and communication while creating an enriching learning atmosphere.