Global Education Conference 2014 Post 3


Last week I attended several sessions of the Global Education Conference 2014 webinars held on the Blackboard Collaborate platform

The annual Global Education Conference is a free week-long online event bringing together educators and innovators from around the world.

The entire conference is virtual and takes place online in webinar format. Sessions are held around the clock to accommodate participant time zones.

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.
The sessions were recorded and can be accessed from links at

These are the sessions I attended on Friday 21 November 2014


Links given during the session


Link to the recording of the session

Links given during the session


Link to the recording of the session


Global Education Conference 2013 Part 4


Here are some more of the session descriptions for the presentations I attended during the Global Education Conference 2013  with links to some of the websites and programs that were mentioned and a collage of images.


Jeffrey Harlan
The Dream Flag Project: Connecting Student Dreams Around the World

Full Session Description: In this interactive session, participants will learn about how the Dream Flag Project works as it has reached out and included to students from Nepal to Rwanda and from Alaska to Texas. Tour The Dream Flag Project web site with it’s co-founder and director, Jeff Harlan, and learn how you can help students in your area experience The Dream Flag Project. The experience helps students develop critical 21st century learning skills in a context that is inclusive of almost every imaginable social, economic, cultural and educational setting. It honors each student uniquely through the creation of their Dream Flag, and by collecting, connecting, and sharing them, it creates a blueprint for a better world that belongs to us all.


Tania Rashid
TakingITGlobal (TIG)

Full Session Description: TakingITGlobal (TIG) operates an online community of young leaders where they have access to tools and resources to motivate and inspire each other to make differences, learn about issues that matter, and find ways to constructively channel their energy and ideas. has reached over 450 million youth since its launch in 2000.

As TIG’s vibrant global community has evolved, educators have sought to integrate its resources into their teaching. One of the many ways educators can integrate TIG resource is through TIG’s Educational Games. Topics covered from politics to mental health, educators are able to introduce social, global, and health issues to students in a fun and interactive way.

As a result of participating in this session, participants will:
Be introduced to TakingITGlobal and TakingITGlobal for Educators online community;
Learn more about the importance of games and educational games;
Develop a solid understanding of all the educational games on the TIG website;
Learn how to integrate the study of global, social, and health issues into the classroom through the use of online educational games;
Learn how to find the support that they need moving forward.


Miguel Barreto and Ramon Zetina
RAINFOREST ARTLINK: Connecting with the rainforest 2013

Full Session Description: In 40 minutes, 2 languages (English and Spanish), plus 20 of Q&A, Miguel Barreto (Program Facilitator) and Ramon Zetina (Environmental Educator) will explain their experiences connecting students from the Guatemalan Rainforest (students from 41 communities living near the Mayan Biosphere Reserve) with their peers in 7 States of the USA.
Over 5 years, the Rainforest ArtLink program has connected over students 4400 students. Our project it’s really simple: 1st Students use art as a media for expression (we ask participant students to portrait their own values and environmental views). 2nd Participant classes use the art for communication and understanding (as both sides of the exchange will receive their partner’s art). After the art exchange happens and the art is analyzed, 3rd. Students have the opportunity to interact in real time via HD videoconference (using Vydio and/or Skype). During the videoconference​, a magic opportunity opens for students where they dialogue, share, laugh and dance for each other.
The ArtLink Rainforest program ultimate goal is to promote the education of young people by encouraging their awareness, understanding, and appreciation of other cultures, as well as their own. The focus on this exchange is the environment, the effect in culture and its interconnection​.
We are currently enrolling classes for the program. We encourage you to send your application as soon as possible. Below is the link for the application which includes information regarding program fess and underwriting.

By participating in the ArtLink Rainforest Program, students will learn to:
Be introspective about their own culture and their place in it
Communicate key aspects of their culture using art
Understand, through their partner’s art, the realities, differences and similarities that exist in their partner’s world (the rainforest)
Expand their awareness and understanding of a complex ecosystem such as the tropical rainforest
Become global citizens by participating along with a global community of students

Practice using Spanish (for bilingual and Spanish classes)
Experience HD videoconference technologies right in their classroom

Creative Connections provides partner teachers with:
An introductory workshop delivered in your classroom or via videoconference to launch the project with your students.
An energized, motivated partner art class located in the rainforest
Comprehensive program guidelines with lesson plans
Our office staff, always available, for advice and support over the course of the program
A thoughtful set of art produced for your class by your partners
Access to our online teacher network of partner teachers around the world
A fully facilitated HD videoconference with your partner class in real time
Our annual International Children’s Art Portfolio featuring art from many of the year’s partner countries




Global Education Declaration


Stay connected after the conference

Sincere gratitude and appreciation to all the organisers, especially Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon, all the presenters and the moderators and the sponsors for a wonderful Global Education Conference 2013