November 15 – 20, 2010

The Global Education Conference is a collaborative and world-wide community effort to significantly increase opportunities for globally-connecting education activities and initiatives.  All sessions were held on the Elluminate platform, broadcast live, and are now available in recorded formats.  iEARN-USA was a partner in the event. 

  • Creating a Culture of Peace Through Global Education: Some Lessons Learned, Ed Gragert (iEARN-USA). GMT: Mon 15 Nov 03:00PM.  In the decades ahead, hopefully more and more schools will integrate the world into all parts of their curriculum. As they do so, they will need successful models of what has worked in diverse settings and environments. In this effort, educators and administrators should look beyond issues of global competitiveness as the main purpose behind building awareness and engagement with the world. Over the last 22 years, iEARN has learned many lessons about building a successful and sustainable global educational communities. In this presentation, I will share what I consider to be the five key components for replication across the country.  Recording Link: CLICK HERE
  • Teacher's Guide to International Collaboration on the Internet, Diane Midness (iEARN-USA), Ray Myers (U.S. Department of Education), Adrienne Michetti (USA).  GMT Mon 15 Nov 2010 10:00PM. The Teacher's Guide to International Collaboration was developed to help teachers use the Internet to "reach out" globally. These materials were prepared as part of the United States of America Department of Education's International Education Initiative. On these pages, teachers will find many projects and suggestions to begin or expand classroom projects that reach across the globe and enable students to learn WITH the world, as well as about it. This session will go over the resources that are available on the newly revised pages to help prepare teachers and students for international collaboration. Met some of the facilitators of projects featured in the guide.  Recording Link: CLICK HERE
  • Enhancing Teaching Effectiveness Through Global Partnership, Rimma Zhukova, School 16 (iEARN-Russia).  GMT Tue 16 Nov 2010 12:00PM.  This presentation introduces educators to global collaborative activities through IEARN project based tools. The presentation also describes one of online Teachers Professional Development courses as a means enhancing 21st century teaching effectiveness. The presentation introduces worldwide educators to Adobe Youth Voices (AYV), a global philanthropy program which engages young people around the world to “create with purpose”.  Recording Link: CLICK HERE
  • 21st Century Youth Voices, David Potter (iEARN-USA), Farah Kamal (iEARN-Pakistan), Prairie Summer (Equal Access International (EA).  GMT Tue 16 Nov 2010 04:00PM.  iEARN and Equal Access International (EA) are two leading education and youth empowerment organizations that provide resources and experience to design and implement an innovative youth media projects worldwide. The partners invite educators and media professionals to an open discussion on models of youth journalism and media production and literacy—print, video, radio, mobile/SMS, and online—to support community service, environmental issues, employment and vocational training, women’s rights/human rights, health and civic engagement.  Recording Link: CLICK HERE
  • Integrating Media into a Classroom: A case study of the Adobe Youth Voices Project, Allan Kakinda (SchoolNet/iEARN-Uganda), Lisa Jobson (iEARN-USA).  GMT Tue 16 Nov 2010 07:00PM.  Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) is Adobe Foundation’s signature philanthropy program designed to provide youth in underserved communities with the critical skills they need to become active and engaged members of their communities and the world at large. The program enables young people use multimedia and digital tools to Create Media with Purpose. This session, led by participants in iEARN (International Education and Resource Network), an Adobe Youth Voices partner organization, will introduce and demonstrate the implementation process of AYV as a model of incorporating youth-produced media and media-making into a classroom.  Recording Link: CLICK HERE
  • Join an international Learning Community: iEARN Professional Development Opportunities, Mandee Galbraith (iEARN-USA), Diane Midness (iEARN-USA).  GMT Tue 16 Nov 2010 10:00PM.  Would you like to be more prepared to help your students become global citizens while becoming part of an international learning community yourself? This session will address the growing importance of international education and explore iEARN professional development opportunities for educators including online courses and webinars. Online courses offered across the curriculum allow educators to collaborate and share their cultural background and professional experience with their peers around the world to make teaching and learning more effective and more fun! iEARN webinars, thanks to a generous donation from Elluminate, allow educators and administrators to interact over the Internet in order to learn how to enhance their online global project work and navigate the iEARN online Collaboration Centre.  Recording Link: CLICK HERE
  • Learning With the World...Project Based Global Collaborations, Jim Carleton/Mali Bickley (iEARN-Canada).  GMT Wed 17 Nov 2010 12:00AM.  This workshop will inspire and encourage educators and administrators to engage their students in Global Collaborative Projects using Information and Communications Technologies. By using examples of students’ projects, interactions, artifacts and collaborations between students and their global partners, it will become evident that these connections are beneficial and inspirational for all parties involved. Each project is solidly based in curriculum and embeds technology in a meaningful and engaging way to encourage students to communicate, collaborate and share while discussing global issues to affect global change.  Recording Link: CLICK HERE
  • NSLI-Y and iEARN: Exposing U.S. High School students to a lifetime of language learning, Curtis Young (iEARN-USA, Dina Guirguis (iEARN-USA).  GMT Wed 17 Nov 2010 11:00PM.  The NSLI-Y program offers scholarships (from the State Department) to U.S. high school students wishing to go abroad to study less commonly known languages. As a program partner, iEARN-USA administers summer and yearlong intense language learning programs in Morocco, India, Korea and China. In addition, iEARN-USA harnesses the strength of our global network to provide scholars with access to Language Lounges -- an online interactive space where students can practice reading and writing their language of study before, during, and after their physical exchange. Through the Language Lounges, NSLI-Y students have access to thousands of native speakers of each of the seven NSLI-Y languages, who are part of the iEARN network around the world.  Recording Link: CLICK HERE
  • Street Foods: Contribution to Food and Nutrition Security, Priscilla Nzamalu, Network for Ecofarming in Africa (NECOFA) (Kenya).  GMT Thu 18 Nov 2010 08:00AM.  Street Food: Contribution to Food and Nutrition Security. What are Street Foods? Street foods consist of locally available food stuff prepared at home or in the streets and sold openly in the streets or along house/shop corridor. They are common in most countries in the world and mostly cheaper than hotel foods in large cities. Such are roasted sweet potatoes, wheat snacks, potato chip and crisps. Who is the main target? Street foods are affordable to low income earners but also attract the pockets of highly paid persons due to their freshness. However, most street foods are exposed to unhygienic conditions and may not be the best to healthy life. Considering that "We are what we eat" where eating is an agricultural act and a political statement, "Our eating daily meal can change the world"!   Recording Link: CLICK HERE
  • My Identity, Your Identity Culture Project: Global Online Collaboration in Action, Nicolle Boujaber-Diederichs, Cypress Creek High School (iEARN-USA), Said Belgra (iEARN-Morocco).  GMT Thu 18 Nov 2010 10:00AM.  The presentation/discussion "My Identity, Your Identity Culture Project: Global Online Collaboration in Action" will focus on the structure, content and benefits of the online web forum project--My Identity, Your Identity. By using the iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) online platform, this project encourages students to explore and research the elements that form their identities and share their findings with students in other countries. The project helps students realize the importance of their traditions and value of their culture in their country and how the students participating from different countries are more the same than different. Participating countries include: Oman, USA, Azerbaijan, Morocco, Turkey, Indonesia, Uganda, France etc.  Recording Link: CLICK HERE
  • One Day in the Life Project, Chris Baer, MEd, Martha's Vineyard Regional High School, Oak Bluffs, MA (iEARN-USA), Marta García Lorea (iEARN-Argentina). GMT Thu 18 Nov 2010 01:00PM.  What do you ... for breakfast in Yemen? ...take to school in Bangladesh? ...sing at a birthday party in Azerbaijan? in your free time in your country Photography teacher Chris Baer, USA, and EFL teacher trainer and author Marta García Lorea, Argentina, will suggest some simple online projects in which Students communicate directly with their peers abroad using forums, email, social networks, and videoconferences. Chris and Marta will specifically highlight iEARN’s ‘One Day in the Life’ project, in which students from 125 countries share their lives in writing, photography, video, powerpoints, and other media by documenting details of a typical day (like visiting the grocery) or a special day (like a birthday.) By sharing and discussing life’s daily routines with students from around the world in a safe, monitored online environment, students promote a better understanding and respect of other cultures in the spirit of 'sharing, caring and respecting'.  Recording Link: CLICK HERE
  • Digital Imaging Across Curriculum, Alema Nasim (iEARN-Pakistan).  GMT Thu 18 Nov 2010 02:00PM.  This presentation will introduce different iEARN collaborative projects that utilize Digital Imaging for final products and their impact on students learning through Global sharing and collaboration.  Recording Link: CLICK HERE
  • Online Summer Camp! Dua Ali Syed (iEARN-Pakistan), Humayun Ansari (iEARN-Pakistan). GMT Thu 18 Nov 2010 03:00PM. The presentation will introduce a project initiated by iEARN-Pakistan, which allows youth to become a part of a new concept in summer fun – The Online Summer Camp. It will also emphasize on importance of preparing children to collaborate with others around the World. It will focus on how to provide an affordable and fun online learning environment to introduce and challenge youth to virtual course content via the internet, allowing them to create, communicate and collaborate with others while engaging them in their own learning using web 2.0 tools.  Recording Link: CLICK HERE
  • Active Citizens, Nana Kow Acquaye (iEARN-Ghana).  GMT Fri 19 Nov 2010 06:00AM.  Active Citizenship concerns everyone. We all have rights and responsibilities, and shared national, continental and global interests. Strong and healthy communities welcome diversity in cultural expression, values and lifestyles. Active Citizenship refers to the voluntary capacity of citizens and communities working directly together or through elected representatives to exercise economic, social or political power in pursuit of shared goals. Recording Link: CLICK HERE
  • Students' contribution to maintain World Heritage, Rohan Perera (iEARN-Sri Lanka).  How students can contribute to maintain world heritage.  Recording Link: CLICK HERE