The last weekend of June 2015 was fantastic. Among other things, it included a Sunday meetup at ISTE 2015 in Philadelphia, PA (by the way, one of my favorite spots, the Reading Terminal Market, is located across the street from the convention center). This was my first ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) conference, and I am hooked. The multi day event showcases the newest, nest, and innovations in education technology. Global educators are, quite often, success users of technology in the classroom. So this marriage of Ed Tech and Global Ed makes perfect sense. Check it out:
Now, back to Sunday, June 28th. The meetup I attended was a three hour event called Global Education Day. The amazing Lucy Gray, and incredible Steve Hargadon, in cooperation with VIF International Education, organized and sponsored the meetup which turned out to be a global education jam session!
Gray and Hargadon are the creators of one of my favorite annual events – the Global Education Conference a free week-long online event bringing together educators and innovators from around the world. The sixth annual is Monday, November 16 through Thursday, November 19, 2015. The entire conference is virtual and will take place online in webinar format. Sessions are held around the clock to accommodate participant time zones. You can search and view archived recordings of past sessions. I hope you attend, and present, in November. The call for proposals is now open.
The community of participants were a dynamic collection of educators. You can see who attended here.
In addition to outstanding networking, the event generated was a wishlist of resources and opportunities for global educators and their students. Speaking of wishlists… how about Pearl Jam in Argentina 2013:
Ok, back to the conference. Below you can find a number of the resources that were shared at the Global Ed Day Meet-up. To do so, participants used three formats (below) and you can view the tweets that day at : #globaled15
- Round table discussion
- Ignite Talks
- Cool Tool Duels (my personal favorite format!)
So, what are you going to adopt for next year? Explore them all, share them with your colleagues and network, and most importantly implement them with your students next school year. Have fun exploring the resources. Your students will benefit from your decision adding a global dimension to their education.
Cool Tool Duels This activity focused on participants showing one tool or web site to the audience that could be used to promote global collaboration. I did #3, Face to Faith. Time limit is only 2 minutes per person. I loved this strategy and is something I will be using at my future department chair meetings. 3-2-1… Go
1. Commit2Act: http://commit2act.tigweb.org
2. Nepris: http://www.nepris.com
3. Face to Faith: https://www.facetofaithonline.org/
4.EQ projects throughout the world: www.eq.org
5. 100 Word Challenge: www.100wc.net
6. EQ projects throughout the world: www.eq.org
7.Global Story Map: http://www.digitalpromiseglobal.org/map/
8. The Wonderment: http://www.thewonderment.com
9.Ayiti Games: https://ayiti.globalkids.org/game/
10: International Days: http://days.tigweb.org
I have also listed some of the other resources from the day presented in round tables or the ignite talks:
1. Educating for Global Competence: https://asiasociety.org/files/book-globalcompetence.pdf
2. Mystery Skype: https://education.skype.com/mysteryskype
3. Global Citizenship: http://digcitlicense.weebly.com/
4.The Encyclopedia of Life: http://eol.org/
5. VIF International Education: http://www.vifprogram.com/
6. IREX – Teachers for Global Classrooms: https://www.irex.org/projects/tgc
7. The Longview Foundation: http://longviewfdn.org/
Lastly, his graphic was used during the event. I believe that all of the resources shared here move teaching and leaarning to the High Agency side of education.
So, what’s next? Well, plan ahead… I already have. Spread the word and see you there!
- ISTE 2016 Denver, Co., June 26-29, 2016
- ISTE 2017 San Antonio, Texas, June 26-29, 2017
Thanks, Craig, for spreading the word. Love reading all the reflections about Global Education Day! See you online during the November conference!
Thanks for the mention Craig! It was a great day wasn’t it!!