The Global Education Conference 2013

This week begins The Global Education Conference, an amazing free week-long online event bringing together educators and innovators from around the world, held Monday, November 18 through Friday, November 22, 2013. The entire conference takes place online in webinar format.

I will be presenting Monday, November 18 at 9 PM EST. Below the slides for my presentation. I will be discussing a global collaborative project I organized for my middle school students in the media literacy elective I teach this past spring. Collaborating with a school in Japan, my students at Rye Middle School and students at a school in Kyoto, Japan examined animated films and popular culture to understand and question cultural norms and stereotypes presented in the animated films. You can find the link to my presentation here.

There are more than 400 presenters throughout the week at The Global Education Conference.  You can find the complete schedule here and a link to the recorded sessions here. The schedule includes the links to each of the sessions.  Every session will be conducted through Blackboard Collaborate. Here are some highlights I suggest you check out.

Pam Allyn, Executive Director of Lit World will be presenting a keynote on Monday 11/18 at 7 PM EST on “Transformational Literacy for the 21st Century.”

Dan Zanes, yes, the quirky kids musician, will be one of the keynotes taking about communal music making on Tuesday 11/19 at 12 Noon EST.

Louisa Sullivan, Regional Program Manager of Common Sense Media, will be presenting Tuesday 11/19 at 5 PM EST “Making a Better World Online for Children: Teaching Digital Literacy and Citizenship.”

Julie Lindsay, author and creator of Flat Classroom Projects will be speaking Tuesday 11/19 at 10 PM EST,  “How to go Global – Lead, Learn, League.” One of the best experts on Global Collaboration, she has over a half a dozen global collaborative projects going on throughout the school year for schools to apply and participate in.

This session got my attention, “Walking a Mile in Another’s Moccasins: Purposefully Developing Empathy” presented by Doug Johnson, Director of Media and Technology at Mankato Area Public Schools on Wednesday 11/20 at 3 PM EST. Empathy and compassion are such important skills to teach our students even if the CCLS doesn’t include them.

Thursday 11/21 at 8 PM EST Heidi Hutchison, 5th grade teacher of Baltimore Friends School will be presenting a GlobalEdCon Smackdown, A Sharing of Resources and Tools from the Week. You know there will be lots of sharing and ideas passed along in that session.

Have a great week!  Happy learning and collaborating!

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