Wednesday, 30 November 2016

MIEExpert Spotlight #19: Nosithembele Gcobo 'Integrating ICT in teaching and learning in rural contexts'

This is the 19th post in the series "MIEExpert Spotlight" for South Africa. The tab with all the posts can be found at http://bit.ly/1ZYy8Z7. Today we focus on Nosithembele Gcobo from Sentile Junior Secondary School in Queenstown.  Nosithembele teaches Grade 6 at a rural school where using technology is a challenge. In this post she shares some of the challenges with ICT in rural settings and shows how she has worked at overcoming these challenges.

Integrating ICT in curriculum practice is not as easy as it could be in the rural context such as in Cofimvaba where I teach. The challenges we face as teachers make it impossible, sometimes, to fully realise the benefits offered by ICT. For example the ICT infrastructure (WIFI, content server; mobile devices etc) can be the major barriers in the contribution to the improvement in the quality of teaching and learning in rural schools. I have found, though, that one way of overcoming challenges like this is to focus on the available tool that can be used to incorporate the technological part of the curriculum.


The Grade 6 learners have the responsibility of charging their mobile devices, checking the condition of their mobile devices and reporting whatever problems they have. They do this every time they use their mobile device. 


Here are four lessons I have done (or am planning to do) in Grade 6 with my learners where I focus on a particular program.

1. A biography project
I decided to do a biography project in Grade 6. This was a third term project where my Grade 6 learners had to write a biography about someone who has made a difference in our country, South Africa. They did their research using text books, the Internet and also by questioning their families, and their teachers. 

 
After gathering enough information for the project, they used Microsoft Word to write the project on their mobile devices. As the beginners, they were able to showcase their typing skills, inserting pictures and taking photos thus creating a standard document.


2. Mindmapping nouns
As a Grade 6 teacher, I always make sure that in every subject my learners use the mobile devices. I use a mindmapping program called Simple Mind where the learners can show their creative skills. Mindmapping helps my learners to master the content in a better way. This screenshot is an example of a First Additional Language – Lesson on Nouns.



3. Microsoft Sway
I love using Sway. It is easy to use and you can record events that happen. Here is a Sway I made which records a few events.



4. Videos
I have learned how to make videos and upload them to YouTube. I want to do this with my learners eventually. This is a video I made when i entered the Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert program.


I am hoping that as time goes the challenges get less and less. ICT integration adds value and provides clear guidelines on how to approach ordinary lessons and change them into experiential learning activities. Pedagogically, ICT is creating tech-savvy learners by changing the way they learn as it provides opportunities for them to operate in the current information age.

Get involved in the Microsoft MIEE program in 2017
If you are a teacher who likes to be innovative in the classroom, think about entering Microsoft's Innovative Teacher MIEExpert program in 2017 when applications reopen later. You can learn more about the program at this link: http://bit.ly/1H4gKcB on the Microsoft Educator Community.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Useful Microsoft in education posts this week #79

The Internet is currently full of posts about using Microsoft products effectively in the classroom. Here are a number of them from this past week http://bit.ly/2gB0cCn  . (The link to the back-dated posts is http://bit.ly/1GVLTUZ 




Friday, 25 November 2016

Are you up to the challenge of the Hour of Code™? It is as simple as this...

Are you up to the challenge of the Hour of Code™?
The Hour of Code is a global campaign to demystify code and encourage everybody to learn the basics of computer science. Microsoft is proud to be a founding partner of Code.org. and together they have developed some great Minecraft themed tutorials to introduce basic coding concepts. Globally the Hour of Code campaign is held during Computer Science Education Week (5 – 11 December 2016). During the campaign, individuals and groups around the world participate in a variety of one-hour introductory learn-to-code experiences and there is lots of buzz on social media using #HourOfCode. Of course – you can work through the Hour of Code materials any time you like – and are not limited to just this one week when coding is celebrated.

If you are looking for a fun activity to try with your learners during the last few days of school consider taking on the Hour of Code challenge as a class. Learners can work through one of the two Minecraft themed Hour of Code tutorials here  https://code.org/minecraft and the teacher can download the facilitator guide and PowerPoint decks here https://docs.com/hourofcode2016/6548/english. If you are a parent looking for free, fun activities for your own children to do in the holidays – why not challenge them to completing an Hour of Code? If you are looking to learn a new skill over the holidays – give the online code.org tutorials a go yourself and share your creation using #Hour of Code.

Here are some frequently asked questions about Hour of Code™

Can anyone run an Hour of Code™ workshop?
Absolutely! The online tutorials and ready-made PowerPoints make it easy for anyone to run a workshop. If you are keen to run a session download the facilitator materials here and work through the online tutorials yourself here and you will be ready to roll.

I can’t attend or run an Hour of Code™ Workshop – can I still participate?
Yes! Give the online tutorials a try and share your finished product on social media using #HourOfCode so that others can see you completed the challenge. You can even print out your own certificate at the end.

What age groups is the Hour of Code™ aimed at?
The Hour of Code™ materials are aimed at learners between the ages of 8 and 18 - with one set of materials for primary school learners and one set for high school learners. We would suggest that workshops be offered to learners between grade 3 and grade 11. Please note that the workshop materials are in English and do require some reading. These materials are meant to be a basic introduction to coding - they may seem simplistic for Computer Studies learners although people with some prior coding experience will be able to show off their skills in the final challenges.

What technology is required to complete the Hour of Code™ tutorials?
Each participant will need access to a computer, laptop or tablet with a modern browser that is connected to the Internet. Headphones for each learner would be a great help – as well as a data projector and speakers for the facilitator. If your Internet connection isn’t great you can download the materials in advance or you could download the videos and show these to the whole class instead of each child watching them individually.

How can we share what our school is doing as part of the Hour of Code™?
Please post your photos and stories on social media to tell us and the world what you are doing to get learners coding. Use the hashtag #HourOfCode and tag @MicrosoftSA.

Will learners get certificates for participating in the Hour of Code™ ?

Once someone has completed the Hour of Code™ they can download a certificate. There is also an option for the facilitator to print up to 30 certificates in a batch if this is an activity which you would like to try with a class of learners. SchoolNet SA is not able to print certificates for people completing the Hour of Code.

Do learners need access to Minecraft to participate?
The materials that will be used in these workshops use characters and concepts from the Minecraft video game, but not the game itself. Learners DO NOT need to have access to Minecraft to participate in these workshops nor do they need any knowledge of Minecraft. Of course, learners who already know and love Minecraft will be excited to see familiar characters and concepts from the game.


Do learners need to have computer skills to participate in the Hour of Code™?
The whole idea of the Hour of Code™ is to get students excited about coding. No prior coding skills or experience are required. That being said - the workshop will work better with learners who have some computer literacy or those with an interest in computers.

Rise to the challenge of completing an Hour of Code – and consider using the last week of the school year an an opportunity to expose your learners to coding. We look forward to seeing what you’ve done on social media #HourOfCode


Useful Google in Education posts this week #82

After looking through all the Google posts that were shared to various subscriptions recently, these are a selection that look useful for teachers. https://goo.gl/vpYRC9   (The link to previous posts can be found here https://goo.gl/CNO3M2)


Thursday, 24 November 2016

Webinar recording 'ABC learning - create spelling videos using PowerPoint' with Mochudu Machaba


On Thursday afternoon 24 November at 3:30pm we held a webinar entitled, ‘'ABC learning - Create spelling videos using PowerPoint'.  Our speaker was Mochudu Machaba, a South African educator presently teaching Grade 5 and 6 Social Sciences, English and Lifeskills at Ngwanamago Primary Limpopo Province. 

The webinar description
In this webinar, Mochudu showed us how learners can create vocabulary content using PowerPoint.  She demonstrated how learners can design PowerPoint videos to revise their language structure and help them improve their vocabularyVisuals improve their memory to recall what they have learned and also help them understand words better by relating the vocabulary to pictures. In this lesson learners come up with words and pictures to create their own spelling words.  Learners record themselves saying words and later come up with sentences. In this way learners’ confidence is enhanced because they create their own content. They can use either Sepedi or English. They then rehearse what they have created and do creative writing as well.

The downloadable webinar presentation
Here is the downloadable presentation from the webinar available online in SlideShare:

The webinar recording can be listened to on the following link on YouTube: https://youtu.be/rLwkK-bG8 To  or it can be viewed in the embedded video below.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Why not tune in to our free SchoolNet webinar on Thurs 3.30pm - 'ABC learning' with Mochudu Machaba


We are pleased to announce that our next webinar, 'ABC learning' with Mochudu Machaba, will be held this week on Thursday 24 November at 3:30pm. Our speaker will be Mochudu Machaba, a South African Educator presently teaching Grade 5 and 6 Social Sciences, English and Lifeskills at Ngwanamago Primary Limpopo Province. We will be using the Adobe Connect webinar platform for the webinar. Please join us if you can. (Note: If you would like to present a short webinar on a topic of interest to teachers, please let fiona@schoolnet.org.za know!)


Webinar details
Webinar titleABC Learning
Summary: In this webinar, Mochudu will show us how learners can c
reating vocabulary content using PowerPoint.  She will domonstrate how learners can design PowerPoint videos to revise their language structure and help them improve their vocabularyVisuals improve their memory to recall what they have learned and also help them understand words better by relating the vocabulary to pictures. In this lesson learners should come up with words and pictures to create their own spelling words.  Learners will record themselves saying words and later coming up with sentences. In this way learners’ confidence is enhanced because they will create their own content. They can use either Sepedi or English. They will then rehearse what they have created and do creative writing as well.
Date: Thursday 24 November, 2016 at 3:30pm, online
Duration: 15 - 30 minutes
PresenterMokhudu Machaba is a South African teacher and a current MIEExpert and Microsoft Master Trainer. She has won many awards in ICT since 2009. Lately she has been honoured by the minister of Public Service and Administration (Adv. Ngoako Ramathlodi) for leading Innovation in the Public sector. Mochudu became a Microsoft Certified Educator in 2015. 
Host: Fiona Beal (SchoolNet)To join the meeting: http://meet78641452.adobeconnect.com/abc/

Note:
 
If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before or if you haven’t attended an Adobe Connect meeting for a while you might need to install a free add-in. To investigate this, test your connection:http://meet78641452.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

Monday, 21 November 2016

Useful Microsoft in Education posts this week #78

The Internet is currently full of posts about using Microsoft products effectively in the classroom. Here are a number of them from this past week. http://bit.ly/2fWRVLR

Friday, 18 November 2016

Useful Google in Education posts this week #81

After looking through all the Google posts that were shared to various subscriptions recently, these are a selection that look useful for teachers. (The link to previous posts can be found here https://goo.gl/CNO3M2)



Don’t just collect data – ask it a question (Using Excel Forms and Pivot Tables to conduct a meaningful survey)

This is another guest post from Peter De Lisle from Kwazulu Natal, one of our Microsoft's 2016/2017 MIEExperts from South Africa. Peter shared a post recenlty on using OneNote with the 16 habits where we focused on him in a spotlight on the South African MIEExperts.  In this post Peter shares on how to use Excel Forms and Pivot Tables to conduct a meaningful survey

Introduction
I am sure you have asked your students to conduct a survey at some time. It is a great way to get them to generate their own data, rather than relying on you or the Internet to provide stats. But, it can be a rather lower-order activity if all they do is collect data. They need to be working with it, trying to answer a question or solve a problem. So there needs to be some playing with the data once it is collected, aka manipulating variables. For example, students might want to ask the question: “Who uses what kind of social media?” If they get an answer, they can then be challenged to ask why that might be the case, to come with a theory to explain their findings.

This blog post describes a process whereby data is collected in Excel Online via a survey, then processed in Excel Desktop using Pivot Tables and Charts to allow students to see if the variables they have chosen do or do not have an effect. This is a cognitively powerful process – first it provides a way to take the raw, chaotic data of the world, and order it; then it facilitates visualising the patterns in the data, thereby making thinking visual.

Step 1: Set up a Survey
The first step is to use the Online version of Excel by logging into your Microsoft OneDrive account. Click on New, and choose Excel Survey.


:You can also access this feature from the Excel Online ribbon:


At this point, you will need to decide on what information you want to collect. What is very important is to collect Independent Variable (IV) and Dependent Variables (DV).

IV – information that defines who or what is being studied; eg as a researcher I have a hunch that gender and age play a part in determining what social media people use; so I would need gender and age as my IVs.

DV – this is information that will allow us to measure the effect of our IVs, eg frequency of social media use, and which platform. To make your life easier, choose categories for the age groups.
Here is an example of a survey I set up:
You can also access this feature from the Excel Online ribbon

To see my live survey, follow this link: http://bit.ly/2fDGJ6X . Once the survey is set up, get students to find participants by sharing the URL by whatever means they can: email, social media, QR Codes, etc. If it’s going to be difficult to get students to create and distribute an online survey, what I have also done is to set up a paper-based one for them on a piece of paper, with the IV column headings already specified, eg

Participant
Age Group
Gender
On a scale of 1 -5 rate…
What is your favourite…
?? 
 1
 2
 3
 4

 Once the data has been collected, it is time to start analysing it.

Step 2: Create a Pivot Table
If you have used an online survey, you need to open the sheet containing the data in Excel Online. From there you can click on “Open in Excel”. Once you have the data in Excel Desktop, it should look something like this:

Click anywhere inside the data, and then click Insert > Pivot Table, and then click OK. You will be faced with a new sheet, which looks like this:


To set up the Pivot:
  • drag any of the column headings from the top box to the VALUES box (but not one that has numbers in it) because we have to count something
  • drag one of the IVs (eg Gender) to the ROWS box – you will see it now breaks down the data by this IV.
  • drag one of your DVs (eg Social Media Platform) to COLUMNS – this is the magic part! The data is now broken down two ways.
It should now look something like this:

So, we have an answer to our question. But it is quite hard to read the data in the table. So, we need to create a chart.


Step 3: Create a Pivot Chart
  • Click anywhere in the Pivot Table, and then click on Insert > Column or Bar Chart.
  • Select the 3-D 100% Stacked Column format.
The reason for this is that it then does not matter how many of each kind of participant there are – eg there may be more females than males. You should now see something like this:


 Encourage your students to tell the story that is shown in the chart; to answer the question why is it like this? If there seems to be no story, then ask then to try swopping one of the IVs for another, or swopping one of the DVs. In this way they can play with the data, and clearly see the relationships between IVs and DVs. You can try using two IVs at once, but this will only work well if you have a large number of participants, eg:


An interesting aside is that once the Pivot Table and Chart have been set up, they are available to be used in Excel Online – you just can’t create them there.


Conclusion

I think that you will agree that it would take a long time to collect data from hundreds of participants, type it in, and then work out formulas to extract this data; and it would not be interactive in a way which allows modelling and thinking

Get involved in the Microsoft MIEE program in 2017
If you are a teacher who likes to be innovative in the classroom, think about entering Microsoft's Innovative Teacher MIEExpert program in 2017 when applications reopen. You can learn more about the program at this link: http://bit.ly/1H4gKcB on the Microsoft Educator Community.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Attention SA teachers! Would you like your class to skype with Zoaib Hoosen, MD of Microsoft in the annual Skypeathon? Read on...


An exciting offer from Microsoft
Microsoft’s Annual Skype-a-thon on 29th or 30th November. You can find more details about it at www.skypeathon.com. One of the exciting offers from Microsoft is: Microsoft is looking for a class in South Africa that would like a Skype Session with Zoaib Hoosen, MD for Microsoft South Africa, as part of this event. Exciting! This would be a 30 minute event. Interested? Zoab will skype with one lucky class! In the comment box in this Facebook post on the Microsoft page, http://bit.ly/2g1DJA7, write your school’s name, why we should choose your class and what you would like to hear about from Zoaib.

What is the annual Skype-a-thon event? 
Microsoft’s Skype-a-Thon is a global movement to celebrate learning without borders. Last year, over the course of the two-day event, thousands of educators, guest speakers and students travelled 3,046,124 virtual miles (for South Africans this would be 4 902 261 virtual kilometres). This November 29-30th, you can join the thousands of educators around the world already embracing the global learning movement and celebrate learning without borders! Help Microsoft celebrate global learning by joining us in the Skype-a-Thon mission to travel 3 million miles over Skype on November 29th and 30th.

View the report back of the 2015 Skype-a-thon
 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAwNPdBvYwA )

How to find out more on how to get started
Visit the Microsoft Educator Network (https://education.microsoft.com/skypeathon). This page will show you how you can participate in three easy steps. By the way, if you haven’t joined the amazing Microsoft Educator Network now is the time to do so! Register today for this year’s Skype-a-Thon (Nov 29-30) and join thousands of other students, educators and guest speakers around the world as they connect with and learn from each other via Skype!

To get back to the Skype Session with Zoaib Hoosen, MD of Microsoft in South Africa
This could be an unforgettable event for your class to participate in! This could be one of your Skype calls during the day! What do you need in your classroom to participate?
*You’ll need to have Skype installed (free) on the laptop you will use for the Skype session
* Think about a creative idea on what to talk about. e.g teach Zoaib something about your school/culture; talking about jobs of the future, Q&A session talking technology, find out more about Microsoft, discuss the future of technology, information about your respective towns, sharing interesting lessons, etc. The ball is in your court!

If you are keen to do this please go to this Microsoft Facebook link http://bit.ly/2g1DJA7 and write your response there. Visit: www.skypeathon.com for more info.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Wednesday 16th November - FINAL DAY programme for the online Global Education Conference


Wednesday, November 16th, is the final day of our the seventh annual Global Education Conference. It's been an amazing conference, hope you can join us for some of the final keynotes or sessions!

IMPORTANT NOTES:

Great session with educators from Israel, Mexico, Colombia, Canada, Nepal and USA. Wow! GEC, You rock!


The list of today's sessions, in US-Eastern Standard Time, is below. To see the the full conference schedule in your own time zone, with the direct links to session rooms, go to the conference schedule page

Want to volunteer to help moderate sessions? It's not too late! Sign up and information here. It's a ton of fun, you'll be doing some good, and you'll have the undying gratitude of the conference organizers!

Wednesday, November 16th

12:00am
  • What does it take to make the world our classroom - Anne Mirtschin
3:00am
  • (iEARN) Collaborative learning through an online magazine -iMagzz - Making Myself Heard - Geeta Rajan,Head,International Affairs
4:00am
  • (iEARN) Partners of the Americas and iEARN: The Power of Connections and International Collaboration in Education - Mr. André Hedlund
  • CLASS: Connected Learning Activities through Social Service - Sebastian Panakal, Chairperson
  • Factors causing student anxiety in English speaking class: from first year students’ perspectives - Dr Thi Tuyet Tran
5:00am
  • (iEARN) Hands for Peace - Almerinda Garibaldi
  • Studying Abroad and Its Broad Impact for Nursing Students in Diploma Programs - Nicole Hall
6:00am
  • (iEARN) "Photojournalism for covering social issues in Tajikistan – raise the youth voice." - Firuz Baratov
  • Promoting cultural and geographical awareness through online exchanges - Mrs. Quratulain Hussain
7:00am
  • (iEARN) Where Do The Children Play - Freda Goodman
  • Cómo Preparar Alumnos para el Siglo XXl Con Pocos Recursos - Fabiana Casella
  • Gamify Your PD: Leading Districts 'Win' with Teacher-Driven, Self-Paced PD - Julia Francis, Partner
  • Gomabseubnida, Seoul: How My Summer in Korea Made Me a Better Teacher. - Amy M. Barrios, Ed.D.; Associate Professor
  • The comparative analysis of different online education and blended learning solutions in the non-OECD context. - Dr. Pablo B. Markin
8:00am
  • Connecting India Around The World - Ms Poonam Sharma
  • How meditation and creative imagination can prepare global students and teachers - Dr.Elena Puntaroli
  • Lesson Jamming Collaboration - Mrs. Maha Hassan
  • Micro-learning as a lifelong learning approach of the 21st century: Potentials and Challenges. - Mr. Mohamed Ramadan
9:00am
  • (iEARN) Impact of STEM learning program on main stream education - Ms. Alema Nasim
  • El acceso global de profesores y estudiantes mediante cursos de micro aprendizaje y mensajería instantánea - Carlos Bravo Reyes PhD
  • How to facilitate cross-cultural projects in a digital exchange - Jack Haskell, teacher and educational coordinator
  • The Global Student News Network - Don Goble - Multimedia Instructor
  • Tips To Prepare Students for a 21st Century Global Class With 20th Century Environment - Mrs Fabiana Casella
10:00am
  • KEYNOTE: Dmitry Savelau - "Education for Social Change: the Power of Collective Action"
11:00am
  • Bringing the world into your K-5 classroom with new technology can help tackle prejudice before it begins. - Sanny Zuiderveld, co-founder
  • Global Classrooms - Teresa Kramarz, Assistant Professor
  • Middle School General Music...A Provincial Dumping Ground or Global Oasis? - Kathryn Smith, Middle School General Music Teacher
  • The role of curriculum in teachers’ understanding of Global Citizenship Education in one of public schools in Akmola region, Kazakhstan - Mrs.Zhanar Ordabayeva
12:00pm
  • Differentiated Instruction: Innovative Strategies to Increase Student Engagement, Motivation & Transfer of Learning - Lauren D. Pitts, Doctoral Candidate
  • Robotics Unplugged: Introduction to Engineering - Melda N Yildiz
  • Supporting Global Education in the Media Center and Throughout Your School - Daryl Weakland - School Library Media Coordinator
  • VIOLA - Values In Our Lives Always - Mr Drew Buddie
1:00pm
  • KEYNOTE: Tonya Muro - "Learning With the World through Virtual Exchange: Building Bridges, Breaking Down Barriers"
2:00pm
  • Creating Global Citizens in the 21st Century - Chantelle Kohn, Program Director
  • Faculty Inspiring World-Ready Educators: Global Ed Catches FIRE in Rural Virginia - Patricia Talbot, Associate Professor
  • Global Food Security Resources: Collaboration between agriculture and education - Jane Hunt, Education Consultant
  • Nuggets from the Gold Mine: Resources and Opportunities for Global Perspectives - Jay Harris, President and Creative Producer
3:00pm
  • Educación Expandida: Creación colaborativa - Profesora Cristina Velázquez
  • Generation Global: Navigating Difference Through Dialogue - Mrs. Muna Abbas
  • We Can Change the Picture With The "Matrix of a Learner" - Tracy Hanson, Founder
4:00pm
  • CLOSING KEYNOTE: Gavin Dykes - "Learnings with and from the Maverick Teachers Global Summit"
5:00pm
  • Final Notes - Closing the Conference

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Useful Microsoft in Education posts this week #77

The Internet is currently full of posts about using Microsoft products effectively in the classroom. Here are a number of them from this past week http://bit.ly/2ft4LBG . (The link to the back-dated posts is http://bit.ly/1GVLTUZ 

Tuesday 15th November - Day 2 programme for the online Global Education Conference


Tuesday, November 15th, is day three of the seventh annual Global Education Conference. We are ready for another great day of sessions and keynotes!

IMPORTANT NOTES:

Wonderful Keynote on Peace by Anne Polaski and Diane Repaal at @globaledcon #GlobalEd16


The list of today's sessions, in US-Eastern Standard Time, is below. To see the the full conference schedule in your own time zone, with the direct links to session rooms, go to the conference schedule page

Want to volunteer to help moderate sessions? It's not too late! Sign up and information here. It's a ton of fun, you'll be doing some good, and you'll have the undying gratitude of the conference organizers!

Tuesday, November 15th

5:00am
  • (iEARN) cultural package exchange project - Mrs Asma Al Beriki
  • Why Baki Matters II: Stories and Projects from Silk Road - Melda Yildiz, Ed.D.

7:00am
  • Creating Broader Perspectives Through Oral History - Ryan Harwood - Technology Integration Coach
  • Five Years of Global Learning in a Little World- HLW Skypers - Anne Mirtschin
  • Pescando Estudiantes: Aguilas pescadoras y la clase experiencial de español - Mark Viser, Spanish Teacher, Dept. of Foreign Languages
8:00am
  • (iEARN) Using Digital Media for Global Collaboration: A Look at Two iEARN Projects - Chris Baer, Arts and Technology Teacher, iEARN Project Facilitator and Curriculum Developer
  • Psychic Distance Phenomena and Global Education - Susan Boyle, MFA, Full Time Faculty
  • Publishing Student-Created eBooks to Foster Collaborative Global Sharing and Building of Knowledge - Francis Jim Tuscano, Grade School Teacher and Ed Tech Coach and Consultant
9:00am
  • (iEARN) Global Collaboration Creates Bridges for Globa Citizens - Kheira Mezough , Country Coordinator
  • Enhancing Understanding in the Culturally-Diverse or Globally-Connected Classroom Using Screencasts - Dr. Crystal L. Sears, M.A., LLPC - Faculty
  • Harmonizing Global Alliances: A Case Study of Afghanistan - Maria A. Beebe, Ph.D., Anthropology Department Affiliate
  • One Heart Anti-Bullying Program - Janet Lee-Instructional Designer
  • Resources for Integrating Latin American Studies Across the Curriculum - Mary Risner, Associate Director
10:00am 
  • KEYNOTE: Kevin Smith - "Global Competence and Dual Language Programming: A purposeful, systematic integration of language and culture"
11:00am
  • (iEARN) Talking Kites Around the World - Ruty Hotzen
  • Citizen Journalism - Lesley Farmer, Professor of Library Media
  • Creating Global Competency by Infusing Media Asset Projects into your Classroom - Darla Kay Hill, Education Consultant and EdTech Strategist
  • Preparation for Teaching in a Global Classroom - Heather MacCleoud, Director – Academic Programs
  • The importance of global education to the inquiry approach to learning in preparing the child for the 21st century - Paul Loranger
12:00pm
  • (iEARN) EFL Youth Voices Project - Dr Daniela Munca-Aftenev
  • Building Bridges Though Intercultural Communication - Joe McVeigh, Author and Educational Consultant
  • Effective Use of Collaborative Online Discussion Boards and Netiquette Guidelines - Nadine Aboulmagd, Online Content Developer
  • Learning to Ask Better Questions, Together. - Reuben Thiessen, CTO
  • The Partnership Continuum: Building Global Partnerships that Work - Jennifer D. Klein, Global Educator and Author
1:00pm
  • KEYNOTE: Beate Nguyen, MA.Ed. - "Global Ed (Urgent Action + Critical Lens)"
2:00pm
  • El Continuum de "Asociaciones Globales": Creando Intercambios Globales que Funccionan - Jennifer D. Klein, Educadora Global y Autora
  • Integrating Dual Language with Global Learning through Project-Based Inquiry - Meg Van Voorhis, Manager of Curriculum and Instructional Services
  • Study Abroad, Language Acquisition and Cultural Competencies A Case Study - Nadra Garas
  • What Does Global Competency Look Like for Our Youngest Global Citizens--Toddlers and Preschoolers? - Susannah Wheelwright (former World Geography teacher, now stay-at-home mom)
3:00pm
  • #GlobalSpeedChat--A Worldwide Collaboration of Students - Jennifer Hesseltine & Kim Preshoff, Teachers in New York
  • Create globally connected students with a 'school within a school' - Kyle Wagner- Futures Academy Coordinator at The International School of Beijing
  • Learning for a Purpose and Caring about the World with The Dream Flag Project - Jeff Harlan, Co-Founder
  • Notes from the Field: Dual Language and Global Content in Action - Rocio Aguilar, Instructional Specialist
4:00pm
  • KEYNOTE: Joseph Ball
5:00pm
  • Excursions in Mathematics: A Global Education Project - Tammy L Jones, Consultant
  • Experiential Learning: Discover Cuba Without a Passport - Ruth Valle, Spanish Teacher
  • The concept of participation in education and learning: What can the educational field learn from other domains? - Ioana Literat, Assistant Professor of Communication, Media and Learning Technologies Design
  • What roles can school librarians play in global cultural competence? - Dr. Lesley Farmer, Professor of Library Media
6:00pm
  • Creative Use of QR Codes to Support Global Educational Partnerships - Dr. Susan Jacques Pierson Associate Professor of Education
  • Globalizing the English Common Core Reading Materials - Ashley Gwinn Master Teacher and Curriculum Specialist
  • Increasing Global Competence in K-12 Education - Ann C. Gaudino, Ed.D.
  • Promoting Student Success in Statistics by Investigating Worldwide global problems - Larry Musolino
7:00pm
  • KEYNOTE: Chip Kimball + Tim Stuart - Changing Education: From Teacher Agency to Student Agency
8:00pm
  • American Literature and History as a Springboard into Global Social Issues - Mr. Ryan Smith
  • Blog Building: The Basics of Shaping & Sharing Your Voice as a Global Educator - Heather Singmaster, Host, Global Learning Blog, Education Week
  • Bringing the World to Your Classroom - Connie Rensink
  • Committing Global Knowledge to Action Through Project Based Learning - Jim Zacchini, Senior Implementation Associate
9:00pm
  • Agentes De Cambio - Pedro Aparicio M.S.
  • Estructuración y reestructuración de modelos y esquemas mentales con recursos digitales" - Maestro en Ciencias Alfonso Ángel Carballo Hernández
  • Master Project- Based Learning in 5 simple steps - Kyle Wagner: School Transformation and Project- Based Learning Coach
  • Using TED Ed to improve your student reseach and learning - David J. Burt
10:00pm
  • KEYNOTE: Tudor Clee - "Sharing the kids eye view of the world"
11:00pm
  • Teacher Travel = Student Learning - Connie