Thursday, November 11, 2010
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2010 Global Education Conference
November 15-19
Totally Free. Completely Online.

What if we held a virtual conference on global education? What if we could impact education on a scale never tried before? What if we made it easily accessible and freely available for educators all over the world to attend?  What if we focused on encouraging not just attendance, but participation…

These were just a few of the question posed by Steve Hargadon, Elluminate Social Learning Consultant, founder of the Classroom 2.0 social network, and host of the Future of Education interview series, and Lucy Gray, an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Teacher, and founder of the Global Education Collaborative network.

Fast forward to almost a year later, and their vision has become a reality. The ground-breaking 2010 Global Education Conference kicks off on November 15th for 5 days, providing unprecedented opportunities for connecting education activities and initiatives worldwide. A strictly volunteer effort, the conference quickly garnered incredible worldwide support, with almost 95 partner organizations, over 120 global educator advisors, 50+ keynote addresses, and more than 350 sessions about globally connecting students and educators.

“We’ve been blown away by the response,” says Steve Hargadon. “It’s been like building an airplane while flying it, and we’ve accomplished so much with so few resources. It immediately became clear that this conference will be the first of many. Global education will be one of the great EDU themes of the next ten years.”

“We want to re-inspire teachers, helping them to be more motivated about helping students,” adds Lucy Gray. “Today, there’s really no excuse for teachers not to use technology to connect students across borders to develop a global perspective. It’s the right idea at the right time.”

Multiple time zones. Multiple languages. Multiple tracks.

The conference will be held online via Elluminate technology. Sessions will be free, broadcast live in multiple time zones and multiple languages, and available in recorded formats afterwards. Presentations are organized in six categories: Teacher, Student, Curriculum, Policy and Leadership, Global Issues, and Learning 2.0. Here are just a few highlights.

•    “Connecting Modern Language Classes Around the Globe” with Andrea Reinsmoen, American School of Bombay (India)
•    “Mastering the Moment: Reimaging Learning in Times of Economic Crisis” with Keith Krueger, Consortium of School Networking (CoSN) (USA)
•    “Utilizing Web-based Learning Environment in University Teaching” with Satu Alaoutinen, Lappeenranta University of Technology (Finland)
•    “Global and Multicultural Citizenship” with Gary Shaw, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (Australia)
•    “Exploring the Informal Future of Higher Education” with Philipp Schmidt, Peer 2 Peer University (South Africa)
To see complete listings of all the keynotes and track presentations, visit the conference site today at And be sure to tell others about this first-ever conference. Don’t miss being a part of global education history!