The 2010 Global Education Conference featuring 50 keynote addresses and over 300 general sessions from 62 countries runs all this week and it is online and free. No registration is required.
"The conference is a collaborative and world-wide community effort to increase opportunities for globally-connecting education activities and initiatives."
Loudoun County Public Schools has seven presentations, with eleven LCPS presenters and one co-presenter from NASA.
TITLE: Connect, Engage, Share & Discover - Distance Learning Opportunities
TIME: Monday, November 15, 1:00 PM
PRESENTER: Patricia Smith
CO-PRESENTER: David Alexander
SHORT DESCRIPTION: Through this session attendees learn how to create collaboration activities with the NASA Digital Learning Network, and classrooms from around the world studying relevant STEM concepts.
TITLE: Safe Social Networks that Turbocharge Collaboration & Project-based Learning
TIME: Tuesday, November 16, 7:00 AM
PRESENTER: Adina Popa, Loudoun County Public Schools (USA)
CO-PRESENTER: Ryan Jeffers
SHORT DESCRIPTION: This session showcases the impact of social networking among students. Through online tools, students are engaged in the learning process, interacting and working in a safe and exciting platform.
TITLE: Public Service Announcements in the Curriculum
TIME: Tuesday, November 16, 8:00 AM
PRESENTER: Carol Wenger, Loudoun County Public Schools (USA)
CO-PRESENTER: Freyja Bergthorson
SHORT DESCRIPTION: Public Service Announcements (PSA) are a creative way to bring relevance to subjects studied. Come learn what it takes to create a successful PSA, and how to connect international classrooms to work together on this project.
TITLE: The Nepal-US Connection
TIME: Wednesday, November 17, 8:00 AM
PRESENTER: Katie Neville, Loudoun County Public Schools (USA)
SHORT DESCRIPTION: In this session attendees learn how one elementary school connected with students in Nepal to work on different technology projects together.
TITLE: Sisterhood of the Traveling Shoes
TIME: Friday, November 19, 10:00 AM
PRESENTER: Jeff Frazee, Broad Run High School, Loudoun County Public Schools, Virginia (USA)
SHORT DESCRIPTION: Broad Run maintains a relationship with two sister schools globally. For several years we have sent and received students from Nanjing #12 Middle School (USA High School equivalent) in Nanjing, China and Besselgymnasium (USA High School equivalent) in Minden, Germany. In both cases, students live with host families for the week they are in the country and shadow a student from the host school. Through these programs, the students learn about the host country’s culture and teach other students about their own. Because of these global connections and continued communications through email, the cultural and physical boundaries between our countries continue to shrink. This presentation will look at the ways we maintain our relationship with the schools, and the benefits they bring to all three schools and their students.
TITLE: Video Conferencing for FUN Test Prep
PRESENTER: Jennifer Amores-Kalich, Co-Presenter: Steven Sandy
SHORT DESCRIPTION: Attendees learn how to use collaboration activities to prepare students for standardized tests. Immersing students in games and real-life applications of their learning will ultimately end in increased academic performance.
TIME: Friday, November 19, 10:00 AM
TITLE: Connecting the Global Classroom
TIME: Friday, November 19, 9:00 AM
PRESENTER: Hal Boland
Co-PRESENTER: Jason Robey
DESCRIPTION: Using the target language via the Skype program has unlimited educational value in today's classroom. Skype + interactive whiteboard technology provides teachers with face-to-face interaction and simultaneous cultural immersion. Heritage High School has been partnered with the Hannah-Arendt-Gesamtschule under the auspices of the GAPP (German American Partnership Program) since 2003. A group of students from each school travels to its partner school for approximately 3 weeks during the academic year. During this time, guest students stay with host families from the school community, visit classes of their choice, participate in after school activities with their host students and visit New York City/Berlin for a three-day excursion. This trip is open to all students. The thrust of this program is to improve both language skills and to strengthen cultural understanding of the respective culture.
Heritage High School has also been named a PASCH (School Partners of the Future) school by the Federal Republic of Germany. Through this endeavor, over 1000 schools worldwide receive financial benefits to strengthen their German language programs. There are only nine US high schools awarded this honor.
In order to foster this relationship, the SKYPE program has enabled us to strengthen and maintain our relationship by providing both verbal and visual contact on a daily basis. This presentation will highlight both our partnership and the use of the SKYPE software.