Friday, October 19, 2012

Global Education Conference Free Online Nov 12-17

The 2012 Global Education Conference is November 12 - 17 this year, and if you haven't been a part of this amazing, online, 5-day, 24-hour-a-day event, we sure hope you will join us this year! There's lots of amazing news about the conference below (really), so skim down below and find that which is important to you:

1. The conference is free to attend. If you join the conference network, you'll be kept informed of the details and new announcements.  

2. You can still submit to present! The deadline to submit proposals for both the Global Education Conference and the affiliated iEARN Annual Conference and Youth Summit are October 29th. This is a highly inclusive event with a focus on participation--we'll have hundreds of sessions from educators around the world, and even if you've never presented before, we hope you will consider sharing your experiences and expertise in connecting educators, classrooms, and students globally. You'll be hard-pressed to find a conference more dedicated to peer professional development, so jump right in!

This also means that we have extended the deadline for film exhibition submissions. If you've got a  digital film to share on a global topic, check out this post for more details.

3. Even though we are still accepting proposals to present, the current schedule of accepted sessions has been posted! You'll find the hourly listing of sessions in any one of 36 times zones here. (We're quite proud of how easy it is for anyone in the world to attend and participate in the conference in their own time zone!) More sessions are being added daily.

4. We're starting our drive for volunteer moderators, which also means that we have our first training sessions for presenters and moderators starting next week. We love our volunteer moderators, and you don't have to be an expert to help us with this crucial part of the conference program. To learn more or to sign up as a volunteer moderator, go here. To see the training sessions that are scheduled, go to the session schedule for your time zone.

5. Lucy Gray has done it again this year with another INCREDIBLE set of keynote speakers for the conference. Seriously, you are going to be blown away.  Check them out here. Tell your friends. Email everyone you know. Really, the lineup is THAT SERIOUSLY AMAZING. I don't want to diminish your excitement at seeing the whole list, but (I'm whispering): Dale Dogherty, Karen Cator, Larry Johnson, Dan Russell, and Tony Wagner just to start. Really. Go look...

6. We have a gaming strand this year! We're  thrilled to be working with BrainPOP to highlight game play within a global education context.

7. We're also working with Cisco's and EdSurge on a specialized conference strand that will focus on innovative and collaboration technologies with the potential to transform learning experiences for students around the globe. This strand will focus on companies offering tools and resources that support the mission of the conference and showcase global collaborations between groups.

8. We're still accepting conference sponsors and non-profit partners. Organizations interested in financially supporting the conference, please email me at Potential non-profit partners can sign up here.

9. We depend on the community to help get the word out about the conference, since this is a free event and built by the community. So please do spread the word! Forward this email, blog or tweet about the conference (#globaled12), or send the conference website link ( to your own mailing list. Global education has never been more important, and there's really nothing quite like our free and highly-participative online conference to help make a difference in the lives of students, educators, administrators, parents, families, and communities.

See you online!


Steve Hargadon
Co-Founder and Co-Chair, 2012 Global Education Conference

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