This year the IB is a supporting partner for the 2nd annual Global Education Conference.
The organizers describe the event like this:
a collaborative, world-wide community initiative
involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. It is
designed to significantly increase opportunities for building
education-related connections around the globe while supporting cultural
awareness and recognition of diversity.
The conference seeks to present ideas, examples, and projects related
to connecting educators and classrooms with a strong emphasis on
promoting global awareness, fostering global competency, and inspiring
action towards solving real–world problems. Through this event, it is
our hope that attendees will challenge themselves and others to become
more active citizens of the world. Let us learn, question, create, and
engage in meaningful, authentic opportunities within a global context!
IB World Schools may be particularly interested in presentations from IB staff who will discuss global engagement, language and learning, curriculum development and educational technology.
The conference is FREE and available around-the-clock. Sessions are recorded and archived, so you can watch them anytime. . . but the fun comes with the interaction and global connection that happens in real time.
The conference is divided into strands: Teacher, Students, Curricular and Policy and Leadership.
Confirmed keynotes include Chris Dede, Howard Gardner, Ewan MacIntosh, Alan November, Geetha Narayanan and more.
The conference is a key event for the Global Education Cooperative, a social network of educators and others concerned with teaching and learning in a global society. The group is very media-savvy, and well-connected in the technology world.
It's an event worth watching. If you or your school joins in, please let us know about it on Global Engage.