Friday, September 23, 2016

Library 2.0 Sponsored Webinar - "Success for Struggling Readers: New Strategies Using eBooks" with Ann Fondren + Sarah Downing



Library 2.0 Presents:
"Success for Struggling Readers: New Strategies Using eBooks"

With:
Ann Fondren + Sarah Downing

Date + Time:
Thursday, October 13th
3:00pm EDT for one hour
(Click on the time link to see the event time in your own time zone.)

Sign-up Link:
This is a free event, but you must register to attend and will be sent the link to the live event as well as to the recording. Sign up HERE.

Description:
Join a seasoned educator and an eBook professional as they share strategies for using eBooks to help struggling readers succeed and gain new enjoyment from reading. This presentation highlights specific eBook tools, presents tactics to ensure educators are meeting CCSS and state standards, and presents examples of best practices in enhancing the reading experience for all readers, but specifically kids who struggle. The session will include an overview of resources and strategies that individualize instruction.
To help struggling readers progress and succeed, educators must rely on a variety of tools beyond the printed page. Research proves that eBooks hold many advantages and opportunities for success. In this session a middle school librarian and former division library coordinator will share strategies for implementing eBooks to assist struggling readers.

In a recent eSchool News article, Carl Harvey, librarian and former AASL president described the ways eBooks can assist students in six areas of the Common Core Standards. This presentation will explore these areas, which include: balancing informational and literacy text; providing access to complex texts; increasing academic vocabulary; writing from sources; providing knowledge in the disciplines; and preparing for computer-based testing. The skills needed to be successful in these areas can be very difficult for struggling readers. The tools incorporated in many eBooks provide assistance to these readers, but also can make the reading experience more enjoyable.

With the click of a mouse or the tap of a finger on the screen, a struggling reader can look up the meaning of a word, hear an unfamiliar word read out loud, or highlight a sentence or section to remember information to answer a question. Textbooks, which can be difficult for struggling readers, do not allow this interactivity, and selecting an informational text written on an appropriate level for the reader provides additional options for success. eBooks not only enhance the reading experience for struggling readers, but they can be motivational and fun!

About Ann Fondren:
Ann spent 32 years in public education-all in Spotsylvania County Schools, Virginia and retired in June, 2013. Spotsylvania County is located in Virginia 50 miles south of Washington, DC. While working in Spotsylvania she served as a 5th grade teacher, middle school librarian, and Library Coordinator for the division. In her role as library coordinator she worked with 34 librarians and 30 library assistants in 29 K-12 schools (23,000+ students). While in Spotsylvania County Schools, she implemented a division launched eBook program fully integrated with Destiny Library Manager.

About Sarah Downing:
Sarah is the librarian at Freedom Middle School, Spotsylvania County Schools in Virginia. She was named Rappahannock Regional School Library of the Year for 2016. She co-presented a similar eBook presentation at the National AASL Conference last November to a standing-room only audience. Sarah has been a librarian for many years, and also a long distance runner.

Event Platform:
The event software platform is Blackboard Collaborate, and the sessions can be accessed live from any personal computer and most mobile devices. Please verify that you are using a compatible version of Java (Complete Steps 1 and 2) to use Collaborate. For troubleshooting see this troubleshooting page.

Hosted + Sponsored by Follett:
Follett is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States. Follett also is one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets, the tracking, storing and analyzing of academic data, and digital learning environment tools for the classroom focusing on student achievement. The company offers cutting-edge digital media services and innovative technology platforms to thousands of publishers, libraries, schools and retailers worldwide. With its acquisition of Baker & Taylor in 2016—a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide, and a premier worldwide distributor of books, digital content and entertainment products from approximately 25,000 suppliers to customers all over the world—Follett is able to provide unparalleled access to resources and services to both public and private institutions, learning centers, retailers, and more. For more information, visit www.follettlearning.com.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Announcing Speakers Plus Bonus Downloads for "Libraries of the Future" Online Mini-Conference

Register now for our free Library 2.016 online mini-conference, "Libraries of the Future" on October 6th, and we'll send you the information on how to either attend the live sessions or watch the recordings afterwards. PLUS we'll immediately send you our curated resource conference reading packet: 10 websites, 11 downloadable reports and tool-kits, 18 articles, and a YouTube video playlist--all focused on key ideas and trends for libraries of the future.

(to attend live or watch the recordings, and to receive the reading packet)


Library 2.016: Libraries of the Future will be held from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Time on October 6th (click for your own time zone).  The session and keynote speakers are listed below. The actual schedule will be published in the next week. Be sure to also join the Library 2.0 network to be able to connect with and correspond with 22,000 other individuals in the library world, and to be kept updated on this and future events.

MORE INFORMATION
(Conference Website)

As libraries shape their futures – and adapt to the future needs of their communities – what are the near- and long-term trends that point to our brightest opportunities. What can we learn from library innovators and innovators from other sectors and industries that will help us shape the future we want and that our communities aspire towards?

Explore with us some of the key trends that point toward specific futures for libraries, and engage in conversations with civic, social, and education innovators to learn more about what they think about the future, and how libraries can become an integral part of their future visions. Libraries and librarians are well-positioned to envision the future – at the intersection of information, education, technology, and community – and this dialogue will help bring our best thinking together with the exciting visions of our collaborators, allies, and partners.

The School of Information at San José State University is the founding conference sponsor, and this event is being held in collaboration with ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries. Please register as a member of the Library 2.0 network to be kept informed of future events. Recordings from previous years are available under the Archives tab at Library 2.0 and at the Library 2.0 YouTube channel.

Participants are encouraged to use #library2016 and #librariesofthefuture on their social media posts leading up to and during the event.

See you online!

Steve Hargadon
Library 2.0 Founder and Conference Co-Chair

Dr. Sandra Hirsh
Professor and Director of the School of Library and Information Science, San José State University
Founding Conference Co-Chair

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:



Miguel Figueroa
Director, Center for the Future of Libraries
American Library Association
@figuerca

Miguel Figueroa works at the Center for the Future of Libraries, a new initiative from the American Library Association that works to identify trends relevant to libraries and the communities they serve. He has previously held positions at the American Theological Library Association; the American Library Association's Office for Diversity and Office for Literacy and Outreach Services; New York University’s Ehrman Medical Library; and Neal-Schuman Publishers. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona’s Knowledge River Program, an initiative that examines library issues from Hispanic and Native American perspectives.
http://www.ala.org/transforminglibraries/future

Conference Wrap-up




Amy Garmer
Director, Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries, Communications and Society Program
@amygarmer

As Director of the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries, Amy is leading a multi-year initiative to explore, develop and champion new ways of thinking about U.S. public libraries. She is the author of the Dialogue’s 2014 vision report, Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries. As Director of Journalism Projects for the Communications & Society Program, Amy has led the development and execution of many domestic and international journalism-related initiatives over the past ten years, including the Arab-U.S. Media Forum, the Aspen Institute Symposium on Critical Issues in Journalism at the U.S. State Department, the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Journalism and National Security and the white paper series inspired by the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities. This work has focused on policy and innovations to foster universal broadband access and adoption, digital and media literacy, local journalism and information hubs, public service media, civic engagement, and government transparency. Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, Amy served on the staff of United States Senator Sam Nunn and worked with the Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division on the creation of a national television news archive. Amy holds degrees from the University of Virginia and the University of Texas at Austin.
www.libraryvision.org

Closing Panel



Jesús Gerena
Managing Partner, Family Independence Initiative (FII)

Jesús Gerena joined FII in 2010, bringing more than 15 years of experience as a community organizer. Jesús is a member and Co-Chair of the English for New Bostonians Oversight Committee, and serves as a board member for the New England Grassroots Environment Fund and the Boston Foundation for Architecture. He is also a 2015 Barr Foundation Fellow, in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to greater Boston. Prior to joining FII, he served as the Deputy Director of the Hyde Square Task Force, a program dedicated to empowering and engaging youth in turbulent neighborhoods.
http://www.fii.org/

Opening Keynote: Inspiring the Future - A Conversation with Innovators



Susan Hildreth
Information School at the University of Washington
@susanhhildreth

Susan Hildreth is currently serving as the inaugural Gates-funded professor of practice at the Information School at the University of Washington in Seattle. She recently stepped down as the Executive Director of the Peninsula Library System, the NorthNet Library System, the Pacific Library Partnership and the Califa Group and continues as a strategic advisor to those groups. She is the Treasurer of the American Library Association and is a fellow at the Aspen Institute’s Dialogue on Public Libraries. Hildreth is past president of the Public Library Association (PLA) and has served as a member of the PLA Board of Directors and an at-large member of the ALA Council. She is a member of the Public Library Association and the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies. She also was active in the LAMA (now LLAMA) Buildings and Equipment Section. She is a long-time member of the California Library Association, which she served as president and treasurer. She was also active in the New Jersey Library Association in the 1970s. Hildreth has recently concluded her four-year appointment as director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), where she oversaw grant programs and initiatives that have resulted in $857,241,000 in financial support for libraries and museums and increased the visibility of libraries in the federal government and nationally. Previous positions include Seattle City Librarian, California State Librarian, City Librarian of San Francisco and Deputy Director of the Sacramento Public Library where she was responsible for multi-million dollar budgets. In fall 2016, Susan will begin a two-year appointment as the inaugural Gates-funded Professor of Practice under the University of Washington Information School’s (iSchool) “Future of Libraries” Initiative, where she will teach, engage with curriculum innovation and complete a research project. In March 2015, the Aspen Institute appointed Hildreth a Communication and Society Program Fellow. She provides counsel on issues related to public libraries and represents the Institute’s Dialogue on Public Libraries as a speaker at outside events. She is a member of the CENIC (Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California) Board representing public libraries. She is also a member of the national Reach Out and Read Board, the Library of Congress American Folklife Center and Literacy Awards Boards, the Syracuse University Library Advisory Board and the San Jose State University School of Information International Advisory Council. She was a member of the Freedom to Read Foundation Board from 2009-2011. In 2012, she received the Distinguished Public Service Award from the College of Computing and Information Science at the University at Albany. In 2014, she was recognized as a California Emerging Technology Fund Champion and as the Rural and Small Library Champion by the Association of Rural and Small Libraries. `Hildreth holds a BA from Syracuse University, an MLS from the State University of New York (SUNY) Albany and an MBA from Rutgers University.


Closing Panel



Sandra Hirsh
Professor and Director of the School of Library and Information Science, San José State University
@shirsh

Sandra Hirsh is Professor and Director of the School of Information at San José State University. Prior to joining the School as Director, she worked in the Silicon Valley for more than a decade at major technology companies: Hewlett Packard and Microsoft. As an industry user experience researcher, leader, and manager, she contributed to R&D research projects and influenced the user experience of web, mobile, and TV consumer products resulting in 5 U.S. patents. She was previously an assistant professor at the University of Arizona, and has taught courses for San José State University and the University of Washington. Dr. Hirsh's research focuses on information-seeking behavior and understanding the information needs of a broad spectrum of users in the United States and around the world; this work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and has appeared in international conference proceedings. Her leadership roles include serving on committees for the American Library Association (ALA), the International Federation of Libraries Association (IFLA), the Special Libraries Association (SLA), and as the Past President of Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T).
https://slisapps.sjsu.edu/facultypages/view.php?fac=hirshs

Opening Keynote Moderator



Nigel Jacob
Co-Founder, Boston Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics
@nsjacob

Nigel Jacob is the Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics for the City of Boston. With an extensive background in collaborative, citizen-facing technology projects, Nigel Jacob co-founded the Office of New Urban Mechanics – a civic innovation incubator within Boston’s City Hall. Nigel also serves as Mayor Menino’s advisor on emerging technologies. In both of these roles, Nigel works to develop new models of innovation for cities in the 21st century. Prior to joining the City of Boston in 2006, Nigel worked for and launched a series of technology start-ups in the Boston area. Nigel is also a fellow at the Center for the Advancement Public Action at Bennington College. In recognition for their ground-breaking work in Boston, Nigel and Chris Osgood were both named Public Officials of the year in 2011 by Governing Magazine.
http://newurbanmechanics.org/boston/

Opening Keynote: Inspiring the Future - A Conversation with Innovators



Grif Peterson
Learning Lead, Peer 2 Peer University

Grif Peterson is learning lead for Peer 2 Peer University, where he oversees all learning design and is primarily responsible for the development and growth of the Learning Circle program. He has seven years' experience working in education, including as a research assistant with the Learning Initiative at the MIT Media Lab, academic affairs officer at the University of Central Asia, and an analyst in the higher education group at Morgan Stanley. He holds an M.Ed from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
https://www.p2pu.org/en/

Opening Keynote: Inspiring the Future - A Conversation with Innovators


CURRENT GENERAL SESSIONS
(click links for detail, or current sessions list HERE)

Donna Frederick, Cataloguing and metadata librarian 
University of Saskatchewan

Cindy Fesemyer, Director
Columbus (WI) Public Library
With Amber Williams, Community Librarian, Spokane County (WA) Library District; Erica Freudenberger, Director Red Hook (NY) Public Library

Amy Koester, Youth + Family Program 
Skokie Public Library

Barbara Alvarez, Librarian and Co-Founder of Library OnConference 
ZBW - German National Library of Economics - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics
With Dr. Christin Seifert

Dr. Michelle Chen, Assistant Professor 
School of Information, San Jose State University

Claire Nickerson, Learning Initiatives + OER Librarian 
Fort Hays State University Forsyth Library

Ana Ndumu, Doctoral Candidate 
Florida State University School of Information 

Laurie Putnam, Lecturer and Communications Consultant (@NextLibraries) 
San Jose State University School of Information
With Mark Hudson, Head of Adult Services, Monroeville Public Library; and Tasha Bergson-Michelson, Instructional and Programming Librarian, Castilleja School (@researchwell)

Alyson Murray, Youth Services 
Orange County Library System 
With Natalie Houston, Branch Manager, Orange County Library System

Raymond Pun, first year student success librarian 
Henry Madden Library, Fresno State

David Stern, Library Director 
Saint Xavier University 

M Ryan Hess, Senior Librarian for Information Technology and Collections 
City of Palo Alto Library

Dr. Valerie Hill, Information Literacy Consultant 
Community Virtual Library

Global Collaboration Day Has Arrived (It's Thursday in New Zealand!)


It’s now Thursday in the South Pacific--and that means Global Collaboration Day has arrived! One day, September 15th, all around the world = 48 actual hours to share.

Over the next two of days, students, classrooms, teachers, administrators, parents and organizations will be either attending and/or hosting events online that are designed to showcase and promote global collaboration. We (Lucy Gray + Steve Hargadon, co-chairs of the Global Education Conference) are the calendar coordinators but not the direct conveners: that is, over 135 groups from 25 countries have designed and planned their own events which we have then organized into a directory and in special calendars to allow these events to be seen in any time zone in the world.

The second-annual Global Collaboration Day is a huge worldwide demonstration of the power of globally-connected learning.

We encourage you to browse the event directory or the calendar and choose a compelling event to attend! Read directions and our website carefully to prepare. While events can still be added until tonight at 9 PM GMT-6 (instructions here), a current list of the events is at the bottom of this post.
Here are some important links for you to keep handy:
AND, please take a moment to learn about the new GREAT GLOBAL ​PROJECT CHALLENGE: Between now and October 1, 2016,  global educators will design collaborative projects in which other students and teachers may participate during the course of the 2016-2017 school year.

Special thanks to our partners and sponsors, shown beneath the events. Kudos to them!

See you online,

Lucy and Steve

CURRENT EVENT LISTING 


Wednesday, September 14

3:00pm
  • How can we learn about the world through math story problems?
5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Northern Collegiate Project Samoa at Helensvale
11:00pm
  • Data analysis and plotting on graph
  • Northern Collegiate Project Samoa at Helensvale

Thursday, September 15

12:00am
  • Speaking Walls- Historical monuments and buildings across the globe
  • Northern Collegiate Project Samoa at Helensvale
1:00am
  • Medicinal Plants in my garden
  • Northern Collegiate Project Samoa at Helensvale
2:00am
  • iMagzz-Making Myself Heard
  • Northern Collegiate Project Samoa at Helensvale
  • Seasons around the globe
3:00am
  • So Different Yet So Alike
  • Northern Collegiate Project Samoa at Helensvale
  • Poetry Magic
6:00am
  • Teaching US History in Global Context: Let's Make it Happen!
  • GLOBAL EDUCATION AND THE NEW TECHNOLOGIES
  • Solidarity Radio Online Friend
7:00am
  • experience learning communities : Solidarity Ràdio Friend Online
8:00am
  • Eleven Days of Peace
  • The Time Train
9:00am
  • Amazing Race Global Project
  • Global Schools for Local Action
  • worldpeacemuseum
  • Educators-Professionals or Not
  • Gardening Globally!
  • Learn with the World through iEARN Global Projects
10:00am
  • PokemonGo Connect
  • We Stand #WithRefugees
  • Unicollaboration: global student connections
  • Global School Leaders Network Launch Party
  • Matone de Chiwit (Drops of Life) Working to End Water Scarcity in Latin America
11:00am
  • 3D Printed Prosthetics - A Gateway to Authentic Student Design and Problem Solving
  • Challenge Accepted
  • Using Technology to Improve Access to Education
  • Where Do the Children Play
12:00pm
  • Back to School Traditions Around the World
  • Getting Started: Connecting to a World of Perspectives on WorldVuze!
  • International Dot Day
1:00pm
  • Daffodils and Tulips
  • GEC Periscope Poetry Slam
  • Healthy Living Tips
2:00pm
  • Future Global Teachers Meet and Greet GCD 2016
  • One Wish For the School Year
  • Talking Kites in the footsteps of J. Korczak
3:00pm
  • 2nd Graders of the World Unite!
  • Edmodo Small Groups & Badges
  • Excursions in Mathematics
4:00pm
  • How much water do you use?
5:00pm
  • Global Geography Exchange
  • Theory Meets Practice: Transforming education one student at at time
  • You are a global educator, it's time to start thinking like one!
6:00pm
  • Clase invertida (o flipped classroom)
  • Open Educational Resources and eLearning: A Global Focus
8:00pm
  • Assessment that promotes learning
  • International Book Club through iEARN
9:00pm
  • EveryWorld Initiative: Digital Cross-Cultural Exchanges
  • Let's Explore Africa
  • What it Means to Be a Global Citizen
11:00pm
  • Partner with us on Global STEM project

Friday, September 16

2:00pm
  • Discussion on mobile apps and web sites developed by K12 students

Saturday, September 17

8:00am
  • Zero to Hero



Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Global Collaboration Day Update!


This is just a quick reminder with important information about our upcoming Global Collaboration Day! The objective of our next event is to help more educators become connected to global education organizations and to other professionals who are experienced with globally connected teaching and learning. Educators and organizations will be hosting simple online events on September 15th in order to demonstrate what global collaboration looks like. Events are designed for a variety of audiences including teachers, students, parents, and organizational leaders.

Event Participants
  1. If you are going to participate in Global Collaboration Day by attending a virtual event, visit this page: http://www.globalcollaborationday.org/join-an-event.html. You do not need to host an event to participate. On this page, click on your time zone to see events in your individual time zone!
  2. If you'd like to see events in a directory format, check out this page: http://www.globalcollaborationday.org/2016-events-listings
  3. Make sure to have your school or non-profit organization listed on our participant page: http://www.globalcollaborationday.org/participating-schools--orgs.html and add your school or organization to our collaborative map.
  4. Contact individual event hosts if you have any questions. There is no deadline to participate unless there is a deadline set by an individual host. 
Event Hosts
  1. Consider hosting an event on September 15th. The deadline for submissions has been extended until Wednesday, September 14th, at 9 PM GMT-6.
  2. Ideas for events and directions are posted here: http://www.globalcollaborationday.org/host-your-own-event.html. We recommend keeping events relatively simple.
  3. Great Global Project Challenge participants should consider hosting an event for Global Collaboration Day, but it is not required. 

Share Information

Help us spread the word by sharing these flyers with friends and colleagues:

Thank you to our sponsors for making Global Collaboration Day. Make sure to check out VIF International Education, Google for Education,iEARN-USA, and Edmodo for tools and opportunities to connect globally.

Friday, August 26, 2016

GLOBAL COLLABORATION DAY IS SEPTEMBER 15TH

GLOBAL COLLABORATION DAY IS SEPTEMBER 15TH
The Global Education Conference Network Launches Its Second Annual Celebration

Students, teachers, and organizations will join together online to celebrate and demonstrate global collaboration on September 15, 2016. On Global Collaboration Day, educators and professionals from around the world will host connective projects and events and invite public participation. This event is brought to you by VIF International Education, Google for Education, iEARN-USA and Edmodo.

The primary goals of this 24-hour, worldwide event are to:
  • demonstrate the power of global connectivity in classrooms, schools, institutions of informal learning and universities around the world
  • introduce others to the collaborative tools, resources and projects that are available to educators today 
  • to focus attention on the need for developing globally competent students and teachers throughout the world
Global Collaboration Day will take place on September 15 in participant time zones. Classrooms, schools, and organizations will design and host engaging online activities for others to join. Events will range from mystery location calls to professional development events to interviews with experts. All events will be collated in an online calendar viewable in participants’ individual time zones. Participants will be connected on Twitter via the hashtag #globaled16.

An optional new activity this year will be the Great Global Project Challenge. Between now and October 1, 2016, global educators will design collaborative projects using a variety of platforms in which other students and teachers may participate during the course of the 2016-2017 school year. The objective is to create and present as many globally connective projects for students and educators as possible. The final deadline for submissions into our project directory is October 1, but participants are also encouraged to do an introductory activity for their project on Global Collaboration Day as well.

Global Collaboration Day is a project of the Global Education Conference Network, a free online virtual conference that takes place every November during International Education Week. GCD, along with Global Education Day at ISTE and Global Leadership Week, are events designed to connect educators and keep global conversations going year round.

For more information about Global Collaboration Day, please visit our main web site. A digital flyer is also available for distribution.

Follow us on social media:
Help us spread the word. Here are some sample Tweets:
  • Join us for Global Collaboration Day! Details here: http://bit.ly/2016GCD #globaled16
  • YOUR ORG’S TWITTER HANDLE is pleased to partner with @GlobalEdCon and educators around the globe for Global Collaboration Day: http://bit.ly/2016GCD
  • Are you an education leader? Inspire global collaboration on Global Collaboration Day 9/15. http://bit.ly/2016GCD #globaled16
  • Learn more about participating in the Global Collaboration Day celebration: http://bit.ly/2016GCD #globaled16
  • Project hosts are sought for Global Collaboration Day. Details here: http://bit.ly/2016GCD #globaled16
Logos and Badges for Participants, Hosts, Partners and Sponsors are located here: http://bit.ly/gcdimages

Interested in serving as an outreach partner?

Send an email to Lucy Gray (lucy@globaledevents.com) indicating your interest. Include information on how you can help us get the word out to networks with 5000 members or more.

Interested in serving as a sponsor? 

Contact Steve Hargadon (steve@hargadon.com) for information on opportunities to connect authentically with highly connected global educators. We can feature your organization and let our network of 23K+ members know about your globally oriented products and services.

Monday, August 15, 2016

The 2016 Global Education Conference Call for Proposals is Now Open


The 7th Annual Global Education Conference

The Global Education Conference Network is pleased to announce its seventh annual global collaboration extravaganza. The Global Education Conference will take place around the clock during International Education Week (November 13-16, 2016) featuring thought leaders from the world of education and beyond. The Global Education Conference is completely free to attend and all events take place online in webinar format.
We invite you to join 23,000 GEC community members from 170+ countries and actively participate in more than 200 sessions focused on international education topics. Together, we can connect K-20 classrooms to the world and prepare students for their globalized futures.


Our Mission

The mission of this conference is exclusively focused on globally connected teaching and learning. The Global Education Conference seeks to present ideas, examples, and projects related to connecting educators, classrooms and organizations with a strong emphasis on promoting global awareness, fostering global competency, and inspiring action towards solving real–world problems, particularly around education for all.
Through this event, attendees will challenge themselves and others to become more active citizens of the world. Participants are encouraged to learn, question, create, and engage in meaningful, authentic opportunities within a global context!


Call for Proposals

To submit a proposal to present at the 7th annual Global Education Conference, follow the detailed directions listed here. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis starting September 1, 2016, and the call for proposals will close on November 1, 2016. Present in your time zone at a time that is convenient to you!
All proposal submissions must specifically relate to the mission of the conference. Our focus is globally connected teaching and learning rather than solely general education topics. All educators and non-profit organizations are welcome to submit a proposal; for profit entities must be a sponsor of the conference in order to share their information. (Companies should contact Steve Hargadon at steve@hargadon.com for further details on opportunities to connect with our network.)
This year's conference strands are:
  • Teachers
  • Students
  • Curricular
  • Leadership

GEC Sponsors

Without the support of the following organizations, GlobalEdCon would not be possible. We are grateful for companies and organizations who believe in the power of globally connected learning. Contact Steve Hargadon (steve@hargadon.com) about opportunities to get involved with our community.
Our founding sponsor International Education Resources Network (IEARN) will continue to support us for the 2016 Global Education Conference. iEARN is also joined by other major supporters, Google for Education, and VIF International Education.
About VIF International Education: VIF International Education builds global education programs that prepare students for success in an interconnected world. The VIF learning center features Global Gateway professional development and classroom resources. Teachers can customize their PD experience with flexible evidence uploads, create and share globally themed lesson plans at their convenience, and collaborate with a community of peers around the world.
About Google for Education: Google for Education provides a myriad of education programs for teachers and students. Join others who are exploring their interests, and making a difference in the world.
About iEARN:  iEARN is a non-profit organization made up of over 30,000 schools and youth organizations in more than 130 countries. iEARN empowers teachers and young people to work together online using the Internet and other new communications technologies. Over 2,000,000 students each day are engaged in collaborative project work worldwide.


Partners

The Global Education Conference also seeks outreach partners with non-profit organizations and schools. Help us spread the word about this unique and free professional development event, and we will list your organization’s information on our web site. To indicate your support fostering global awareness through education, please sign up for this program and follow these instructions


Advisory Board

Individual educators can help support the conference by serving as volunteers and members of our international advisory board. For more information on how you can get involved, please sign up for our advisory board and to volunteer. Serve on our advisory board and volunteer during the conference; you will develop global connections, further your own professional learning, and contribute to an amazing education community.


Social Media 

To learn more, explore and share these resources:

See you online! 

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Library 2.0 Sponsored Webinar - "Student Engagement Through Library-led Gamification" with Tasha Squires

Library 2.0 Presents:
"Student Engagement Through Library-led Gamification"

With:
Tasha Squires
Learning Resource Center Teacher at O’Neill Middle School Library

Date + Time:
Wednesday, August 17th
10am EDT for one hour
(Click on the time link to see the event time in your own time zone.)

Sign-up Link:
This is a free event, but you must register to attend and will be sent the link to the live event as well as to the recording. Sign up HERE.

Description:
Can a library-led game get the whole school talking, interacting, sharing, learning, reading, and collaborating? The answer is yes, and the result won this middle school $60,000 in goods and services! Hoping to get students reading and writing more, O’Neill Middle School's librarian designed an engaging and competitive game, encouraging 21st century skills such as innovation, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking, in which students could voluntarily participate. The results were astounding. Students began interacting beyond their classrooms, forming partnerships with each other, connecting using online tools and problem solving together, with the library as the center of the game. Students also showed no summer slide after the program. Join Tasha Squires and learn how this school librarian designed, created, and implemented an award-winning gamification program, and how she got kids connecting, collaborating, reading, writing and more— all while playing a game.

About Tasha:
2015 Follett Challenge winner, Tasha Squires started her career as a Young Adult Librarian in a large public library district serving a diverse Southwestern suburb of Chicago, Illinois, where she spent many hours booktalking in and working with the middle and high schools in the area. Later, she made the move to school libraries and is currently the LRC Director at O’Neill Middle School in Downers Grove, IL where she spends her days engaging students and teachers in the process of furthering their 21st-century skills and developing a love for reading. She is the author of Library Partnerships: Making Connections Between School and Public Libraries published by Information Today, INC. She is the creator and main contributor of the blog www.booksinthemiddle.wordpress.com and you can contact her on Twitter @tasquires.

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Follett is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States. Follett also is one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets, the tracking, storing and analyzing of academic data, and digital learning environment tools for the classroom focusing on student achievement. The company offers cutting-edge digital media services and innovative technology platforms to thousands of publishers, libraries, schools and retailers worldwide. With its acquisition of Baker & Taylor in 2016—a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide, and a premier worldwide distributor of books, digital content and entertainment products from approximately 25,000 suppliers to customers all over the world—Follett is able to provide unparalleled access to resources and services to both public and private institutions, learning centers, retailers, and more. For more information, visit www.follettlearning.com.