The online 2010 Global Education Conference kicks off on November 15th for 5 days. As co-chair of the conference, I'm both nervous and excited! The conference has garnered incredible support--we currently have over 90 partner organizations, 120 international educator advisors, 36 keynote speakers, and over 300 worldwide presentations--all around helping students and educators to connect globally. Check out the amazing schedule in your own time zone.
First, I just want to encourage you to attend as many sessions as interest to you, and to also let others know about the conference. All the conference sessions and keynotes are free, and to say that this is an historic event might even be downplaying it. Globally-connected education is becoming an incredibly important educational topic, and to be gathering so many terrific people for a first-ever event of this kind is producing tremendous synergies and connections--which is the goal. All of the sessions will also be recorded, available after the conference, and also downloadable/distributable for those in low- to no-bandwith areas. On the website there some widgets/badges you can use to promote from your blog or site.
Second, and very IMPORTANTLY, we really need volunteers who know the Elluminate online environment to help moderate sessions. Even with lots of live training sessions and detailed Elluminate written/recorded support materials, there are still likely to be many presenters who may not be fully comfortable using Elluminate. Their inability to respond to unknown variables during their presentations might reduce their effectiveness, dampen their enthusiasm, or even diminish their sense of the potential for connecting globally in this way. We're hoping to have someone to help in every session.
If you have experience moderating Elluminate sessions, WE COULD REALLY USE YOU! To the degree that you are able (and if you are really gung-ho, there is no limit!), we are hoping you will volunteer to moderate conference sessions. You will have no organizational or heavy-duty responsibilities--just to make sure that the presenter gets some help if they have any trouble with Elluminate features, and to help participants in the same way. We expect a large number of attendees who've never been to a virtual event like this before, and your being there to answer questions in the chat or to help field Q&A will make a huge difference.
To volunteer you go to http://globaledconmoderating.youcanbook.me and select specific time slots (again, you can't pick too many! :) VERY IMPORTANT: Remember 1) to change to your local time zone before making your selections, and 2) try to come in 5 - 10 minutes BEFORE the time(s) you select to help the presenter feel comfortable. Once you have listed your available times, we will email you in the coming week to solidify your session assignments, give you log in information, and also send you a link to a short recorded moderator orientation session. We will also have a conference "lounge" Elluminate room running 24x7 during the conference, so if something comes up and you need more help, you will be able to come into the lounge and grab some of the other organizers to help! :)
The Twitter account is http://www.twitter.com/globaledcon. The hash tag #globaled10. :) Now you're social-media ready!
Thank you so much!