Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Global Education Conference - Presentation Submission Extension + Volunteers Needed!

So, if you got behind and missed the deadline this weekend for proposal submissions for the 6th annual Global Education Conference, or if for some reason it just wasn't on your radar, we have extended the submission deadline until November 8th at 10 PM GMT-6.

(GMT-6 is US-Central Time, as in Chicago, where Lucy Gray, co-chair of the conference and the main "approver" of submissions, calls home. So, what she's saying, is that once she goes to bed that night, that's it!)

That being said, we are giving those who got their proposals in on time a few days to schedule their sessions so that they retain priority in doing so. So submissions going in now will have to wait a few days before being informed of approval status.  But don't worry, we've got lots of "virtual" room and this conference is all about bringing new people together.

Do we have to talk you into presenting? To say that Lucy and I love this conference would be an understatement (and see the quotes below from a previous year). It's a very unique and incredible opportunity for educators and students around the world to connect with each other, and whether you're presenting for the first time or the 100th, we've structured this event to allow the maximum personal connecting possible: from submitting proposals into our social networking platform and being able to connect immediately and directly with others; to sticking with the Blackboard Collaborate session platform because it makes conversation among the audience not just easy, but inevitable!

Submit your proposal here: http://www.globaleducationconference.com/page/call-for-proposals

OK, now on to volunteering!

Reason number 2 (out of a gazillion) to love this conference is the incredible outpouring of volunteer help during conference sessions. If you haven't been a "volunteer moderator" for GlobalEdCon before, we're telling you, seriously, it's a great experience. Not only might you be the lifeline to someone presenting for the first time and who's super-nervous, but you get to experience the camaraderie of being in the volunteer lounge with other terrific folk from all over the world--and friendships are most definitely built in the process! There's already something magical just from helping others, plus add to that the excitement of making sure every room is covered each hour and helping answer questions or troubleshoot together, and you will find this experience builds a special bond with a very special group like-minded and globally-generous souls.

Join us as a volunteer!  http://www.globaleducationconference.com/group/2015volunteers

See you online in just a couple of weeks,

Steve

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

This is the event of the year where educators worldwide can come together to inspire and be inspired.
-Torsten Otto
Hamburg, Germany

The conference allows educators around the world to become part of the story and fabric of who we are as human beings.
-Lori Zataveski
Delran, New Jersey, USA

It's a fascinating learning journey; it enables to connect and share experiences that will inspire educators all over the world!
-Ikram Eseghir
Kenitra, Morocco

The conference is one the best things ever to happen to individuals who want to develop their capacity in research, teaching and learning. It saves one the time, money and other resources that would have been spent to travel abroad for a conference of international status.
-David O.
Nigeria

Great piece of work...if we had more teachers taking up such ideas, the world would be a transformed place to live in full of geniuses. Love it all.
-Ibrahim Bahati
Kampala, Uganda

It offers the world's educators huge opportunities to learn from each other and to improve their daily practices.If two heads are better than one, then how about thousands of heads?
-Abdeljallal Elhariri
Agadir, Morocco

The conference was indeed enriching. The use of this technology to connect with others ourside of our school to inspire them to rise to the challenge of understanding and taking a stand to support indivduals that are homeless is commendable. I am proud of these students and the dedication, preparation and research they have displayed throughout the cycle of the project and beyond.
-Lenora Scott
Riverdale, Maryland, USA

A great opportunity to share outstanding ideas with other online participants and new connections and friends made for future online communication and collaborative problem solving with teachers and students! Invaluable experience! Thanks!
-Mark Wickens
Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Just when I thought I heard everything -- new doors opened -- hundreds of new ideas flooded through, and once again, I probably will not sleep tonight as my mind recalls all that I have learned and replays it over and over as I attempt to drift off to sleep so I will be refreshed for early morning sessions!
-Cookie Schultz
Orlando, Florida, USA

It is an honor to be among these globally connected teachers. I am humbled and incredibly motivated all at the same time!
-Heidi Hutchison
Baltimore, Maryland, USA

The conference has broadened my vision as a teacher educator.
-Sebastian Panakal
Cochin, India

Love the Global Education concept and the fact that teachers are sharing with each other around the world.
-Rich Cantrell
San Antonio, Texas, USA

Most impressive, proactive and reflective on the trends and paths of learning that each global teacher must know.
-Ibrahim Bahati
Kampala, Uganda

A very unique way to share experiences and perspectives on education with people from all over the world without barriers.
-Paulina Borja
New York City, USA

The power of networks and community is exemplified here. What a way to spread learning and models among passionate educators around the world.
-Anonymous
Seattle, Washington, USA

Amazing experience. Amazed at how much work and how many things can be achieved when we connect.
-Maria Colussa
Argentina

I am always blown-away by the fact that there are so many of us at this conference from around the globe that share several common goals. This gives me hope for the future! It's uplifting. Thank you to all that make this conference a reality.
-Lorena Martinez
Brownsville, Texas, USA

This is one of the most valuable virtual conferences I've been too, especially learning about emerging technologies and applying ideas to other projects I'm doing.
-Marie-Ella Williams
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Great sharing of innovative learning ideas - and wonderful to connect with educators from around the globe!!
-Dr. Eva Malisius
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Fantastic. I thought I would be going through withdrawal since the Rabini Trust did not sponsor the International Bahai SED Conference in Orlando, Florida, USA this year, but this conference has not only filled my "void" for education and networking, but kindled the flame of learning and teaching in my heart! Can't wait to tell my friends about this wonderful conference.
-Cookie Schultz
Orlando, Florida, USA

GEC is the most real, vibrant and alive virtual experience.
-Claudia Popescu
Brasov, Romania

Inspiring, motivating, and a great opportunity to learn from teachers all over the world.
-Ana Espinar
Ribarroja, Spain

Love the ability to learn on my time.
-Anonymous
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA

I have found this one of the best conferences I have attended this year.
-Alison
Bantry, Ireland
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