Monday, April 18, 2011

Special Webinar - Live from the Middle East: Classroom Connections Amidst Political Changes

Join us on Wednesday, April 20th, for a very special live and interactive event with educators from Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon, and Morocco.  We'll be discussing the political changes taking place in the Middle East, the impact of technology on both politics and education, and student-to-student interactions worldwide.  Hosted by Ed Gragert, Executive Director of iEARN-USA, this event is jointly sponsored by iEARN-USA, the Global Education Collaborative, and the Global Education Conference.

Date: Wednesday, April 20th, 2011
Time: 12pm Pacific / 3pm Eastern / 19:00 GMT (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Elluminate. Log in at The Elluminate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Elluminate, please visit Recordings of the session will be posted within a day of the event at the event page.
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iEARN-USA is a member of iEARN (International Education and Resource Network), the world's largest, most experienced online K-12 non-profit network that enables young people worldwide to use the Internet and digital media to collaborate on educational projects.  iEARN encourages collaboration between students and educators within the global network. iEARN places high priority on building partnerships that include project work and online and face-to-face training. Teacher and student partnerships are sustained and new ones formed through interaction in online projects, professional development, and special events.

Dr. Edwin H. Gragert is Executive Director of iEARN-USA. Since 1988, iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) has pioneered the educational use of innovative communications technology and teacher professional development to facilitate on-line collaborative project-based learning in elementary and secondary schools in 130 other countries worldwide. Approximately two million students are working daily on collaborative projects through iEARN.

He served as the Executive Director of ICYE-US, an international high school and community service youth exchange program and also served on the staff of the International Relations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Dalia Khalil (Egypt) is the founder and director of the Egyptian Association for Educational Resources (E-ERA), a non-profit and non-governmental organization that implements iEARN in Egypt and works in the fields of Civic Education, ICT into Education, Professional Development, Youth Empowerment and Leadership, and Cross Cultural Understanding and Exchanges. Among E-ERA’s major projects is building an alumni network for ACCESS micro-scholarship graduates, offering leadership training and promoting volunteerism. Khalil is a doctorate student at the University of Phoenix with a focus on Educational Leadership. She has a MA in Quality Management in Education from the University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom, TEFL certificate from the University of California-Santa Cruz, and a BA in Economics and Political Sciences from Cairo University. Her dissertation’s topic is on Egypt’s Pipeline for Youth Leadership (ages 15 – 25). Khalil is an Eisenhower Fellow, active member in many service organizations e.g. Rotary International, and an advocate for youth, development, and cross-cultural understanding.

Héla Nafti (Tunisia) was born in Tunis.  She finished secondary education in Tunis then studied at La Sorbonne University, Paris, where she received degrees in English Literature and American Civilization.  She became a teacher and taught for 17 years in a high school in Tunis.  She is now a senior inspector in ELT at the Ministry of Education, training and inspecting pre-service and in-service teachers.  She has also taken part in textbook writing, in developing curricula, in designing national tests, in developing digital content, in translating documents for the Ministry of education and other institutions, and in evaluating documents.  As a teacher, she has tried to implement values of citizenship, solidarity and openness in her students.  She is a member of SOROPTIMIST International, president of the Tunisian Alliance of Female teachers, a member of the TELTA association (Tunisian English Learning and Teaching Association), and a member of the Tunisian Association for Active citizenship.  Her hobbies are mainly travelling, reading and going to the cinema.

With over 20 years in education, Eliane Metni (Lebanon) has focused on global learning since 1999 and developed professional development programs for teachers internationally.  Through these years, online collaboration has played a key role in shaping her perception of the use of ICT in educational programs and in enabling students to learn from and with their peers worldwide how we all are citizens of this planet.  She has completed a BA in economics and a MS in online learning and teaching. As part of a research study with California State University, Hayward (2001), she designed the iEARN teachers’ professional development courses methodology to integrate online project-based learning in curricula.  She has co-designed and managed the Douroub online teachers' empowerment program in Yemen (2005), initiated and run the Global Educators' Course (2006) and currently direct the I-DO project in collaboration with the Ministry of Education in Lebanon (funded by Cisco).  She is based in Lebanon and directs IEA, the International Education Association, a Lebanese NGO committed to global education, chairs iEARN-Lebanon, co-coordinates the Global Teenager Project internationally, and chairs The Round Table Foundation.

Abdellah GHAZI (Morocco) is a teacher of English as a second language for about 15 years in a public high school. He is currently the vice President of MEARN. He has been avery  active member in facilitating various workshops about the use of technology in teaching and students implementation of projects in their learning. Mr Abdellah GHAZI has  strong expereince on the use of ICTs on the field of Education and Training .He also was a fellow at the University of Minnesota as leader in education and served as a teacher in ST Paul high school. In addition to that, he is also a teacher at VATEL INTERNATIONAL CAMPUS, teaching business English and Tourism Management.He also participated in many national and international events.

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