The international online Global Education conference starts tomorrow (SA time) and continues all week. There are lots of interesting sessions, especially for people in the SOSE learning area, languages other than English, and the middle years.
397 sessions from 62 countries are scheduled, as well as 63 keynote speakers–an amazing lineup. Please take a look at all that is taking place on the conference website: http://www.GlobalEducationConference.com
A group of us from my school, Open Access College in South Australia, are giving a presentation at 8.30 pm SA time on Tuesday, which you are welcome to attend. The details are at the foot of this email.
The conference is a collaborative and world-wide community effort to significantly increase opportunities for globally-connecting education activities. The goal is to help educators make connections with other educators and students, and for this reason the conference is very inclusive and also provides broad opportunities for participating and presenting.
There is no formal registration required for the conference, as all the sessions will be open and public, broadcast live using the Elluminate platform, and available in recorded formats afterwards. There is a limit of 500 live attendees for any given session. To verify that your computer system is configured correctly to access Elluminate, please run the self-test at http://www.elluminate.com/support.
Teachers in South Australian state schools please note: The conference is on the Elluminate virtual classroom platform, which is like Centra but it is blocked on DECS sites so you need to use your own computer if you want to attend any sessions in this conference.
My session: “Be not afraid” – student responses to Racism and the Holocaust in an online forum
WHEN: Tue, 16 November, 20:30 – 21:30 (SA time) (click to see the session time in your time zone)
TITLE: Be not afraid – student responses to Racism and the Holocaust in an online forum
PRESENTER: Nigel Mitchell, Open Access College (Australia)
CO-PRESENTERS: Parvathy Balakrishnan / Kleo Dokas/Emily Parker
ELLUMINATE SESSION ROOM (open one hour before session): https://sas.elluminate.com/d.jnlp?sid=gec2010&password=D.FD297A4DBB2D8AAE1A11C24A80BD24
SHORT DESCRIPTION: In these risk-averse days teachers and students are often reluctant to venture out into controversial areas of the curriculum. When they do take the risk, however, the results can be amazing. This presentation will showcase the work of a group of teachers at Open Access College in Adelaide, South Australia, teaching a unit in year 10 English. The unit incorporated a study of the 2007 film Freedom Writers and a visit to an exhibition of artefacts and artworks inspired by the Holocaust. The use of an online forum in Moodle to facilitate student interaction has been an important and incredibly successful part of the process. Students were engaged in the learning, proactive in their participation, and showed a very high level of initiative and critical thinking. Open Access College is the Distance Education school of the Department of Education and Children’s Services in South Australia.
SPONSORING PARTNER: Education Services Australia