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Lucy Gray Presentation Resources for #GEF16

Please consider joining our Global Education Conference Network located at and follow us on Twitter at @GlobalEdCon. Proposals for our upcoming online conference are due November 1, 2016. And don't forget about this grant opportunity: 

I've added my Keynote slides and PDFs of my presentations for the Global Education Forum to a folder in Google Drive: Feel free to download any of these resources. 


#CUEROCKSTAR Global PBL Resources

Hi All -

Anyone, including those not present in my workshops today, are welcome to join my Edmodo group, Project-Based Learning with a Global Focus. Use this link to join and I'll approve your membership:

Make sure to check out the four tabs of global learning resources that I've compiled in this Google sheet. Feel free to add any additional resources that you think are valuable. This is not an exhaustive list; I'll be adding to this frequently.



Lucy's Resources for the MLTI Summer Institute

Looking forward to inspiring Maine educators today! Find all my files here!

Feel free to download the Keynote file or PDFs and explore the plethora of links. Slides and accompanying notes include many resources.

If you are interested in my YouTube workshop, please join our Edmodo group to access the resource

Let's connect on Twitter. My Twitter handle is @elemenous.



A Plethora of PD Opportunities

After years of attending and presenting at conferences, I'm still seeking a solution for keeping track of upcoming events and other professional development opportunities. Inspired by my innovative friend Karen Blumberg and her PD Google calendar which is somewhat focused on NYC events, I decided to create and maintain one of my own that includes a wide variety of opportunities happening around the world.

I copied some events from Karen's calendar and added others from the sources below. As new events pop up on my horizon, I've been adding them as well. If you would like to suggest an event, submit a professional development opportunity and/or conference deadline using my YouCanBookMe form.

Other sources of information for this calendar include:

    1. EdSurge’s Your Passport to 2016 Edtech Conferences
    2. EdSurge’s Educational Technology Events
    3. Karen Blumberg’s PD Calendar
    4. The Education Calendar
    5. ISTE Affiliate Directory

If you are a Google Calendar user, add this calendar to your other calendars by clicking on the Google Calendar button in the lower  righthand corner of my calendar embedded below. By layering various calendar in your Google Calendar setup, you'll be able to compare your availability to events listed on my PD calendar. Also, you can copy individual events from my calendar to your personal calendar. Click on a single event, and then the option that says "copy to my calendar". 

Link to the calendar below.

Resources for Summer Spark! #usmspark

I'll be at the University School of Milwaukee's Summer Spark conference tomorrow! I'll be leading three sessions on how to get involved with the Global Education Conference, globally infused PBL and leveraging YouTube for instructional purposes. 

I've uploaded my Keynote files and PDFs of these presentations to and you can download them below or by clicking this link.  Also, my Exploring Instructional Uses of YouTube can be found here. 

For my global sessions, also check out my Evernote notebook of global resources, my apps list on Appolearning, and materials from a previous workshop. We will also be using this padlet to list projects and resources. Anyone is welcome to contribute to this. 

Please let me know if you have any questions! 


What's New at Lucy Gray Consulting

In May and June 2015, I'll be at the following events. Hope you'll join me at one or more of these!

Registration for Global Education Day at ISTE is filling up; we're at 50% capacity. Sign up soon for this free event if you'd like to attend. This is our fourth year of hosting this event, and many attendees have remarked that it's one of their favorite events at the ISTE conference! 

Global Education Day is going to be our kickoff event for all activities related to the 2015 Global Education Conference. We're planning on announcing some additional events and changes at ISTE to our annual online conference, so stay tuned! 

For more summer professional learning opportunities, check out the events I've curated and bookmarked in this Evernote notebook. 

I've been also writing for the Ed Tech section of along with Ken Royal. Here are our articles for April:

In March, I took on a new project which was fun and enlightening.  I virtually assisted with social media efforts for the 2015 Annual CUE Conference. Using a variety of tools, I kept tabs on CUE's social media streams, responding to queries from attendees and pointing to various resources. I also ran a badging pilot for this event, working closely with BadgeList and CUE Inc. to develop a learning group. (Note that BadgeList is also teaming up with the Global Education Conference to expand on badge offerings for the 2015-2016 conference year.) As many readers know, I enjoy social media and I think I've found a new aspect to my work, working with organizations to boost their social media productivity and presence. Thanks to Mike Lawrence at CUE Inc. for suggesting this role at his conference this year!

Also, in March, I spent about a week visiting 15 Chicago Public Schools to interview teachers for the CPS Ones to Watch award which is presented at the district's annual Tech Talk Conference. I've done this off and on for the past few years, and it's wonderful to see how this program has grown. There are many more tech-savvy teachers and administrators in CPS than when I initially did work with them, and much of this is fueled by the adoption of Google Apps and the CPS Computer Science for All program. 

Finally, I'm wrapping up two long-term coaching projects this June. Along with design thinking expert Don Buckley, I've been working with a great international school in New York City this year to help them develop a road map for innovation. We conducted a comprehensive assessment for this school, wrote an extensive report detailing next steps and providing resources, held design thinking workshops with faculty and provided customized professional development. We see design thinking as an incredibly versatile tool for problem-solving within schools from strategic planning to re-thinking school policies to encouraging critical thinking with students. Our hope is that this school will continue to apply this strategy moving forward as they continue to cultivate a culture of innovation. 

The other project has been a Kajeet mobile learning pilot with Chicago Public Schools; information about this project is available here. I've been coaching teachers at Falconer School for the past two years as part of this. With both projects, it's been wonderful to see growth in the ways innovation takes shape at each school. 

I've found in the past few years that I deeply enjoy innovation coaching as described in the projects above. I've had several long-term projects where I've worked with schools, and I appreciate this process as it allows me to build productive relationships with administrators and faculty.  If you know of any school or district that is looking for this type of solution, I would appreciate the referral!

Up next... a rebranding of GlobalEdCon and my professional website. Stay tuned for my next update! 

Lucy Gray's Workshop Materials for #TCEA15

Tomorrow, I'll be leading two 3 hour workshops with teachers at the TCEA conference in Austin, TX. I've re-tooled two sites to house my materials that you are welcome to browse. 

Going Global Workshops

Exploring Instructional Uses of YouTube Workshops


Presentation Materials for #ISACScon

I'm thrilled and honored to speaking at the annual ISACS conference today! Please feel free to download my materials so that you don't have to take copious notes. In my YouTube and global presenations, there are many hyperlinks to resources that are clickable, including some photos. I've included my slides in Apple's Keynote format as well as PDFs. I've also added my slides to Slideshare. If you are working on an iPad, the Keynote and PDF options will probably work best for you.

If you need to follow up with me, please contact me at lucy@lucygrayconsulting, @elemenous on Twitter, or @GlobalEdCon on Twitter.

Our backchannel for questions, resource sharing, and conversation can be found at:



World View Presentation Materials #WVGlobalEdCon

Our slides and more from the 2014 World View conference at University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill!  



Download slides in PDF or Keynote formats:



World View Backchannel

The Learning Revolution Project  - Steve    @stevehargadon 

Lucy Gray Consulting - Lucy    @elemenous 

The Global Education Conference

The 2014 Conference hashtag is #globaled14. Tagboard is a great way to keep track of all the posts using this hashtag: Also,  check out!

 Find GlobalEdCon On: 

Global Ed Resources

Additional Online Communities



Resources from Chicago Education Festival #edfestchi

Here's the narrated version of my slides. 


And here are my slides devoid of my scripted presentation.... the opening image won't appear. I uploaded another copy and perhaps it will start working properly. 



Download the PDF and Keynote files here:

One More Day! Need Your Support to Facilitate a Workshop at #SxSWedu !

The public is invited to participate in SxSWedu's panel picker, the method for which workshops and sessions are chosen for next March's conference. Julene Reed, Michelle Bourgeois and I have proposed a hands-on workshop show participants how to leverage and organize the treasure trove of free digital content available in Apple's iTunes U. We believe that more educators and industry folks need to experience this high quality repository and that this free content can really benefit students. 

If you have a moment today, please vote for us and invite your colleagues to do so as well. We'd appreciate any comments, including feedback, as well. Here's the link to where you can vote: If you also want to vote on other high quality presentations, please check out these others from my Apple Distinguished Educator colleagues. 

Follow Lucy's board #SxSWedu Proposals Worthy of Your Support on Pinterest.

Coming Up This Weekend: CUE/LearningRev Partner for Online Google Summit

We're looking forward to a unique online professional development event this weekend! On Saturday and Sunday, many Google Certified Teachers, Google Education Trainers and Google Educators will generously share their expertise in the first virtual Summit Featuring Google for Education. 

Keynoters will include two Google employees, Cristin Frodella and Jordan Pedranza as well as noted educators Esther Wojcicki, Hank Thiele, David Theriault, and Sean Ziebarth. All sessions will be held using Hangouts on Air and attendees will have access to a private G+ community for networking and sharing purposes. The registration fee of $40 also includes an annual membership to CUE

Below is a digital flyer that you can share with friends and colleagues.... pass it on, please! Hope to hang out with you this weekend ! 


Support Some Fabulous #SxSWedu Proposals

Julene Reed, Michelle Bourgeois and I are excited to have submitted a proposal to run a workshop at the South by Southwest Edu conference in Austin next March. In order to get selected, the public needs to weigh in by voting for us AND commenting on why this workshop would be an asset to the event. We're planning on leading a hands-on workshop focused on iTunes U as we think more educators and ed tech industry people need to experience the power of this repository. 

Fellow ADEs also have proposals submitted that I'm sure will be great. I've assembled them in a Pinterest board in order to make it easier for people to find our sessions and vote. We would all appreciate your support!

Follow Lucy's board #SxSWedu Proposals Worthy of Your Support on Pinterest.

Announcing the First Virtual Summit Featuring Google for Education

Very excited to be developing a new form of Google Summits along with Steve Hargadon and CUE! We just announced to today the CUE Learning Revolution Online Summit Featuring Google for Education. We're hoping to bring the magic of these summits to educators who are seeking more professional development around Google apps, particularly in areas of the US and beyond where access to face to face events is not necessarily practical.

This two day event will take place on September 6 and September 7 from 9 AM to 6 PM GMT-7 using Google Hangouts on Air. Steve Hargadon and I usually run our global ed conference around the clock, and eventually we want to do that with this conference.  However, we're keeping things manageable for our first summit and thus limiting the hours. We do realize this is not necessarily convenient for educators around the globe, but keep in mind that all the sessions will be recorded and available indefiintely. The cost to attend and view sessions is $40 for both days and this includes a CUE membership

Google Certified Teachers, Google Education Trainers, and Google Educators are invited to sumbit proposals for this event. Below is a digital flyer that I hope you will pass along to potentially interested colleagues!  


Two Quick Announcements

Two fun things to share today (and a third is coming sometime this week...)!

First, I'm the new ed tech expert at which means I'm writing periodically for a sub-section of their Education section. I'll be contributing news, reviews, and advice around the best stuff in ed tech as well as profiling ed tech leaders you should know. Very excited to finally get this launched!

Secondly, Julene Reed, Michelle Bougeosis and I have a proposal submitted to the panel picker for the South by Southwest Education conference (SxSWedu). Sessions are chosen in a crowd sourced manner; we need friends and colleagues to vote on our proposal in order for the workshop to be accepted at this really interesting and innovative conference. 

Our workshop proposal focuses on leveraging iTunes U in classrooms and we'd like to introduce people to the wonders of iBooks Author and iTunes Course Manager as well. Here is where you can vote and comment on our proposal... comments can be endorsements of our work or could be suggestions for improving our proposal. Also, if you haven't previously attended this conference, put t on your list of must attend events... it's very different and full of great learning experiences that will particularly challenge the more experienced educator. 



Opportunities to Go Global

There is an opportunity to share your work with a larger global audience coming up this November. During International Education Week (November 17-21), Steve Hargadon and I host a virtual conference focused on connecting classrooms and education for all. It's not a general ed or tech conference, but really geared towards educators who are bringing the world into their classrooms. We also have partnered with the Global Campaign for Education - US Chapter to have a strand that is focused on UN Millenial Development Goals, specifically on this one calling for universal primary education. IEARN USA has also been a long time supporter. This is the fifth anniversary of this event and we also have an ongoing community for sharing and discussion.

Here are some ways that you can get involved: 

  1. During any time of the year, you can post a question, project or resource in our discussion forum. I blast these posts out over social media and these items are included in Steve Hargadon's Learning Revolution newsletter. If you are looking for project partners, post here... if you want to share a resource that you think is relevant and fits our mission, post here. Anytime.
  2. Browse our conference archives to see over 1000 presentations that have been presented over the years. Look at our YouTube channel to see examples of the keynotes who have shared their work with us as well. We've been extremely fortunate to have pretty notable people serve as keynotes. Many schools of ed and other PD programs are using these archives for course material, by the way.
  3. Utilize our social media resources:
    1. Diigo Group:
    2. LinkedIn Group:
    3. Google+: and
    4. Facebook:
    5. Twitter:
  4. Sign up to present at the 2014 Global Education Conference. The call for proposals is open: We would appreciate you distributed this flyer to interested friends and colleagues as well. November 1 is the deadline for proposals; we accept them on a rolling basis. 
  5. Attend the conference anytime from an Internet connected spot during the week of November 17. This conferences around the clock, 24 hours a day, to accommodate time zones. Here's a flyer for distribution that contains basic info:

Please let me know if you have any questions!  I hope that you will also help spread the word wherever on the global you may be so that we can expand our reach and impact. It's really a fun, amazing experience to be a part of this community, particularly during conference week, and I encourage you to get involved!




Shame on Slideshare and Lessons Learned

MAY 13, 2014 UPDATE: My account has been restored and upgraded. Yay! Thank you, Slideshare, for making the impossible happen!

If you take a look at my blog and particularly at posts under the Conferences category, you'll notice many gaping holes to embedded content.  These holes are where my slides posted in Slideshare and embedded on my blog appeared until recently. Without warning, Slideshare didn't just suspend my account, but deleted the entire account and its contents because I've violated their Terms of Service agreement. From what I understand from their twitter evangelist, this account is now irretrievable.  I have not received any written warning about this nor has anyone from Slideshare responded to my queries about what I did exactly. 

If you're not familiar with Slideshare, it's similar to YouTube... only for slidedecks. You can upload PowerPoint files and PDFs, and Slideshare provides an embed code that you can use to show your slides front facing style in a blog, wiki or similar web site. It's also a social network that allows users to follow other member's posts and to favorite slideshows. 

I've been using Slideshare regularly since at least 2009 under the username elemenous. I've uploaded hundreds of presentations, favorited many others for future reference, and followed others in order to learn from their design and content. I've received numerous emails from them congratulating on my content and lauding the "popularity" of my content. See some of the screenshots I am posting. 

Typically, when I present at a conference, I created slidedecks in Keynote, convert the slides to a PDF and  then upload the file to Slideshare. I then embed this in my blog and give that link to attendees. This way they can follow along with my slides or download my slides for future reference. My content is usually made up of a template that I've used from Keynote or purchased here, photos that I've taken, photos I've purchased from iStockPhoto,  original ideas, and a lot of screenshots of web sites. I use Instantshot mostly to take screenshots of sites that I am demonstrating in my presentations. Using Preview, I sometimes annotate these screenshots to point out particular features. I generally link to the site that I am demo'ing so that attendees can go directly to a site and explore whatever I've mentioned.

One of my last presentations to be uploaded on Slideshare about using YouTube in the classroom. In order to quickly and efficiently go through a lot of material about this great educational resource, I've had to use screenshots to demonstrate my points.  I show what my YouTube channel looks like, how to add a video to a playlist, and how to search YouTube effectively through screenshots among other things. Attendees at conferences need visuals during presentations and afterwards in order to retain and use the information I provide. I could give this information to them in a paper handout, but in order to save trees, all of this is posted online. 

My work as an ed tech advocate focuses on helping teachers become more connected and tech savvy. My main intent is to help and inspire people and part of that is making materials accessible to them. This all doesn't really matter if I'm violating copyright, though. 

That said, here's what happened regarding my account:

1. I lasted posted material on slideshare probably in conjunction with a conference in the Waukegan school district or SxSWedu in February/March. These were standard presentations that I've given before and tweaked for these events. Earlier versions of these presentations were on Slideshare.

2. I did not touch my Slideshare account for about a month. As I was listening to Jackie Gerstein last week during the online Learning Revolution conference, I went to Slideshare to favorite her fabulous slidedeck. Not going to link to it here in case Slideshare wants to delete HER account. I noticed that I had trouble logging in... normally, I'm automatically signed in there. I tried logging in with LinkedIn and Facebook and my stuff wasn't coming up. I didn't have time to figure out what was going on and assumed that I just hadn't linked Slideshare to my FB or LinkedIn accounts.

3. I returned to Slideshare a few days ago to see what was wrong with my account, and realized that when I had tried to log in (see step 2), I had created new accounts. I looked all over and tried logging in with my known user name and password, and realized that I couldn't. My account was completely gone. I looked at my blog and at my LinkedIn profile that had presentations linked there. None of the content was appearing.

4. I submitted a help ticket asking for help and noticed that I had submitted a help ticket for a similar problem 7 months ago. While uploading presentations, I was inexplicably locked out as opposed to my account just being deleted.  I was not given a TOS warning. Upon investigation, Slideshare reinstated my account, so I thought it was a glitch.

5. I then tried to reach out to Slideshare via Twitter. No one from @Slideshare responded. A follower, however, did provide me with the email address of an editor at Slideshare and I held off from contacting her at first.

6. I wait and wait and nearly 48 hours later, I checked the status of my help ticket. My ticket was completely deleted ... there was a message in the help center saying that it was either deleted or resolved.  So no record exists of my two contacts with customer service. I have some screenshots, though. I submitted another ticket using a newly created account. 

7. During this time, I also searched the internet for other users who were reporting problems. I found this post and this post. In the former blog entry, I found the name of a Slideshare evangelist, Guarav Shukla, who did respond to a tweet and said he'd look into it. Later, he said my account was deleted due to TOS and it was not possible to retreive it.  Note that I had not received any notifications from Slideshare nor a response to my first or second help ticket.

8. Meanwhile, I happened to look at my LinkedIn account, and if you don't know this, there is a section where you can see who's looked at your profile. Lo and behold, someone from Slideshare named Christopher Schaff had been checking me out. He's a customer service rep for Slideshare! I decided to connect with him on LinkedIn...and of course, he hasn't responded to that request. :) 

9. I then decide it is time to contact the editor from Slideshare to see if she can help. She responds fairly quickly and says she'll forward my issues on to customer service. Lo and behold, she's also checked out my LinkedIn profile. Note to the less social media savvy: Turn off the ability for people to see that you've looked at their profiles in your LinkedIn privacy settings. 

10. This morning, I heard from the Twitter contact about my TOS violation. No official word followed, other than a LinkedIn communication from Christopher saying that they would refund my account. I'm not sure if I paid for a pro account this year or not...actually.

11. I've since tweeted Guarav asking for further explanation and submitted more comments on my second help ticket asking for clarification. I've also looked through their community guidelines and I can't figure out what I did wrong other than use screenshots of web sites. If they had warned me, I would have taken things down and altered the way I did future presentations. It also states here that if your account has been banned, you are forbidden from creating accounts in the future. How was able to create 2 new accounts inadvertently then when I was trying to log in through FB and LinkedIn at the begining of this saga? 

How ridiculous is the following given this situation? Again from their community guidelines: 

"We trust you to be responsible and respect each other. SlideShare is a large community of people. In order for all of us to live happily on this service together, it implies a certain level of trust. Trust and respect each other!"

"SlideShare does not actively screen content being uploaded because we trust you to self-moderate. But we do have a system where users flag accounts or slideshows for violations/abuse and we will step in when we think it's necessary."

I wish Slideshare would respect me enough to give me an explanation for what happened here so that I can learn from any mistakes I made. 

And from their Help Center:

"We suspend and disable SlideShare accounts that violate our ToS. This includes:

  • Continued prohibited behavior after receiving a warning or multiple warnings from SlideShare
  • Unsolicited contact with others for the purpose of harassment, advertisement, selling, dating, or any other inappropriate conduct
  • Providing false credentials for the purpose of creating an account
  • Impersonation of any individual, entity, or other misrepresentation of identity
  • Posting content that violates our terms

Please review SlideShare's community guidelines to learn more about our policies. If you think your account was disabled by mistake, you can send us a ticket by clicking on the link below. We will gladly review your account and fix it if we made a mistake. "

 So to wrap this up and put this situation to bed.... here is how it stands for me.

  • See related screenshots documenting my experience here. I would be happy to take these down if I received a decent response from Slideshare. 
  • I wish Slideshare had better customer service and had the courtesy to explain any wrong doings to me.
  • If I did anything in violation of anything, I'd be happy to correct it. I would have appreciated the chance to learn from this. 
  • I am cancelling my LinkedIn premium subscription as they apparently own Slideshare. I wish I could live without LinkedIn altogether, but it's requiste in today's work environment.
  • This is not about backing up for me. I have copies of my presenations. I am not pleased that there now gaps in my blog posts and that teachers can no longer benefit from my work. 
  • This is a warning about the future of content and how a company can eliminate your stuff without any due process. I really have no power to rectify this situation, other than to write about it and post to my social media channels. Fortunately, I do have some reach, so hopefully this will influence other educators on how they should protect their materials and help them decide about which companies that they want to do business with.





Quick #ICE14 Debrief
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Random thoughts about the 2014 Illinois Computing Educators Conference (before they seep from my brain)....

1. George Couros and Mike Muir were the perfect one-two punch as keynotes. Witty, inspirational, humorous presentations by both! Catch recordings of keynote and other sessions here:

2. Very grateful to spend time with Mike, tapping his brain about all things ed tech and Maine. Once again, I'm reminded that Maine's experiences with 1 to 1 should really be examined by all school districts in this day and age. I'm really looking forward to diving into Mike's materials on various sites as I contemplate some of the projects I'm working on.

3. All of our featured speakers were fabulous... thank you, Rich Colosi, Carolyn Skibba, Jason Markey, Teri Olson Rossman, Greg Tang, Tammy Worcester Tang, and Luis Perez. Also, huge thanks to BYOC speakers including Steve Dembo... always a hit with attendees.

4. I think it was very interesting to have someone featured at ICE that was a content expert first and foremost (Greg Tang). We should try and get similar people next year. Can't wait to try out his app and games with my fifth grader.

5. Tammy Lind's spirit was particularly infectious. She gets the term I coin professional generosity. She did a lovely job of keeping things simple and clear, yet informative, for her audiences. Loved how as I trudged to my car after the closing ceremonies, she was sitting in the hotel lounge with a circle of attendees around her, still sharing ideas. Everyone else was long gone and they were all still drinking it up.

6. Jason Markey also impressed me with his youthful energy. I think he sleeps less than I do and is remarkably perky. No wonder he's a principal! Also, loved seeing his kids in action during one of his sessions.

7. Happy to see former colleagues and my current coaching friends from Falconer and D230 get excited about various things at the conference. Next year, all of these people should take the plunge and present at ICE! It's time!

8. Also in the friend department, I'm grateful for another ADE get together at ICE. Just love my original PLC people.

9. Next year, we need to have a Fitbit contest and find out logs the most miles. I think I made my goal every day walking all over Pheasant Run. My trainer will be happy.

10. The newly configured exhibit hall was such a hit! The PLN Plaza was the hub of activity and the presentation stage featured a variety of presentations. Kudos to Jennifer Misong Magiera and assorted others who made much of that happen.

11. The Wednesday evening reception in the exhibit hall plus the morning breakfasts held in the same area really drew people. The exhibit hall seemed to come alive this year.

12. Wish I had had more time to partake in EdCamp After Dark. I think it was a huge success, judging from the turnout and notes. Loved how this was free and open to anyone who was around Wednesday night.

13. A HUGE thank you goes out to my fellow ICE conference committee members. It was a joy seeing everyone spring into action with their various conference duties. I'm continually inspired by the quality of my committee colleagues' work and have particularly enjoyed working with all of you this year.

Executive Director Margaret Johnson is the ICE-ing (pun intended) on the cake... I think her leadership makes us all want to go above and beyond the call to make the ICE conference a great experience for attendees.

14. Thank you again to the ICE people involved with my selection this year for the Making IT Happen award. I was pleasantly stunned when Charlene Chausis informed me of this award in January and I think this is the first time I've been honored by colleagues for my work in advocating for educational technology. There is nothing like being pointed out for doing good when you are least expecting it and I deeply appreciate the recognition. I stand on the shoulders of giants who've come before me throughout my involvement with ICE... more on this later.

15. Finally, we have a great thing going here in Illinois. So many talented, innovative educators and more catching fire with every conference. Can't wait to see how ICE can push the envelope further in terms of empowering teachers in the years to come!

Hope everyone got home safe and sound! See you next year!

GlobalEdCon Follow Up

Hope you enjoyed last week's conference!  Again, many thanks to our sponsors, keynotes, presenters, and mighty volunteers!

As we mentioned during the closing session on Friday, we are planning future events including a Global Education Summit in North Carolina this spring, followed by a Global Education Day just prior to the International Society for Technology in Education Conference (ISTE) in Atlanta, Georgia this June. If you are interested in sponsoring or helping to plan these events, contact Steve at 

Also, here are a few important reminders and resources for you to reference and pass along to friends and colleagues!


  • All recordings, including our closing session,  are located here:
  • Anyone can download the MP3 and MP4 files from the presentations and re-purpose them along as attribution is given to the presenter and it is for non-commercial purposes. See our Creative Commons license for details. 
  • Conference keynote presenations will be posted to YouTube as well: (Not all are up yet... stay tuned!)
  • Read here for information about requesting certificates.
    • Attendee certificates will also be given to those who watch the recordings post-conference.
    • Attendees must write a full paragraph (minimum) blog post describing what they learned from sessions attended in order to receive a certificate. 
    • Blog posts that just thank us for the conference or do not contain sufficient reflection will not count and will not be accepted. 
    • If requests do not meet our established criteria, you will not receive a certificate. It is the requester's responsiblity to read and follow directions and we cannot notify people if they have not followed the necessary steps.
    • Volunteer certificates are for those who moderated sessions, attended educator advisory board meetings, or who worked on projects comissioned by the conference co-chairs. 
    • All requests must be submitted by December 6, 2013 at 5 PM CST (GMT-6). Certificates will be sent or posted online on December 8, 2013.
  • Please consider signing the Charter for Compassion; information about becoming a Compassionate School and more educational resources are also available here. This Charter was discussed by Friday's keynote, Marilyn Turkovich


Carry on the spirit of the conference by contiuing to leverage the resources developed by our community. Here are a few quick links:

  • Read our crowdsourced A Declaration of the Value of Global Education
  • Recordings
  • Groups - We have many affinity groups for those interested in connecting with community members. There are groups for language teachers, primary teachers, higher education, Skype using teachers, etc. Feel free to create your own group on a topic of interest.
  • Ongoing Projects - Five group projects were established during the conference. Consider participating:
  • Discussion Forum - If you want to post a call for participation, solicity project partners, share a resource, or ask a question, please post in our discussions. This is a great place to connect with other GEC members. 
  • Social Media - We have several social media channels. Here are a few to check out.
    • Diigo (social bookmarking):
    • Pinterest:
    • (a daily digital newspaper):
    • YouTube:
    • Facebook:
    • Twitter:

Thanks again for your support,

Lucy Gray and Steve Haragdon

Conference Co-Chairs 

GlobalEdCon Gratitude #globaled13

Steve Hargadon and I just wrapped up our fourth annaul Global Education Conference... a online  professional development marathon that we've designed in order to connect and empower educators and organizations around the globe. 

Presenters submit proposals, are encouraged to promote their sessions upon acceptance, book their sessions using a wonderful tool called YouCanBookMe,  and deliver their information via webinar format. We have made this process as open as possible as we want to see people from all walks have the opportunity to share their work. If proposals relate to the mission of our conference, it will be accepted. As a result, you'll see students, higher ed, K12 and informal learning folks all come together in this event. How often do you see this with face to face events? We are deeply appreciative of all of our presenters who are risk takers and believe in sharing with our community.

Participating also requires a bit of work and perseverance. Attendees need to configure their computers, analysis the conference schedule in Google Calendar, and access sesssions through our platform Blackboard Collaborate. For many, this is also an introduction to social media usage and we have many high flying regular attendees who are using social media in very sophisticated ways. There is a lot of information parlayed about, and our conference is an exercise filtering this effectively. Again, this is a very new concept to many people. 

This entire process is not for the faint of heart, but it does work and we believe that it leaves people feeling empowered, energized, and as if they had direct acccess to experts. While we are always looking to simply and support our attendees and presenters, we want to see everyone develop confidence and take responsibility for their own learning. It's exciting to see this happen during the course of conference week, and I also believe that we are giving access and opportunities to high quality information to those who cannot travel to participate or present in conferences. This event is very exciting to me because participants have many choices and can choose their own professional development adventure; no authority figure or body is deeming teachers to be deficient by setting the agenda. Teachers can pursue their interests and passions in our virtual rooms. 

Regarding our keynotes, Steve thinks that I have a special gift with putting together great lineups of featured speakers, but this is not really the case. I just pay attention to people who I think have  particularly profound and unique messages for inspiring our attendees, and hope that they will take this opportunity to interact with our audience. I also want to bring light to programs/initiatives/people that I think are outstanding, but may not be in the mainstream yet. While we can't pay our keynotes (we receive very little funds in terms of sponsorship because we just haven't made fundraising a huge priority), I hope that we return the favor to our keynotes by promoting their work on an ongoing basis and thinking of them when we make referrals to other people and groups. I think that developing a relationship with Steve and I can be beneficial in the future. Our keynotes represent the term I've coined "professional generosity"... they understand that the giving back to the education community and that grass roots word of mouth can lead to powerful returns and synergy.

Another vital component to this events is our volunteer group. We have a leadership team of core advisors with whom we consult with regularly and generally people we've known for a significant period of time in addition to a larger advisory board which anyone is welcome to join. Out of these groups has emerged a set of volunteers who moderate sessions and help participants in our chat room and our virtual conference lounge. It's astounding how these people step up to the plat and how we all bond during this experience. I still think of my friend Larry Anderson who joined us for a few years... the first time, he had no idea how to use Blackboard Collaborate, but reviewed our training video and immediate jumped in because he was so moved by our sessions. And this year, I'm particularly grateful for a volunteer from Uganda named Ibrahim. Always perky with a great sense of humor, he became one of us this week. He thinks he found us by one of the Facebook ads that I ran recently, too! By the way, we've had much more participation in the conference in general from the Middle East and Africa... I am so glad that we are expanding our reach.

I cannot go further with my analysis of the conference without also thanking our main sponsors, iEARN and the Global Campaign for Education. iEARN has been the mainstay global education organization in this space, and we've learned so much from them. We are happy to have so many iEARNers sharing their work every year, and have really enjoyed getting to know Diane Midness, David Potter (who is an incredible user of social media btw) , Lisa Jobson and Ed Gragert (iEARN's director emeritus). Ed is the most networked global ed expert I know and now has brought his expertise to the Global Campaign for Education - US Chapter. We are blessed and lucky to have these organizations as partners. Combined with our volunteers, I feel like we have just an amazing group of professional friends. 

Finally, I want to tip my hat to Steve Hargadon, who exhibits infinite patience with me and the rest of this group. He is a man of incredible character and wisdom, and again, I am lucky to know him and work well with him. Looking forward to many more adventures with global education!

I believe that each of us holds the potential to become as great as the sum of our friends and colleagues, and without my incredible professional network, I would be nothing. Thank you, everyone involved with GlobalEdCon.... you inspire and inform me continually, and I look forward to learning together going forward. You all make me love what I do! 

We're on for the Fourth Annual Global Education Conference!

Stay tuned for a plethora of information regarding our fourth free and online conference focused on global education. Remember, this is not a technology nor a general education conference. Share your ideas and initiatives around connecting classrooms and inspiring education for all!

Here's a digital flyer that you can pass along to colleagues. Proposals are due by November 15th!



The Global STEMx Education Conference Starts September 19th #STEMx13

Steve Hargadon and I are organizing two virtual conferences this fall: STEMxCon and GlobalEdCon. STEMxCon, which starts tomorrow September 19,  is hosted by ISTE and made possible by HP! Thank you to these two organizations for supporting our work. We couldn't put on these extravaganzas without you.

Below are two flyers for publicizing the conference. The first is a general one that you can send on to friends and colleagues. The second is a bit more explanatory and is geared towards those who have never experienced an online conference. We would really appreciate it if you could share these resources widely so that people are aware of this free professional deveopment event. 




STEMxCon Starts Next Week! #STEMx13

Steve Hargadon and I are running an online STEM conference next week with support from HP and ISTE. I'm thrilled about our keynote speakers which include my former University of Chicago colleague Jeanne Century, Maker's Dale Dougherty, Chor Huat Chua, the principal of an amazing Singaporean school that I visited in May 2012, and my original contact at Google, Cristin Frodella. The entire event is free, and sessions are taking place around the clock to accommodate all time zones. Below is a flyer which you can pass on to others or print out to post in workplace. 

Hope to see you online next week! Call for proposals closes on Friday, September 13th.


#METC13 Presentations


Please download my slides and/or PDF copies of slides from or view them on Slideshare. Let me know if you have any questions or comments!



Download ModernizingEducation_METC

Download METC_Search

Download METC_Multimedia_2013

Download METC_Global


The Rockford Files

Here are my presentation files for virtual sessions I'm conducting today for Rockford Christian Schools. The PowerPoint files may not reflect the intended formatting as I originally created these presentations in Apple's Keynote program. 

If you cannot see the files below, try going directly to this folder:


Wes Fryer: A One Man Blogging Machine at #blackfootetc


Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to keynote Blackfoot Telecommunications Group's Educational Technology Conference in Missoula, Montana, a place that I previously have not had the opportunity to visit.  I received this invitation,  thanks to Wesley Fryer who has been involved with this conference for the past couple of years.  

Montanan educators were attentive and interested in educational technology, and seemed dedicated and thoughtful about their craft. Most surprisingly to me, many of these teachers work in tiny schools, often with 15-20 student maximum, and are responsbile for teaching everything to their students. As a result, it seems that it's more difficult for students to slip through the cracks and I'm guessing that teachers have to be pretty accountable for making things work in these situations, too. I loved hearing about these teaching scenarios as my perspective was broadened in terms of what students and teachers across America, even in rural areas, are experiencing. It also made me think more about the idea of making "highly qualified" teachers available to all students. Here in the suburbs of Chicago, we take it for granted that our kids will have a Mandarin teacher or a Calculus teacher, but what happens in remote areas of our country where it might not be possible to recruit great teachers in these subject areas? Students in states with widely dispersed populations are going to definitely benefit from increased online opportunities, and this is another reason not to ingore the trend of virtual instruction.

Speaking of online instruction, Wesley introduced me to Jason Neiffer, curriculum director of the Montana Digital Academy, and Mike Agostinelli of Helena Public Schools. This duo gave a few compelling presentations (see Wesley's links below) and had dinner with us one night. Our conversations gave me further insight into Montana, and we started brainstorming ideas for a ed tech wilderness experience/retreat for similarly minded school leaders. Stay tuned to see if we go anywhere with this idea!

Mostly importantly, besides being my first visit to Montana, it also was my first experience working closely with Wes, and I'm happy to report that the entire experience really fun and enriching. If you've never gotten the Wes Fryer treatment during a conference, you are particularly missing out. He is one of the few people I know who still has the time and inclination to take detailed notes during events. The best part is that he posts these online almost immediately, and includes relevant links and recordings. As someone who gets nervous about being scrutnized professionally, I found Wes's blogging to be enormously helpful as he does this in the least judgemental way, and his posts help me determined if I covered salient points. Below are some of what he covered at the Blackfoot ETC and I think this is a tremendously valuable service. Additionally, Wesley also did one of the best keynotes I've seen him do over the past few years... he has really evolved and improved as a keynote speaker. So, this is an unsolicited plug for Wes in terms of the education conference circuit... I think he'd be invaluable for his speaking skills and for participating in the conference experience along with attendees. 

Check out some of the highlights of the Blackfoot Educational Technology Conference, courtsey of Wesley Fryer:

Wes's Professional Wiki

Educational Podcasts from Blackfoot ETC

Using Social Media to Improve Classroom and School Communications

Exploring Instructional Uses of YouTube (my session)

Mobile E-Book Options

Digital Textbooks Using iBooks

30 in 60: 30 Tools for Tech Savvy Teachers

Getting Your Game On

Beyond Search ( my session)

Mobilizing Learning

My Flickr Photos of the Blackfoot ETC

Blackfoot Educational Technology Conference #blackfootetc

Resources cited in my keynote are available here! Please let me know if you have any questions.

Click here for results from our poll about favorite productivity apps.




Download Blackfoot_mobilizing

Download Blackfoot_Search

Download Blackfoot_YouTube

SDE's Power Up Conference!

All files from my 4 presentations at SDE's Chicago conference will be posted here. My slides are available as PDFs or in Apple's Keynote format. Most resources cited in these slides are hyperlinked. If you click on underlined titles, you will be taken to a related resource on the web. 

Also, you will find links to supplementary resources in Google Docs for each presentation below.

Please email me at lucy at if you have any questions!


MORIC Summer Institute

Assorted materials related to sessions at the MORIC Summer Institute:

Add your favorite apps to our corkboard.

Take our poll here and see the results.

Try out my new favorite app for the iPad: Holler Gram (thanks to Michelle Bourgeois!)

Leadership for Mobile Learning

Connected Educators 

Epic Ed - launching in August

Lucy's Mobile Learning Handout from ISTE 2012

Lucy's Mobilizing Learning Workshop Google Site



Lucy Gray's iSummit Session Materials #isummitconf

All my material for iSummit 2012 are located here. Most slides contain clickable links to cited resources. Browse the slides embedded here or download PDF or Keynote versions in using the widget at the bottmom. Please use the comments here to ask questions or to provide feedback. 

Also, here is a Google Doc  containing supplementary YouTube resources.


View more presentations from Lucy Gray

Lucy Gray's iSummit Session Materials #isummitconf

All my material for iSummit 2012 are located here. Most slides contain clickable links to cited resources. Browse the slides embedded here or download PDF or Keynote versions in using the widget at the bottmom. Please use the comments here to ask questions or to provide feedback. 

Also, here is a Google Doc  containing supplementary YouTube resources.


View more presentations from Lucy Gray

Exploring Instructional Uses of YouTube - #ISTE12

Slides with clickable links can be found at


Download ExploringInstructionalUsesofYouTube slides in PDF




Additional Resources:


Favorite Educational YouTube Videos:


Lucy’s Diigo Group:


Lucy’s Google Custom Search:

View more presentations from Lucy Gray.

Coming soon to ISTE Unplugged: The Global Education Summit #globaled12

Greetings -

We're days away from a face-to-face get together at the 2012 ISTE conference for those educators and organizations who are interested in connecting and collaborating. During this fairly informal three hour event, we'll hear from those who've taken the plunge into globally connecting activities, engage in discussions to learn more, and share our ideas and questions about leveraging technology to bring the world to classrooms. Below is our flyer with more information! Please RSVP, so that we can get an accurate count. We are not planning on streaming activities at this point, but perhaps a few GEC members will take on this task when we assemble on Sunday afternoon. 

If you're feeling like contributing further to this event, we're seeking participants to give a short talk on something related to international education. This doesn't have to be a fancy presentation and we encourage you to re-purpose slides that you already may have. Share a project that you've created with your classroom, talk about an aha moment when you realized it's small world, show pictures of your world travels.... anything that has even a tangential global theme is welcome.  Sign up here if you'd like to participate. 

For further details, please RSVP in the Global Education Conference Community and read details about the event in our Global Education Wiki. Also, if you see something in the ISTE program that indicates this event is full, please ignore this as we are NOT full. The more, the merrier! 


2012 Global Education Summit at ISTE

Going Global at Follett's New Leaf in Learning Conference #NLIL12

Materials for today's conference include a copy of my slides that can be accessed via Slideshare or the actual files can be downloaded from Also, additional materials that I've compiled for a workshop in case attendees would like to take a deeper dive.

Enjoy and I hope you all will join us over at the Global Education Collaborative and Conference!

Summer Learning Opportunities for Educators

Summer is quickly approaching and it looks like it's going to be a busy one. I'll be presenting at a slew of conferences that may be of High Techpectations readers . Read on for more details!

June 18-20 The Connections Conference at Sidwell Friends, Washington DC

Visit one of the nation's leading independent schools and engage with colleagues during three days of breakout sessions and full day workshops. I'm excited to be presenting at this conference along with colleagues from Educational Collaborators!

June 25 - 27  ISTE 2012, San Diego, CA

Stay tuned about a possible Global Education Conference in person summit! I'll be also conducting a presentation during the conference on Exploring Instructional Uses of YouTube and  Podcasting and Mobile Media Learning and Teaching along with Julene Reed and Larry Anderson. 

June 28 - July 1 The Asia Society's Partnership for Global Learning Conference, Brooklyn, NY

The Asia Society has been on the forefront of global learning for many years, and I'm thrilled to be presenting at PGL12  along with my Global Education Conference co-conspirator, Steve Hargadon. Anne Mirtschin, an Australian educator who has been very active in our online conference, will also be traveling to NYC and I can't wait to meet her in person! 

July 10 -12, iSummit, Atlanta, GA

I'm thrilled to be returning to the Coalition for Lighthouse Schools' annual conference. This is a fabulous event for independent and international schools with 1:1 Apple deployments. C0-chaired by my fellow Apple Distinguished Educator and friend, Julene Reed, this conference is a sure hit!

July 21, SDE Midwest Conference on Differentiated Instruction, Chicago, IL

SDE is one of the nation's premier providers of professional development, and I'll be presenting several sessions that be of interest to educators at their Midwest event.

August 2-5, Blackfoot ETC, Missoula, MT

After a two week sojourn with my family in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, I'll be keynoting this conference for Montana educators. I'll be focusing on mobile learning and can't wait to travel to the West to spread the word about best practices in educational technology.

Hope to connect and learning with many of you at these events!