The 2010 Global Education Conference is a collaborative effort to significantly increase opportunities for globally-connecting education activities and initiatives. The conference will be held online November 15 - 19, 2010 in the Elluminate (now Blackboard Collaborate) platform. Sessions will be free, broadcast live in multiple time zones and multiple languages, and will be available in recorded formats afterwards. The dates of the conference coincide with International Education Week, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State.
The conference has an International Educator Advisory Board of over 90 educators worldwide, chaired by Julie Lindsay of the Flat Classroom ProjectTM. 30 leading global organizations serve as Conference Partners, including: the Asia Society, the Centre for Global Education, East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS), ePals, iEARN, and TakingITGlobal. Full lists of the advisory board and the partners can be found at the website, and interested individuals and organizations are encouraged to contact the conference chairs.
Conference presentations will be categorized in five tracks: Teacher, Student, Curricular, Policy and Leadership, and Global Issues. Particular emphasis will be given to global inclusion and practical teacher application, and the intention is that all serious proposals be given the opportunity to be presented. Keynote speakers will be announced in September and October.
The conference co-chairs are Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon. Lucy Gray is an Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Certified Teacher, and founder of the Global Education Collaborative network (http://globaleducation.ning.com). Steve Hargadon is Elluminate's Social Learning Consultant, founder of the Classroom 2.0 social network (http://www.classroom20.com), and host of the Future of Education interview series (http://www.futureofeducation.com).
The Twitter/Social Media hashtag for the conference is "#GlobalEd10".