This podcast is a recording of my keynote address on April 20, 2007, at the Connecting and Collaborating Conference sponsored by Ottawa Area Intermediate School District in Holland, Michigan. The keynote description was: Professional development is no longer limited by time and space constraints. Conversations and content now accessible via the Internet, the blogosphere, and podcasts are opening up amazing new possibilities for professional development and learning. In this session we’ll explore innovative ways educators around the planet are making connections, creating personal learning networks, and extending their educational knowledge bases. We’ll also look at ways school districts are using collaborative tools and technologies to provide blended professional development to better meet the learning constraints as well as opportunities of our educational and informational environments.

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SHOWNOTES:

  1. Presentation Slides (9.6 MB PDF file)
  2. Presentation Links (shared as a public Google Notebook)
  3. Connecting and Collaborating Conference wiki

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8 Responses to Podcast145: Welcome to the Global Education Conversation

  1. marie says:

    I am searching for people who might be interested in blogging about Lucy Caulkin’s writing curriculum for the 2007-2008 school year…Your site came up in my search. I am also interested in getting more technology in schools…I currently teach Microsoft products to kindergarteners as they are learning some real world skills, so I’d be open to finding other people to discuss these issues too…Currently, my blog is for personal writing…so that’s why I didn’t refer it. Let me know if there’s someone you know of that would be interested. Thanks! Nice work you are doing!

  2. Hi Wes,
    I am really sorry that I missed the workshop. I really wanted to attend but being 4 hours away from Ottawa ISD and not being able to get off of work. I am beginning to write my thesis which is about global collaboration using podcasting as one of the tools. My students will be connecting to a school in Columbia, South America in the fall. I would love to talk to you more about this topic. Thanks for posting your notes. I’m sorry I missed it.

  3. Wesley:

    We are looking for high shool classes that may want to join our Global Communications course in their ‘Global Families’ project. We are looking at getting students to post pictures of their family on a PB wiki page and answer a few questions about who makes up their family.

    If you know of some classes who may be interested, please let me know!

    Thanks,

    Kyle Brumbaugh

  4. Wesley Fryer says:

    Marie and Kyle: The ePals Global Community is a great place to look for and find global classroom projects for the different initiatives you’re both pursuing. Two other options are iEarn and the Global Schoolhouse Projects Registry. I have these three resources and a few other listed under the heading “Places to Make Connections” on my Global Voices presentation and workshop curriculum.

    Cheryl, that is GREAT your students are connecting with other learners in Columbia this fall! I was struck at the conference in Holland last Friday about how amazing it is going to be when we have even more voices joining in these global conversations! We’re teaching and learning in such an exciting time! I am sorry you were not able to attend the conference either, I think the session lineup was really great! I will be posting some additional recordings from the conference early this week, which I’ll link in posts here as well as from the official conference wiki page.

  5. taf says:

    Wesley

    As always, very good podcast. I especially liked your examples on how the Global Conversation is currently happening – and challenges for the future.

    Your comments about last week’s tragedy at Virginai Tech were very relevant and appropriate.

  6. […] I submitted proposals for sessions on “Digital Music Creation: Engage, Inspire, Have Fun!” and “Welcome to the Global Education Conversation!” I hope to team up with others on a preso about “Cell Phones for Learning” and “Global Voices: Distance Learning Projects With Interactive Podcasting and VOIP Tools” as well. I first shared the session on digital music making with my then 8 year old son in Plano in October 2006. I’m sharing this in a couple of weeks at the Texas ESC Region 1 Technology Conference in South Padre Island, and again on August 3rd at the Oklahoma A+ Schools statewide conference. Having more scheduled sessions for that presentation gives me incentive to continue expanding my Garageband (and Fruity Loops) musical knowledge and skills! The session on the Global Education Conversation focuses on the K-12 Online Conference, and I shared that for the first time a couple of weeks ago in Holland, Michigan. […]

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