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20 Countries, 30 Teacher Educators: International Teacher Education Course on 21st Century Instruction

Your Name and Title: Dr. Kathryn Smith, Professor Foundations and Instructional Technology

School, Library, or Organization Name: Minnesota State University - Bemidji

Co-Presenter Name(s): Betty Burgos, Online Educator, Suriname

Country from Which You Will Present: Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience (such as primary school teachers, high school administrators, students, etc.): Teacher Educators and Administrators

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Full Session Description (one paragraph minimum): 20 Countries, 30 Teacher Educators: International Teacher Education Course on 21st Century Instruction

The Teacher Education Course on 21st Century Instruction is a professional development course for iEARN in collaboration with OAS (Organization of American States). 

This presentation will be shared in three parts. Part one will take a look at the development of an international course for teacher educators. Online instruction comes with a set of challenges and opportunities, working with 30 teacher educators from 20 countries magnifies the challenges and the opportunities. Part one will explore the challenges and solutions that relate to the initial development of the course experience. \ Part II will explore the implementation phase of the project. Examples of student discussion, live webinars and course management issues will be shared. In Part III, the course outcome, the creation of a 21sr century teaching course for preservice teachers will be shared. The course, Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers with Web 2.0 Tools and 21st Century Skills, was developed over a four week period. Each week of the course a different topic for a general teacher education method’s course was evaluated based on what types of content and activities would prepare students to be 21st century digital age teachers. For example weekly topics included, pedagogy, integrating technology, assessment and course frameworks. Based on the input, the ideas where summarizes in a collaborative syllabus for the preservice course. In the end, each of the 30 teacher educators had learned a great deal about the cultures, teaching practices and policies from around the world which they could use to impact their own educational settings. They also had collaborated on a teacher education course the elements of which could be used either in part or whole for teaching 21st century teaching to their preservice teachers in their respective countries.

Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session: http://www.us.iearn.org/professional-development/online-courses/tea...

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iEARN International Conference and Youth Summit 2012 Session Acceptance

Thank you so much for your session proposal for the 2012 iEARN International Conference and Youth Summit!  We're please to let you know that your submission has been accepted! Your proposal is now in the "iEARN accepted proposals" list on the website. Here are some important tasks for you.

1.  Because we have sessions being presented from all different time zones, as a speaker you actually schedule your own session time at http://iearn.youcanbook.me. This allows you to see the available slots and to pick something that works within your time zone, work schedule, or other constraints. We're quite proud of how this works, as it is one of the benefits of a virtual conference, but if you should fun into any difficulties finding a time that works for you, email me directly (dmidness@us.iearn.org).

We encourage you to do this quickly, as proposals are being reviewed in the order in which they were submitted, so your priority for selecting a session time depends on you scheduling right away. When you do select you time, be sure that the scheduling system has the correct time zone for you!
To schedule your session, you should open http://www.globaleducationconference.comto your presentation proposal (you can do a search on your name to find it, or click on "My Page" in the top menu and then click on the "discussion" link on the left side to find it). Open the session booking link from above in another tab. You will find it easiest to copy the information from one to the other rather than re-type it.  Once completed, you will receive an email confirmation of your booking.

2. As a presenter, you need to make sure you are a member of the iEARN conference "presenters group" on the network website. Most of our announcements to speakers will be sent to the members of this group, so as not to email all site members. Join the group (or check to make sure you're already a member) athttp://www.globaleducationconference.com/group/iearn-2012-conferenc....

3. Presenters are responsible for knowing how to use Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate).  We will have a cadre of volunteers on hand during the conference to help with any issues, but you need to go through the moderator training for Collaborate if you are not a seasoned user. There will be a variety of training resources at the GEC Collaborate website, and we email the speakers group in some weeks alerting you to actual live training sessions.

Again, we are so delighted to have you participating in the 2012 iEARN International Conference and Youth Summit.  Thank you!

iEARN Conference Planning Committee

I am very excited to learn about your presentation and have it on my calendar! I am interested in learning about ways I, as a teacher educator, can connect with other teacher educators to learn about incorporating 21st Century Skills into my classes and it sounds like your program will do just that!

I would like to invite you to come to my session on the 15th at 10:00 p.m. Flattening the Walls in Teacher Education - the primary purpose of the session is to connect teacher educators who are interested in incorporating Web 2.0 tools and 21st Century Skills into their work. Your program sounds like a great way for that to happen! Your experience and input would, I know, enrich the discussion and provide us with valuable insight!

I look forward to your session!

Barbara, thanks for the invitation.  I went to your site.  I agree we are working toward the same purpose.  I hope you can join me and my teaching colleague Betty Burgos from Suriname in our session.  I will look forward to yours.



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