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Your Name and Title:
Randy Hilgers

School or Organization Name:

Diane Tarkowski, MBA, MIS Adjunct Faculty

Area of the World from Which You Will Present:
Chicago, IL USA (CST)

Language in Which You Will Present:

Target audience:
Teachers and students (K-12, colleges and adults), non-profits, administrators.

Short description:
We will show how video technologies can foster collaborative learning between two students and how to create this type of instruction using commonly available software.

Full description:
Since collaborative learning offers many benefits to both the instructor and the student, many methods are used to foster it both in person and online. Multiple software tools exist for recording and editing video, but few for distributing that video. MOOCs, iTunesU, YouTube and web pages are some avenues, but often, the videos are long and it is difficult to find the information required.

We will present examples on how to create videos that will maximize learning as well as show these in action where an older student mentors a younger one using video collaborative learning. A demonstration of the technologies involved will show how anyone can collaborate and create video learning without being in the same room or even the same country.

While we are teaching each other, we will record the project. If all participants agree, the video created will be available free for everyone to use (license is CC-by-sa).

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Can you please make a stronger reference to the implications for global connections and global collaboration? 

We're back online now.

Diane asks what are you looking for?  


Randy -

Again, we are focused on global collaboration, connecting classrooms and policy regarding education for all. We are not a conference that is solely about technology. If you want to talk about tools, maybe you should wait for another of my partner's virtual conferences that better addresses your tool. 

Please review the links that I have previous posted as we've made it clear what we are looking for. You also might want to look at the accepted proposals.




It seems like we address this so well but for some reason we cannot seem to get our proposal to pass  Collaborative free video can have a big impact on this strand.  OCW, MOOC, ItunesU, Youtube, TED, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, video technology is a major key to increasing education literacy.

STRAND 6: "Education For All - Global Campaign for Education-US"

Strand Tag:  "2013EFA"

The GEC Education For All track is for proposals focusing on policy, advocacy and programs to ensure that all young people worldwide have equitable access to a quality education.  Approximately 57 million children still need to be enrolled in primary school to meet the Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education by 2015 and it's estimated that nearly seven million teachers will be needed in this effort.   Another 250 million students are illiterate despite being in school because the quality of the education is so poor.  Further, over 70 million additional adolescents are out of school, never having attended or having dropped out or pulled out by parents needing them to work or not seeing the value of the kind of education they are receiving. What needs to happen in the post-2015  education agenda to ensure both access and a quality education, starting with early childhood through adult literacy?
Some ideas for presentations:
  • Cultural, economic and community barriers to girls receiving a quality education
  • How to reach young people marginalized by gender, disability, geography, language
  • New ideas for teacher professional development in developing countries and providing resources to educators for effective teaching and learning
  • The role of technology in achieving Education For All
  • Learning in a young person's actual native language
  • Examples of successful education programs in fragile and conflict states
  • Developing national educational plans, priorities and strategies to ensure Education For All


Many are quite generic but some how they made the cut. 

Randy -

There is too much emphasis on technology in your proposal. This is not a technology conference. The focus should be on the teaching and learning in a global context and how it relates to helping students and teachers develop global competency.

I would accept it if there was clear language detailing how this benefits global collaboration and connecting classrooms globally. Education for all refers to a policy concept promoted by our partner, the Global Campaign for Education based on the UN's Millennium Development Goals. I do not see anything in this proposal that directly addresses these goals as well. 

You highlight portions of the strand descriptions, yet I do not see any mention of PD, learning in one's language, or direct language related to Education for All (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education_For_All). Maybe you've implied these things, but we definitely need to see more attention paid to the mission of this conference.

Thanks for your time. If you would like to edit this, then do so by noon today.


Hi Randy,  Were you planning to showcase work that has been done or is being done by students in different countries using video collaboratively in projects?   Like Lucy, I don't see the international component yet.    


I don't know Diane wrote this one ... my pitch, which died as well, was to globally teach and collaborate.  I generally push the envelope when I speak at conferences. I wanted to use the group to do a reverse mooc maybe a coom (lol) instead of teaching globally, how about working together teachers to collaborate and build a world training course that could become a mooc.  So when that did not work and I was unsure about specifically why it didn't pass, I let Diane who has presented world wide at many educational conferences write this one.  

I would say while I was trying to figure out why we kept failing, I read about 40 accepted proposals and many of them did not specifically address your or Lucy's comments.  Not sure why some make it while others don't.

In any event, I'm sure this will be great for all!  We'll figure it out and try again next year.


With the weather in Chicago, we're shutting down our computers and told everyone to take the rest of the day off, we've spent too much time on this already.

It either works as it stands or we'll pass this year.

If you want talk to Steve and Amy at web2.0 they were the one's who encouraged us to present in the first place.

I let Diane, Adjunct Professor MIS at DePaul Univ Chicago write this she's presented around the world at education conferences like Educause and others.  Diane & I wrote a paper and presented it to the Society of Advanced Learning Technologies (salt.org) in Washington DC.  I thought she could explain it better.

... at least we tried!  

Hope the weather isn't too bad for you either!


I'm in Chicago as well, and without power due to a downed tree. Conference must go on for me, though!


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