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Third Annual Global Education Conference

Streaming Live Online in partnership with iEARN

November 12 - 16, 2012



April 5, 2012 – The third annual Global Education Conference, a free week-long online event bringing together educators and innovators from around the world, will be held Monday, November 12 through Friday, November 16, 2012. The entire conference will be held online using the Blackboard Collaborate platform (formerly known as Elluminate/Wimba) with the support of iEARN worldwide as the conference founding sponsor, who will be running their annual international conference in conjunction with this event.

The Global Education Conference is a collaborative, inclusive, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. It is designed to significantly increase opportunities for building education-related connections around the globe while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity.

The conference seeks to present ideas, examples, and projects related to connecting educators and classrooms with a strong emphasis on promoting global awareness, fostering global competency, and inspiring action towards solving real–world problems. Through this event, attendees will challenge themselves and others to become more active citizens of the world. Participants are encouraged to learn, question, create, and engage in meaningful, authentic opportunities within a global context!

Last year’s conference featured 340 general sessions and 18 keynote addresses from all over the world with over 10,000 participant logins. Sessions were held in multiple time zones and multiple languages over the five days, and are currently archived as a standing educational resource at 2010 conference sessions are also archived here:

Volunteers and international advisory board members will be solicited starting May 1, 2012, and the Call for Proposals for the 2012 event will open May 15th. Presenters can submit proposals for general sessions focused on one of four possible tracks: Teacher Track; Student Track; Curricular Track; and Policy and Leadership Track. Proposals should clearly focus on ideas, projects, and initiatives that promote global understanding and collaboration. While the final deadline for submissions is October 15, 2012 and presenters will be notified of acceptance on a rolling basis starting July 15, 2012. Keynote presentations are by invitation only; suggestions can be sent to Lucy Gray at

Session proposals are to be non-commercial. Interest in commercial sponsorship or presentations should be directed to Steve Hargadon at

For further information, please join our network at and follow us on Twitter (@GlobalEdCon) and use the hashtag #GlobalEd12.

About iEARN

Since launching as a pilot project between New York State and Moscow in 1988, iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) has grown to a global network of over 50,000 educators and 2 million students across 130 countries working collaboratively on projects that enhance learning and make a difference in the world.  For more about iEARN, see

2012 will be the first time that iEARN is hosting its Annual Conference and Youth Summit virtually.  iEARN's 2013 Conference and Youth Summit will be hosted by iEARN-Qatar in Doha.

Each iEARN Annual Conference is a unique opportunity for educators, students, administrators, Ministry officials, non-profit, and corporate partners, to meet and discuss how they are using technology to build global understanding and enhance teaching and learning.  All are welcome to attend!  Stay tuned to for info about the 2012 iEARN Virtual Conference and Youth Summit strand of the Global Education Conference.



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Founder and Co-Chair

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