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Your Names and Titles:
Certified FlatClassroom® Teachers
Donna Román, 5th grade teacher, Illinois, USA
Toni Olivieri-Barton, Technology Coordinator, Shanghai International School, China
Cathy Wolinsky, Instructional Technology, Maine, USA,
Betsye Sargent, Head of school/PK-4 teacher, Massachusetts, USA

Organization Name: FlatClassroom®

Area of the World from Which You Will Present:
Maine, Massachusetts and Illinois, USA & Shanghai, China

Language in Which You Will Present:

Target Audience:
Teachers in any curriculum area who want to design a global collaboration for a unit or course.

Short Session Description:
Using the FlatClassroom® design model, four FlatClassroom certified teachers will guide you through  a model for the development of a global project.

Full Session Description:
Each of the teachers presenting has completed the FlatClassroom certified teacher course. After a series of classes, the final project of the course was to  develop a proposal for a global collaboration using the FlatClassroom® design model. We have each also participated in, or played leadership roles in, several global projects over the past couple of years. This session will describe the process of designing a global collaboration and provide examples of existing projects that demonstrate the model. Participants in the session are welcome to ask questions, share their own experiences or find out more information about FlatClassroom® projects.

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Thank you so much for your session proposal for the 2011 Global Education Conference!  We're please to let you know that your submission has been accepted! Your proposal is now in the "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 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 Steve directly (

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 to 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 speaker, you need to make sure you are a member of the conference "speakers 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) at

3. Speakers 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 are a variety of training resources at the Collaborate website, and we are also holding six live one-hour training sessions (don't worry, attending any one will be be enough--we just wanted you to have several time choices for attending. All the relevant information is at Please look at this page soon.

Again, we are so delighted to have you participating in the 2011 Global Education Conference.  Thank you!


Gayle Berthiaume North America Co-Chair, The 2011 Global Education Conference


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