Your Name and Title: Gretel Patch, Technology Integration Coordinator

School, Library, or Organization Name: Lincoln School

Co-Presenter Name(s): N/A

Country from Which You Will Present: Nepal

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience (such as primary school teachers, high school administrators, students, etc.): Middle and High School Teachers

Short Session Description (one line): Embark with your students on an exciting journey to help them explore their uniqueness, their communities, and their world.

Full Session Description (one paragraph minimum):
 What makes you YOU? Students will explore that question as they Engage in a project-based learning unit designed to help them explore their own uniqueness and how they fit in to the world.  Initially, students will be asked to consider the characteristics, cultural background, language, social issues, family traditions, holidays, and history that make them unique. They will explore various ways they use technology and how technology has an impact on the way they interact with the world. They can do this through interviews, writing prompts, group discussions, and other ways. Students will work collaboratively with another classroom in a different geographic location that is implementing the same unit, and they will communicate about similarities and differences. Both classes will participate in a one-day photo essay where each student takes several photos throughout the day that represent various aspects of his/her life. Data can be integrated into charts and diagrams for comparison or incorporated into their multimedia presentations.
For their culminating activity, students will develop an eBook that showcases their photos and reflections. Through research, comparative analysis, and critical thinking, students will explore what makes them who they are and their own uniqueness.

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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:// 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 (

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) at

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

Thanks, Diane! This is exciting news. I look forward to Blackboard Collaborate training sessions. Thanks for the wonderful opportunity to present!

Hello, Gretel !

It is an  interesting project, I believe.

I would like to share it

Best regards,
Elena Grigorouk

Thanks, Elena. Hopefully you can join me for the presentation!



Thanks to those who attended this session! Please keep in touch and let me know if you are looking to connect classrooms. I work with grades PK-12 in Nepal and would love to collaborate on this project.

All of the resources and links referred to are on my Project Me website under Instructor Resources


Thank you for your participation in the 2012 iEARN Virtual Conference and Youth Summit.  Attached is a certificate of appreciation.


Hello, Grete!

I like your project!

I'd like to share it!


Elena Grigorouk


Thank you for your presentation in the 2012 iEARN Virtual Conference and Youth Summit.  Attached is a certificate of appreciation.


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