Name and Title:

Emily Erickson Cook, Visual Art Teacher

School/ Organization: South Middle School, The Interdependence Hexagon Project

Co-Presenters: Beth Burkhauser, Amy Weiss

 Country: USA
 Language: English

 Target Audience: Elementary, Middle School, High School Students and Teachers

Short Session Description: This collaborative art project provides a forum to confront and express our concerns regarding the need for Interdependence to solve our world's issues.

Full Session Description:

How can we use art to stimulate discussion about and prompt a response to the issues that face our global society? How can we use art begin to understand the need for our Interdependence to solve the problems we face?

In this session we will offer an opportunity to participate in the Interdependence Hexagon Project. As the project is presented, teachers will be provided with links to access the project’s lesson plans, resources, and images of previous works of art. The project utilizes teachers as facilitators who guide their students to identify and research a global issue that is personally significant. Students then create Hexagon shaped works of art in any media that visually express their personal response to that global issue. This presentation is apart of the Interdependence Hexagon Project begun 7 years ago by Beth Burkhauser in Scranton, PA, USA. The student produced physical pieces may be sent to the annual Interdependence Hexagon exhibit in September. There they are Interdependently joined and displayed, creating a visual statement of our strength when we unite. Digital representations along with artist statements can be uploaded to the Hexagon Project Blog. The blog creates a collaborative space where students and teachers from all over the world can dialogue about the urgency of the problems we face and how to find solutions through our Interdependence.

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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 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!

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



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