Technology coordinator to make presentations at two educational conferences

By Bryn Gabriel, Cuajimalpa High School Principal

CUAJIMALPA CAMPUS 19/10/2012 -- David Deeds, the Peterson Schools' Technology Integration Coordinator, has been invited to present for two international educational technology conferences next month:

        The Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education's (AACE) Global Learn: Global Conference on Learning and Technology (http://aace.org/conf/glearn/): November 6-8, 2012

        The Global Education Conference (http://www.globaleducationconference.com/): November 12-16, 2012

 Both conferences will be virtual, i.e., conducted online. Details regarding dates and times will be publicized as soon as they are finalized so that teachers and students may attend.

The Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, founded in 1981, is an international, non-profit, educational organization with the mission of advancing information technology in education and e-learning research, development, learning, and its practical application.”

The annual Global Learn conference serves to further the advancement and innovation of learning and technology. As the educational world becomes increasingly global, new ways to explore, learn and share knowledge are needed. Global Learn is a means to connect and engage creative educators, researchers, consultants, training managers, policy makers, curriculum developers, entrepreneurs, and others in the topics and fields in which they are passionate. Global Learn offers an opportunity to meet and discuss their ideas, findings, and next steps.

 

The Global Education Conference, meanwhile, 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.


David has been asked to speak about the Peterson Schools' implementation of 3D virtual worlds (such as Second Life and OpenSimulator) and how they can enable students and teachers to connect, communicate and collaborate across the (real) world.

Here are two examples of how this works:

        Peterson students can go on virtual field trips and visit learners in other countries, as well as host schools in other nations. Ideally, such journeys will involve cross-curricular projects that will assist first Peterson and then other students and teachers with getting started in virtual learning environments (we don’t use the word “games”!).

        Peterson teachers can go inworld (visit Second Life) to obtain free professional development via joining groups such as the International Society for Technology in Education, and then attending their various seminars. Our teachers can also give presentations and otherwise provide training to instructors elsewhere.

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