2011 Sessions and Schedule - The Global Education Collaborative Conference Sessions Full conference session descriptions and commenting areas are HERE. For presenters: if your session shows as having been accepted but you did not receive the acceptance email, a copy of the email is here and you should be sure to book a presentation time. Sessions that are not yet accepted, are on the waiting list, or have been sent back to the presenter for review are here. Session in the calendar schedules below will have the session room links added a day or two before the conference. Webinar Platform
Hi! I'm Ayn and I am a Pre-K teacher in the Bright From The Start Georgia Pre-K program, serving 4 and 5 year olds in Georgia (USA). I've been teaching in early childhood classrooms for about 20 years. I share my classroom adventures on my blog, little illuminations. Winter holiday time is always a tricky proposition in community early childhood settings. Some teachers choose to ignore the holidays altogether, some celebrate only the commercial aspects of the holidays. Using Holiday Celebrations to Promote Multiculturalism in Early Childhood Settings
Travel the Globe with the World Atlas | InCultureParent Barefoot Books’ newly released World Atlas for children, written by Nick Crane and illustrated by David Dean, is one of those books that will grow with your child over time. It is stuffed with factoids and information about our planet, with colorful illustrations that will continue to entice children to explore its pages. Did you know that dates have been around for so long that no one knows what region the palm tree is native to; or that polar bears are the largest predator on earth, weighing up to 1,499 pounds? The Atlas aims to present a snapshot of our planet today and how people in different parts of the world interact with it.
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Five for Friday: Getting a Global Education from Social Media - My Wonderful World Blog WORLD Of the 143 native languages in Mexico, 60 are at risk of being silenced forever, linguists say. (National Geographic News) Use our resources to learn about Zapotec, Chatino, Seri, […] Read Article → WORLD Scientists have challenged the idea that the Titanic was unlucky for sailing in a year when there were an exceptional number of icebergs in the North Atlantic. (BBC) Find […] Read Article →
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The world is capturing our national attention like no other time in recent years. From the natural disaster devastation in Japan to the global economic crisis and the human uprisings in the MENA region, every part of U.S. society is visibly being impacted by world events. These occurrences have again demonstrated how inter-connected our societies, economies and lives are. To be able to deal with these events and issues, our students need every possible tool and skill to understand and deal with the countries and people undergoing these changes. Ed Gragert: Global Competency Through International Interaction and Education
The popular American children's show "Sesame Street" aired for the first time in Afghanistan last week. Culturally adapted for an Afghan audience, the new, 26-episode series features prerecorded puppet footage dubbed in Dari and Pashto, reports AFP. In order to get kids to tune in and learn from the show, producers made a few tweaks to the original version, notes Radio Free Europe. 'Sesame Street' Arrives In Afghanistan
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World News America - Why do Finland's schools get the Finland's schools score consistently at the top of world rankings, yet the pupils have the fewest number of class hours in the developed world. Last year more than 100 foreign delegations and governments visited Helsinki, hoping to learn the secret of their schools' success. In 2006, Finland's pupils scored the highest average results in science and reading in the whole of the developed world. In the OECD's exams for 15 year-olds, known as PISA, they also came second in maths, beaten only by teenagers in South Korea.
Big Thinkers: Linda Darling-Hammond on Becoming Internationally Linda: In the United States now, we're talking a lot about international competition, internationally benchmarked standards and so on. And I wanted to see what is actually happening in terms of teaching and learning in other countries. So I've looked at a lot of high-achieving countries, and it became very clear to me right away that the issue is not just the standards that are written on paper. It's the entire teaching and learning system that is created in high-achieving countries like Finland and Singapore, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong and others, that is very different from what we have in the United States.
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