October 2019

Fall is upon us, amazing opportunities to connect with others around the world!

The leaves are starting to change in many places, and several educators are either in full swing now with the school year, or getting ready for end of year exams in the month ahead.

Projects, Collaborations, and even more conferences are taking place. Great time to reach out and connect with educators!

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About EduTECH Asia 2019 - Singapore

“The EduTECH Asia exhibition is where leading solution providers can showcase a wide range of technologies aimed at helping Asian educators make education more relevant in the 21st century.

Our mission is to bring together the entire education sector in South East Asia to learn, be inspired and exchange ideas.”

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About the 9th Annual Global Education Conference

The 9th annual Global Education Conference is a collaborative, inclusive, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. Our activities are designed to significantly increase opportunities for connecting classrooms while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity and educational access for all.

Webinar Spotlight - October

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The Problem

1.3 billion people suffer from light poverty-they do not have access to safe or reliable electricity. Engineering Brightness harnesses the power of community, a philanthropic spirit and unbound talent to help families world wide receive the gift of light and realization that their intelligence can make a difference.

In this webinar, you will learn from Tracey Winey and John Howe that light poverty can be eradicated, that students can engineer solutions that can be implemented today, and design thinking applies to global impacts.

October 17: 9 am MST, 11 am EST, 11 pm China

About the Presenters:

John Howe: John Howe is the founder and Director of the STEM-X hosted by Poudre School District in Fort Collins and is a co-founder of Engineering Brightness. He is a Graduate Research Assistant and PhD student at Colorado State University with a research focus on broadening participation in STEM.

MJ Winey: MJ Winey is an original member of Engineering Brightness. She has delivered and conducted lantern workshops in Guatemala five times. MJ has received the Comcast Leadership Scholarship, the OtterBox Community Scholarship and the Mesa State University Presidential Scholarship. She is currently pursuing Environmental Sciences and Technology.

Collaboration Projects!

Part of @ISTEGlobalPLN 's work is to promote projects taking place around the world in classrooms, particularly where educators such as YOU can be involved!

Working on SDGs together with other schools, helping students connect!

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"What's On Your Virtual Plate?" is a global student collective resource where all participants re-create, using Virtual Reality, the last meal they ate - to be shared with the world. A larger goal is using this education technology to create connections and collaborations globally without the barrier of physical distance.

If you want to take the step further and have your students be early participants in this to get the ball rolling... wow, that would be awesome. Drop Clint Carlson a line at clintcarlson@gmail.com.

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Students from around the world will be examining weekly questions focused on quality education to explore how they can play a role in making the world a better place for all youth growing up in a world that needs their voice, insights, and actions. Students will be working and learning with partners from around the world to make real change that will better serve the educational needs to students whether locally, regionally, or globally while discovering how all of our actions impact other people.
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The project focuses on helping students devise solutions to one of the biggest issues on our planet and that is plastic pollution. How can we play a part in reducing the amount of plastic polluting our earth? The project will partner classrooms up from all over the world to share, collaborate, and help understand that regardless of where we live we all are facing similar issues AND we all can develop solutions to do our part for a cleaner planet.

The focus will be on creating local solutions for global change. Some amazing experts will join them to help provide authentic feedback and an authentic audience for the solutions students develop.

Registration is open now and will remain open through October. Over the next two months they will continue to unveil new exciting features on the site and coordinate schools for their partnerships. Today is just the start to some amazing opportunities coming down the pipeline.

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Finishing up at the end of October, for digital citizenship week this year, 4th grade students from Nashville, Tennessee, USA will have a deeper understanding of what it means to be a global citizen. The main objectives are:

  1. Students see how technology helps us connect and collaborate with other schools around the world

  2. Students recognize how quickly we can connect with others via social media

  3. Students understand how technology can help us learn about other cultures around the world

Questions? Contact Ginann Franklin, Director of Libraries and Educational Technology, ginann.franklin@curreyingram.org

Our ISTEGlobalPLN Leadership Team

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