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#ISTEGlobalPLN webinar: don't forget to register!

Have you read A Long Walk to Water, a book written by Linda Sue Park about how a “lost boy” brought water to his village in South Sudan? Salva Dut, the boy from the book will join Steve and Aaron to talk about how he is working with Inspire Citizens to empower students to take action through the SDGs in their activist in residence PBL program. This is an opportunity not to be missed as they share strategies for impactful and practical integration of the UN Sustainable Development Goals to your existing curriculum.

Join the ISTE Global Collaboration PLN for our first webinar of the school year with Steve Sostak and Aaron Moniz, founders of Inspire Citizens.

Register for the #ISTEGlobalPLN webinar

Friday, Oct. 19th, 3:30am

This is an online event.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Oct 19, 2018 3:30 PM Beijing, Shanghai


Topic: Impactful Action and the SDGs

Register in advance for this webinar:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Salva Dut shared his story at TEDxYouth, and hearing how empowered he was to start his charity, Water for South Sudan, will certainly move you to try to make a difference, too.
Watch Linda Sue Park's TED Talk about the power of literature to build empathy. She is the author of A Long Walk to Water, and has advocated for Salva's work.

Don't forget about the Edublogs Student Blogging Challenge!

Although the Edublogs Student Blogging Challenge has started this week, there are 10 weeks of blogging to come. Check it out if you have a chance! According to the site: The Student Blogging Challenge is about embracing all of the benefits of blogging — from learning digital writing skills, and digital citizenship, to developing an authentic audience and connecting with others around the globe.
International Day of the Girl

Even though the International Day of the Girl was October 11, that doesn't mean that you can't still find ways to become involved! Check out more information from The Global Goals themselves.

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Global Education Conference

This is a collaborative, inclusive, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels.

The Global Goals Focus: SDG6, clean water and sanitation

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In an effort to continue to spread awareness, the ISTE Global PLN is hosting a webinar about the Sustainable Development Goals this month. You can register for the webinar in the link found in this newsletter, and you can use the resources below to find out more information about our SDG focus this month: SDG6, clean water and sanitation. The United Nations has a knowledge platform that you and your students can use to build your background, and Participate has several resources for SDG6. Don't forget that the World's Largest Lesson and Microsoft has resources for SDG6, too!

Global Maker Day

Learn, share, and play with makers around the world on Global Maker Day coming October 23, 2018!

Check out globalmakerday.com for more info

Global Collaborator Spotlight

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Sarah is a Social Innovation Coordinator K-12 at the International School Dhaka, TED Ed Innovative Educator, and Teach SDG Ambassador

I'm inspired by building equity between people and societies, showing that children from rich families can have a lot in common with those of lower socioeconomic status. I want to show that kids everywhere experience problems and can work together to come up with awesome solutions.

The benefits I've seen in becoming a global learner / global citizen is how you don't see the world through one perspective anymore. You just can't. You witness and experience so many different things in so many different places that it actually allows you to see commonalities in places where you don't expect to. I've done a lot of projects, but really it's been about helping students find their passions (and helping educators find their passions too!) with any work that is possible in the communities we live in. One of my favorites right now is with an organization called Friendship, and what they do is supply education to kids in rural villages by using the local riverways and boats to bring education to them. We're talking teachers, resources, and a whole host of other things. It's amazing. All of these little schools happening on boats everywhere. I've been able to get our students involved with them.

For digital tools, I like anything that can be used to express stories and ideas. Canva has become popular for many as it is really easy to start to use.

I do work with other projects, and one of them is the Abinta Kabir Foundation, which was set up after a daughter was killed during an attack at a cafe in Bangladesh in 2016. The foundation now has a school. My students have done projects related to painting the school, building toys, teaching lessons.

My students also are social innovators, specifically Clean Energy For All. This is another project that has been done where Grade 7 students work in Science and English to develop a campaign that promotes a particular form of clean, renewable energy. With local experts guiding them on how to make a pitch, students then had to make their own small businesses seeking funding for their project ideas.

Below you will find a video that will show the many ways students can collaborate to make the world a better place.

For anyone who wishes to collaborate in any way, you can reach out to Sarah on Twitter at @SDGYouth or gloria.harkin@gmail.com.
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Global Read Aloud: join the fun!

#GRA18 is already in full swing, but that doesn't mean you have to miss the fun! Check out the blog, read along with them (A Boy Called Bat by Elena K. Arnold), or just check out the hashtag on Twitter!

Digital Tools for Global Collaboration: Digital Citizenship


The Digital Citizenship Institute is committed to promoting social good through the use of social media and technology. They are a diverse group of individuals who think differently and believe in amplifying the positive and practical applications of learning in the digital age. We partner with districts, schools, parents and organizations to provide a community approach to digital citizenship.

The Digital Citizenship Institute provides a community-driven approach to educating and empowering digital citizens to create solutions in local, global and digital communities. The Institute turns negatives into positives and helps to transform participants into designers, creative thinkers, global collaborators, problem solvers and justice-oriented digital citizens.

Follow ISTE's #DIGCITCOMMIT and #DIGCITWEEK this week!

Upcoming EDU Conferences

2018 Baden-Wurttemberg Seminar

October 20-27, 2018 in Konstanz, Germany

IUPUI 2018 Assessment Institute
October 22-23, 2018 in Indianapolis, IN

9th International Russian Higher Education Conference
Universities in Search of a Valance between New and Familiar Goals
October 24–25, 2018 in Moscow, Russia

Fulbright Association Annual Conference
November 1-4, 2018 in Puebla Mexico

Executive Forum for Leading Internationalization
November 1, 2018, in Washington, DC

CIEE Annual Conference
November 7-10, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain

IAU 2018 International Conference
November 13-15, 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo 2018
November 16-18, 2018 in New Orleans, LA

QS-Apple 2018
Future Universities in the Asia-Pacific: The Changing Face of Higher Education
November 21-23, 2018 in Seoul, Korea

The Australian and New Zealand Student Services Association (ANZSSA) 2018

Authentic Partnerships for Quality Outcomes
December 2-5 2018 in Melbourne, Australia

ISANA International Education Association Conference
Educate and Collaborate: Inclusive Practices to Enable International Students
December 4-7, 2018 in Sydney, Australia

AIEA 2019 Annual Conference
January 20-23, 2019 in San Francisco, CA
AAC&U 2019 Annual Conference
January 23-26, 2019 in Atlanta, GA
WISE (Workshop on Intercultural Skills Enhancement) Conference 2019
February 14-15 in Winston-Salem, NC, USA

Click here for more conferences coming up in November!

Call for Presenters!

Are you a global collaborator doing awesome things in education? Or an organization empowering students and teachers to connect and share their voices globally? If so, we would love for you to share with us and be a presenter for the ISTE Global Collaboration Network and share your knowledge with the world! Please fill out the form below and we will be in contact!

The #ISTEGLOBAL PLN 2018-19 Leadership Team is here to help!

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