Your Name and Title: Michaela Reich, Consultant in Education
School, Library, or Organization Name: Organization of American States (OAS)
Co-Presenter Name(s): Mónica de la Garza, Consultant in Education
Country from Which You Will Present: United States
Language in Which You Will Present: English
Target Audience (such as primary school teachers, high school administrators, students, etc.): Teacher educators, in-service teachers, future teachers, school leaders, policymakers in the field of education, among other actors interested on issues related to teacher education and professional development in the Americas.
Short Session Description (one line):
The objective of this session is to present the resources provided by the Inter-American Teacher Education Network (ITEN) to promote collaboration among teachers, including the participation of teachers in webinars, ITEN’s new virtual community and social media tools.
Full Session Description (as long as you would like):
The Inter-American Teacher Education Network (ITEN) is a professional network of leaders in education in the Americas that promotes cooperation on issues related to teacher education and professional development among the Organization of American States (OAS) member states. Launched officially in November 2010, ITEN brings together leaders, experts, researchers, academia, teachers and all those interested in the field to enable the exchange of knowledge, experiences and good practices.
The objective of this session is to present the Inter-American Teacher Education Network and explore with the participants tools, resources and available opportunities for teachers through the use of new information and communication technologies.
After participating of this session teachers will be able to use all the resources of ITEN’s virtual community:
-Create interest groups and share resources with colleagues
-Participate of Forums and exchange key information
-Share videos and photos of their classrooms and practice
-Participate of Webinars on topics related to the teaching profession and practice presented by specialists in these topics.
Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session:
ITEN’s webpage: http://www.oas.org/en/iten/
RIED online Community: http://riedamericas.net/
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 http:// http://iearn.youcanbook.me. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.com to 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 http://www.globaleducationconference.com/group/iearn-2012-conferenc....
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!
iEARN Conference Planning Committee
Diane and Michaela -
I see that you posted the same proposal to the regular GEC submissions. Should I delete that one or how do you want to handle this? I'm assuming Michaela is an iEARN member and should present a part of the iEARN annual conference.
GEC Conference Co-Chair
I did not check to see if this was also posted in the GEC conference because iEARN works with OAS in their online course for teacher educators.
Hi Diane and Lucy,
Thanks very much for considering the proposal and congratulations on this great initiative. Diane is right, the OAS and iEARN work jointly in the online courses and related activities. It was our intention to present a slightly different presentation in both Conferences, and if possible to also present in Spanish as our target audience is both English and Spanish speaking. This mean that we were hoping to present 4 proposals in total. I thought that it would be possible to participate in both conferences, but if it is required to chose one or the other I will check with my team and confirm shortly in which one we will be presenting.
I do not have a problem with you presenting your session in both conferences however I wonder if that would limit your audience for each session. I think it is good to also do it in Spanish. Hopefully you can reach out to your teachers to invite others to come. If you do want to do a Spanish session for the iEARN Conference, please do submit another proposal (in Spanish) so you can schedule it when it is accepted.
Thanks very much Diane, we will try to reach out to as many teachers as possible in different regions. We will go ahead and submit the proposal in Spanish then.
We look foward to the Conferences and spreading the word about this wonderful opportunities for collaboration for teachers.
Fine by me, too!