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Your Name and Title: Wendy Jewell, Facilitator, My Hero Learning Circles

School, Library, or Organization Name: The MY HERO PROJECT/ IEARN Learning Circles

Co-Presenter Name(s): Barry Kramer, Ph.D. iEARN Global Learning Circles Coordinator

Country from Which You Will Present: Canada/USA (EST)

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience (Elementary, Middle, High School Teachers and Administrators)

Short Session Description (one line): My Hero Learning Circles is a joint venture between IEARN Learning Circles and the My Hero project (www.myhero.com).  This Circle brings together students and teachers who are interested in collaborating with other schools from diverse areas of the world on the topic of Heroes and Heroism through writing, art, audio and digital video.

Full Session Description (as long as you would like):  We will give you an overview of what a typical session of My Hero Learning Circles looks like, from registration through completed works. My Hero Learning Circles bring the world into your classroom and your classroom into the world through exchanges of cultural information, teacher and student forums to discuss heroes around the world, lesson plans to complete the My Hero Project and the sharing of completed projects in the form of Organizer pages. The My Hero Project website shares free online tools and tutorials to help your students publish stories, art, audio and short films of their heroes created during this 16 week global experiential exchange. Participants have the opportunity to see other students finished work and to share it with their own school, family, community and online with the world. There are many free resources and lesson plans for teachers in our new Teachers Room. There are also Teacher Certificates available from IEARN and MY HERO for participants who complete the project.

Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session (if any):

The My Hero Project:  www.myhero.com,

Teachers Room at My Hero Project: http://myhero.com/teachersroom

My Hero Learning Circles: http://myhero.com/go/teachersroom/community_learningcircles.asp

IEARN Learning Circles http://www.iearn.org/circles/

Examples of Completed My Hero Learning Circles: Elementary, Middle and High School, as well as a Call to Action Circle:


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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 (dmidness@us.iearn.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.comto 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) athttp://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


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