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2011 Keynotes

Tara Abrahams
Deputy Director, 10x10

KEYNOTE TITLE:
10x10: Educate Girls, Change the World
KEYNOTE DATE & TIME: (US Pacific--click for international) 11/17/2011 12:00:00
SESSION LINK: HERE
RECORDING LINK (only active after session): HERE


DESCRIPTION: 10x10 is a global campaign to educate girls in the developing world. Our goal, simply put, is to change the world by investing in girls. We know it’s ambitious, but we believe it is possible. 10x10 has two principal components - a groundbreaking feature film that tells the stories of 10 incredible girls in 10 countries, and a global social action campaign to scale the message and drive action both on-line and in communities around the world.

The social action initiative is already underway and uses the stories gathered by our team and shared through partnerships, to inspire, educate and drive change. The 10x10 film will be released in Spring, 2013. Both the film and the campaign drive home a simple message: that a global commitment to educating girls in the developing world will bring about transformational change for girls, their communities, their countries and the world.

Research and data consistently prove that educating and empowering girls is essential to breaking the cycle that keeps generation after generation trapped in poverty. We are telling this urgent and exciting story every place we can reach our audience from social networks, to global events, to college campuses and everywhere in between.

And we’re not doing it alone. 10x10 is putting all the stories and media we produce into the hands of individuals and organizations dedicated to creating change through girls education. These are our partners - leaders, corporations, global NGOs and local nonprofits, who provide expertise, influence and infrastructure to make change possible.

And, measuring impact is essential. Each story is tied to substantive actions that people can take to start transforming the lives of girls today. We aim to reach 1 billion people with 10x10 media and inspire 1 million actions on behalf of girls. These are real, measurable goals that will lead to long-term change for girls, and our world.

BIO: Tara Abrahams currently serves as the Deputy Director of 10x10. 10x10 is a first-of-its kind global campaign to educate girls. The campaign combines the power of a groundbreaking feature film with the reach of a global, digitally-integrated social action initiative. Both elements drive home a simple message: a global commitment to educating girls in the developing world will bring about transformational change, economic growth and development. In her capacity as director, Tara manages 10x10’s partnerships with leading NGOs, corporations, and policy-focused organizations, connecting best-practice, girl-focused programs around the world to the 10x10 film production and campaign strategy. Tara began her career in the nonprofit sector as the founding New York director of Health Leads (formerly Project HEALTH,) an organization that mobilizes undergraduate volunteers to partner with hospitals and implement programs that will improve the health of low-income children and families. Tara has served as managing director at Acelero Learning, a company that works in partnership with Head Start programs around the country to improve early childhood education for low-income children, and as a consultant at The Bridgespan Group, a firm that works with nonprofit and philanthropic leaders to develop strategies and build organizations that inspire and accelerate social change. Prior to her role with 10x10, Tara was the founding director at the Maverick Capital Foundation, a philanthropic organization focused on education and youth development in New York City. Tara graduated from Harvard College and completed her MBA at the Harvard Business School. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.



Pam Allyn
Executive Director, LitWorld & LitLife

KEYNOTE TITLE:
Education Without Borders: Social Media, Mobile Technology, Global Literacy
KEYNOTE DATE & TIME: (US Pacific--click for international) 11/18/2011 7:00:00
SESSION LINK: HERE
RECORDING LINK (only active after session): HERE


DESCRIPTION: Through the power of social media and technology, the classroom and the community center can become global forums connecting authors, speakers, educators and children around the world. By using the technology we have at our fingertips, literacy education can be an innovative, transformative experience, introducing our children to a global perspective firsthand. By making our communities and our classrooms global, we shape our youth not only as students, but as future leaders.

Literacy is an urgent human right that belongs to everyone, and yet all over the world, children are hungry for learning and for the power it brings. In this session, we will discuss social media tools and technology that we can use to make our places of learning literacy-rich, and to enlist our students as advocates for the Global Literacy Movement at the same time. We will look together at fitting Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube, Skype, blogs and more into the classroom, and will talk about LitWorld's LitClub model, which provides a democratized, mobile, and effective method of teaching and learning that can be replicated in a variety of circumstances and tailored to the social problems and the social advantages of today.

BIO: Pam Allyn is the Executive Director and founder of LitWorld, a global organization advocating for children's rights as readers, writers and learners. She is also the Executive Director and founder of LitLife, a national organization dedicated to school improvement. She is the author of the acclaimed and award-winning What To Read When: The Books and Stories To Read With Your Child--And All The Best Times To Read Them (Penguin Avery). Her most recent books are Pam Allyn's Best Books for Boys: How To Engage Boys in Reading in Ways That Will Change Their Lives (Scholastic) and Your Child’s Writing Life: How to Inspire Confidence, Creativity, and Skill at Every Age (Penguin Avery).

Pam is widely known as a motivational speaker advocating for literacy as a human right that belongs to all people. Her personal quest to bring literacy to every child stems from a deeper desire to bring dignity to every child, and to empower children to read and write powerfully, effectively and with passion in ways that will change their worlds and the worlds of others. Her work has been featured on Good Morning America, The Today Show, Oprah Radio, The Huffington Post and in The New York Times.

Pam is on the Leadership Council of Global Action for Children, the English Language Arts Scope and Sequence Advisory Group for the New York City Department of Education, and the Advisory Boards of the Dream Charter School in Harlem, the Amherst College Center for Community Engagement, James Patterson’s ReadKiddoRead, Penguin Publishing’s We Give Books and the Millennium Cities Initiative Social Sector.



Anna Batchelder
Co-Founder & Chief Education Officer, Bon Education

KEYNOTE TITLE:
P2PU.org: Free & Open Professional Development & Collaborations for Educators Across the Globe
KEYNOTE DATE & TIME: (US Pacific--click for international) 11/17/2011 8:00:00
SESSION LINK: HERE
RECORDING LINK (only active after session): HERE



DESCRIPTION: From Abu Dhabi, to Japan to Arizona, a growing number of educators are joining the P2PU School of Education. The School of Ed brings the model of open, community-based peer learning to professional development for K-12 teachers. It is about hands-on learning driven by each educator's particular needs and classroom situations. It's about connecting, collaborating, and creating, not just reading or studying, on topics such as OER, Social Media for Deeper Learning, Differentiated Instruction and Writing. In this session participants will learn about P2PU, case studies of global collaborations via P2PU, our initial impact and how to get involved.

The Peer 2 Peer University is a grassroots open education project that organizes learning outside of institutional walls and gives learners recognition for their achievements. P2PU creates a model for lifelong learning alongside traditional formal higher education. Leveraging the Internet and educational materials openly available online, P2PU enables high-quality low-cost education opportunities. P2PU – learning for everyone, by everyone about almost everything. To learn more about the P2PU School of Education visit, http://p2pu.org/en/schools/school-of-ed-pilot

BIO: Anna Batchelder:
Education technologist and learning consultant, Anna is passionate about using technology to promote learning, cross-cultural understanding and great ideas. She has led product development, professional development and online community initiatives for organizations across the Middle East, North America and Asia including the UAE Ministry of Education, Wireless Generation, Curriki, ISTE, the New York City Department of Education, ECC Foreign Language Institute and numerous other education and socially focused businesses. Anna is co-author author of dotLearnt.com and regularly guest blogs and presents on topics such as open education, digital literacy and social media. She lives in Dubai, UAE. Outside of Bon Education, Anna spends her time practicing yoga, listening to audiobooks while jogging on the beach, reading blogs and traveling.



Christopher Batchelder
Co-Founder & Chief Education Officer, Bon Education

KEYNOTE TITLE:
P2PU.org: Free & Open Professional Development & Collaborations for Educators Across the Globe
KEYNOTE DATE & TIME: (US Pacific--click for international) 11/17/2011 8:00:00
SESSION LINK: HERE
RECORDING LINK (only active after session): HERE



DESCRIPTION: From Abu Dhabi, to Japan to Arizona, a growing number of educators are joining the P2PU School of Education. The School of Ed brings the model of open, community-based peer learning to professional development for K-12 teachers. It is about hands-on learning driven by each educator's particular needs and classroom situations. It's about connecting, collaborating, and creating, not just reading or studying, on topics such as OER, Social Media for Deeper Learning, Differentiated Instruction and Writing. In this session participants will learn about P2PU, case studies of global collaborations via P2PU, our initial impact and how to get involved.

The Peer 2 Peer University is a grassroots open education project that organizes learning outside of institutional walls and gives learners recognition for their achievements. P2PU creates a model for lifelong learning alongside traditional formal higher education. Leveraging the Internet and educational materials openly available online, P2PU enables high-quality low-cost education opportunities. P2PU – learning for everyone, by everyone about almost everything. To learn more about the P2PU School of Education visit, http://p2pu.org/en/schools/school-of-ed-pilot

BIO: Christopher began his career as an English teacher before moving into business working in the creative arts, commercial real estate and then investments & asset management. In 2008 he joined forces with his wife Anna to form Bon Education where he focuses on business development, research and strategy for clients. Christopher is passionate about the role of technology in advancing human development and empowerment. He is also a practicing Co-Active Coach working with both corporate and private clients.



Carol Black
Director, ""Schooling the World"", Lost People Films

KEYNOTE TITLE:
3 Cups of Fiction: Why schools won't save the world, and what we can do about it
KEYNOTE DATE & TIME: (US Pacific--click for international) 11/16/2011 17:00:00
SESSION LINK: HERE
RECORDING LINK (only active after session): HERE


DESCRIPTION: In the aftermath of the recent revelations about Greg Mortenson's ""Three Cups of Tea,"" there’s a larger fiction that still goes unquestioned: the romanticized portrayal of education as a panacea for all the world’s ills, a silver bullet that in one clean shot can end poverty, terrorism, and the oppression of girls and women around the world. This “missionary” approach to saving the world with schools fails to account for key factors – from the role of grading, competition, and school failure in condemning huge numbers of children to poverty, to the complex negative impacts of cultural disruption, including high rates of depression, substance abuse, obesity, suicide, and human trafficking among youth from traditional societies rapidly transitioning into modern schools and the global economy.

But there are new models being created for a deeper dialogue and collaboration with traditional cultures around the world, based on:

– a radical re-valuing of other cultural forms of intelligence and knowledge, based on both brain science and common sense;

– new organizational models based on horizontal collaboration and mutual information-sharing rather than vertical hierarchies of “teacher’ and “taught;”

– possibilities for using technologies to share information between cultures without disrupting and devaluing traditional social structures, values, and livelihoods.

We’ll talk about how to approach people from less-developed parts of the world as our intellectual equals, not as the objects of our superior expertise, and about what we can learn about children and learning from these ancient societies.

BIO: Carol Black is a writer/director/producer of both entertainment and documentary television and film, co-creator with her husband Neal Marlens of the Emmy-Award-winning television series “The Wonder Years,” noted for its portrayal of the American public school experience. She studied education and literature at Swarthmore College and UCLA, and after the birth of her children, left a successful career in the entertainment industry to become involved in the alternative education movement and later to make independent nonprofit films. “Schooling the World” is the culmination of many years of research into cross-cultural perspectives on children and education.



Chris Dede
Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Harvard University

KEYNOTE TITLE:
How Immersion in Virtual Environments Aids Students in the Real World
KEYNOTE DATE & TIME: (US Pacific--click for international) 11/16/2011 6:00:00
SESSION LINK: HERE
RECORDING LINK (only active after session): HERE


DESCRIPTION:  Many people of different ages now participate in immersive virtual environments, from Club Penguin and Webkins through World of Warcraft, America's Army, and Second Life. The 2010 National Educational Technology Plan identifies immersive media as among the most powerful emerging technologies for learning. This session describes our research in designing and studying immersive virtual environments as curriculum (digital ecosystems) and as summative assessments (science inquiry).

BIO: Chris Dede is the Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. His fields of scholarship include emerging technologies, policy, and leadership. His current research includes six grants from NSF, Qualcomm, and the US Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences to explore immersive simulations and transformed social interactions as means of student engagement, learning, and assessment. In 2007, he was honored by Harvard University as an outstanding teacher, and in 2011 he was named a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association.

Chris has served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Foundations of Educational and Psychological Assessment and a member of the 2010 National Educational Technology Plan Technical Working Group. His co-edited book, Scaling Up Success: Lessons Learned from Technology-based Educational Improvement, was published by Jossey-Bass in 2005. A second volume he edited, Online Professional Development for Teachers: Emerging Models and Methods, was published by the Harvard Education Press in 2006. His latest book, Digital Teaching Platforms, will be published by Teachers College Press in 2012.



Karen Fasimpaur
President, K12 Handhelds

KEYNOTE TITLE:
P2PU.org: Free & Open Professional Development & Collaborations for Educators Across the Globe
KEYNOTE DATE & TIME: (US Pacific--click for international) 11/17/2011 8:00:00
SESSION LINK: HERE
RECORDING LINK (only active after session): HERE


DESCRIPTION: From Abu Dhabi, to Japan to Arizona, a growing number of educators are joining the P2PU School of Education. The School of Ed brings the model of open, community-based peer learning to professional development for K-12 teachers. It is about hands-on learning driven by each educator's particular needs and classroom situations. It's about connecting, collaborating, and creating, not just reading or studying, on topics such as OER, Social Media for Deeper Learning, Differentiated Instruction and Writing. In this session participants will learn about P2PU, case studies of global collaborations via P2PU, our initial impact and how to get involved.

The Peer 2 Peer University is a grassroots open education project that organizes learning outside of institutional walls and gives learners recognition for their achievements. P2PU creates a model for lifelong learning alongside traditional formal higher education. Leveraging the Internet and educational materials openly available online, P2PU enables high-quality low-cost education opportunities. P2PU – learning for everyone, by everyone about almost everything. To learn more about the P2PU School of Education visit, http://p2pu.org/en/schools/school-of-ed-pilot

BIO: An enthusiastic evangelist for open education and mobile technologies, Karen Fasimpaur has spent over 20 years integrating curriculum and technology. She is president of K12 Handhelds, the founder of K12 Open Ed and the Kids Open Dictionary, an award-winning author, a blogger, and online community leader. She lives in a remote corner of the southwest in an off-the-grid house built with her own hands. She is also a writer, cook, and carpenter.



Robert X. Fogarty
Founder, Dear World

KEYNOTE TITLE:
Dear World
KEYNOTE DATE & TIME: (US Pacific--click for international) 11/14/2011 10:00:00
SESSION LINK: HERE
RECORDING LINK (only active after session): HERE



DESCRIPTION: Robert will display some of his previous portraits with school children in New Orleans and also some of his other portrait work. He'll then speak briefly about what he's learned from hearing the stories of his photo subjects.

BIO: Fogarty founded Dear World, a photo project that unites people with messages written on their skin. Its precursor, Dear New Orleans, became an alternative platform for people to express their love for one of the planet’s coolest cities. Before launching Dear World, Fogarty noticed that the simple portraits could be a vehicle for shared communication no matter race, religion or language. His work is seen over two million times per month.



Howard Gardner
Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Harvard University

KEYNOTE TITLE:
(TBD- generally Global Ethics))
KEYNOTE DATE & TIME: (US Pacific--click for international) 11/16/2011 11:00:00
SESSION LINK: HERE
RECORDING LINK (only active after session): HERE


DESCRIPTION: Howard Gardner, Professor of Education at Harvard, will be interviewed by his son Andrew, an expert in techonology and education. The Gardners will discuss education in a globalized society, the kinds of minds that will be most valued in the future, the ways in which education is being transformed by the digital media, and the importance of a heightened focus on character.

BIO: Howard Gardner is the Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is a leading thinker about education and human development; he has studied and written extensively about intelligence, creativity, leadership, and professional ethics. Gardner’s most recent books include Good Work, Changing Minds, The Development and Education of the Mind and Multiple Intelligences: New Horizons. His latest book Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Reframed was published in the spring of 2011.



Ed Gragert
Executive Director, iEARN-USA

KEYNOTE TITLE:
Now That We Know When We've Reached Global Competence, Where's the Roadmap?
KEYNOTE DATE & TIME: (US Pacific--click for international) 11/18/2011 8:00:00
SESSION LINK: HERE
RECORDING LINK (only active after session): HERE


DESCRIPTION: Various groups and individuals have done exemplary work to define global competence, including the Asia Society, CCSSO, Harvard Graduate School of Education, etc.   As a result, we now know the qualities of a globally competent student and teacher.  Yet, most of us are somewhere on the continuum getting to that goal, from the starting point of being globally incompetent.   I hope I'm not offending anyone, but it's my experience that we all, regardless of how long we have been in the field (and regardless of how many countries we've encountered or languages we speak), we're still on the trek toward the goal.

Students and teachers are the same--at different points on the journey.  So, ironically, now that we know where we're going, we need a roadmap on how to get there.  What is the process by which we as educators can facilitate movement along the the continuum by ourselves, our colleagues and our students, accepting where people are in the process and looking for ways we can enable them to move?

BIO: Dr. Edwin H. Gragert is Executive Director of iEARN-USA. During his 21 years at iEARN (International Education and Resource Network), he has pioneered the use of connective technologies and teacher professional development to facilitate on-line educational project work (“Exchange 2.0) on the primary and secondary school levels. Since its creation in 1988, iEARN has become the world’s largest educational telecommunications network involving project-based Learning through virtual exchanges. It currently links students and teachers in over 130 countries. Approximately 2,000,000 students are working daily on collaborative projects through the iEARN network.

From 1979-90, he was the Executive Director of ICYE-US, an international youth exchange program with both high school and community service volunteer exchanges among 30 countries. At ICYE-US, he worked closely with ECA at the US Department of State to initiative service-learning exchanges at the high school level. He was one of the founders of CSIET and the Alliance for International Educational & Cultural Exchange and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Alliance.

He worked for the International Relations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1978, concentrating on US-Korean relations.

Ed received his BA in Japanese political science from the University of Washington (Seattle), MA in Korean History and certificate from the School of International Affairs at Columbia University. He has had extensive language experience in Korean, Japanese and Classical Chinese. His PhD at Columbia University was in Japanese history, focusing on landownership changes brought about by Japanese colonial administration in the early 20th century. His book, Landownership Under Colonial Rule: Korea's Japanese Experience, was published by Columbia University and the University of Hawaii in 1994.



Cable Green
Director of Global Learning, Creative Commons

KEYNOTE TITLE:
The Obviousness of Open Policy
KEYNOTE DATE & TIME: (US Pacific--click for international) 11/14/2011 9:00:00
SESSION LINK: HERE
RECORDING LINK (only active after session): HERE


DESCRIPTION: The Internet, increasingly affordable computing, open licensing, open access journals and open educational resources provide the foundation for a world in which a quality education can be a basic human right. Yet before we break the ""iron triangle"" of access, cost and quality with new models, we need to educate policy makers about the obviousness of open policy: public access to publicly funded resources.

BIO: As Director of Global Learning, Cable is responsible for setting Creative Commons strategic direction and priorities to build on the global Open Educational Resources (OER) movement that will enable robust and vibrant practices and open policies for free and open sharing of learning assets. Cable leads Creative Commons’ recently-announced project to provide technical assistance to winning grantees of the US Department of Labor TAACCCT grant program.

Previously, Green was the Director of eLearning and Open Education for the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, where he provided leadership on strategic technology planning, openly licensing and sharing digital content, growing and improving online and hybrid learning, and implementing enterprise learning technologies and student support services. One project, the Open Course Library, creates low-cost, digital, openly licensed (CC BY) instructional materials for 81 high impact community college courses: www.opencourselibrary.org



Greg Jacobs
Co-director, Louder Than a Bomb, Siskel/Jacobs Productions

KEYNOTE TITLE:
A Mic A Stage A Pen A Page: The Production & Pedagogy of Louder Than a Bomb
KEYNOTE DATE & TIME: (US Pacific--click for international) 11/16/2011 12:00:00
SESSION LINK: HERE
RECORDING LINK (only active after session): HERE


DESCRIPTION: Louder Than a Bomb is an award-winning documentary film that tells the story of four Chicago high school poetry teams as they prepare to compete in the world’s largest youth slam. By turns hopeful and heartbreaking, the film captures the turbulent lives of these unforgettable kids, exploring the ways writing shapes their world, and vice versa. While the topics they tackle are often deeply personal, what they put into their poems—and what they get out of them—is universal: the defining work of finding one’s voice.

Co-director Greg Jacobs will discuss the intersection between the production of the film and the pedagogy of the event, and LTAB's potential to change the way kids connect with their educational experience.

BIO: Greg Jacobs is the co-founder, with Jon Siskel, of SISKEL/JACOBS PRODUCTIONS, an award-winning Chicago-based television and documentary production company.

Greg and Jon produced and directed the documentary feature Louder Than a Bomb, which follows four Chicago-area high school poetry teams as they prepare for and compete in the world's largest youth slam. Since its premiere at the Cleveland International Film Festival in March 2010, the film has won sixteen festival prizes, including ten audience awards, as well the 2011 Humanitas Prize for documentaries. It was also selected for the 2011 American Documentary Showcase, a program created by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs ""to cultivate greater understanding among people around the world.” After a national theatrical rollout in the spring of 2011, Louder Than a Bomb will have its television premiere on the Oprah Winfrey Network as part of the OWN Documentary Club.

Prior to Louder Than a Bomb, SJP produced the Emmy-winning History Channel program 102 Minutes That Changed America, which reconstructs—in real time—the events of 9/11 in New York City, using only sound and video from that morning. The two-hour special premiered without commercial interruption on September 11, 2008, followed by I-Witness to 9/11, a look at the stories behind the footage. More than five million viewers tuned in to the premiere, making it the second most-watched telecast in the network’s history, and the program has now been seen by over twenty million viewers worldwide. One of the most acclaimed documentaries of recent years, 102 Minutes won three Primetime Emmys, including Outstanding Nonfiction Special, as well as the Most Innovative Program Award at the 2009 History Makers International Summit, a CINE Masters Series Award, a Silver Telly, and a FOCAL International Award. The show was also named the Best Nonfiction TV Episode of 2008 by iTunes. Most importantly, 102 Minutes has become standard viewing in high school and college classrooms across the country, a way for teachers to introduce their students to the emotional and historical impact of 9/11.

SJP is currently in production on additional episodes of its groundbreaking Witness series for the National Geographic Channel. The shows that have already aired include Witness: Katrina, which won the 2011 News and Documentary Emmy for historical documentaries, Witness: D.C. 9/11, Witness: Disaster in Japan, and Witness: Tornado Swarm 2011. SJP also produced Head On, a two-hour special about the obsessive subculture of ""team demolition derby"" in Joliet, Illinois, which aired on Discovery in December 2006. In March 2009, Siskel/Jacobs Productions was named to Realscreen Magazine's ""Global 100""—its annual list of the world's most influential factual production companies.

Prior to launching SJP, Greg served as VP/Chief Creative Officer at Towers Productions, where he oversaw the content of more than two hundred documentaries on five different networks, including award-winning shows and series for A&E, History, Discovery, The Weather Channel, and CNN. A graduate of Yale University, Greg has a master's degree in history from Ohio State, and is the author of Getting Around Brown: Desegregation, Development, and the Columbus Public Schools.



June Lee
Assistant Vice President, Sesame Workshop

KEYNOTE TITLE:
The Impact of International Co-Productions of Sesame Street
KEYNOTE DATE & TIME: (US Pacific--click for international) 11/17/2011 6:00:00
SESSION LINK: HERE
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DESCRIPTION: Two presenters will co-deliver the keynote. Dr. June Lee (Sesame Workshop, New York) will provide an overview of Sesame Workshop's work around the world, with a focus on various educational projects and the processes through which it engages in its international co-productions. Dr. Louise Mares (University of Wisconsin-Madison, currently on sabbatical at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in Wassenaar) will present research findings from a meta-analysis of the educational impact of Sesame Workshop's international co-productions, which looks across 206 effect sizes from a body of 20 studies.

BIO: June Lee is Assistant Vice President of Global Research in the department of Global Education at Sesame Workshop. She joined Sesame Workshop in 2005 and currently oversees content development, research and outreach activities for Sesame Street co-productions in Indonesia and China. She also directs all of the summative evaluations that examine Sesame Street’s impact around the world and has managed over 25 research studies to date. June graduated from Davidson College in North Carolina in 1999, where she majored in psychology and economics. In 2004, she received a doctorate in Human Development and Family Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin.



Michael Lees
Educational Consultant, Global Issues - African Network of Teachers for Service

KEYNOTE TITLE:
Global Issues Service Summit – Creating a Vision of Sustainable Change in Africa
KEYNOTE DATE & TIME: (US Pacific--click for international) 11/17/2011 7:00:00
SESSION LINK: HERE
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DESCRIPTION: Service learning and global issues education with the backdrop of the African landscape provides a unique opportunity to empower individuals in truly becoming global citizens. By connecting a diverse mix of community stakeholders including international school students and educators, host country youth leaders, community development mentors, socially responsible members of the corporate world, governmental leaders and world-renowned keynote speakers, the stage can be set for participants to work collaboratively in addressing issues at the local level and beyond. And with the growing stability of Internet technologies in Africa, these initiatives can be sustained and communicated to a much wider audience, thus fostering even greater collaboration and participation.

BIO: Michael has enjoyed an eclectic professional journey, including roles as restaurateur, flight instructor, drama/science/math teacher, community service coordinator, guidance counselor, school administrator and now educational consultant. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in educational leadership with a focus on service learning cultures in international schools. Having been anesthetized by suburban Canada in his early life, Michael kept his sanity by living vicariously through National Geographic magazine articles, television specials by Jacque Cousteau and Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. His quest to explore this ‘pale blue dot’ has led him to meet some truly inspiring people from around the globe. The past two decades in international school settings has provided the opportunity to participate in some exceptionally rewarding and transformative community service learning experiences for both him and his students. Michael’s passion lies in bridging the islands of our individual efforts and building collaborative networks of people who seek to effect positive change in their communities and beyond. Michael is the founder of the Service Summit and a co-founder of the Global Issues-African Network of Teachers for Service (GI-ANTS). He has also been working towards developing a strategic partnership with the Association of International Schools in Africa.



Louise Mares
Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

KEYNOTE TITLE:
The Impact of Sesame Workshop's International Co-Productions
KEYNOTE DATE & TIME: (US Pacific--click for international) 11/17/2011 6:00:00
SESSION LINK: HERE
RECORDING LINK (only active after session): HERE


DESCRIPTION: Two presenters will deliver the keynote in this session. In the first part of the presentation, Dr. June Lee from Sesame Workshop will provide an overview of Sesame Workshop's international work, including the process and approach with which the organization engages in its global education initiatives.

Dr. Louise Mares from the University of Wisconsin-Madison will present the findings from a recently completed meta-analysis of the educational impact of Sesame Workshop's international co-production. Looking across a body of published and unpublished studies, the meta-analysis provides an aggregated estimate of the effect of watching international co-productions of Sesame Street on children's learning. The implications of its impact will also be discussed.

BIO: Louise Mares is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focuses on the implications of developmental changes for responses to television content. In particular, she is interested in educational and prosocial outcomes of viewing, examining how children interpret the messages that adults create for them. Most recently she has been studying how children interpret television content about race and ethnicity. She has received a Fellowship from the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study to write up the results of this research during her sabbatical.



Sasha Martin
Founder, Global Table Adventure

KEYNOTE TITLE:
Hungry for Peace
KEYNOTE DATE & TIME: (US Pacific--click for international) 11/15/2011 8:00:00
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DESCRIPTION: Learn what it takes to eat the world! In this session you'll hear my story of cooking a meal from every country in the world, Learn what finally got me to get off the couch and do something to make the world a better place. Hear the project overview - the success stories and the challenges and, finally, learn what this project means for you and your work.

BIO: Sasha Martin is an ordinary wife and mother who decided to do the extraordinary: cook one meal for every country in the world. This journey via stove-top travel will take almost four years. Sasha's work has been featured nationally on Martha Stewart's web site WholeLiving.com, NPR's Travel with Rick Steves, and in Afar, the award winning travel magazine.

The project was born out of a passion for travel and cooking. Early on in her career, Sasha wrote “The History of Artisan Bread Baking in France” to fulfill her Honors Thesis for Wesleyan University. Then she spent a year at the Culinary Institute of America. While there she was the editor of La Papillote, the student newspaper and also received the prestigious M.F.K. Fisher Writing Scholarship.

She hopes her work will spread respect for other cultures and bring us a few strides closer to creating a Global family.



Ewan McIntosh
, NoTosh digital | learning | design thinking

KEYNOTE TITLE:
The Problem Finders: how design thinking is releasing learning
KEYNOTE DATE & TIME: (US Pacific--click for international) 11/15/2011 11:00:00
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DESCRIPTION: Project-based learning has been let down in too many instances with ""fake"", academic, theoretical problems that need solving. The learning processes involved are at best fuzzy for most educators: what is ""collaboration"", ""student-designed"" and ""student-led"" learning?

- Learn from the creative practices of some of the best media and tech companies in the world, with whom Ewan McIntosh has spent the past three years.
- Find out what the independent and collaborative learning skills and processes these growing creative industries, and other business, require.
- Hear inspiring mini-talks, guest speakers joining virtually from around the world and participate in a series of highly engaging discussions and exercises.

BIO: Ewan McIntosh is CEO of NoTosh Limited, a startup that works with creative industries on the one hand, and then takes the processes, attitudes and research gained from working on those projects to the world of education, providing schools, districts and Governments all around the world with ideas, inspiration and research on how to better engage teens.

McIntosh was a French and German High School teacher, before moving from the classroom into technology research and leadership as Scotland’s first National Advisor on Learning and Technology Futures. He later helped set up one of the most ambitious investment funds from a public service broadcaster in the UK, the $100m 4iP Fund from Channel 4 Television.

His latest creative projects include helping to redesign the 40th anniversary summit of the ITU, the United Nations agency responsible for telecommunications technologies, and co-directing the digital side of the Scottish National Party's re-election campaign, resulting in a historic landslide majority win that technically ""wasn't possible"".

Education projects are many and varied, working with schools on design thinking and developing leadership, helping create the world’s first TEDx event by and for eight year olds, and turning the textbook on its head through our interactive developments.

Ewan and his team are all about engaging people, whether they're voters, customers or kids in a classroom.



Geetha Narayanan
Dr., Srishti School of Art Design and Technology

KEYNOTE TITLE:
Disrupting the Middle Grades- The Case for Creative Unity over Competitive Advantage
KEYNOTE DATE & TIME: (US Pacific--click for international) 11/16/2011 7:00:00
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DESCRIPTION: Middle Grades are where we lose kids- the inquisitive, the sensitive, the associative or indeed the restless child.
In this Keynote Geetha Narayanan will present and discuss a programme for the Middle Grades that fosters creative unity ( of intention, intuition and intelligence) with wellness ( mind -body -spirit connectedness) and ecology (inter-connectedness of life and matter.
The values of slowness, lightness and exactitude remain hallmarks of these efforts of serious change

BIO: Geetha Narayanan is a teacher and educator, a curator and a research scholar who has been working in the allied and overlapping fields of education, training, research, arts and culture for over three decades.
Geetha has

  • B.Sc. Honours degree in Mathematics from Central College Bangalore University
  • B.Ed from MES Teachers College Bangalore University with a gold medal in School Organization and Management
  • MA (with Distinction) in Education from Oxford Brookes University, Oxford UK
  • Honorary Doctorate of the University from Oxford Brookes University, Oxford UK


She was awarded the Charles Merrill Distinguished Teacher Educator award from Cornell University, USA in May 1999 and a Certificate for Service of Merit by the Association of School Curriculum Development USA in the same year.

In 2005 Geetha Narayanan won the prestigious Ars Electronica curatorial award which she used to curate an exhibition of new media art called TANA BANA which was shown in Linz Austria that year.

Geetha has written and published widely and her latest paper titled Crafting Change-why new media arts makes critical pedagogy possible has been published in August 2006 by the MIT press in its arts science and technology journal LEONARDO.

At present Geetha Narayanan is the Director of Mallya Aditi International School and Srishti, School of Art Design and Technology.

Geetha Narayanan is the author and Principal Investigator of Project Vision, an design and research initiative which is looking at the development of appropriate instructional strategies and technology-related tools that foster integrative thinking, greater mind-body unity and pedagogies that facilitate leapfrogging in young children from both elite and urban poor communities.

She is currently an International Advisor to the Consortium of School Networks USA.



Alan November
Senior Partner, November Learning

KEYNOTE TITLE:
Leadership: Managing the Transition
KEYNOTE DATE & TIME: (US Pacific--click for international) 11/14/2011 8:00:00
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DESCRIPTION:
Leadership: Managing the Transition

This workshop outlines essential skills for leadership, and offers practical
guidelines and creative solutions of building accountability into the
planning process. Articulating vision and mission, managing change, and
aligning technology to primary goals are emphasized. A shift in planning
from technology to the quality and application of information and
communication is a critical next step.

BIO: Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, Mass, he was probably the first teacher in the world to have a student project on line in 1984, a database for the handicapped. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator, technology consultant, and university lecturer. He has helped schools, governments and industry leaders improve the quality of education through technology.

Audiences enjoy Alan's humor and wit as he pushes the boundaries of how to improve teaching and learning. His areas of expertise include planning across curriculum, staff development, new school design, community building and leadership development. He has delivered keynotes and workshops in all fifty states, across Canada, and throughout the UK, Europe, Asia and Central America.

Alan was named one of the nation’s fifteen most influential thinkers of the decade by Technology and Learning Magazine. In 2001, he was listed one of eight educators to provide leadership into the future by the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse. In 2007 he was selected to speak at the Cisco Public Services Summit during the Nobel Prize Festivities in Stockholm, Sweden. His writing includes numerous articles and two best-selling books, Empowering Students with Technology and Web Literacy for Educators. Alan was co-founder of the Stanford Institute for Educational Leadership Through Technology and is most proud of being selected as one of the original five national Christa McAuliffe Educators.

Each summer Alan leads the Building Learning Communities summer conference with world-class presenters and international participants. Visit novemberlearning.com/blc for more details.



Fernando Reimers
Ford Foundation Professor of International Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

KEYNOTE TITLE:
Education and Globalization
KEYNOTE DATE & TIME: (US Pacific--click for international) 11/15/2011 7:00:00
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DESCRIPTION: To remain relevant education needs to be attuned to the changes in the context into which students will graduate. One of the dimensions of that context, which is changing exponentially, is globalization. We live in communities that are increasingly affected by globalization. What does this mean for education? How do we educate students to be globally competent?

BIO: Fernando M. Reimers is the Ford Foundation Professor of International Education and Director of Global Education and of International Education Policy at Harvard University. He teaches courses on the relationship between education policy, democratic citizenship, instructional improvement and educational innovation and social entrepreneurship.

His current research focuses on educational innovation and the impact of education policy, leadership, and teacher professional development on literacy competencies, citizenship and advanced skills and competencies. He is conducting research on school leadership in Brazil; evaluating a multi-country initiative to support civic education in Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Paraguay; evaluating the impact of a curriculum to teach entrepreneurship to high school students in the Middle East, and leading the development of a global studies K-12 curriculum for a global network of independent schoos. He recently served on a subcommittee appointed by the Secretary of Education of Massachusetts to close the achievement gap for English Language Learners and immigrant students.

He earned Doctoral and Masters degrees in education at Harvard University and obtained a Licenciatura en Psicologia at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters by Emerson College for his work advancing global education.



Matt Severson
Founder, The School Fund

KEYNOTE TITLE:
The School Fund- New Way to Help African Students and Teach Your Students
KEYNOTE DATE & TIME: (US Pacific--click for international) 11/17/2011 9:00:00
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DESCRIPTION: Developed by former Palo Alto High School student Matt Severson, this project not only helps African students continue their studies, but gives other students and opportunity to have a meaningful connection and collaboration with those students. It costs only $150 per year to help an African student stay in school which is a tiny amount of money for many kids and makes an enormous difference in the life of an African student. The program is now in 13 African countries

BIO: Matt first travelled to Tanzania as a high school student in the summer of 2007. He was overwhelmed by the liveliness and kindness of everyone he met—in spite of rampant poverty, people never hesitated to share. One boy in particular, John Medo, opened Matt's eyes to the true power of education. Education provides individuals with the means to better the future for themselves, their families, and their community. Funding John's first year of secondary school marked the The School Fund’s beginning. Since then, Matt has transformed that simple action, a person helping a student pay for school, into a project that can grant countless others the opportunity to support and befriend a student in another part of the world. Matt attended Palo Alto High School ('07) in Palo Alto, CA and Brown University ('11) in Providence, RI.



Nikos Theodosakis
Founder, OliveUs Education Society and The Director in the Classroom

KEYNOTE TITLE:
Collective Visions: Student Filmmaking in the Age of Collaboration
KEYNOTE DATE & TIME: (US Pacific--click for international) 11/15/2011 14:00:00
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DESCRIPTION: In classrooms around the world, today's media technologies enhance our students' learning experience by providing rich, engaging and entertaining tools for exploration. But perhaps one of the greatest opportunities media creation in the classroom provides is in transforming not just how we learn, but why.

As well as integrating media production for content learning and skill development, Nikos champions media projects that enable students to explore and create authentic connections to their world, their community, their family and ultimately, to themselves. He believes that when learning is about the real world, and when students see their ability to impact on that world, then we elevate our children from being students of a school to being citizens of their world.

Today, with social media's invitation to participate in a collaboratively created world, educators and their students can develop global video collaborations using free web tools to expand the boundaries that define a school and that define learning.

This keynote looks at the process of collaborative filmmaking as well as the skills that are embedded within that journey. Tools, resources and video collaboration examples are offered to inspire you to begin your own global video collaborations.

BIO: Nikos Theodosakis is an advocate for meaningful education. Filmmaker, educator and author, Nikos is founder of the OliveUs Education Society, and the architect of the InStill Life, Preserving Your Culture and The Director in the Classroom projects. His book ""The Director in the Classroom: How Filmmaking Inspires Learning"" examines connected learning through digital media production in the classroom and is a resource for teacher training around the world.

Nikos provides professional development to schools around the world by videoconference and consults with schools and organizations to help grow meaningful learning projects that connect and matter to students, teachers and their communities.

Links:
http://www.nikostheodosakis.com
http://www.oliveus.ca
http://www.thedirectorintheclassroom.com



Jarmo Viteli
Research Director, University of Tampere

KEYNOTE TITLE:
Finnish Education – From Past Success to Future Excellence with ICT in Education
KEYNOTE DATE & TIME: (US Pacific--click for international) 11/17/2011 8:00:00
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DESCRIPTION: Abstract: Finnish educational system is well known of its excellent results at PISA-tests. We are proud of that but also deeply aware that we are facing many new challenges to answer in the field of education of tomorrow.
One of the major challenges is how to develop new skills what is needed is 21th century using ICT in education? Skills like creativity, media literacy and competences, learning to learn, communication and cooperation skills in network environment etc. are essential for our future generations but how schools and other educational institutions and society as such are able to answer this challenge. Education is not any more responsibility of only schools and universities. Learning happens all the time and every place. How to integrate new learning spaces like cities, libraries, shops etc. to be part of learning process to each of us? In this presentation I’ll show how Finland is planning to change its current educational success story also to be educational success story of tomorrow.

BIO: Jarmo Viteli is a Finnish academic, and researcher, a professor at the University of Tampere and director of Hypermedia Lab. He speaks about digital media, e-learning and social media. Viteli was the leader of the eTampere program in 2001-2005. He was one of the first academics to combine social media into the research and education in Finland.



Carrie Wagner
Author, Photographer, International Educator, Self Employed

KEYNOTE TITLE:
Global Citizenship - Be the Link!
KEYNOTE DATE & TIME: (US Pacific--click for international) 11/17/2011 10:00:00
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DESCRIPTION: Global Citizenship is for everyone! Each of us has interests, skills and passions to meet a variety of needs around the world. Though paths are unique, global citizenship is a shared journey. Find out where you are on your path, what you are looking for and how you can turn curiosity and interests into a career path. More importantly, learn how to be a global link who provides opportunities for others to start their path.

Global citizenship is not so much about exploring the world - that's only one piece of this noble journey. A true global citizen is one who has experienced the world in such a powerful way that he/she is actively engaged in making the world a better place. Study Abroad, Eco tourism and mission trips are good starting points, but they are just that - starting points. And, there is no finish line. The journey is defined as you sojourn into new environments and cultures. Experience, Discover and Engage in Global Citizenship. www.carriewagner.com

BIO: A professional with over 20 years of international experience, Carrie has expertise in community development, training/facilitation, project planning and implementation, small business proprietorship, and intercultural relations. A graduate of North Carolina State University with a degree in Environmental/Visual Design, Carrie has used her formal education as a foundation for a career in education and training. Her 11 years with Habitat for Humanity International included working at the grass-roots level to establishing and directing the International Training Department. In this capacity, Carrie developed standards for curriculum and training procedures to be used in 74 countries, collaborated with and advised 5 regional vice presidents (US, Africa/Middle East, Europe/NIS, Latin Ameri-ca/Caribbean and Asia/Pacific) to assess and meet training needs throughout the organization. As International Training Director, Carrie developed and hosted three International Trainers Conferences, bringing together 15 trainers from different parts of the world and directed the Global Leadership Conference, hosting participants from 42 countries for a tri-lingual event. Since leaving HFHI in 2002, Carrie has worked independently as a photographer, writer and educator. Her book, Village Wisdom; Immersed in Uganda, Inspired by Job, Changed for Life, was published in 2010. Carrie has recently completed the first edition of Village Wisdom Global Education Kit: Tools and Resources for Teachers.

'I am committed to planting seeds for global citizenship. My life has encompassed incredible opportunities to engage in many cultures and places around the world. 3 years in Uganda, 3 years in South Africa, 5 years in International Training for Habitat for Humanity International, travel to over 25 countries; all have given me an appreciation for the gifts of wisdom nestled in every culture. My experiences have also given me a deeper understanding of common core values. While I’m thankful for my college education, I place higher value on the lessons I have learned through experience. Embracing diversity, I create opportunities that empower individuals to grow into their own global citizenship. I do this by designing and delivering presentations and workshops – for learning communities and for those who have civic and global service at heart. Sharing my life lessons through writing, photography and telling stories, is what I do best. Inspiring youth to see their potential for contribution to the world and seeing their sparks of curiosity make my work fulfilling. I am sometimes called a visual artist, an inter-culturalist, or an international educator, depending on the task at hand. I call myself a global cultural artist.'

http://www.carriewagner.com
http://www.villagewisdombook.com



Esther Wojcicki
Teacher, Palo Alto High

KEYNOTE TITLE:
The School Fund- New Way to Help African Students and Teach Your Students
KEYNOTE DATE & TIME: (US Pacific--click for international) 11/17/2011 9:00:00
SESSION LINK: HERE
RECORDING LINK (only active after session): HERE


DESCRIPTION: Developed by former Palo Alto High School student Matt Severson, this project not only helps African students continue their studies, but gives other students and opportunity to have a meaningful connection and collaboration with those students. It costs only $150 per year to help an African student stay in school which is a tiny amount of money for many kids and makes an enormous difference in the life of an African student. The program is now in 13 African countries

BIO: Teacher, journalist and consultant. I am the founder of the largest high school journalism program in the US at Palo Alto High where we have 550+ students electing to take journalism. I teach journalism but also write for HuffingtonPost and consult for a number of foundations including Hewlett and Google. In this case, I am helping my students and former students with their amazing project www.theschoolfund.org whose purpose is to help young students in Africa pursue their education and give students in other parts of the world an real life opportunity to connect with those students. It teaches students that they, on an individual basis, can make a difference in this world.


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