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Let the Games Begin! Come Play with Global Classrooms and SDGs

Explore and create

Explore and create : Playground

Wednesday, June 26, 9:00 am–1:00 pm
Location: Playground B, Level 2, Grand Hall

Dr. Desiree Alexander   Steve Auslander   Jacqueline Benitez   Nikole Blanchard   Audra Brownlee   Dr. Marialice B.F.X. Curran   Curran Dee   Nycol Didcote   Jaime Donally   Michael Drezek   Tyler Gaspich   Janice Harding   Paul Hieronymus   Dr. Kaylah Holland   Laura Krenicki   Tami Moehring   Dr. Kimberly Nava Eggett   Ben Newsome   Oluwakemi Olurinola   Ann Oro   Dr. Jennifer Parker   Annick Rauch   Cassie Reeder   John Richardson   Kristina Sherburne   Michelle Singh   Michelle Wendt   Dr. Jennifer Williams  
The Interactive Video Conferencing PLN and Global Collaboration PLN invite you to play in this sporty playground and take your classroom global while exploring the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. You'll learn how to find international collaborations as well as the technology behind it. Game on!

Audience: Teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Distance, online, blended and flipped learning
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Pursue professional interests by creating and actively participating in local and global learning networks.
  • Create experiences for learners to make positive, socially responsible contributions and exhibit empathetic behavior online that build relationships and community.
  • Use collaborative tools to expand students' authentic, real-world learning experiences by engaging virtually with experts, teams and students, locally and globally.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of the playground is to share resources and current examples of online global connections and collaborations to support global learning objectives across the curriculum.

-To demonstrate quality video conferencing and online global collaboration examples from expert global educators.
-To provide hands-on demonstrations with emerging technologies.
-To demonstrate the many uses of online tools to connect, communicate and collaborate.
-To showcase videoconferencing cloud based clients.
-To provide participants the opportunity to interact with ideas, equipment and persons with global learning and videoconferencing expertise.
-To provide an informal and comfortable environment to network, learn, and share.
-To offer a place for participants to gain understanding of all of the aspects of global collaboration from the technology to implementing their own collaborations.


During this playground the Interactive Video Conference PLN and Global Collaboration PLN will create an adventure for participants to explore global learning in an informal and fun manner! Participants will experience multiple types of hands-on technology. Experts in the field will help guide participants through the stations while they experience online local and global learning including connecting with schools, museums, and cultural organizations. Participants may focus on particular software, hardware, and curriculum areas of their interest, or browse all at their leisure. Participants are encouraged to stay as long as they would like!

The format of this playground is to explore and learn!
-Presentations change every hour at each table
-Different types of video conferencing technology
-Experts throughout the playground focusing on particular topics of global collaboration and video conferencing
-Presentations will focus on one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
-Variety of presenters: content providers, educators, distance learning coordinators, technology specialists, global collaboration specialists

Participants will be able to take away information in a digital format as well as new contacts. The playground’s informal environment is perfect for attendees to talk one on one with experts and gain information at their leisure.

Supporting research

The Development of an Instrument for K12 Coordinators Implementing Curriculum… by Janine Lim

Jazzing Up Your Curriculum With Videoconferencing

Ways Videoconferencing is Expanding the Classroom

Schools Use Video Conferencing to Bring the World to the Classroom https://thejournal.com/articles/2014/02/27/texas-high-school-uses-video-to-bring-the-world-to-the-classroom.aspx

Ways Classrooms Can Use Video Conferencing

Sustainable Development Goals

5 Ways Students Benefit from Global Education

Know my World

7 Steps to Starting a Global Collaboration Project

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Dr. Desiree Alexander, Educator Alexander Consulting, LLC

Ms. Desiree Alexander, Ed.S. is an award-winning, multi-degreed educator. She is the Regional Director of North Louisiana for the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana and Founder CEO of Educator Alexander Consulting, LLC. She is a 2017 Young Professional Initiative 40 Under 40 Awards Honoree, 2017 Center for Digital Education Top 30 Technologists, Transformers & Trailblazers, 2017 PBS Learning Media Digital Innovator for Louisiana, 2016 A+PEL Member of the Year, 2015 Librarian of the Year for Louisiana Librarian Association, and the 2014 Leader of the Year for Region 2 Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators among other honors. Learn more: www.educatoralexander.com.

Jacqueline Benitez, California Academy of Sciences
Nikole Blanchard, The Dunham School
Audra Brownlee, South Central KS DLN
Dr. Marialice B.F.X. Curran, Digital Citizenship Institute
Curran Dee, DigCitKids
Nycol Didcote, Louis Riel School Division
Jaime Donally, ARVRinEDU
Michael Drezek, Lake Shore Central School District

District Technology Integrator for Lake Shore CSD.

Tyler Gaspich, Academy of Notre Dame de Namur
Janice Harding, Macomb Intermediate SD
Paul Hieronymus, Ohio Schools
Dr. Kaylah Holland, BreakFree Education, Go Teach Be Love

Kaylah Holland is currently a Google Certified Innovator and Trainer, an Instructional Technology Facilitator, and a Local Activator for Future Design School. In addition to teaching design-based classes and managing a 1:1 Apple device program, she has a vital role of assisting teachers with the integration of technology into the classroom through ample research, lesson planning, and applicable training. She is currently completing her doctoral degree in the field of Instructional Design and Technology and is passionate about building an innovative culture for learning.

Laura Krenicki, WJJMS

🌏 Global Social Studies Educator/#TeachSDGs/CT Geo Alliance/NatGeo Certified Educator & Trainer/NG Geo-Inquiry Certified/Google Certified/Flipgrid Ambassador/ Global Collaboration Week Project #ONEDAY http://global-classrooms.org & http://wjjmssocialstudies.org

Dr. Kimberly Nava Eggett, Claxton Elementary
Ben Newsome, Fizzics Education
Oluwakemi Olurinola, Skype in the Classroom
Ann Oro, Seton Hall University

Ann Oro has been the Director of Instructional Technology in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark for the last five years. She has been working with 93 elementary and high schools to collaboratively develop a technology curriculum map, support teachers in implementing ISTE standards, creating cross school projects, and supporting each school's community. She is increasing her leadership as the Assistant Superintendent of Union County elementary schools while continuing to support instructional technology. Ann is a ISTE Certified Educator and a Google Certified Trainer.

Dr. Jennifer Parker, Macomb Intermediate SD
ISTE Certified

Interactive Learning/School Improvement & Data Consultant at Macomb Intermediate School District. Co-creator of 21things4 Project, which earned ISTE Seal of Alignment. Received the ISTE 2018 Outstanding Leader Award. Served K-12 students as a CTE Business teacher, K-12 Library Media, and District Instructional Technology & Media. Presenter at many local, state, and national conferences on educational technology to improve instruction and engagement, ISTE Standards, school data and assessment, and the best free technology for K-12. State Project Director, MISchoolData Professional Development. She has a BS, MA, and Ed.D. from Central Michigan University, and an MBE from Eastern Michigan University.

Annick Rauch, Louis Riel School Division

Grade 1 French Immersion Teacher. Innovation in education is my passion, one step at a time.

Cassie Reeder, Cassie Reeder Consulting
John Richardson, St Joseph's Academy
Kristina Sherburne, St. Joseph's Academy
Michelle Singh, Skype in the Classroom
Michelle Wendt, SRI&ETTC of Stockton University
Dr. Jennifer Williams, Take Action Global

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