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The Global Collaborator Meetup

Colorado Convention Center, 102/4/6

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Director of Innovation
Michael Furdyk is the Co-founder of TakingITGlobal (, which provides innovative global education programs that empower youth to understand and act on the world's greatest challenges. TIG was awarded the 2013 Intercultural Innovation Award by BMW and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.
Education Consultant
Actionable Innovations Global
Lucy Gray is the co-founder of Actionable Innovations Global (formerly known as the Global Education Conference Network), a 28,000-member community of practice focused on connecting educators and organizations worldwide. She has worked in public and independent schools for over 20 years, serving as a classroom teacher, computer science teacher, technology coach, and director of educational technology. Lucy is also currently an educational innovation consultant working with schools, organizations, and corporations She is the proud recipient of ISTE’s Making It Happen award and the Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Certified Innovator distinctions.
Professional Learning Consultant and Professor
Dr. Julene Reed Consulting
Dr. Julene Reed is an international consultant, presenter, researcher, AI specialist, instructional designer, instructional coach, and education author with over twenty–five years of experience in education. Julene holds a doctorate in educational leadership with a focus on global education. She is an adjunct professor at Lamar Univ., Abilene Christian Univ. Dallas, and Arizona State Univ. Julene has conducted education events with Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots in Tanzania and Polar Bears International in Canada. Julene has authored educational content for Apple, Google, and Microsoft. She has implemented education events in Malawi, Australia, New Zealand, Azraq Refugee Camp in Jordan, and the UN in Paris.

Session description

Join us for a dedicated meetup designed especially for educators aiming to enhance global collaboration within their institutions. Explore curated teaching resources, grasp practical methods for integrating ed tech tools into your global initiatives, and establish a meaningful professional learning network that can help you steer impactful international projects.

Purpose & objective

Participants will be able to increase knowledge of ed tech tools, programs, and resources that enable global collaboration for students and teachers around the world. Those in attendance will also grow their international professional learning networks and potentially design collaborative opportunities to be carried out throughout the school year. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to share initiatives that will benefit other students, educators, and school communities.

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I. Welcome and Opening Remarks - 10 minutes
Session leaders will welcome everyone and lead a group ice breaker activity.
II. Three Ignite Presentations on global topics - 15 minutes
Three education leaders will present short inspiring talks.
III. +1 Routine - reflection activity from Project Zero - 15 minutes
Everyone will use a thinking routine to reflect and discuss the ignite presentations.
IV. Next Three Ignite Presentations on global topics - 15 minutes
V. +1 Routine - reflection activity from Project Zero - 15 minute
VI. Global Resources Show and Tell
Participants will have the opportunity to share information about resources that will enable global collaboration.

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Supporting research

Project Zero +1 Routine

Asia Society's model of global competence

OECD - PISA 2018 Global Competence

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Session specifications

Global collaboration
Skill level:
Curriculum/district specialists, Professional developers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Attendee devices:
Devices required
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
It would be helpful for participants to have Google and Padlet accounts, but not required.
ISTE Standards:
For Educators:
  • 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.
For Students:
Global Collaborator
  • Students explore local and global issues and use collaborative technologies to work with others to investigate solutions.