Free Global Education Conference 15-19 November 2010

Educator extraordinaire Steve Hargadon is organising a free global education conference to be held between the 15th and 19th of November.

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To be held via Elluminate and in multiple time zones, each session will be recorded so if you are unable to ‘attend’ live, there is the opportunity to view later on.

Tracks include:

  • Teacher
  • Student
  • Curriculum
  • Policy and leadership
  • Global issues
  • Learning 2.0 and
  • Spanish sessions

A list of session titles, times and details can be accessed now as well and if you are interested in helping moderate a session (or more), there are details for that as well.

A fantastic initiative and way to connect with other educators on a global scale.


As we know, students who can make a connection with their learning, are more likely to learn more. Things we are passionate about make the world of difference to the way we feel about learning. TakingITGlobal is a site that will help students really engage with learning.


TakingITGlobal explains its aims: is an online community that connects youth to find inspiration, access information, get involved, and take action in their local and global communities.

Looking at issues such as

  • culture
  • education
  • environment
  • globalisation
  • health
  • human rights
  • media
  • peace and
  • technology

there is a lot for students to discover. TakingITGlobal also provides resources such as

  • events
  • e-courses
  • opportunities
  • organisations
  • toolkits and publications

for regions such as

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Central America and Caribbean
  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • North America
  • Oceania and
  • South America

Anyone interested in joining can conveniently use their Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo (etc.) account to sign in. A special section, TakingITGlobal for Educators allows teachers to take their classroom global by:

  • participating in a global community of educators
  • access online resources and learning activities
  • create a safe, virtual interactive classroom.

However there is a cost for TakingITGlobal for Educators.

Steve Hargadon described TakingITGlobal founder Michael Furdyk as

the Co-founder and Director of Technology for, a global online community for young people, providing a platform for millions of youth across more than 200 countries to engage with social issues. Along with managing the technology team at TakingITGlobal, Michael was involved in developing the TIGed education program, and has spoken to over 50,000 educators about the importance of engaging students and integrating technology and global perspectives into the classroom. In 2008, he was named by Contribute Magazine as one of 10 Tech Revolutionaries Redefining the Power and Face of Philanthropy.

A LearnCentral session with Steve Hargadon and Michael Furdyk will be held at 10am on Friday 21st May (AEST)/Thursday 20th May 5pm (US/Pacific). An excellent site and a session well worth attending if at all possible.

More Elluminate resources

As well as being an excellent ‘lecture capture system’, the DEECD’s Elluminate website  hosts a number of very interesting presentations that have been saved for access at a later date.

One of these presentations is Steve Hargadon’s Web 2.0 is the future of education. (You must have Elluminate installed, Victorian educators can download this for free from here. Elluminate lite is also available to other schools free for one year; for the free program click here.) This presentation gives a great outline of Web 2.0 in education and why it is necessary for 21st Century learning.

Steve Hargadon's
Steve Hargadon’s Web 2.0 is the future of education presentation
Access is available to other Web 2.0 presentations, click here for them. Elluminate is a fantastic tool that allows archiving of presentations and so access at a later date for people who couldn’t attend or those who want to revisit the presentation is open and easy.