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A New Virtual Conference Lets Teachers Share Solutions from Across the Globe A New Virtual Conference Lets Teachers Share Solutions from Across the Globe
Education

A New Virtual Conference Lets Teachers Share Solutions from Across the Globe

by Liz Dwyer

January 8, 2011
Looking for innovative ways to improve our education system? Thanks to an upcoming education conference, The Reform Symposium, teachers across the globe have the opportunity to come together to share fresh solutions to the challenges of modern schools.

The free conference takes place this Saturday, January 8, but you don't need to plunk down the cash for a plane ticket or hotel. All you need is a computer and an internet connection. You can find out exactly what educators across the globe are doing to get student achievement results—all from the comfort of your living room sofa.

Things kick off with an opening keynote address by Dr. Alec Couros, an associate professor of educational technology and media at Canada's University of Regina. Appropriate to a virtual education conference, Dr. Couros will talk about the intersection of education with social media such as blogs, wikis, Twitter, and Facebook.

Eighteen interactive presentations from a globally diverse lineup of presenters will also be held throughout the day. The session topics focus on helping "teachers with creating engaging classrooms and lessons, building relationships with students, improving literacy," and working with interactive whiteboards.

The conference closes with a talk on education innovation by Dr. Milton Chen, the senior fellow and executive director emeritus at The George Lucas Educational Foundation, the nonprofit behind the multimedia website Edutopia.

To keep the collaboration going, the conference organizers have set up a virtual open lab for ongoing hands-on support and professional development.

The conference is open to educators from across the globe. The last virtual conference hosted by The Reform Symposium drew over 2,400 educators from 59 countries.

photo (cc) via Flickr user tomhe

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