We’ve looked at a few of the education conferences happening in 2013. As a part of our month long exploration of global education, we’ve also looked at a few conferences that focus on global education, too. But since much of the focus of Edudemic is the intersection of education and technology, we thought that a global conference on technology AND education deserved its own post.
So what is this magical conference that looks at global education AND technology, you ask? The iEARN International conference, which is taking place July 1-6, 2013, in Qatar. We think iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) is a pretty neat organization, and definitely one that fits in perfectly with our theme of global education this month. It is a non-profit organization made up of over 30,000 schools and youth organizations in more than 130 countries. iEARN empowers teachers and young people to work together online using the Internet and other new communications technologies. Over 2,000,000 students each day are engaged in collaborative project work worldwide.
iEarn has pioneered on-line school linkages to enable students to engage in meaningful educational projects with peers in their countries and around the world, which is an awesome idea that we’ve talked about before.
So this year, in Qatar, iEarn is bringing together hundreds of educators, students, administrators and partner organizations from 50-70 countries at the iEARN Conference and Youth Summit to share how they are using technology to build global understanding and enhance teaching and learning! The theme of this year’s conference will focus on the use of technologies in education to reach out, learn and build a better world together.
In addition to the International Conference, iEarn also sponsors a corresponding and related event, an annual Youth Summit, where students from over 20 countries come together to build bonds of friendship and plan future collaborative project work.
Pretty neat, right? Have you participated in one of iEarn’s past conferences? If so, we’d love to hear your experience. We haven’t been ourselves, so we can’t offer a personal account, but might have to put it in the calendar for 2014!
Even if you can’t spend a week in Qatar this summer, you can keep up with the event and associated activities on Twitter.
Thumbnail image courtesy of iEARN website.