Work: State of mind not a place and #globaled13

Today and yesterday I have not been very well and as such have not made it into the office.

As I did not have my work PC at home I have not been able to do a lot of the things I would normally and I am taking today as a sick day.  However, yesterday I was able to catch up with reading, write up notes, deal with emails and conference calls (via my mobile) and attend webinars, effectively still working a full day.

This really just confirms how flexible we can, or should be, in today’s environment.  Yesterday I felt ill/tired but able to perform tasks at my own pace, today I do not have as many tasks I can do remotely and really need to rest up.

However, even though I am taking the day as a sick day and feeling dreadful, I am hoping to attend my first sessions of the Global Education Conference – albeit on the last day of the conference (notes below from any I make it to)…

1. Global Project Based Learning & 21st Century Skills are Dialectically Connected (iEARN Syria)

  • Argue need to change the classroom, partly due to technology held by students.
  • Showed information on local history project, one of collaborative global projects on iEARN platform.  ‘Live the history’ via combining site visits with mobile technology.
  • 21st Century Skills include mentality of global citizenship, including research into environmental issues [particularly interesting considering the challenges faced by Syria] youth organised and managed.
  • “iEARN students are not typical students” – something for for recruiters at universities and businesses to consider.
  • Project based learning way to avoid information-delivery style learning/teaching.  Research, report writing and other skills developed.

2.  How to Change the World (Keynote – Charter for Compassion International)

  • ‘Peace starts here’ tagline for the charter with video confirming scale of global adoption (on channel).
  • New to me I think, but core idea about encouraging people to be ‘compassionate’.
  • Born out of idea from TED – interesting to see something come out of TED beyond simply ideas/theory.
  • Have a stream of activity for chartered schools – based around 3 simpler ideas, basically about being good citizens.  Perhaps this is the post-religion way to organize morals?

I have tried to attend bits of GlobalEdCon in, at least, the last couple of years.  It is impressive if only for the scale, logistics and spread (for example session 1 above only had 10 people attend but they were split between the US, UK, Syria and China; session 2 was mainly North American delegates but also the Caribbean, Zagreb and me!).

Author: iangardnergb

My name is Ian Gardner and I am interested in various topics that can be seen as related to learning, technology and information. To see what I am reading elsewhere, follow me on The Old Reader ( and/or Twitter (@iangardnergb).

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