Over 250 educators from across the state came to Chapel Hill last week to participate in World View’s K-12 Global Education Symposium, Innovation and Technology to Drive Global Learning. Co-sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and UNC’s School of Education, the symposium was an opportunity for educators to dive deeper into learning about innovative approaches to global education, while exploring new techniques and resources from business experts, university faculty, and other educators.
The program started off on Wednesday, October 19th with welcomes from Dr. June Atkinson, Superintendent of the NC Department of Public Instruction, and Judith Cone, Vice Chancellor for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at UNC-Chapel Hill. Phaedra Boinodiris, IBM’s global lead for serious games and gamification, took the stage as the first keynote speaker and gave a presentation titled “Out-Thinking Old School”. Following Ms. Boinodiris, J. Sara Klatchko, an award-winning photojournalist who specializes in documenting the stories and situations of children across the world, took the stage and shared – through pictures – how children across the world are defined by tradition and customs, affected by global concerns, and connected by shared universal needs.
For the remainder of the day, participants split up and attended four rounds of concurrent sessions. Participants were able to choose sessions based on grade level or subject area. These sessions explored topics like “Google’s Big Secrets” by Mark Samberg, the Technology Innovation Lead at N.C. State’s Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, and “Critical Literacy in the Age of Social Media” by Sarah Bausell and Ronda Bullock, both Ph.D. students at UNC-Chapel Hill. With 36 concurrent sessions to choose from, educators from all grade levels and subject areas learned content and gathered resources to use in their classrooms. Participants also had an opportunity to interact with over a dozen exhibitors from organizations like Carolina Navigators, Qatar Foundation International and the North Carolina Geographic Alliance.
The next day, participants listened to back-to-back sessions from Dr. Hiller Spires, a Professor and Senior Research Fellow at N.C. State University, and Dr. James Thomas, an Associate Professor at UNC-Chapel Hill and the Director of MEASURE Evaluation. After a short break, William Ferriter, a teacher in Wake County Public Schools and author, wrapped up the program with his presentation, “Changing the World for the Better – Calling Students to Action”.
The 2016 K-12 Global Education Symposium was a success. Participants were able to leave the program with new knowledge, new resources, and new skills that they can incorporate into their classrooms as we work to drive global learning in all areas of the curriculum.
If you missed this symposium, there will be other programs later this fall and in the spring. On November 9-10, World View will hold its 2016 Community College Symposium with a focus on Environmental Sustainability. More information about the program can be found by clicking here.
In the spring, World View will hold two back-to-back seminars on March 28-30, 2017. The first seminar will focus on Latin America and North Carolina and the second will highlight the African continent, titled Stories of Africa: Connected Over Time and Across the Globe. Please click on the link to find out more information, including registration information.