14th Annual iEARN International Conference and 11th Youth Summit in Cairo, Egypt July 21-26

The theme of this year’s conference is "Connecting Cultures … Respecting Differences: A global dialogue for development and sustainability"

The iEARN International Conference is a unique global opportunity and attended by approximately 1,000 participants from over 70 countries each year. The annual conference showcases educational technology activities, school partnerships, new Internet-based professional development tools, innovative curricula, and the collaborative efforts of youth and educators participating in the network. The six-day event also features visits to local schools, a community service project, and interactive presentations by ministries of education, businesses, and educational organizations eager to form partnerships with iEARN schools.

Objectives

  • Share models for how educational telecommunications can be used to affect positive social, political and economic change, and address unmet human and environmental needs.
  • Share successful classroom project examples that make a meaningful difference, and ideas/models of curriculum/classroom learning enhancement. Address issues of global technological inequalities and costs to local schools.
  • Demonstrate and provide hands-on experience in leading technology.
  • Encourage cross-cultural understanding through the use of different languages in project work, making place for voices which are not usually heard, and exploring other ways of breaking down barriers.
  • Enlarge the iEARN community to expand its global community of educators and youth leaders using telecommunications.
  • Share innovative educational resources from different centres, countries and organizations.
  • Identify steps toward enhancing and sustaining on-line project participation.
  • Create the environment for new collaborative project ideas to be developed, and enable participants to return home with specific action steps to create and/or expand educational telecommunications project work.
  • Build on the highly successful inaugural teachers and students previous meetings and conferences in different countries.
  • Open to educators from outside the iEARN Network.
  • Discuss and demonstrate of the latest developments in educational practice utilising telecommunications and associated technology will be the key focus of the workshop sessions.