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.
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.