iEARN & Youth Summit 2010 Virtual Conference

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This is a place where you can keep up-to-date with what is happening during the 14th iEARN Youth Summit in Barrie, Ontario. You will be able to watch webcasts, see photos, ask questions, discuss events, and much more!

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Worldwide Art Contest Launched!

OUR YEAR is a call to youth aged 13 to 25. The United Nations has declared 2010 the International Year of Youth we want to hear your voice. What are your hopes and dreams for this year? What kind of mark do we want to leave? This is the perfect moment for youth entrepreneurship, global citizenship and social responsibility. Share your vision for the International Year of Youth on a global platform and enter to win one of three great prizes.

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  • Closing Ceremonies : (

    by Lani Chevat on July 16, 2010 | 6:49 PM

    The week is coming to an end and with the final ceremonies the conferences was able to reflect on the past week. The closing ceremonies started off with the final flashmob dance, the songs lyrics "one people" was symbolic to the end result from a week long life changing conferences. There were many people to thank from the TakingITGlobal team, mentors, Mali and Jim and everyone who participated and helped organize the amazing youth summit. The presenters where also thanked for their hard work and teaching everyone about their interesting topics. Students have said their expectations where excessed, more than they could image! Everyone had gained from the conference and the people they have met! The finished art miles mural project was displayed forever one to see. The beautiful expression of peace from the students was incredible and inspirational! One presenter was the first man to climb Mount Everest from Oman! His climb was extremely symbolic for how with hard work anyone can complete their dreams. " The challenges in life are like the ridges in the mountains,"- you can get over them if you try! Mike Furdyk from TakingITGlobal presented gifts to the winners of the virtual conference contest. TalkingITGlobal connects the world and changes the world at the same time. Finally the location of the conferences for 2011 was announced; Taiwan! Representatives from iEARN Taiwan has invited everyone to join the iEARN 2010 Conference; Green Tech, Green Life, Great Ear! Though it will be hard to beat this years conferences, 2011 conferences sounds fun and exciting and I would love to attended!

  • Cultures and Murals

    by Danish Ajmeri on July 15, 2010 | 4:28 PM

    With four days of iEARN completed, it was very interesting to see how much more interactive the workshops had become. I remember clearly on Monday that most of the youth were very apprehensive in participating and it's just amazing that everyone has become so much more open with each other. The workshop on Communicating Effectively Across Cultures focused on helping realize the differences in cultures and understand that not all things are universal. Substituting paper clips for money and following some instructions for behaviour, the group was split into two and were assigned completely different cultures. They then played a game where the objective was to collect as much money as possible to see how hard it really is to communicate with other cultures. Then we made our way to paint the mural which was lots of fun and filled with deep meaning. Stephen from Taiwan stressed the symbolism of bananas as a universal fruit and being synonymous to the "dream". And to "catch it" we must go step by step on the "banana leaves" to face and overcome the challenges that life throws at us. The mural indeed is a very universal representation of the global perspectives that have gathered here at iEARN and it has been really successful.

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  • Dreams Come True

    Dreams Come True

    by Mali Bickley on 2010-07-19 10:18:50

    It's so hard to believe that the week is over. Looking at the video done by Vivian, Francisco and Nigel, the moments passed by and my heart is full. The dream we had 3 years ago in egypt came true.......bringing together educators and students from about 40 countries to come and learn with each other. From the bottom of our hearts, we want to thank the TIG team who made the Youth Summit the best ever, being able to connect the summit to our friends worldwide exemplified essentially what we are trying to do in iEAN and TIG...forming a global community of people who want to make a difference. I am so proud of all the youth and I feel we have a new extended family. I am so happy that my students were able to participate and develop new friendships and relationships with those they only read about. It was a dream, something that happened as a result of many of us dreaming together, working together but mostly, having a common vision. As John Lennon was so often quoted this week: A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is a reality. Thanks for making our dream into a reality Mali

  • Closing Ceremonies : (

    Closing Ceremonies : (

    by Lani Chevat on 2010-07-16 18:49:44

    The week is coming to an end and with the final ceremonies the conferences was able to reflect on the past week. The closing ceremonies started off with the final flashmob dance, the songs lyrics "one people" was symbolic to the end result from a week long life changing conferences. There were many people to thank from the TakingITGlobal team, mentors, Mali and Jim and everyone who participated and helped organize the amazing youth summit. The presenters where also thanked for their hard work and teaching everyone about their interesting topics. Students have said their expectations where excessed, more than they could image! Everyone had gained from the conference and the people they have met! The finished art miles mural project was displayed forever one to see. The beautiful expression of peace from the students was incredible and inspirational! One presenter was the first man to climb Mount Everest from Oman! His climb was extremely symbolic for how with hard work anyone can complete their dreams. " The challenges in life are like the ridges in the mountains,"- you can get over them if you try! Mike Furdyk from TakingITGlobal presented gifts to the winners of the virtual conference contest. TalkingITGlobal connects the world and changes the world at the same time. Finally the location of the conferences for 2011 was announced; Taiwan! Representatives from iEARN Taiwan has invited everyone to join the iEARN 2010 Conference; Green Tech, Green Life, Great Ear! Though it will be hard to beat this years conferences, 2011 conferences sounds fun and exciting and I would love to attended!

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    Change! **edited***

    by Sakina Talib on 2010-07-16 09:35:51

    ***edited** Change, a small word but has a huge impact but what brings change? what is that one thing you think is important to bring about change without which it would be impossible for the change to occur, was the question i came looking for here. My journey started when I was in 6th grade and logged in the iearn website, I instantly knew there was another world out there, the world we always imagined,where peple from all over the world celebrated differences and shared their cultures, appreciated efforts and all this happened in our very own classrooms.I loved the way doing projects, with other countries became a part of the teaching syllabus.I was glad that teachers from all over the world were realising the importance of global education, because all my life I had been frustrated with my teachers and their ways of teaching.They were limited to an extremeley restricted world and wanted us to be within those boundaries too, they did not wish for us to explore the new possible ways or new ideas, which they were scared of, im not sure. After my very first Daniel Pearl iearn project and learning a little about journalism,I became to think if change really is possible, as a young child it looked too hard. It was discouraging to see that I never saw any change around me, people were still suffering,hungry,ill and uneducated. I started thinking like the people around me saying 'nothings ever going to change around here'. I did teach students in the school, put my efforts but only half heartedly, thinking once my summer camp is going to end and their school starts they will go back to the learning habbits their teachers taught them. I didnt see anything happening, I didnt know what brought about a change or was it ever possible, if my little efforts made any difference at all and how many drops we would need to change the whole entire ocean.With so much discouragement around me i slowly and gradually started to give up. Then something amazing happened. I got a chance to come here, the iearn conference here at Canada. This is my first iearn conference and it has changed my perspective entirely. People from all over the world, speaking different languages belonging to different cultures had gathered at one place, teachers and students like a one big classroom. I pondered over the reason for quite a few days as to why. I thought maybe its the excitement of being at a new place or it was because its free traveling for a few of us or to have a good summer break. Its not until I saw them all like one big family, coming year after year, meeting so warmly that I found my answers to be a little un-settling, not quite correct. The answer had to be a little more deeper than that. Further in the days, after the cultural night, that I realised that I knew the answer from the very beginning but just did not want to acknowledge it.It was because all these people around me cared, to bring about a change, it was the virtual iearn world come to life, people sharing their experiences and learning form each other.Now I have friends from all over the world who care and are passionate about the same issues as me. All the workshops I attended revolved around the same idea,using technology to bring people together and helping them create a change in their societies and in the result making the world a better place to live in, which helped me to think in a more positive way. After attending the conference and creating memories of life time, I found the answer to my very first question, what is the one thing that is important to bring about a change, it is HOPE!!! If you lose hope you lose all incenitives and think only like a cynic. If you have hope all the rest follows. You can involve people in bringing about a change and your determination and faith will take you far. I hope you all had a life changing experience like me. Good luck to you all.

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  • The iEARN Youth Summit is just around the corner...

    What are you most excited about?

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  • Barrie!

    Barrie!

    by Danish Ajmeri on 2010-07-09 15:40:06

    What is the most exciting thing about Barrie?

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  • Wednesday Excursions!

    Wednesday Excursions!

    by Eni Rukaj on 2010-07-09 15:41:35

    As youth participants in the iEARN conference, you\'ll have the chance to go on an excursion this coming Wednesday and get a taste of Canada. What excursion are you most excited about? Which one are you going on?

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  • How might we learn?

    How might we learn?

    by Vivian Trumblay on 2010-07-12 11:15:40

    A question inspired by our awesome keynote speaker: Stephen Heppell. How do YOU like to learn?

  • What is your global education story?

    The iEARN conference is bringing together educators and students from around the world who are collaborating with one another using technology. What is your story on how you are connecting with others globally for learning?

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  • What inspires you?

    What inspires you?

    by Eni Rukaj on 2010-07-12 17:12:03

    We are all moved by one thing or another, whether it\'s our heroes (Yes, I just came from the My Hero Workshop), global development, the beauty of our natural world or even the the glimpse of a world getting better. So, I ask you: What inspires YOU!? What moves you? What makes you hope for the future?

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    Confrence

    by nataliebabe1999 on 2010-07-14 13:17:46

    hi wow so far I\'m having such a wonderful and inspiring time here at the confrence it\'s really a lot of fun!!

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    Hi, I\'m Japanese teacher Hiroshi. In my country, we study English so long. But, most of Japanese cannot speak English. 10 students join this conference from Japan. Do they speak English? Do they understand what you say?

  • Biggest challenge?

    Biggest challenge?

    by Simon Breakspear on 2010-08-26 11:33:10

    What is the most significant educational challenge in your school context?

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