Global Education Day at #ISTE17

One activity included global educators facilitating roundtable discussions on a variety of education-related topics. Picture here is facilitator Robert Moody.

Global educators were everywhere at the 2017 International Society for Technology in Educator Conference! The power of globally connected teaching and learning was clearly evident at this annual ed tech extravaganza which took place June 25–28 in San Antonio, Texas. ISTE had over 21,000 attendees this year from all over the world!

Participate and GlobalEdCon hosted a brunch for leaders on Sunday, June 25th. Non-profit and corporate leaders joined forward thinking educators to consider ideas and problems related to connecting students to the world. They were tasked with brainstorming solutions for moving the global education movement forward so that global education is positioned as more of a priority in the field of education. See some of the ideas shared in the Padlet below.

Following the Global Leadership Brunch, approximately 300 global educators convened at the sixth annual Global Education Day at ISTE. This interactive networking event is designed to help educators develop the professional relationships needed to support high-quality global project-based learning. See the interactive agenda from Participate here.

ISTE provided an amazing room which was set up as an interactive classroom with furniture from Steelcase Education. Attendees heard short “ignite” talks from the CEO of Participate David Young, TakingItGlobal’s Michael Furdyk, and Creatom Builder’s Kathleen Fritz. Additionally, Terry Goldwaldt of the Centre for Global Education and Jessica Lura and Wanny Hersey of Bullis Charter School also inspired attendees with ignite talks as well.

In addition to these talks, there were two breakout sessions focused on networking. Each roundtable had an experienced global educator as a facilitator around a particular topic and attendees joined tables that held appeal. Some example roundtable discussion topics were global collaboration using digital tools, using OER resources in a global classroom, and global students’ global perspectives.

A cool tools duel showcasing specific tools and resources also took place and this was followed by short presentations given by awardees of the Great Global Project Grant. It was really special to have three awardees join us in San Antonio!

See the following link for resources and more information about Global Education Day and think about how you can bring this format to your own education event!

Finally, the day was capped by global poster sessions following the opening keynote. Dozens of students, educators and organizations hosted displays filled with ideas and resources and enthusiastically explained the benefits of going global to the many educators who milled through the poster session area at ISTE.

Poster sessions in the Tower Lobby

Many who work in the field of global education sometimes lament that it is not a priority in schools. The global events at the 2017 ISTE conference might prove otherwise, and ISTE has played a significant role in raising the profile of global education. They recently re-designed their standards for students which call for students to be global collaborators. This year, they also re-tooled standards for teachers and according to best practices, educators should be collaborators who among many other things should:

  • Pursue professional interests by creating and actively participating in local and global learning networks.
  • Use collaborative tools to expand students’ authentic, real-world learning experiences by engaging virtually with experts, teams and students, locally and globally.
  • Demonstrate cultural competency when communicating with students, parents and colleagues and interact with them as co-collaborators in student learning.

Together, we can do more. We look forward to future global gatherings where educators gather to learn and connect with one another. Let me or Steve Hargadon know if you are interested in bring a GlobalEd Event to your school or institution.



Apple Distinguished Educator Lucy Gray is an educator and consultant. She is also the co-founder of Actionable Innovations Global PLC!

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Lucy Gray

Lucy Gray

Apple Distinguished Educator Lucy Gray is an educator and consultant. She is also the co-founder of Actionable Innovations Global PLC!