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News from TIGed
August 2009

TIGed Site Improvement

The TIGed program is pleased to announce a new and improved support page! With a fresh new design, the new page makes it easier to find the information and assistance you need to take full advantage of all that TIG and its education program have to offer you and your students. Check it out!

Please note that weekly TIGed virtual office hours will now be posted on this page rather than on the TIGed blog. We are also working on a new version of the TIGed Manual ... coming soon!



Partner with TIGed for Professional Development!Partner with TIGed for Professional Development!
Please let us know if there is an upcoming education-oriented conference close to you! If you feel comfortable facilitating a workshop or giving a presentation about TIGed, and our proposal is successful in securing a spot in the conference program, TIGed could support your attendance in recognition of your efforts to share the word about TIGed! To suggest a potential speaking engagement, please contact Katherine Walraven, Education Program Manager.

Green Street SiteCanadian Teachers' Federation's Green Street Site Launched!
TIG recently worked with the Canadian Teachers' Federation to redevelop the website of its environmental education program, Green Street, and create Green-Street themed TIGed virtual classroom spaces for participating teachers. To learn more about the Green Street program, and to check out the new site, please click here.

Sharing the DreamSharing the Dream Project Page Re-Launch
As part of the Vancouver 2010 Education Program, the BC Ministry of Education and its partners are producing the Sharing the Dream webcast series. This initiative engages secondary school students across Canada and around the world in a series of student-led webcast interviews related to the components of the Vancouver 2010 Education Program through a TIG project page. The page is in the process of being redeveloped. Watch for the launch of the new and improved page in early September!


Summer Contest
Help us build up "Educator Stories" - a soon to be launched feature of the TIGed community page! Share your story by August 31st and you will be entered into a draw to win a copy of Microsoft Encarta 2007 Premium. The contest winner will be announced in the September issue of News from TIGed. To share your story, please visit the Educator Story submission page.

Present at NCSS 2009 and Attend for Free!
The TIGed program is currently seeking an educator to give a one-hour presentation on its behalf at the National Council for the Social Council for the Social Studies annual conference, to be held November 13-15 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Katherine Walraven, Education Program Manager. For more information about the conference, please visit the conference website.

TIGed in the Media
Australian Educational Leader

The Australian Educational Leader
TIG and TIGed were recently featured in The Australian Educational Leader, a quarterly publication of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL). The article was included in a special section of the journal dedicated to "Unleashing Potential, Inspiring Leaders."

Waterloo Chronicle

TIG and TIGed were also recently featured in a May 20th article in the Waterloo Chronicle, following a presentation at Thrive, a two-day conference focused on positive youth development. To read the article, please click here. To learn more about the Thrive conference, please click here.

Upcoming Featured Issues and International Days

In August, the TIG site will be focusing on indigenous people around the world in celebration of the International Day of the World's Indigenous People on August 9th. Be sure to check out the resources available on the site, especially on the Aboriginal Canada portal, and explore issues affecting indigenous people in your classroom.

The featured issue for the month of September is elearning. Important international days to keep in mind over the month of September include International Literacy Day on September 8th, the International Day of Democracy on September 15th, the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer on September 16th, and the International Day of Peace on September 21st.

Recent and Upcoming Events

5th Microsoft Partners in Learning Regional Innovative Teachers' Conference and Students' Forum
5th Microsoft Partners in Learning Regional Innovative Teachers
May 27 - 29 2009, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

From mid-April to mid-May approximately 100 students from the Asia Pacific region took part in an online dialogue on the TIG site about technology and innovation in education. Fifteen of the most active, engaged, and creative participants were invited to travel to Kuala Lumpur to take part in a parallel student conference, bringing youth voices to the conference for the first time! The students took part in various skills development and team building activities, and worked together in teams to develop innovative educational technology projects that they presented to the teachers. A member of each project group was sponsored to take Sprout, TIG's e-course designed for aspiring social innovators and environmental entrepreneurs, and share their learning with their group. Some of the groups were also selected to receive seed funding from Microsoft in order to help bring their ideas to fruition! To read about the students' experiences in Malaysia and beyond, please visit the group blog.

National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) 2009 ~ Celebrating 30 Years of Ed Tech Vision
National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) 2009
June 28 - July 1 2009, Washington, D.C., USA

Executive Director Jennifer Corriero and TIGed Program Manager Katherine Walraven attended NECC on behalf of TIG. We presented two sessions:

  • Creative Connections: Online Expression as a Means to Global Understanding (Sunday June 28th, from 7-9pm)
  • The World in Your Classroom: Online Global Education and Collaboration (Wednesday July 1st, from 9-11am)

With 18,000 attendees, this year's conference was the biggest ever! It was amazing to be part of such a huge gathering of dedicated, engaged teachers from all over North America and the world.

Global Youth Assembly and Youth Educator ForumGlobal Youth Assembly and Youth Educator Forum
July 30 - August 2 2009, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

The GYA is currently underway! If you are attending the assembly, be sure to stop by booth 24 to say hello to Katherine or drop one of the two workshops she will be giving:

  • Web 2.0 for Social Change (Saturday August 1st, from 3:30-4:30pm)
  • Guiding Global Learning (Sunday August 2nd, from 10:30am-12:00pm as part of the Youth Educator Forum)

Wrap Up

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Copyright 2009 TakingITGlobal

This newsletter is a subsection of TakingITGlobal's TIGed division, electronically published via email, and compiled from various events and news from within the TIGed network. Questions and/or comments can be sent to education@takingitglobal.org. Please include your full name, age, and your TIG username.