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Start Date & Time
July 12, 2010
All day event.

End Date & Time
July 17, 2010
All day event.

Location
Georgian College Campus
Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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http://www.iearn2010.org/

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E-mail: youthsummit@iearn-canada.org

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 Dreams Come True - Posted By: Mali Bickley

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

July 19, 2010 | 10:18:50

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 Closing Ceremonies : ( - Posted By: Lani Chevat

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!

July 16, 2010 | 18:49:44

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 Change! **edited*** - Posted By: Sakina Talib

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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.

July 16, 2010 | 09:35:51

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 What brings Change - Posted By: Sakina Talib

change, a small world but has a huge impact but what brings change? what is that ne thing you thinkis 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 looged in the iearn website, I instantly knew there was another world put 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 proects, with other countries became a part of the teaching syllabus I was glad that teachers 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 for, im not sure.
After my very first Daniel Pearl iearn project and learning a little about journalism. I became to think if change relly is possible, as a young child it looked too hard. It ws 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 wold need the 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. i thought maybe its the excitement of being at a new place or it was because 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 ittle un settling, not 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 but i 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. 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.
After attending the conference and creating memories of life time. I found the answer to my 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.

July 16, 2010 | 09:20:17

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 What brings Change - Posted By: Sakina Talib

change, a small world but has a huge impact but what brings change? what is that ne thing you thinkis 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 looged in the iearn website, I instantly knew there was another world put 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 proects, with other countries became a part of the teaching syllabus I was glad that teachers 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 for, im not sure.
After my very first Daniel Pearl iearn project and learning a little about journalism. I became to think if change relly is possible, as a young child it looked too hard. It ws 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 wold need the 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. i thought maybe its the excitement of being at a new place or it was because 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 ittle un settling, not 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 but i 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. 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.
After attending the conference and creating memories of life time. I found the answer to my 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.

July 16, 2010 | 09:20:16

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 Day 5 of the Conference - Posted By: Rachna Kumar

So today is the last day of the conference and I can see that everyone is quite sad about this but excited to make the most of the day.

Currently sitting in a workshop by TIG, lead by Ping-Ya Lee, the children are staring attentively as they are beginning to realize the kinds of projects out there that they can be a part of through the Taking IT Global website.

Why are these children leaders? Although a lot of them don't think that they are leaders, I would beg to differ. The fact that they are even attending this conference speaks volumes about who they are as people and this much I am aware of, everyone one of them is a leader.

It is really exciting to see these children from so many different parts of the world interacting as though they have known each other forever.

This is only my second day and I too feel the same.

Blog soon :)



July 16, 2010 | 09:00:45

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 Why iEARN matters: Inspiration - Posted By: Eni Rukaj

July 12 to 17 are just five days. Five whole days I once spent idling on the beaches of Italy and Greece. Five days I once spend playing silly games as a child. Just another five days of a week. Another week of a life.

But this year, those five days marked the days of the 2010 iEARN International Conference and Youth Summit, which I helped facilitate for half of the week as a member of the TakingITGlobal team. I'm back home now, and watching the conference from afar like many of you, but the experience left a mark on me, nonetheless.

Some moments were eventless and dull. Some were impossibly hectic! One particular morning was so jam-packed yet slow-paced that it felt like an entire day while the afternoon following it passed by in a flash. Such are the duties of a conference assistant.

But there are moments, conversations, ideas and smiles that I won’t soon forget. I was inspired in the subtlest but most lasting ways by the people I met: the teachers and educators, the organizers and leaders, the presenters and keynoters, the mentors and most importantly, the youth.

I was lucky, as an interviewer and blogger to have the opportunity to hear their stories and opinions first-hand, and to discuss with some of them the welfare of our world and our world’s educational systems.

The conference program, full of workshops, panels, keynotes and other special events, was stellar, but it was during the breaks, and in between sessions that I had these opportunities for discussion and inspiration. It was while talking with people from all over the world, one on one, and while hearing their opinions, that I formed and shared with them my own. Through our combined constructive thinking, a lasting impression was made upon me.

As a youth myself, I recognize that we have the most to benefit from this year’s iEARN conference. Our minds are fresh and avidly take in ideas, chewing them thoroughly. We experience the world around us in colours not yet named. We see hope as a tool, rather than a last resort. We are the future, and I never realized this more than while I was talking with global youth about their lives. Their world is my world, and it’s your world too. Youth summits like iEARN are vital to the health of the world, because they bring together the most critical component of the world’s future: its leaders and their ideas.

Inspiration in these youth is what we need the most, as it is the rolling stone upon which dreams, ideas and plans are built. And as I have personally experienced, communication is the spark for that inspiration. Foster it and embrace within your own communities, and we may be able to continue sharing it with the world in conferences like iEARN.

Enjoy the last days of the Conference!


July 15, 2010 | 21:07:19

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 child soldiers - Posted By: Mohamed Sidibay

My name is Mohamed Sidibay, a native of Sierra Leone, a small, beautiful country located on the West coast of Africa. As a child, I never had a normal upbringing; my childhood was forcefully taken away from me by the very adult who once said "we are the future leaders of tomorrow". The adults that took my childhood away from me and many others created a different future for other child soldiers and me. They gave me a gun instead of a pen, they told me to do drugs instead of advising me to stay away from them, and they sent me out to kill or be killed instead of sending me to school. At the age of six, I had already seen so many people killed for reasons unknown to many others and me at the time. I had taken so many drugs, killed so many people that I became what I had once dreaded not to be; A KILLER, A DRUG ADDICT and A GANGSTER. I became all those things not by choice but by choice-less choice. I felt like I had no soul, and every day I cried inside for things that I did to people against my wish, and sometimes I wished that life was different. I wish that I could have at least enjoyed my childhood and not have lived the life that no child should ever be allowed to live.
After the war when I thought things were supposed to get better, they got even worse, worse than I could ever imagine.
“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”
-John Lennon

The forces of evil conspired to crumble what notions I had of the different facets of life.
It was soon after the fighting that things began slowly coming back to what you could call normal. In the light of all that death and fighting, there seemed to be resurgence of life and a temporary return to peace. Still, that was all on the outside. All that I should’ve struggled with at the outbreak of the war was catching up to me, and boy did it hit me hard. Because of procrastination, these mixed feelings, for so long bottled up, came out as none other than anger.
I was angry. This type of anger is felt by a few, and faked by many. This was full-fledged anger. Every second of my day was spent thinking about just how mad I was. How could my parents be taken away from me? How could the people in my community simply let this happen? This anger was not only directed inwards, because to some degree I blamed myself in the absence of satisfying rationalisation, but also outwards, at the adult figures who I trusted but now felt betrayed by. The adults around me further angered me by not believing in me. When they should have shown me support, they let me down. They believed that I could make nothing out of my situation when I believed that I could make something. Eventually this anger became too much on my psyche. It was draining and it strained my mental and physical capacities. I gave up on being angry because of how much energy it took out of me: it became too much. Instead of listening to them, I set out to prove them. Out of nothing, I could make something. Then I had the belief that there is no reserve destiny, and that one creates their own destiny; what they want it to be and not what it should have been. My community created a destiny for me, a destiny that predicts nothing but misery, but that was the destiny that they created - not mine.
When done with anger, I focused on more positive things. And as fast as I had been forced to mature, I focused, realizing a dream. In my mind, the equation was simple. Should the effort needed be applied, the rewards would astonish.
Fortunately, I found an outlet for my dream in the vision already set in motion by iEARN. It was an organization that took care of me and kept me off the streets. As a young child, it made me believe that I could make my situation better. With them I worked on various projects, attending conferences where I would share my experience with youth from around the world in an effort to increase awareness. Along with the WH Day Elementary School, I was able to increase awareness and in the process, lay down the foundation for change so that other children won't have to suffer like I did.
With iEARN and WH Day Elementary School, “The Dream Team” my dream—our dream—is becoming a reality. My dream, as it played out in my head, was but a dream. But now that the vision is shared, it is a realization.


July 15, 2010 | 20:35:31

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 Youth & Social Media: Breaking Through Cross Cultural Boundaries World Vision - Posted By: Alison M. Patsy

How can the youth today break through the cross-cultural boundaries that exist through the most powerful networking resource in the world: social media! Participants were given the chance to introduce themselves to their fellow peers and voice where in the world they would want to visit. By doing this they were able to identify the countries they would likely choose to communicate with.
Participants were asked to break up in groups to discuss questions to get them thinking about how it is possible to use social media to break cross-cultural boundaries with their global peers. For example, what does the youth need to be aware of when communicating with other cultures? Particular social norms, technological differences, and communication barriers, etc.? Afterwards each group was asked to present to the workshop what they had brainstormed, and how they answered the question.

Participants really opened their minds to ideas and were able to effectively collaborate to share what they believe are barriers and how they can be overcome to help promote cross cultural communication. Social media networks are the most popular, successful, and widely used ways to communicate today. If cross-cultural barriers can be broken down youth across the world can work collaboratively to promote global awareness and be able to learn more about one another’s culture.

This was one of the most beneficial workshops that I have attended the entire Global Summit. There really is no better way to promote cross-cultural communication than through social media networking. I was not able to blog about the individual groups who presented their response to the questions because my computer went dead but I was amazed at how innovative the participants were with the strategies they to break down barriers and build communication.

July 15, 2010 | 16:16:14

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 Social Change a Click Away - Posted By: iKhan

The Social Networking workshop began with two videos, both with a focus to engage their audiences into social consciousness and change. Presented by the organization Free the Children, the workshop covered the importance of conveying messages of change using mediums of social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. In educating the youth with tools of how to use social media we can facilitate the direction of spreading messages of change. The workshop then split the students into groups for discussion and brainstorming on how they can take on issues they feel passionate about and create change through using accessible technology. I feel the most profound message the students can take away from this workshop is being able to take their passions and communicate them using these mediums. The groups came up with ideas such as a website to empower women, called Sister-Sister, another group dedicated to saving the whales and cleaning the polluted waters, as well as a movie about the detrimental effects of climate change.
One of the short movies shown at the beginning (called ‘We’re All In This Together’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4NlyZqJhwk) used conflicting images and contrast to evoke our social conscious, leaving us with the “Perhaps the only fair thing to say is, if we forsake the lives of other, we actually forsake our own.”


July 15, 2010 | 15:37:25

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 Social, Social, Social...it makes my head spin... - Posted By: Rachna Kumar

Hey everyone,

So after enjoying two workshops and currently sitting in my third I am totally blown away by the importance of social media, social networking and their relevance in everyday life.

A lot of the participants I am surrounded by are already very aware of the type of social medias out there. From Facebook to Twitter all of these participants knew how to use these medias and when asked if their parents had access to Facebook accounts, very few raised their hands. It was evident that today we are faced with a huge generation gap in respect to the type of technology we have access to and how we choose to use this media, while our parents do not make use of this technology in the same manner.

It is amazing how "we" can use these social medias to "our" advantage to really spread "our" message, because at the end of the day all of "us" are here because "we" want to make a difference for "our" world and in that way "we" are alike :)

Now I am going to leave all of you with a very clever quote that the Free the Children presenter said from the workshop "Social Networking: A Means to Change".


"Facebook and Youtube is like the Jeans and T-shirts of the digital world. Email is like the suit and a tie of the digital world & Twitter is like the shorts, cause it's short!"

Blog soon :)



July 15, 2010 | 14:38:04

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 iearn 2010 - Posted By: abbi

This is my first conference i have ever been to and so far i have had a great time.So far the best memery has been the cotrul dance I did a dance in it for canada it went great.I was very happy that all the countrys want every one to join in and dance to it was auwsome.I also tryed a egyption drink it ws very good.Thank you i hope you enjoy

July 15, 2010 | 13:25:49

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 Meeting Sidibay - Posted By: Mali Bickley

Definitely the most incredible moment of the conference so far was the chance to finally meet Sidibay, the young man whom my studnets supported while he was living in Sierra Leone.
Sidibay gave a workshop to during the youth summit, telling about his life in Sierra Leone; losing his parents, being a child soldier, being liberated and not finding acceptance in his community after the civil unrest in Sierra Leone.
For several years, the students at W. H. Day Elementary School supported him, sent him to school and communicated with him on the internet. It was a great experience for all of them, and one we all cherished.
The have seen him and spoken to him on Adobe connect,but never had the chace to meet him
That moment finally happened this week, and it was all we could imagine.
That's one of the reasons that I became a teacher, to see kids learn and become citizens of no only their country, but the world.

July 15, 2010 | 13:24:29

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 W.A.K.E UP! - Posted By: Lani Chevat

W.A.K.E- worthy argument, attach people emotionally, know your audience, effective imagery! The workshop Action Planning W.A.K.E: The Four Pillars of Awareness, Free the Children was about cause marketing campaigns and how reach and the effect people take away from social visual imagines. The workshop went through a series of social and environmental campaigns. The women running the workshop would go through images and ask the students what they felt the message meant. It required the students to pay attention to small details and think about the real message behind the image. The session finished with a game of taboo; which demonstrated word associations with different problems around the world. The workshop was fun and enlightening!

July 15, 2010 | 11:43:50

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 Who's Your Hero? - Posted By: Lani Chevat

Thursday morning started off with a presentation of the My Hero Project. The project highlights students and their heros from around the world who are sharing their stories. The project celebrates global learning and the celebration of inspirational people. Slater Kemker, a student and filmmaker at the conferences was highlighted for interviewing her hero Cousteau, an environmentalist. There was then a video of Mali and Jim taking about the My Hero Project and the importance of multimedia learning. Making my hero videos helps kids with problem solving, collaboration and it builds international communities by learning from other student’s projects from around the world. The My Hero project has a global exchange program to help young people tell their stories and provides a meeting place for people around the world while improving cultural understanding. Another film shown this morning was about children who have made solar cookers. The women who created the solar cooker project explained who so many children have lost connection with the environment. Solar cookers not only help those in countries without a lot of electricity but it also saves an extreme amount of wood and natural recourses. The project also shows that learning can be moved outside the classroom and change someone life.


July 15, 2010 | 10:45:13

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 Day 4 of the Conference - Posted By: Rachna Kumar

Hey Everyone!

For those of you who don't know me, my name is Rachna Kumar and I just arrived at the iEARN Conference last night (Wednesday). As it is only my first day at the Conference I really did not know what to expect. I have not been disappointed and cannot wait to see how the next two days of the conference will be!!

The participants are so diverse that it truly makes this Conference one-of-a-kind. I have already been thrown into a wide array of tasks and responsibilities but am totally in awe by the workshops that I am witnessing.

It is amazing to see how children from so many different parts of the world somehow share common values and aspire to make noble differences in their communities and essentially the world.

I am definitely going to keep everyone posted about what I witness during this conference but until then blog soon!

July 15, 2010 | 09:30:26

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 Trip to Niagara Falls - Posted By: Maurits

Click on the links and I think the rest will be clear.

http://cms.canisius.nl/video/413/Trip-to-Niagara-Falls

http://cms.canisius.nl/video/411/Trip-to-Niagara-Falls-1

http://cms.canisius.nl/video/412/Trip-to-Niagara-Falls-2

http://cms.canisius.nl/video/414/Trip-to-Niagara-Falls-3

http://cms.canisius.nl/video/415/Trip-to-Niagara-Falls-4

http://cms.canisius.nl/video/416/Trip-to-Niagara-Falls-5

http://cms.canisius.nl/video/417/Trip-to-Niagara-Falls-6

Kind regards,

Maurits

July 14, 2010 | 23:11:33

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 Our Dutch blog - Posted By: Maurits

http://www.iearn0910.reismee.nl

July 14, 2010 | 23:02:01

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 Cultural Night! - Posted By: Lani Chevat

Cultural night was destined to be a great evening! To get everyone’s energies back up from a long eventful day the showcase started with a drumming circle, which was created from a drumming workshop earlier in the day. You could feel the beat vibrating throughout the auditorium. With audience involvement the drumming started the tone for an amazing night to come!
The drumming was followed by a poem with paintings created by Jen Corriero, from TakingITGlobal. The poem asked the question “how do you make change?” Once the poem was over you could see the reflection in everyone’s eyes about how they thought change could happen and how they will make change happen.
Then one by one 16 different countries went up on stage to represent their unique cultures. First to go was Spain with a traditional Catalonia dance. The dance was the first of many great dances to be performed. Next was Canada’s turn. A group of girls danced to “Wave Your Flag” and everyone in the audiences waved their flags proudly. After the dance Indonesia took the stage with one of the coolest instruments I have seen made of bamboo. Taiwan was ready next with wind instruments and a violin. The music was soft and had an uplifting melody that flowed through the auditorium. It was followed by a dance that had everyone jumping out of their seats to participate, it was fun and entertaining; everyone looked so happy and excited.
With traditional clothes Egypt performed a dance that was fun and lively. The dance also had everyone out of their seats, dancing and clapping along. And as many people that could fit on the stage ran up to dance with the Egyptian group!
Slovenia followed with an extremely funny story and a lovely song and dance. The story explained how small the country Slovenia is, ‘you could have dinner on one side of the country, sleep on the other side, hop around to the surrounding countries and still have a half tank of gas left at the end of the day.’ Georgia then took the stage and performed a dance; all of the girls where very graceful. Followed by Japan that sang a song about peace and brought up quests from other countries to join them in singing the song. Then a girl from Pakistan performed a wedding dance. With colorful traditional dress she invited everyone to join her on stage. Again students went running up to participate! Seeing that level of interested was magnificent and exciting. It looked as if they had been practicing and had known each other for years! What a beautiful sight to witness!
After everyone settled back down, Oman explained their traditional outfits with the aid of a video. Then Azerbaijan sang an adorable song and taught the audience a phrase of the song so they could sing along. This was followed by Jordan and a short film encouraging people to come visit. The countryside looked gorgeous with magical desserts and beautiful old architecture! Russia than went on stage in traditional dress and danced. The audience was clapping along in excitement as the music became faster and faster. The last danced performed was the gully creep from Jamaica. The performers invited students to come learn the dance on. Cultural night ended with a song from a First Nation man. Accompanied by a drum the song had a strong rhythm and an echoing sound that you could feel filling the room. He captivated the room with the most powerful instrument-his voice.
I feel extremely lucky to have witnessed all of these wonderful, unique and fun traditions from around the world!!!



July 14, 2010 | 22:19:02

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 Errol Lee\'s Son Song - Posted By: Vivian Trumblay



Errol Lee's son's song

July 14, 2010 | 14:34:06

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 Errol Lee Song - Posted By: Vivian Trumblay



Errol Lee singing a song

July 14, 2010 | 14:32:09

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 Alison Patsy - Posted By: Vivian Trumblay



Alison talking about the Global Youth Showcase

July 14, 2010 | 14:28:57

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 Priyanka Jain - Posted By: Vivian Trumblay



Priyanka from Seattle talks about her workshop.

July 14, 2010 | 14:27:31

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 Excitement and Expectations - Posted By: Vivian Trumblay



Lani interviews.

July 14, 2010 | 14:24:18

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 Leanne - Posted By: Vivian Trumblay



all the way from Taiwan!

July 14, 2010 | 14:21:07

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 Danish interviews Genevieve - Posted By: Vivian Trumblay



Registration day.

July 14, 2010 | 14:20:05

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 Slater Jewell-Kemker - Posted By: Vivian Trumblay



In the midst of arrivals!

July 14, 2010 | 14:18:40

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 Drum circle - Posted By: nataliebabe1999

wow ! I had so much fun getting to expariment with all of those drums . I met so many people there right beside me as we sang and together enjoyed a wonderful time together. Every single night when i get home i always brag about how much fun I had ,or all the awesome free stuff there was, or all the cool different people I met again!, the point is is that i love every morning when i get to go back and i know that my day is going to be filled with so much fun again!!

sincerely,Natalie age 10

July 14, 2010 | 13:43:49

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 Drum circle - Posted By: nataliebabe1999

hi woww!!! it was soo awesome to get to a chance to get to be in a drum circle with people from around the whole world!!!! Thankyou sooo much.

July 13, 2010 | 18:44:50

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 Drumming Through the Eyes of Our Souls. - Posted By: Eni Rukaj

"Rhythm is life." So starts the drumming workshop Lani and I attended this afternoon. The rhythm was flowing throughout the room as youth were drumming and singing along to the beat set by Soul Drums musicians. The atmosphere was fun and open, with everyone sharing their words through the drums.

The drumming exercise taught youth the importance of listening. “Pay attention,” said one instructor, “We have two ears and one mouth.” Through everything we do, work, learning and play, we must pay attention to the moment, in order to follow and to lead. As one instructor said, “You have a beautiful future ahead of you!” Youth leaders at iEARN can truly learn from this workshop: To listen is to understand, learn and appreciate and that’s exactly what the world needs more of.

By Eni Rukaj and Lani Chevat


July 13, 2010 | 16:35:34

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 iearn - Posted By: nataliebabe1999

I'm sooo excited to be here at the ieaen confrence!!
It's so inspiring to get to talk to people from all around the world and to find out that they have emails as well and that they can add you on msn.

Sincerely,
Natalie

July 13, 2010 | 12:31:11

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 FLASHMOB!! - Posted By: iKhan

Today's schedule called for a practice Flashmob, in preperation for the final performance at the gala on Friday! Although I never knew what it was I was excited to try it out. Flashmob is a choreographed dance that was created from youth members from Spain, but this video probably explains it better than I can say: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAW95PvhLhg). The purpose of this mass movement dance (it reminded me of the thriller dance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMnk7lh9M3o) is to bring people together and share a collective experience.
I really enjoyed the atmosphere, the energy and music that this dance brought to iEARN Youth Summit. Even though I was going through the steps for the first time it was simple enough to follow, but engaging and really exciting! I can't wait for the final performance on Friday :)


July 13, 2010 | 12:30:38

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 I have a dream! - Posted By: Birendre Jay

We all have dreams. But making your dream a reality is very much difficult. There is only one way to make it real. First of all you shoul make your dream very clear. Then you should find you own way of working towards it in your very own way because if you go to follow some one else's way of making it a reality, you would end up in a huge lot of mess.

On your journey to make your dream a reality you should not be missing something like iEARN. It brings youth & teachers who mould the next generation of the world together. Youth with many different dreams share it with rest of the youth & share their way of making it happen.

You get to listen to others with astonishing visions & many practical mission & it becomes a great opportunity for all to figure out wether the way of making their dream is quite suitable or not. It's an indeed a fabulous opportunity to brush up your ideas & pull your soaks up & put on your shoes of courage & reboost your journey in making your dream a reality.

Whilst you get to listen to many endevours of youngsters in safe gurding the mother nature & about their engagement in humanitarian operations.

Well, on the first evening I just felt as if I was seated in between Steven Spielberg & Isaac Newton because I was seated with a young lass who has wonderfull eye to see the world through a lense & with young lad who always wanted to exoplore things & invent things for the well being of the world!!

The days will pass on but you will not feel like today in future. So time to wake up & pack up for the long journey!!

Three Cheers for all!!!

July 13, 2010 | 12:15:44

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 We are WITH the World - Posted By: Mali Bickley

After 3 years of planning, we are finally here, all together at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario, Canada.
Yesterday was a dream come true......seeing all of our old and new friends arrive after they traveld for days was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. We are truly blessed to be here, learning and working together.
Some highlights:
O Canada with Jocelyn and the Dreamteam, the Country Call and the keynote session with Stephen Heppell.
WE are here to Catch the Dream and I can see it happening all around, from the smiles on the youth faces, seeing groups of people eating and working together, dancing, singifg and celebrating.
Thanks to all who helped make it happen.

July 13, 2010 | 10:52:51

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 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - Posted By: Lani Chevat

The second day started with an environmental panel and the audience participating in a rain making exercise. The first two speakers where from Japan and discussed the important concept of diversity in an environmental ecosystem as well as a human ecosystem. Cross-cultural learning is extremely important, especially on topics such as the environment, which affects everyone no matter where they are from. What better place to discuses a global issue than an international youth summit? Five students attending the iEARN 2010 conferences created a panel to discuss what has inspired them to save the environment and what they have done for the Earth. Inspiration has come from being outdoors, learning about the environment at school and seeing what other students and countries have done to save the world they live in. The panel explained how they all just wanted to make the world a better place. Some of the incredible projects have been planting trees, making informative movies and recycling bottle caps to reuses as building materials. If 400 bottles caps are recycled it means the students have raised enough money for one vaccination! It is amazing what can come out of simply collecting bottles caps! The bottle cap collection started in an iEARN club and they hope to reach the rest of the school with their life-changing project. The final major point they made was how important it is to have peer and teacher support in all of their project. Reduce,Reuse, Recycle!



July 13, 2010 | 10:31:22

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 Errol Lee: Breaking it down! - Posted By: Eni Rukaj

What a perfect way to end the first day at iEARN! Though I had never heard of Errol Lee until this concert, I was blown away, first by the beautiful voice and adorable dance moves of his son, and then by the incredible message and inspiring voice of Errol Lee himself.

The lyrics of the first song ended with “Together, there is so much we can do.” This man sings from the heart and with a passion that is sublime and subdued yet strong enough to make a room of a hundred people clap in time to his second song, “We Care.”

I’m utterly amazed by the power of music, as Errol Lee has shown us tonight. “Music is the method, character is his message,” and if we can all follow in his example, using music, film, and art we can certainly make the world a better place.


July 12, 2010 | 20:43:35

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 My first day - Posted By: shadwa alaa

sentences like "i have a dream","You have not to take No as answer","we can change the world if we had the chance" were repeating in my mind in my first day in the iEARN international conference & youth summit Canada2010;I found it really awesome to meet people from different with varying cultures and to talk with them. now i feel that youth around the world are able to be connected together and to reach their goal together.I'm so excited to learn new things and eager to feel and taste new experience.I'm waiting to transfer everything for people in my country....now i do believe in everyone's strength not only to change his life but to change the whole world.

July 12, 2010 | 20:10:43

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 To be a child. - Posted By: iKhan

The workshop with Mohamed today has taken me to a real international perspective that we often advocate in this conference. We often celebrate how over 40 countries are represented at iEARN, but what does that entail for the individual? We need to come back to reality and remember where we live and how we are blessed to be in the societies some of us live in. The childhood of a child soldier is not something we could ever consider a childhood. Mohamed saw his family murdered at the age of 3 and then captured and forced to be a child soldier. He juxtaposes this to the realities of our lives at the age. “Put yourself in the situation”. What were we experiencing at the age of 3? Our realities are simply conflicting and incompatible to the lives of child soldiers. From the age three to nine Mohamed describes his life as having no choices, living in a constant state of fear and oppression. Having to witness and perform tasks that are unimaginable. Hearing his story brings me to a place that feels beyond the realities of this conference. Being able to reach people at any age and sharing this personal story takes a certain strength and courage that I greatly admire. He is able to share his story today because of his positivity and determination. Mohamed spoke about non-violent revolutionary leaders such as Martin Luther King and Gandhi as the means for change, but he is today’s change. “You choose your own destiny. When people make you into a child soldier they are trying to shape your destiny”. Mohamed uses that negative projection and transforms it into a positivity and further propel himself to be the change he wants to be. Thank you for sharing your story.

July 12, 2010 | 18:16:32

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 Boy Solider - Posted By: Lani Chevat

Have you ever seen a room full of quiet pre-teens and teenagers? The speech of a boy solider, Mohamed Sidibay commands that stunned attention from an entire room. With poise and a powerful presence the former boy solider told his tale and feels about what happened in Sierra Leone. Mohamed Sidibay explained how he was trained as a killing machine when he was 3 years old. He explained once the war was over how it was hard to go back to a world of no violence since that was the only world he had known for 6 years. After the war Mohamed became very angry; “what was the point of it all?” he exclaimed to the listeners. Yet he knew that he wanted to change the world and prevent future boy soldiers. “To change the world I had to change myself,” he explained how he needed to get rid of all of his anger before he could help others. Knowing that people have not experienced or seen the same things he had makes him want to work harder to shine light on these serious issues. “If you don’t talk about what you believe in you don’t exist,” he quoted Martin Luther King. The best thing that helped with his pain and anger was speaking up. In the future he would like to create peace around the world and make sure what happened to him never happens to another child. Mohamed Sidibay finished by quoting John Lennon; “A dream you dream alone is just a dream; a dream you dream together is a reality.”



July 12, 2010 | 18:07:44

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 Sandwatch: A Program of Action Workshop - Posted By: Eni Rukaj

Information is key. The Trinidad and Tobago youth presenting for Sandwatch clearly know this. The audience watches as presenters explain the process of sustaining the worlds’ beaches, and developing global awareness of the fragile nature of the marine and coastal environments of the globe.

We are shown everything in pictures: from magnificent beaches and incredible nature, to weathering, pollution and increasing water levels that have resulted in the decreased health of the world’s coasts, seas and oceans.

Sandwatch, according to their official website, “seeks to modify the lifestyle and habits of children, youth and adults on a community-wide basis and to develop awareness of the fragile nature of the marine and coastal environment and the need to use it wisely. It is an educational process through which school students and community members learn and work together to critically evaluate the problems and conflicts facing their beach environments and to develop sustainable approaches to address these issues.” (http://www.sandwatch.ca/)

It’s clear biological science is at the root of Sandwatch, and trying to keep it alive in the minds of the globe’s communities is the mission, yet everything from poetry to mathematics to woodwork is actively used and promoted as part of the program.

“Sandwatch is you, Sandwatch is me, Sandwatch is all ah wee,” shows the last slide of the presentation, and “What can we do?” is the immediate question from an audience member. It’s inspiring to see youth already thinking about protecting our globe’s waterways and what Sandwatch is doing is something truly worth praising.


July 12, 2010 | 17:54:31

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 Do you know what QR is??? - Posted By: iKhan

The Workshop for QR Codes for School is turning out to be more of an outdoor adventure than a regular classroom exercise. QR Code stands for Quick Response, more simply put a bar code that can be decoded with a special device at high speeds. The workshop started off with a couple of teams made up of students and group leaders. In groups we then used gps devices to track hidden messages that were hidden around the campus. Once we located these printed codes we used an iphone with a special program to translate the code into a written message. There was a total of four messages to find and put together to create the final message. Want to know the message??? How about you arrange these blurbs! This is the order my team found the code in;
1. Nor so little not to be able
2. Nobody knows so much
3. Not to be able for learn from others
4. To teach others
The iEARN Pangea group from Spain was able to bring about this amazing opportunity of technology and learning together into an integrative fun activity. We all had some amazing laughs and team building exercises in finding the hidden treasure. The best part of the whole experience has to be returning to the classroom after and sharing our backgrounds. The students all took turns translating the final message in their languages. I truly enjoyed this workshop adventure for the team building and using our collective tools to reach or goals!


July 12, 2010 | 17:10:31

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 My Hero Workshop - Posted By: Eni Rukaj

The atmosphere as I sit here, watching the presentation of the My Hero workshop, is one of inspiration, innovation and idea-sharing among youth who are eager to share their heroes. Slater lead an empowering workshop, sharing her life story and her ideas about the world, as well as videos she has made for the My Hero Project. At the age of five, she held her first interview, and later on she had the opportunity to interview her own hero, an environmentalist and activist like her.

The mission of MY HERO is to use media and technology to celebrate the best of humanity and to empower young people to realize their own potential to effect positive change in the world. Slater’s enthusiasm, both for filming and youth empowerment, is evident in her session.

Some of the youth in the audience have themselves made movies, using iMovie and Windows movie-making programs. Others have their own heroes to share with the group. Most are watching the screen avidly, as videos from earlier on in the day, of icebreakers with the mentor groups and various other activities are shown. From the tone in the room, it’s clear they are all inspired.

When the group gets up to shoot a short video of them passing around a ball in the form of the globe and sharing their respective heroes, you can feel the sincerity in their words. One person’s hero is his mom, another’s is a political leader, the next’s is her best friend, the next’s is her teacher, and yet another’s is his dad.

It’s clear these youth are eager to learn about the world, videography and empowering themselves and others, and Slater is just as eager to teach them.

We end the session with a showing of another video project. "Together we can," is the message, especially with video technology on our side. "It's really just having fun," Slater says, "and seeing what happens".


July 12, 2010 | 16:56:39

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 Teens and Social Change Workshop - Posted By: Eni Rukaj

Priyanka Jain started her workshop today at 4:00pm with the perfect icebreaker for thinking about the problems the world is facing, and how youth can change their world for the better. Poverty, education, the environment, diversity, acceptance of cultures, treatable diseases, HIV/AIDS and a multitude of other issues are some of the ideas passed around as each participants threw the connecting ball of yarn to each other, connected not only the youth in the room, but the issues they each wanted to solve. “If we can solve one problem, we can solve them all,” is Priyanka’s message, as the icebreakers shows that all of the issues mentioned are interconnected in a complex web.

So what can youth really do to make the world a better place? Priyanka, as a member of the Circle of Women, a youth-run non-for-profit organization, shows us just how much they can do: The Cirlce of Women recently built a school for girls in Afghanistan and is working to rebuild a school in Pakistan. They hope for the best and they do what they can, because they know they can have an influence and they have the power to make a change.

Clearly, women’s issues and the education of girls are important to Priyanka, and to many youth around the world as well. Most importantly, however, the education of girls and women reaches out further than anyone could possibly hope or imagine upon first glance. It’s not science, nor politics, but girls- real human, breathing, smiling girls- that can have the most positive impact on their communities, if they are given the possibilities and resources to do so. And these resources are not much: a micro-loan, a cow, the knowledge of hygiene, an EDUCATION! Things we take for granted could help not just one person, but an entire community!!

The message from this workshop is to work together, to give others the opportunities and resources to build a better life for themselves and thus improve the lives of many others as well. Women’s issues are crucial to issues such as HIV/AIDS prevention, poverty reduction, the environment and pollution and community-building. If we observe other issues as well, communicating with youth and adults across the world and proposing solutions, we can help solve one world issue, which will in turn, solve an array of global issues , all connected to other issues by our minds, hearts and good intentions.


July 12, 2010 | 16:32:58

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 Interconnected Educational Experiences - Posted By: Jennifer Corriero

Karen Cator

I’m in an afternoon plenary session listening to Karen Cator who is here from the U.S. Department of Education as New Director for Office of Educational Technology. She has provided an overview of a plan that was developed over the past year in consultation with stakeholders across the education sector recently launched titled “National Education Technology Plan 2010”. The plan looks at learning, teaching, assessment, infrastructure and productivity. To review the draft online, you can visit: http://www.ed.gov/technology/netp-2010

In her presentation, Karen talks about how we are all interconnected and dependent on each other yet we often don’t realize it. We need to build a world much more knowledgeable about interconnectedness. Information is ubiquitous and the student experience is increasingly based on mobility. There are a lot of places for online learning and interaction that can be leveraged for learning in-school and for education.

The reason that we ‘don’t have time’ in education is that we have everybody doing the same thing every day. Teachers are supposed to follow along in the order of operations. If we can create systems that are more efficient and effective where students can learn in half the time, would that be a good thing?

Karen has highlighted our need to move to a competency based model and to think more deeply about universal design for learning, so that all accommodations are made to build diverse resources and materials to help many more students.

What excites me most about the insights and recommendations from this plan is the overall focus and direction on creating engaging, inspiring and empowering experiences for students! Thank you Karen for sharing your passion – we look forward to seeing these ideas pick up momentum.

July 12, 2010 | 15:14:27

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 Global Youth Workshop - Posted By: Lani Chevat

Here at the first day of the iEARN youth conference there is a room full of colorful, lively exhibits representing specific countries. The exhibits are completely run by students and represent their view or vision of their country. The projects speak for themselves! (View pictures and videos to see first hand!) There are over 40 countries represent at the conference. The booths vary from traditional food, environmental projects and traditional cultural items. One of the best parts of each exhibit is how excited each child is to share their country and projects. It makes the global youth workshop experiences more personal and intriguing. Two of the most powerful and inspiring booths are the “my hero” table and the “teddy bear” table. Both tables have partnered with other schools from around the world. The “my hero” project exchange books filled with the classes’ heroes from their country. The class then exchanges books with a class from a different part of the world. The children at the booth said the project was fun and they gained new heroes. The teddy bear project group makes a teddy bear that represents their country and then exchanges the teddy bear with a class they have partnered with from another part of the world. The children said the project was extremely rewarding because they got to meet people from all over the world. The children are even getting inspired by the other exhibits in the room! The teddy bear group said they were inspired by the my hero project. This shows how powerful a child’s voice can be, which is seen throughout the global youth workshop and throughout the entire conference.




July 12, 2010 | 13:05:46

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 Opening Ceremony - Posted By: Lani Chevat

Sitting in a room filled with inspirational people from around the world reminds me of the opening ceremonies of the Olympics; all different countries coming together to share their stories and ideas with the rest of the world. It is the power of global change through technology that brings everyone together this week. The youth conference is filled with young motivated leaders that are following their dreams to not only change the world but to inspire youth around the world to take action in their dreams! The keynote speakers at the opening ceremonies explain how important it is that everyone at the conference is connecting through iEARN and TakingITGlobal to inspire others and be inspired! The students and teachers at the conference can connect with anyone from any country and participate in e-learning. Students are shaping and creating the world they want and it is visible at the opening ceremony of the conference! One keynote speaker stressed to the students how important it is to not take no for an answer when following your dream and that the impossible can happen if you work for it! The power of technology can and WILL change the world! Future education is being taken out of the classroom and has gone viral on the web. With ever growing technology learning has become infinite!
With a country call, the energy of empowered youth is visible throughout the room! This ceremony is just the beginning of the conference that will further empower and inspire teachers and students around the world.
The opening ceremony finished with a demonstration of how the world is really connected with the click of a button. One of the speakers, Stephen, conducted his speech through Skype over the projector! It is incredible to witness a room full of hundreds of people from around the world watching a live conversation from a man in a completely different country! Through technology students have the power to conquer and change world! And the students at this conference are here to do exactly that! Keep posted as the incredible and motivating conference continues!


July 12, 2010 | 11:14:32

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 iEarn Conference! - Posted By: Jennifer Lloyd

Hello friends :) Tonight I went up to Barrie to get some things ready for the opening ceremonies of the iEarn Youth Summit and Conference. As soon as I got there I saw a sea of blue TIG shirts and a lot of people from all over the world. This is my second iEarn conference so I was greeted (very warmly, I might add) from the people I knew. What was even greater than that was meeting new people. Within the first 10 minutes of my arrival at Georgian College, the team from the Netherlands walked in and saw my Germany soccer jersey. They spoke to me instantly and we had a quick chat about the game today. They were so friendly and eager to speak to me, I am excited to spend more time with them in the next few days. In the few hours I was there I was introduced to so many people who were just as excited as I was. I met with the TIG team who all seemed so excited to get started. It is hard to describe the feeling around the college, everyone is feeling ready to start the conference, meet and connect with new people and spend some time with ones they know. I cannot tell you all how eager I am for tomorrow to come. I hope all of you who could not be here will keep logging into the TIG site and watching from all over the world.. and for those of you in Canada this week, let everyone else know how its going! What has your experience been like so far and what are you most excited about?! I am so glad that you will all be here (physically and technologically) to experience this great summit! See ya on the flip side!

Love & Peace,
Jenn

July 11, 2010 | 23:15:05

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 Excited to connect with you all! - Posted By: Jennifer Corriero

I just wanted to write and share my excitement with those who are taking part in the Virtual Congress!

At TakingITGlobal, we have a dedicated team of staff, interns and volunteers who are committed to working with youth delegates in Barrie and online to share their experiences and ideas related to technology, education and global collaboration!

We hope you feel encouraged to share your stories and perspectives with us.

~ Jennifer

July 11, 2010 | 15:35:13

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 Welcome! - Posted By: Eni Rukaj

Hello and welcome to the Official iEARN 2010 International Conference and Youth Summit blog! TakingITGlobal is proud to be partnering with iEARN to offer youth and educators around the world this tremendous opportunity to share with, learn from and inspire one other in the 5-day event that will be held July 12th to 17th in Barrie, Ontario- and thus, for the first time ever in Canada! The conference seeks to use communication technology in education to improve health and welfare among communities, to promote intercultural dialogue and to support E-learning and professional development.

As you read this, we are working hard to make the event a success, from the youth-led workshops to the field trips intending on showing participants a taste of Canada to the virtual conference through which people around the world (including you!) will also be able to get in on the action. As an event emphasizing global cooperation and communication, it’s important to the iEARN conference that virtual participants join in on the discussions and gain insight as well.

Through the virtual conference portal (found at iearn2010.tigweb.org/) you will be able to see pictures of the events, watch live videos of the workshops, sessions and keynotes, listen to podcasts, follow participants’ tweets and read their blog entries, and even discuss your thoughts with others on the online event forum.

The intent of this official blog is to keep you updated on the general happenings and exciting events as they happen throughout the week. Updates will be posted on a regular basis, and are bound to be full of insightful and exciting information, so keep checking back regularly! 3 days left until iEARN!

July 9, 2010 | 10:11:12

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iEARN
iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) is a non-profit organization made up of over 30,000 schools and youth organizations in more than 130 countries. iEARN empowers teachers and young people to work together online using the Internet and other new communications technologies. Over...