Saturday, November 20, 2010

Global Education Conference GVC Session

On November 19, 2010, Ronda Zelezny-Green and Janet Barnstable presented the Global Virtual Classroom as part of the first online Global Education Conference. Ronda was in Boston, Janet just West of Chicago. Attendees were from Israel, Cote d'Ivoire, England, Missouri and other USA locations. The conference was powered by Elluminate.

The session about the Global Virtual Classroom program was recorded and is available for playback at anytime using this link: You will be asked to accept a plugin from Elluminate, the program used for presenting and recording. Session is approximately 45 minutes.

All session recordings are available from the Global Education Conference website. Kudos to Steve Hargadon and Lucy Gray, co-chairs, for a well run, well attended conference!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Global Education Conference Presentation Nov. 15-19, 2010

The 2010 Global Education Conference is being held November 15 - 19, 2010, online and free. Sessions will take place in multiple time zones and multiple languages over the five days. The conference is a collaborative and world-wide community effort to significantly increase opportunities for globally-connecting education activities.

Andrew Ezzell, Janet Barnstable, and Ronda Zelezny-Green's Global Virtual Classroom program presentation is on Thursday at 3pm EST.

There is no formal registration required for the conference, as all the sessions will be open and public, broadcast live using the Elluminate platform, and available in recorded formats afterwards. There is a limit of 500 live attendees for any given session. Links to watch the sessions will be posted the weekend before the conference begins, in the "Sessions" and "Schedule" pages, and recording links will be listed soon after each days sessions. To verify that your computer system is configured correctly to access Elluminate, please run the self-test

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Tech4Learning Sponsors GVC

Tech4Learning has offered software prizes for Schools who have not won a monetary award in the GVC contest but have received an award of Merit. The primary division will receive Pixie and secondary will receive Share. Each school on the merit teams will be given a url to download the software and a license code for it.

About the company: Tech4Learning develops desktop and online creativity software that empowers students to be producers of original ideas, not consumers of information. Their tools build curriculum connections to the real world, engage students in their learning, and develop essential 21st century skills.

About Pixie: Designed for primary students, Pixie combines paint tools with text options, clip art, voice recording, and standards-based curriculum activities, helping students build 21st century skills as they develop podcasts, online storybooks, videos, and Flash animations.

About Share: Designed for secondary students, Share makes it easy to create interactive presentations, PDF and Flash® files, and web sites. Share lets students combine text, graphics, original illustrations, animations, movies, and interactivity to demonstrate understanding and mastery.

Global Virtual Classroom is very grateful for this generous offer. We know the schools will be just as thrilled!

If your company wishes to sponsor GVC, please contact us

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

AT&T Supports 2010/11 Global Virtual Classroom Program

Press release: AT&T Supports 2010/11 Global Virtual Classroom Program

The GVC contest registration ends September 30, with team announcements coming out October 1-3. Applications after that will be on a waiting list until able to form an addition team.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Contest Registration Ends Soon

Where in the world will you collaborate this year? It's time! Applications for the Global Virtual Classroom contest end September 24th, that's only 3 weeks left. Teams will be formed by October First.

The Clubhouse PEP (people exchanging perspectives) program will also be up and running by October 1.

Read additional information and Apply now!
If you've already participated before and just now remembered that time is close, go directly to the contest application here:

Saturday, July 24, 2010

GVC Program Manager

I am pleased to announce that Janet Barnstable has been named as the new Director of the Global Virtual Classroom Program. Janet has participated in the GVC programs since its inception in 1996. She recently retired from teaching after 48 years. For the past 18 years she was with Percy Julian Middle School in the Oak Park Illinois School District 97.

We look forward to working with Janet and know that the teachers and students from around the world will benefit from her knowledge and experience gained over the past 14 years participating in the GVC program. Join me in welcoming Janet and please call upon her for any questions, suggestions or comments you might have.

Her new GVC email address is:

We also wish to thank Charlie Elsey for his successful management of the GVC program for the 2009/10 school year. He was able to provide leadership of the program along with his other duties as a fulltime middle school teacher in Sarasota, FL.

As a reminder, if you have not signed up for the GVC for the next school year, please be sure to complete the online registration form found at the following link:

I look forward to your participation in the GVC once again this year. It is only through your dedication and effort that the program continues to be a success and a real global leader in online learning experiences for students from around the world.

Andrew Ezzell
Give Something Back Intl. Foundation