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Kickstarting Global Collaboration

Product code: PLS21716
Topics: Online learning, STEM & STEAM
Length: 30 min - 1 hr
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This webinar is part of the February 2016 ISTE Professional Learning Series.

Leaders from the ISTE Global Collaboration Network will share an array of opportunities for supporting online global collaboration with students of all ages. Topics will include leadership priorities for going global, global STEM, taking teacher education global and taking your classroom global. This will be a fast-paced and entertaining session with lots of ideas, conversations and examples to share.

Presented by the ISTE Global Collaboration Network.


Leigh Zeitz

Bio: Leigh Zeitz – aka Dr. Z – is an associate professor of instructional technology at the University of Northern Iowa. His vision of education involves challenging and empowering learners by providing a learning environment that is teacher led and student driven. Visit him at drzreflects.com [http://drzreflects.com] and follow him at @zeitz.


Toni Olivieri-Barton

Bio: Toni Olivieri-Barton has been teaching 21st Century Skills to adults and children for over 19 years. She has worked in the education field for the last 9 years. She currently is a library technology educator at Fountain Valley School. Her last job was as a librarian/media specialist and IB Coordinator at Woodmen-Roberts Elementary School in Colorado Springs. She facilitated all 2nd through 5th graders to have an opportunity to flatten their learning by connecting with students from around the world. Previously, she worked in Shanghai, China as technology coordinator at Shanghai Community International School at the lower school. She has also taught high school students and during the past 10 years has assisted three school districts with staff development. In 2011 she won an ISTE Award in On-Line Learning. Toni holds a BA in Philosophy and a minor in Mathematics from Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana. As a Flat Classroom Certified Teacher, Edmodo Ambassador and Certified Trainer, and Graphite Certified Educator, Toni has brought global collaboration projects to her new school. She has also maintains a blog about 21st Century Skills. She will continue to bring her global collaboration experience to wherever her future takes her. Next year, she will be the Technology Library Educator at Fountain Valley School, an international boarding school in Colorado.


Larisa Schelkin

Bio: Larisa K. Schelkin is CEO & Founder, Global STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education Center, Inc. 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation (GSTEM) and President, Global STEM Education Consulting, LLC. Larisa is the author of the Global STEM Classroom® - globally connected teaching and learning model. She develops and runs collaborative global STEM programs with schools in Massachusetts and around the world. For the last 10 years, she has developed over 35 Global STEM projects and established partnerships with K-12 schools & universities in 12 countries. Prior to that Larisa held executive positions in academia and STEM global corporations (WPI, WIT, Tufts University; TYCO Electronics Global Corporation). Larisa was a Fellow for Education Policy, Rennie Center for Educational Research and Policy & Institute for Education Leadership (IEL), Washington, DC (Class 2015); Larisa studied Global Education at Harvard University Graduate School of Education ”Think Tank” (2015-2018); Larisa Schelkin holds BS and MS in Petroleum Engineering & MS in Computer Science. Prior to moving to Massachusetts, USA, where she and her family residing now, they have lived in Russia, India, and Africa.


Julie Lindsay

Bio: Julie has led the way in global education and technology-infused connections and collaborations across six countries including Africa, Asia and the Middle East. She is is now based back in Australia as a consultant, presenter and workshop leader and is currently Director of Learning Confluence and Founder of Flat Connections. She is also co-author of Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds: Move to Global Collaboration One Step at a Time, Pearson 2012. Julie is a highly effective and sought-after educational consultant due to her ability to understand different global contexts and to bring experience and opportunities to others through her passion for learning and ‘teacherpreneur’ approach. She is adept at designing and customizing learning experiences for all ages, including cutting edge events such as the groundbreaking Flat Connections Conference that includes both students and educators learning and working together. She is an ADE (Apple Distinguished Educator), a Google Certified Teacher and currently an ISTE Ambassador and former ISTE International Representative on the Board of Directors; and a member of the Leadership team for both the Learning 2.012 Conference in Beijing 2012 and the Global Education Conference 2010-14. Julie is working on her EdD with the University of Southern Queensland with a focus on effective pedagogy for collaboration.