Even though it has been a few weeks since E2, I feel honored to have been invited to attend the Educator Exchange in Singapore. E2 is a global conference, March 13-15, 2018 and offered the chance to collaborate with 310 Educators from 91 Countries. In short, it was an amazing global conversation about teaching and learning.
The energy, excitement, and the sheer delight to meet someone “in person” who you’ve known only through social media was wonderful. Meeting and greeting educators with the same global passion to inspire was simply phenomenal.
My E2 in Review Sway – Reflections of Singapore (click for E2 Photos & Details)
As a classroom teacher, there is a lot to think about when traveling around the world to attend a global conference. Do I have all my travel documents ready? What will I showcase at the learning marketplace? What apps and technology will we share? And, of course the ever-important question, what will I wear? Additionally, for the classroom teacher to become the learner, I had to prepare for leaving my students for a week and writing sub lessons plans so my students would keep learning science. Ultimately, the prep, planning, and packing were all worth it!
Attending E2, educators were tasked with a challenge: work in a Global Challenge Group to “hack” a lesson and produce a 2-minute video sharing how the group communicated, collaborated, and revised the lesson with innovation and creativity. I was privileged to work with Team 18, an amazing group of educators from Cyprus, Taiwan, Russia, India, and China. I was in awe of their work to overcome the language challenges to communicate and collaborate.
Additionally, on the last day of E2, educators presented in the “Learning Marketplace.” We showcased lessons from our classrooms, sharing practices, pedagogy, and technologies. My lesson presentation focused on an “Earth Safety Challenge” highlighting students’ roles in managing their own project and utilizing a myriad of technologies to produce a Public Safety Announcement regarding the “science and safety” of Pacific Northwest geologic events. (Click here for my lesson materials http://bit.ly/EarthSafety )
In review, E2 was an amazing experience to be part of! I was humbled and inspired and, as a global educator community, we were celebrated. I am privileged to have many wonderful memories and global educator connections that will last a lifetime.