Dorothy would say as she clicked her sparkling red shoes together.  And the good fairy Glenna waved her wand and all was well with the world again - at least Dorothy's.

Why can't she wave her wand over our educational system and make that better as well?  Perhaps she is just waiting for us to bring the house down on the "wicked" educational system of past so she can take it into the future.  

We've been shown the way.  Sir Ken Robinson has been demonstrating the future first with his "Changing Education Paradigms" 2 years ago to his more recent explanation on "How to escape education's death valley" to Sugata Mitra: Child Driven Education also 2 years ago to 5 months ago when he said, "Build a School in the Cloud".

Actually, we call it the Universal Library for Learning which we intend to design through crowd sourcing with educators, developers of OER's and learners.  It will allow any individual to go and find quality materials based on their individual interests and that meet their learning style(s) and abilities.  Whether facilitated by an educator, a parent or just looking for yourself, each individual that enters will have an interactive learning card to develop and store their individual learning pathway.  And since it is personalized to the learner, it is their interests which drive their learning and not the standards.    This means instead of being in the front end of learning they are accounted for at the end of the learning.  As goals are met, standards are achieved, mastery has been obtained, the learner receives digital badges which hold all the information and artifacts the learner produced to show mastery.

Technology is moving and changing more rapidly now then ever and new learning resources are born every day.  How can you keep up with it all?  How can you make sure each is quality?  One person can't but many together can.  And that is what NGGE is all about - pulling together the pieces of best practice and quality learning together into one place and then making it easily assessable to all learners.  

Come along and explore with us how we can give learning back to our children regardless of who they are, where they live, or if they're  are rich or poor.  

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  • Co-Chair

    Hi Tracy-

    Your proposal needs to follow the format required in the call for proposals:

    Please edit and let us know when you are ready for us to review your proposal again.



    • Co-Chair

      If you would like to me to review your proposal again, please make revisions by November 17th 9 PM Central  (GMT-6). Then, email me at to let me know your proposal is ready for another look.

      • Co-Chair

        Tracy -

        I received your email. There is a required format for proposals, and your proposal does not follow it. It is given in the call for proposals: and you can see other accepted proposals and how they follow the format here;

        If you do want to edit your proposal, go to the OPTIONS button in the upper righthand corner of this page, and this will allow you to change your current version.

        I hope this helps,


        • Thank you so much for your help.  I wasn't home this week-end, sat down to rewrite the proposal and see that I missed the deadline.  I will, however, take your advice and read examples so that I do better next time.

  • Co-Chair

    Is this a proposal for the 2013 conference? We are about to open the call for proposals, and if this is a submission, you'll need to follow the format detailed in the instructions. Thanks!

    • Yes, I thought I had to submit this blog first before I entered a proposal.

      • Co-Chair

        The call for proposals for this event has not been made public, and there traditionally has not been any call for blog posts in any of our conference proposal processes. I see that you posted the same thing in the STEMx Conference community? Maybe you're confusing the two events?

        • Well then I guess I am lost.  Actually this was not meant to be a blog as such.  I thought I was following the directions. 

          • Co-Chair

            Hi again -

            Regarding your comment, "Yes, I thought I had to submit this blog first before I entered a proposal." I think this is where the confusion is stemming from. RIght now, we are communicating in the comments of a discussion forum post of the Global Education Conference Network. This is not the same as the blog feature in this community. Blogs can be found here; the discussion forum can be found here and the conference proposal strand within that forum is located here.  There aren't more because we have not yet issued a call for presentations for our November conference. Here are the directions and we will be issuing the call for presentations in the next day or two, if not sooner. This is a conference focused on global classroom connections.

            Steve and I run a second conference called the Global STEMx Education Conference. It is focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) plus other related topics. You have posted a proposal there that seems to be a duplicate of this one, but in the proper format:

            You can edit or delete any of your proposals by going to the OPTIONS button in the upper right hand corner of each post. This one either needs to be deleted or put in the proper format. The STEMx one needs to have more language tying to the theme. 

            Let me know if you have further questions. 

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