[tforum] [Fwd: Megaconference Jr. 2006 - Call for Proposals]

Joe Breen Joe.Breen@utah.edu
Mon, 19 Dec 2005 15:09:53 -0700


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Something that might be of interest...  CHPC at the UofU can potentially 
aid in the collaborative video pieces for active or passive 
participation.  --Joe

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Subject: Megaconference Jr. 2006 - Call for Proposals
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2005 16:32:52 -0500
From: Jennifer Oxenford <jmacdoug@isc.upenn.edu>
To: k20innovators@internet2.edu, k20advise@internet2.edu


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<x-tad-bigger>Colleagues, 


Please help us circulate this Call for Proposals for the upcoming
Megaconference Jr. 2006 to those who may be interested in your areas. 

 

- Deadline for presenter proposals/activities - January 23, 2006 

 

We look forward to your involvement!

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WHAT IS MEGACONFERENCE JR.?

Megaconference Jr., now in its third year, is a project designed to
give students in elementary and secondary schools around the world the
opportunity to communicate, collaborate and contribute to each other's
learning in real time, using advanced multi-point video conferencing
technology. Presenters will design and conduct videoconference-based
presentations and activities focused on both academic and cultural
issues. Participants will be able to address questions to presenters
and to collaborate with geographically diverse peers in collaborative
learning activities, thus building international cultural awareness. 

 

WHEN IS IT GOING TO BE?

The event will be on May 18, 2006, and it will run from 7:00 am until
7:00 pm EDT </x-tad-bigger>(UTC-4)<x-tad-bigger>. The 12-hour duration
will make it possible for schools from many time zones to participate
during their regular school hours. We strongly encourage schools to
open up participation to parents, administrators, and the community
and to stay connected for as long as possible so that they can
actively participate with sites from around the world in different
time-zones. Museums and libraries are especially encouraged to invite
children and library patrons to participate during non-school hours. 

 

HOW CAN I CONTRIBUTE?

You can propose a 10-15 min. interactive presentation or showcase an
interesting collaboration project that you have been doing in your
school. You can also suggest activities that could be organized at
"downtimes" between the blocks of presentations. Or you can join us as
participants, with no special presentation given from your side.
(Questions at the end of presentations are more than welcome from
everyone).

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<x-tad-bigger>WHO CAN BE A PRESENTER?

Students and teachers can be presenters. Presentations with multiple
sites are strongly encouraged.  

 

HOW DO I SUBMIT A PROPOSAL? 

The proposal submission process has been streamlined again this year
to ensure a successful conference for all. Anyone who wishes to submit
a proposal must first register as a presenter for Megaconference Jr.
2006. Once registered, sites will be contacted about testing their
network connections. Upon successfully testing, those who wish to
submit a proposal will be able to do so. This will ensure that all
sites proposing presentations have passed a preliminary connectivity
test and will allow presenters more time to focus on their dress
rehearsals. 


HOW WILL PROPOSALS BE EVALUATED? 

Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria: 

1. Title: The title is catchy and unique and related to the objective
of the presentation. 

2. Presentation is Related to Theme: Student presentations should
focus on academic or cultural issues and incorporate global awareness
and collaboration.  

3. Collaboration/Interactivity: The ideal presentation should include
collaboration with students in another geographic location. If your
project includes another site please identify that in the "Overview"
section of the proposal submission form. 

4. Creativity/Uniqueness: The presentation is delivered in a creative
way and presents a different or unique topic. 

5. Multimedia: Without distracting from the proposal objectives, the
students use a variety of media resources and appropriate distance
learning activities. 

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<x-tad-bigger>WHAT TECHNOLOGY DO I NEED TO PARTICIPATE?

Most sites will need Internet2 or comparable high-speed connection and
access to H.323 video-conferencing equipment. Presentations must be
made using H.323 technology, preferably at 768 Kbps, and they will be
made from the presenter's location. Presentations with multiple remote
presenters are encouraged (see evaluation criteria above). 

 

WOULD I BE ABLE TO REHEARSE?

Yes, all presenters will be required to hold at least one dress
rehearsal prior to the event to rehearse and refine their
presentations. 

 

HOW TO REGISTER AND SUBMIT A PROPOSAL:

Presenter registration and subsequent proposal submission (upon
successful testing) should be completed online at:
</x-tad-bigger><bold><x-tad-bigger>http://megaconferencejr.org/?id=registration</x-tad-bigger></bold><x-tad-bigger>

 

DEADLINES:


Submit your presenter </x-tad-bigger><bold><x-tad-bigger>proposal(s)
by January 23, 2006</x-tad-bigger></bold><x-tad-bigger>. 

(If you are unable to submit by this date due to special circumstances
such as extended holiday break, please let us know and we will do
everything possible to accommodate you.)  


General registration opens February 10, 2006. 

General registration closes April 28, 2006. 

 

AND....

Please forward this message to anyone you feel would be interested in
being a presenter site, anywhere in the world.</x-tad-bigger>


Check out the NEW Megaconference Jr. 2006 website at
<x-tad-bigger>http://megaconferencejr.org

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Jennifer Oxenford 

Associate Director, MAGPI 

jmacdoug@magpi.net

phone: 215.898.0341

cell: 267.322.0036

fax: 215.898.9348


www.magpi.net

215-74MAGPI (215-746-2474) 

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