[tforum] [Fwd: Megaconference Jr. 2005 - Registration Open and Call for Proposals]

Joe Breen Joe.Breen@utah.edu
Tue, 15 Feb 2005 09:04:45 -0700


FYI, for those that have not seen the following and might have an 
interest for their constituency.  --Joe

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Subject: Megaconference Jr. 2005 - Registration Open and Call for Proposals
Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2005 09:43:17 -0500
From: Jennifer MacDougall <jmacdoug@isc.upenn.edu>
To: k20innovators@internet2.edu, k20advise@internet2.edu

Colleagues,

Please help us circulate this Open Registration Announcement and Call
for Presentations and Activities for the upcoming Megaconference Jr.
2005 to anyone who may be interested in your areas.
 
- Deadline for presenter proposals/activities - March 18, 2005
- Deadline for registration - April 15, 2005
 
We look forward to your involvement!
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WHAT IS MEGACONFERENCE JR.?
Megaconference Jr., now in its second 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 19, 2005, and it will run from 7:00 am until
7:00 pm EDT (UTC-4). The 12-hour duration will make it possible for
schools from many time zones to participate during their regular school
hours.
 
HOW CAN I CONTRIBUTE?
You can suggest a 15 min presentation and tell us about an interesting
project that you have been doing in your school. You can 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).
 
WHO CAN BE A PRESENTER?
Students, teachers, content providers and technical staff members.
 
HOW DO I SUBMIT A PROPOSAL?
The proposal submission process has been streamlined this year to
ensure a successful conference for all. Everyone must first register
for Megaconference Jr. 2005. 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.
 
WHAT TECHNOLOGY DO I NEED TO PARTICIPATE?
You will need Internet2 or comparable high-speed connection and access
to H.323 video-conferencing equipment. All 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.
 
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:
Event registration and subsequent proposal submission (for interested
sites) should be
completed online at: http://megaconferencejr.org/?id=registration
 
DEADLINES:
Submit your presenter proposal(s) by March 18, 2005.
Registration closes: April 15, 2005.
 
AND....
Please forward this message to anyone you feel would be interested
either as a participant or a presenter site, anywhere in the world.

Check out the NEW Megaconference Jr. website at
http://megaconferencejr.org
--
Jennifer MacDougall
MAGPI Applications Coordinator
jmacdoug@magpi.net
phone: 215.898.0341
fax: 215.898.9348

www.magpi.net
215-74MAGPI (215-746-2474)