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IGI Summer 2024 Global Educators Workshop

IGI Summer 2024 Global Educators Workshop: Critical Thinking in the Technological World

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Sponsored by the University of Illinois llinois Global Institute; Center for African Studies; Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies; Center for Global Studies; Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; European Union Center; Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies; Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center; Women & Gender in Global Perspectives.
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Jul 17, 2024 - Jul 18, 2024   9:30 am - 12:00 pm  
Free and open to the public.
Danielle Sekel
Originating Calendar
Russian, E. European & Eurasian Center: Conference & Workshops

The Illinois Global Institute is pleased to announce the IGI Summer 2024 Global Educators Workshop. This workshop features two days of round-table discussions and keynote addresses focused on the theme of “Critical Thinking in the Technological World.” Educators from across the globe are invited to engage in dynamic discussions, exploring the intersection of critical thinking and technology in today’s educational landscape. 

Join us for a series of illuminating sessions designed to deepen your understanding of how critical thinking skills can be cultivated in and beyond the classroom amidst the rapid advancement of the technological era. From insightful keynote presentations to interactive roundtables, participants will gain invaluable insights and practical strategies to empower their students to navigate the complexities of the modern world. 

This virtual experience is open to K-12 educators worldwide. Moreover, Illinois K-12 educators are eligible to earn up to 5 ISBE Professional Development Hours (PDH). Additionally, all participants who attend at least four hours, as recorded by Zoom data, will receive an electronic certificate of attendance. 

A professional development workshop for K-12 and community college educators and librarians. Illinois K-12 educators are eligible to receive ISBE PDH. 


DAY 1 (July 17) - AI and Plagiarism; Media Literacy and Disinformation

9:30 AM CT
Keynote 1: Dr. Norma Scagnoli (Inaugural Vice Provost of Learning Innovation, Illinois Institute of Technology)
"Artificial Intelligence in Higher Education: A Multifaceted Transformation"

10:10 AM CT
Keynote 2: Marina Falasca (M.Ed., M.A.. Professor, I.ES. en Lenguas Vivas Juan Ramón Fernández, Buenos Aires, Argentina)
"Empowering Critical Minds: Integrating Media Literacy in K-12 World Language Education"

11 AM CT
Roundtable Discussion:
Panelists: Magdalena Brzezinska (PhD Candidate, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland); Chryssa Lazou (PhD Student, International Hellenic University, Greece); Sharon Tonner-Saunders (Lecturer, Technologies- ICT and Music, School of Education, University of Dundee, Scotland)

Day 2 (July 18) - Teaching Controversial Issues in an Era of Global Crises

9:30 AM CT
Keynote 1: Dr. Melinda McClimans (Assistant Director of the Ohio State University's Middle East Studies)
"The Middle East in Mainstream Curriculum: Pushing the Boundaries of Canon"

10:30 AM CT
Keynote 2: Dr. Erik S. McDuffie (Associate Professor of African American studies and History; Acting Director, Center for African Studies, University of Illinois)
"Teaching Critical Thinking and Controversial Issues in an Era of Global Crises"

11:15 AM CT
Roundtable Discussion:
Panelists: Dr. Dinah Armstead (PhD, Education Policy); Noah Tang (US & Modern World History Teacher, Bloomington High School, IL); Rashod Seaton (Middle School Teacher, Franklin STEAM Academy, Unit 4, IL)

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