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Announcement and Call for Papers - 1st International Conference of ICT in Education in Marrakech, Morocco 10th-13th November 2011

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  • Graham Stanley
    The IATEFL LTSIG is pleased to announce the 1st International Conference of ICT in Education in Marrakech, Morocco, to take place from 10th-13th November 2011
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 10, 2011
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      The IATEFL LTSIG is pleased to announce the 1st International
      Conference of ICT in Education in Marrakech, Morocco, to take place
      from 10th-13th November 2011

      Conference theme
      Opportunities, challenges and practical solutions for the integration
      of ICT in education

      Registration for the event is now open on the IATEFL website:
      http://secure.iatefl.org/events/event.php?id=39

      The complete Call for Papers is here: http://tinyurl.com/3bx3c97

      Background and Rationale

      The British Council, MATE and IATEFL Learning Technologies Special
      Interest Group (LT-SIG) are pleased to announce the 1st International
      Conference of ICT in Education in Marrakech, Morocco from 10th-13th
      November 2011. With its expertise in education and established teacher
      training system, Morocco is uniquely placed in the region to develop
      its status as a leader in ICT. The conference will enable teachers and
      educational representatives from across the country to share best
      practices with colleagues around the world and to develop their skills
      in this rapidly developing and exciting area of education.
      International delegates have a unique opportunity to engage in
      international dialogue within the context of using ICT in education.
      Through these cultural connections and the expertise of their
      teachers, current learners will develop their skills and autonomy
      through their teachers.

      Unlike previous recent IATEFL Learning Technologies SIGs in Italy and
      China, the beautiful city of Marrakech itself emphasises the unique
      cultural experience of hosting the conference in Morocco. On the
      second day of the conference, local delegates will be invited to sign
      up to act as local guides. Overseas delegates will be paired off with
      a Moroccan colleague who volunteers to take the visitor around the
      sites of Marrakech. As well as allowing the visitor to become familiar
      with the city, this allows the two time to exchange professional and
      more personal experiences. Delegates who wish to attend an evening
      meal will then be treated to a selection of Moroccan cuisine
      accompanied by an evening of Moroccan entertainment.

      Objectives
      To raise awareness among ELT professionals of the power of learning
      technologies to assist with language
      learning
      To contribute to the knowledge base as to how learning technologies
      can be used for English language learning
      To develop members' expertise in the myriad of uses of learning
      technologies with their language learners
      To tap into the knowledge of and network with international ICT in ELT
      specialists on areas of local concern
      To promote intercultural dialogue and connect cultures through a
      shared interest in realizing the objectives of the
      conference.

      Conference theme
      Opportunities, challenges and practical solutions for the integration
      of ICT in education

      Date : 10-13 November 2011
      Venue: Hotel Asni Marrakech
      Speakers: International and national
      Participants: International and national
      Contact: For further information, please contact: ictmarrakech@...

      Participation fees
      Registration fee for overseas IATEFL members
      £35
      Registration fee for overseas non-IATEFL members
      £60

      Programme:
      The conference will feature:

      Potential speakers
      Interested speakers are requested to submit their paper or workshop
      abstracts which have to include the following:
      An abstract (max 250 words).
      A short bio-data (max 150 words).
      A list of equipment needed.

      Abstracts should be sent to: ictmarrakech@... no later than 16
      September 2011. A scientific committee will be in charge of making a
      final selection before contacting the speakers on 30 September 2011.

      Participants
      Because the ICT SIG includes practical sessions, the number of
      participants is limited to 250 distributed as follows: 100 Moroccan
      participants and 150 international participants. Interested
      participants are required to send their requests before 30 September,
      2011. Accepted participants will be notified by 10 October 2011. The
      participants will be selected according to the following criteria:
      - having basic skills in ICT materials use and production
      - geographical representativity
      - willing to actively participate in a productive project during and
      after the conference
      - being ready to cascade information and similar work with colleagues
      in their area
      - first come, first served.

      Participants who wish to take part in the conference are requested to
      send a confirmation email to ictmarrakech@... no later than 30
      September, 2011 where the following is stated:
      - Your full name
      - The name of your institution, delegation and area, DOTI number (for Moroccans)
      - The name of your institution, Country (for non-Moroccans)
      - Your email address
      - Your phone number.
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