Here are some pictures my students took at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai in March 2015. After we started connecting online, we began traveling the world and connecting face to face. Connecting online truly opens a world of possibility for kids and helps them become global citizens.

The Global Education and Skills Conference is a Cultural Smoothie #gesf

Coming from a small, traditional farming community in the southern United States, it’s a bit of a shock to suddenly find yourself immersed in such a diverse array of ethnicities and cultures-ancient and modern-young and old. New ideas and ways of thinking mix with the traditional views and cultures of people around the globe as people from a myriad of backgrounds come together at the Global Education and Skills Forum held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is so diverse that it is almost like a smoothie with a little bit of everything in it.

[callout]Authored by Elizabeth G and Rebekah B, student reporters from Westwood Schools attending the Global Education and Skills forum in Dubai with their teacher, Vicki Davis. [/callout]

There are people from every corner of the globe here and it is just amazing to see how all these people come together with a common goal of furthering education around the world and making the world a better place. The collaborative atmosphere of the people here at the conference is really incredible and it is truly an eye opening experience to be able to talk with other people from around the globe with different viewpoints and learn to see things from a different perspective.

It seems like everyone here is completely dedicated to the task at hand and has a heart and passion for education. So, even though the delegates of the conference all come from different walks of life, they are able to blend their cultures together and bridge the gap to make lasting relationships as they pursue a common goal of education, equity, and employment for all.

[callout]A note from teacher, Vicki Davis. I believe that conferences about education should include students. I'm excited that the organizers of the Global Education and Skills conference do as well. This is a very important conference because it brings together policy makers, politicians, principals, teachers, and world leaders to envision and push forward education in the world. You'll be seeing the voice of students shared on my blog as they experience the conference and share their thoughts. [/callout]

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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