The 8th Annual SchoolNet Conference took place in the city of Neyshabour from the 13th to the 16th of September 2005. This conference was organized by the Science and Arts Foundation, the ICT Department of the Ministry of Education, the Neyshabour Mathematics House, the Isfahan Mathematics House and the Khorasan and Neyshabour Departments of Education.
The conference consisted of:
-Participation of 366 students, teachers and educational experts -Participants representing 31 cities across Iran -International guests from Finland, Germany and India, including Dr. Sonita Bhagawat (iEARN-India) who attended the conference as an invited speaker and delivered a talk on iEARN activities in India.
-Submission of 300 articles and project abstracts -An Internet-based organizational system with applications such as online registration and project submission
Submitted abstracts were refereed by a scientific committee which included teachers from Neyshabour and other Iranian cities before a final number of projects were chosen by a team of professors from Ferdowsi University.
Overall, 40 articles and 60 workshops were presented at the conference (abstracts of projects can be viewed at: http://conf.schoolnet.ir/booklet.pdf).
The projects presented were also entered into a final round of competition, along with projects undertaken by SchoolNet members throughout the year, where
6 groups received grand prizes at the closing ceremony of the conference based on an evaluation conducted by various committees. The categories were: the best student-led project at the conference, the best website by a SchoolNet member, the best international cooperation project, the best voluntary group active in SchoolNet, the best article presentation at the conference and the best website for educational content. To view a PowerPoint presentation of the awards, visit: http://conf.schoolnet.ir/awards.ppt
The prizes which were given out to students were donated by Sanyo, Pars Online, Nokia, and Hydro Zagros. In addition to the above articles and projects, 60 workshops were presented by students, teachers and visiting guests.
Notable events during this four day program include:
-The opening ceremony, open to the public, which boasted of over 500 individuals consisting of conference attendees, representatives of local organizations, special guests and students and teachers from Neyshabour. The key note speaker was Dr. Hossein Masoomi-Hamedani from Sharif University of Technology who delivered a lecture on "Mathematics of Omar Khayyam".
-Lectures and workshops by visually impaired teachers and students regarding their current projects and the progress made in ICT programs for the visually impaired in Iran which drew large crowds and gathered great interest.
One significant initiative directly resulting from the conference is the FinnIran Initiative. The FinnIran Initiative is an online project promoting interaction between students across the world who share common interests, regardless of geographic boundaries. Mr. Ilpo Halonen, a conference guest from Finland has published an online article onhttp://ejournal.eduprojects.net/finniran/ that would promote these projects which have been implemented with the help of the Comenius 3 Network and SchoolNet Iran. The first three projects to have been initiated are: a collaboration of primary school children, a project about Linux software and LTSP, and pilot projects in science.
Overall, the 8th Annual SchoolNet conference provides an outstanding example of collaboration amongst educational experts and organizations to improve the learning process and promote innovation and creativity among students and teachers in Iran.
Further details can be found at:http://conf.schoolnet.ir.
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