Notes for Educators
Thank you for your interest in the Agenda 21 NOW! international
Internet conference for students! Agenda 21 NOW! is not only for students,
it is also a conference
If you are a teacher, don't hesitate to take part in
discussions yourself. Don't only stand besides while your students are
having fun in the conference :-)
What is an Internet Conference?
People from all over the world can discuss easily over the Internet.
The only thing you need is a computer with access to the Internet and
a registration some days in advance at least. Registered participants
will have exclusive write access to Agenda 21 NOW! Interactive, our
special pages that help preparing the conference
Log in and discuss on conference day! It's easy!
The name of our conference is Agenda 21 NOW!.
means: It is time
to implement the Agenda 21, it is time to develop ways of sustainable
development. Not next year, not tomorrow, let's start NOW! But how can
this be done? How would
young people like to do it? The conference topic
Political and demographic change in the early 21st century as well as
ways towards a sustainable development should be discussed in
The conference duration is 25 hours this times, it starts on conference day at 17:00 UTC, with the last hour being reserved to writing a resolution. All participants are kindly asked to come back in the final conference hour, i.e. on Thursday, 18 February, 17:00 to 18:00 UTC.
How can my students and I discuss?
The discussions will take place within conference rooms - rather
similar to an ordinary conference! Every conference room has a topic,
related to the conference theme.
We will provide special information on every topic, some
provocative theses, essays, pictures, linked material, ... All this a
mouse click away.
How can I prepare my students for the conference?
Quality discussions need quality preparation. Use the Agenda 21 NOW!
pages to prepare your students! Check our pages, especially our
Interactive Pages, from time to time! You can find a lot of
further information for you and your students there. We hope your
students will like it!
Be a part of the preparatory team, you and your students!
Some of the Agenda 21 NOW! pages are what we call Interactive Pages, just as the
Wikipedia dictionary you probably know. This means:
As a registered participant you and your students
may edit the Interactive Pages and even create new pages, visible to everyone
surfing Agenda 21 NOW! ! Read more about this
For all those of you who might have found the former link pages of the early
Agenda 21 NOW! conferences useful: They are still available on our
In every conference room (there will be three or four of them) you can very
easily contribute to a discussion: Just write into the message window.
A second after you have sent your message by mouse click, it will
appear in the conference room for all participants. Every participant
in this room will be able to read it and maybe respond or send a new
contribution to the discussion. In this way discussions between
participants from all over the world will develop quickly and easily.
Can I participate with my entire group of students, e.g. a class?
Yes! Please! Of course! There is only one important thing about it:
Every participant, which means: every member of your group, must
please register individually.
This is because on the Internet it is not really possible to discuss
as a group. It's always one human who is sitting in front
of the machine. Therefore we ask all members of classes and other groups to please
register individually. Thank you!
It is like with an ordinary conference: You register before you can
participate. When you register you must leave a couple of data about
yourself including your e-mail address.
During the conference all
contributions will be published in the conference room with the
authors names. One click on this name displays a short description of
the author so that you can find out a few things about the one who has
written this. Moreover you can directly contact the author via e-mail
if you want to. All this is only possible through registration. The
participants may stay in contact even after the conference has ended.
Click here for registration
Please note: Registration must be made before the conference.
Who can participate?
Students from the age of 14 up from all over the world. Educators /
also welcome! Students can participate individually as well as in groups.
A few conditions ...
... all participants are kindly asked to follow strictly:
1. Conference language: English! This is the one and only conference
langugage, so that every
participant can discuss with one another, we need a common language.
In this way language barriers will not emerge.
2. Sustainability: The conference only lasts for one day, but it
contribute to sustainable development. Agenda 21 is a theme one has to
deal with for a while, before really knowing what to contribute.
Dear teachers and educators,
we therefore kindly ask you to prepare your students for this
conference! Please check the Agenda 21 NOW! webpages for further
information on Agenda 21 and the conference theme!
Do you have further questions?
Please do not hesitate to
We hope to see you and your students on the net during the next
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