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Sun Education and Research Conference

Posted by turbogeek on February 15, 2005 at 11:57 AM PST

The Sun Education and Research Conference is getting started in San Francisco this week. Why is this important? The Global Education and Learning Community (GELC) is playing a part to enhance education worldwide and we are part of a focus at the conference. Most of us are not at this conference, so we need to rally ourselves within the virtual space of the java.net community. We all benefit from a better educated world. Please take the time to join the main member area for the GELC (join as an observer) and then join the GELC Discussion Forum. Let us know what you think about education and what needs to be done here at java.net to help. Also, if you own a project under the GELC, please join the Project Owner Forum.

At the GELC is not just about Java education. Yes, we excel with great Java tutoring projects (Girl's Java Cafe' and New2Java are great examples ), but that's just a small part. We have many projects to further education in general from grade school to university. We have software and information from learning tools to managing school districts and universities and education via the web.We also support research in many areas from grid-based biochemistry to scholarly research and student projects. Because we are an open forum we are also becoming a clearing house for components, tools, and even educational content.

Education is not just formal classwork that stops after you get a diploma. The best people seek to educate themselves throughout their lives. Our aim in the GELC is to also support life long learners and teachers.

A community not just about projects, it is also about its members. Please participate. Start by introducing yourself in the main forums or a project that interests you. The best opportunities to teach or learn are started by a simple hello.

Finally we need your help to get the word out. Tell everyone you know about java.net and the GELC. Tell your teachers, your friends, relitives, mentors, and even a few strangers. This is an important resource that everyone should know about and use. It's time to make a difference and make the world a better place by supporting global education and life long learning!

Everyone should be talking. No matter what project or community you are in at java.net, please say hello on you main discussion list or forums. Let everyone know who you are and how you can help. If you are a student, teacher, or just a member of society, we all have ways to help each other learn new skills. Call it mentoring or just helping out, the more we do, the better off we all are for it.

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