ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE: Hear ye, hear ye! Next week marks the 2012 Global Education Conference, the annual 24/7 virtual gathering of thousands of educators all around the world. The whole conference is online; the whole thing is free. There will be more than 400 presentations about international education. And this year, EdSurge is teaming up with Cisco GETIdeas to feature the Innovation Perspectives strand that will showcase young companies and organizations fostering collaboration between teachers, students and learners around the globe. Dr. Barbara "Bobbi" Kurshan from the Penn Graduate School of Education will keynote. (Stay tuned for the schedule of all the sessions.) We'll get the festivities warmed up this Thursday with a pre-conference Hangout on Google+.