Emerging Trends: Flat Classrooms
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  • 1. The Flat Classroom Project
    By: Kelly Hughes
    October 21, 2010
    EDU 749
  • 2. What is the Flat Classroom Project?
    A global collaborative project that joins together middle and high school students
    Co-founded in 2006 by Vicki Davis and Julie Lindsay
    Uses Web 2.0 tools to support communication and interaction as well as collaboration and creation between students and teachers from classrooms around the world. Topics studied and discussed are real-world scenarios based on 'The World is Flat' by Thomas Friedman.
    The term “flat” refers to being “connected”
  • 3. What is the Goal?
    To 'flatten' or lower the classroom walls so that instead of each class working isolated and alone, 2 or more classes are joined virtually to become one large classroom.
    Designed to:
    develop cultural understanding,
    Develop skills with Web 2.0 and other software,
    Gain experience in global collaboration and online learning,
    Develop awareness of what it means to live and work in a flat world, while researching and discussing the ideas developed in Friedman's book.
  • 4. “Flat” Topics or “flatteners”
    Connecting the world online
    World Wide Web
    Workflow software
    The Changing Shape of Information
    Web 2.0 tools for sharing information
    Globalization and outsourcing
    Google takes over the world
    Personal Learning Environments and Social Networking
    Mobile and Ubiquitous
    Virtual Communication
    Wireless Connectivity
  • 5. Content of project
    The Flat Classroom Project™ has four mandatory components for students:
    An audio or video introduction posted as a blog post on the educational network (Ning)
    A written collaborative report using a wiki - Students will edit the wiki and discuss the topic on the discussion tab of the page in teams
    A personal multimedia response (digital story/video) (topic as assigned on the project matrix)
    A Post Project Reflection - Students will post their reflection on the process to the educational network (Ning)
  • 6. Past Project Winners
    http://www.flatclassroomproject.net/past-projects.html