The World is Flat and
Your Classroom Can Be, Too:
Learning and teaching with
global peers in the
Flat Classroom™ Project
Connor, Helena, Mia, Talia, and Honor
From The International School of the Americas
San Antonio, Texas
Roundtable Discussion Questions
• What did you hear?
• What stood out to you?
• What surprised you?
• What did you notice?
• What are you
• What intrigues you?
• What are you thinking
• What else would you
like to know?
• How might you apply
this idea in your own
classroom or school?
• The World is Flat and A Whole New Mind
• Educational Networking (Mia)
• Social Bookmarking (Connor)
• Multi-Media Mash-Ups (Helena)
• The 3 C’s: Connect, Communicate, Collaborate
The World is Flat and
A Whole New Mind
Friedman’s Concept of a “Flat World”
“a global web-enabled platform for multiple
forms of sharing knowledge and work
irrespective of time, distance, geography, and
increasingly even language”
Thomas Friedman, “The World is Flat,” MIT World video, May 16, 2005
The “Six Senses”
The 11 “Flatteners”
Connecting the World Online
World Wide Web
Uploading: Changing Shape of Information
Globalization and Outsourcing
PLEs and Social Networking
Mobile and Ubiquitous
A Whole New Mind: Why Right-
Brainers Will Rule the Future
• Agricultural Age (farmers)
• Industrial Age (factory workers)
• Information Age (knowledge workers)
• Conceptual Age (creators and empathizers)
“A Whole New Mind reveals the six essential
aptitudes on which professional success and
personal fulfillment now depend . . .”
Pink’s “Six Senses”
• Design - Moving beyond function to engage the sense.
• Story - Narrative added to products and services - not
just argument. Best of the six senses.
• Symphony - Adding invention and big picture thinking
(not just detail focus).
• Empathy - Going beyond logic and engaging emotion
• Play - Bringing humor and light-heartedness to
business and products.
• Meaning - Immaterial feelings and values of products.
The Future is Now
“In the future, how we educate our children
may prove to be more important than how
much we educate them.” (p. 309)
The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century
by Thomas Friedman, 2005, New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Popular Social Networking Activities
Creating and Connecting: Research and Guidelines on Online Social—and Educational—Networking
National School Boards Association, 2007
The 3 C’s: Connect,
Communicate & Collaborate
NEW SKILLS FOR A NEW AGE
What students must master to succeed.
• Access, evaluate, and use different forms of information
• Exercise critical thinking
• Exhibit fluency with tech tools
• Use various forms of media when presenting ideas
• Display originality
• Employ problem-solving skills
• Work successfully as a team
• Demonstrate cross-cultural awareness
• Communicate complex ideas effectively
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"What does Learning mean?" CC by langwiches on Flicker
• The Horizon Report and Grown Up Digital
• Emerging Technology Trends (Talia)
• Information Literacy and Research Skills
• Collaborative Writing on Wikis (Connor)
• Student Summits (Mia)
The Horizon Report
and Grown Up Digital
Net Generation Norms
Integrity (Digital Citizenship)
Simple Augmented Reality
Visual Data Analysis
The Digital Generation
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