My proposition today is that learning is flat, has to be flat. I am talking about a shift in pedagogy, a shift in mindset, and an essential purpose for the integration of technology across the curriculum
What is flat learning and why is it important
Teacher to student, student to student, student to teacher. Expert advisors, sounding boards, opportunities to learn from and with anyone
Use of mobile technologies, blended learning
More than ½ a billion mobile phones in Africa now
It is not in the future….it is NOW!
What leadership skills are needed? What decisions need to be made? Strategic planning?
Connect yourself, connect your school, connect your students!
Daily workflow using technology should include interactions with others. Daily workflow should include ways to share synchronously and asynchronously. This includes the use of search engines and tools to support real time and asynchronous interactions. Skype, educational network memberships, us of Web 2 tools such as a blog and a wiki which is open to others to interact with.
Pull technologies bring the information and updates to you.
Connected to a PLN or PLC is a 21C skill for all learners. This is not about social media as such, but about using networking tools in responsible and thoughtful ways to support learning objectives. This is about using the technology to make sustained and meaningful connections. This is about professional use of social media for teachers and students.
Become a teacherpreneur! Find opportunities through your PLN and bring them to your students and your school. A teacherpreneur is a teacher who sees an opportunity to make a profitable learning experience for students through the forging of partnerships with other classrooms with common curricular goals and expectations.
Video streaming to the world – Flat Classroom Conference 2013
Information - where does it comes from? How is it vetted?Location - we need local and global connections to produce well-educated studentsGeneration - how can learners connect across generations?Communication - it is important to include both technological and non-technological pathways of communication
Include different connection experiences across the curriculum
Although technology is used in communication, digital citizenship is still squarely about relating to people.
Promote discussions about individual digital identity – including for older students and adults Personal Branding
Starts with access – crucial to a good educationfive areas of awareness: technology, individual, social, cultural, and global – for framing analysis of online situationsFour key “rays” of understanding: Safety, Privacy, Copyright, and Legal; Etiquette and Respect; Habits of Learning; and Literacy and Fluency. Technical awareness is the core awareness that enables a person to be a digital citizen. It lets you put on your “shoes” and run into the 21st century. As a digital citizen, you decide how you will set up your pro- files, interact with others, and behave online. A good digital citizen is aware of social situations bothonline and face-to-face. Social awareness allows the digital citizen to interpret situations and retain interpersonal skills with friends and colleagues whether they are face-to-face or online. A person who is culturally aware is alert for differences in cultures and knows how to build trust relationships so the communication of those differences can flow. Understanding geography, politics, and local bandwidth concerns makes one a complete and effective digital citizen. Nationality transcends culture because most nations are made up of many different cultures.
Develop a powerful digital citizenship curriculum – across the curriculum – be open to current events and opportunities to discuss global impact. Keep the topics alive through active research and interactions with others. Bring the world into the conversation
Are your teachers and students globally competent? Create opportunities to learn with and form others around the world to foster deeper understanding will.
A future Employment skill
Educational networks are for community building and collaboration.Wikis are for disruption and collaboration
If Collaboration is a needed & required 21st Century skill, educators need to not only teach it, but employ & model it as well
How many of you as educators, as leaders, as classroom teachers, as administrators have co-created something with someone else at a distance? Consider the skills involved, consider the tools needed, consider the Internet access, timeframe etc
How do you learn to collaborate?Know about of Web 2 toolsKnow how to sustain a learning community – online and offlineDevelop technopersonal skills
Connected LearningCitizenship, with a splash of Global CompetencyCollaboration – but the sort that includes Co-Creation
Flipped classroom a form of blended learningWhere are the collaborative models?
Workshop – 3 Parts• PART 1 – Introduction and front-loading thetopic• PART 2 – Hands-on workshop (with 20 minbreak)• PART 3 – Discussion, feedback, reflection
All Resourceshttp://learningconfluence.wikispaces.com/http://goo.gl/o9CqMKick start - Share some ideas via Padlet:My digital life is like....., because..... and I wish Icould......to improve teaching and learning at EC
Connected Learning…….Connected learning applies to skills, attitudes and behaviorsfor the 21st century. It is about how we receive, share andultimately create and publish content. It is also about how weapproach learning through the use of technology. Connectedlearning focuses on the building of networks and developingpersonal learning resources through the interaction withpersonal learning networks and professional learningcommunities. A face to face community, or regular classroom,is often the starting point, but then, supported by technology,the learner connects with other ideas, resources andcommunities online. The term connectivism is often usedand refers to the metaphor of a network with nodes andconnections, and where learning involves creating theseconnections.
Flat learning…….Flat learning refers to the working relationship betweenall learners - teachers, students and others - so there is noreal hierarchy for learning. A Flat Classroom connectsand engages with multiple audiences, resources and toolsto create authentic, collaborative learning outcomes.Information flows freely from one to the other as thequest for knowledge, constructed through interaction,continues. This is scaffolded by the efficient use of avariety of tools, especially Web 2.0 tools, for learningmanagement, collaboration and co-creation.PLN - Personal Learning NetworkPLC - Professional Learning Community
• Get connected using common Web 2.0 tools• Start small, be organised and have clear aimsand structures• Choose short activities at first, plan foraccessible, short-term interactions• Develop digital citizenship skills along the way• Monitor student participation, be involvedand provide feedback• Embed the activity into the curriculumGetting startedCollaboration
Part 1: Community Building• Join Edmodo.com - Group code: 6mhant• Introduce yourself - this is what we call theHandshake phase of the collaboration - youcan add an image of link to a website thatshares more about you• Respond to at least one other handshake fromanother person
Part 2: Collaborative Authoring• Join wiki• Find your team page• Research topic• Contribute to a collaborative report• Use discussion feature on wiki page...?
Part 2: Collaborative AuthoringProblem solving:• How will your team connect and communicate?• How will you make sure only 1 person is editingthe wiki at once?• Where and how will draft resources anddevelopmental discussions be shared?• Who will take leadership for editing language(US English or British English?)
Part 3: Presentation/Action Project• Go to the Google Presentation• Decide as a team what information you wishto share from your research• Create one or two new slides• Allocate a team member(s) to add content tothese slides• Dont forget! You can still be finishing off thewiki while others are starting the finalpresentation
Discussion, Feedback, Reflection• What support do teachers need?• Communication challenges• Collaboration tools• Classroom strategies for communication,collaboration & co-creation• Digital citizenship content• Action project
“…are connected to digitalcitizenship resources andcreate engaging learningenvironments to help theirstudents form educatedopinions and behaviors foronline safety. ”Julie Lindsay
What is the Flat Classroom®?GlobalProjectsK-12PedagogyLive Events,ConferenceTeacherCertification
Is there a Flat Classroom® inYOUR Future?Connect, Collaborate, Changeflatclassroomproject.net#flatclass