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  • 1. Julie Lindsay Head of Information Technology Qatar Academy European Council of International Schools Conference, Madrid November 2007
  • 2. Flat Classroom Menu
    • Flat Classroom Concepts and 21 st Century Learning Ideals
    • Global Collaboration 3.0
    • Flat Classroom Project 2006
    • Horizon Project 2007
    • Flat Classroom Project 2007
    • Flat Classroom Pedagogy: The Seven ‘C’s’ of a flat classroom
    • Student examples
  • 3.
    • Presentation can be found online at
    • Julie Lindsay
    • Head of Information Technology
    • Qatar Academy
    • [email_address]
  • 4. A Cultural Exchange: Dune bashing near the inland sea in Qatar
    • Video available:
    Produced with
  • 5. The Flat Classroom Concept David Warlick, ‘Flat World, Flat Web, Flat Classrooms’ /
  • 6. 21 st Century Learning Objectives Blooms Revised Taxonomy
  • 7. Framework for 21 st Century Learning 21 st Century Standards Engages students with the real world data, tools , and experts they will encounter in college, on the job, and in life--students learn best when actively engaged in solving meaningful problems
  • 8. 21 st Century Literacy's From Kim Cofino and ‘Always Learning’ /
  • 9. ISTE NETS.S: The Next Generation “ What students should know and be able to do to learn effectively and live productively in an increasingly digital world……” Creativity and Innovation Communication and Collaboration Research and Information Fluency Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making Digital Citizenship Technology Operation and Concepts
  • 10. “ Jousting for the New Generation: Challenges to Contemporary Schooling” By David Loader “ Knowledge sharing among students can be a major source of content and pedagogy.”
  • 11. You Know Your Classroom is Flat if… You and your students use Twitter, Meebo, MSN, Google Chat and other forms of ‘instant’ messaging to communicate with each other and around the world
  • 12. You Know Your Classroom is Flat if… You expect to hear from your students via a Ning message rather than an email
  • 13. You Know Your Classroom is Flat if… There is no need to go into lengthy demonstrations of new software. Good software is intuitive, students get bored with you talking so the best thing to do is let them play and explore it
  • 14. You Know Your Classroom is Flat if… You and your students expect to have regular, if not daily, conversations with teachers and students from other countries
  • 15. Level the ‘Playing Field’
    • Culturally
    • Emotionally
    • Pedagogically
    • Provide equal opportunities for ALL participants to succeed
    • Provide the engagement and competitive element to want to succeed
  • 16. Global Collaboration: A Review
    • Global Collaboration 1.0
    • Individual classroom work with some commonalities with partner(s)
    • Shared online via common website
    • Coordinated by central body e.g Epals, Cyberfair
    • Some minimal interaction between participants
    • Low-level use of technology and online tools for interaction
    • Global Collaboration 2.0
    • Classrooms get to know another class(es)
    • Connections and interactions (synchronous and/or asynchronous) are more common and planned
    • Working towards a shared goal e.g. iEARN Learning Circles
  • 17. Global Collaboration 3.0
    • Fully engaged teachers who communicate with all participants
    • Use of Web 2.0 tools for communication, interaction and creation
    • Different classrooms globally work together on a theme/project
    • Common assessment objectives
    • High expectations for connectivity and collaboration on teachers and students
    • Extended community partners included
    • Output may be individual but includes input from others
    • Output uses multimedia and attempts to make a difference to the immediate or extended environment
  • 18. Global Interaction Do it, don’t just talk about it
  • 19. Flat Classroom Project
    • Julie Lindsay, Qatar Academy
    • Vicki Davis, Westwood Schools, Georgia, USA
    Wiki-centric Global Collaboration using Web 2.0 Tools
  • 20. Thomas Friedman
    • The ten forces that flattened the world
    Flat Classroom Project featured pgs 501-503 Chapter called “If it’s not happening, it’s because you’re not doing it”
  • 21. Let’s join our student’s together from the ‘other side of the flat world’ And the result has fundamentally changed the way we as individual educators approach what we do in the classroom… we do it…..and who we do it with……
  • 22. Education cannot be in isolation….. Holistic Multicultural Trans-disciplinary "I never teach my pupils, I only provide the conditions in which they can learn" Albert Einstein
  • 23. Flat Classroom Project 2006
    • Westwood Schools, GA, USA
    • International School Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • 24. Project Requirements WIKI content creation and editing MULTIMEDIA ARTIFACT outsourced video clip REFLECTION EVALUATION
  • 25. Topics Flattener #2 The new age of connectivity Topic #1 Connecting the world online Topic #2 How the WWW has changed the world Flattener #3 Work Flow Software Topic #3 How workflow software has enhanced productivity and communication Flattener #4 Uploading Topic #4 The changing shape of information Topic #5 Why we should be promoting Web 2.0 tools for sharing information
  • 26. Flattener #5 Outsourcing Topic #6 Globalization and outsourcing Flattener #9 Informing Topic #7 Google takes over the world #8: Personal learning environments and social networking Flattener #10 The steroids Topic #9 Mobile and ubiquitous Topic #10 Virtual communication Topic #11 Wireless connectivity Topics
  • 27. Flat Classroom Project 2006 in Review Video available from:
  • 28.  
  • 29. Casey and Cannelle: The ‘C’ Team Virtual Communication Casey and Cannelle’s introduction video available from
  • 30. Flat Classroom Project transforms into Horizon Project
    • Flat Classroom Project 2006
    • Horizon Project 2007
    • 2 classrooms
    • 22 students
    • 4 judges
    • Wiki-centric
    • Individual rubric assessment
    • 5 classrooms
    • 56 students
    • 35 educators as judges, sounding board coaches, researchers and advisors
    • Wiki-centric
    • Ning for teacher interaction
    • Elluminate for synchronous interactions
    • Common rubric assessment
  • 31. Horizon Project 2007
  • 32. Horizon Project 2007
    • A trip to the future where we envision, create, and discuss what this future will look like with classrooms around the world. /
  • 33. Horizon Report 2007
  • 34. Key Trends Studied User-Created Content Social Networking Mobile Phones Virtual Worlds New Scholarship and Emerging Forms of Publication Massively Multiplayer Educational Gaming
  • 35. Keynote Speaker Five Classrooms Twenty Judges Peer Review Sounding Boards Six Emerging Trends (Topics) Student Project Managers Advisory Panel Researcher Panel Journalist Panel Awards Ceremony Student Summits Thirty-Five Educators Fifty-Six Students Horizon Project Elements
  • 36. 2020 is on the Horizon
    • Karl Fisch: Horizon Project Keynote Speaker
  • 37. Student Summit and Awards Ceremony
  • 38. Flat Classroom Project 2007
  • 39. Flat Classroom Project 2007
    • 21 st Century Literacy's
    • Editing and updating previously created information (Mass collaboration, 21 st century literacy skill)
    • Creating Digital Stories using the 6 senses of the conceptual age from Daniel Pink's book, A Whole New Mind
    • Post Project Reflection evaluation of the process and the project
  • 40. Daniel Pink
    • The six senses of the conceptual age
  • 41. In the Pink: Right Brain Concepts
    • Focus on digital storytelling and one of the concepts:
    • Design and Innovation
    • Story and Empathy
    • The ‘Fun Factor’
  • 42. Design Matters
    • Dean Shareski: Flat Classroom Project 2007 Keynote Speaker
  • 43.
    • A ‘How To’ Guide
    With specific examples from Flat Classroom Project 2007
  • 44. The Seven ‘C’s’ of a Flat Classroom
    • C onnect
    • C ommunicate
    • C ooperate
    • C ontribute
    • C ollaborate
    • C reate
    • C elebrate Preparing for and Surviving a Flat Classroom Project
  • 45. C onnect
    • ‘ Handshake’ across the world /
    • Use a variety of tools to foster and maintain the connections
    • Flat Classroom Ning
    • Wiki discussion tabs
    • Instant messaging
    • Email
    • Calendar
  • 46. C onnect
    • Issues include -
    • Time zones
    • Cultural differences
    • Teacher readiness
    • Class readiness /
  • 47. C hanging the Shape of Social Learning
  • 48. The Straw, the Camel and the Ning
    • From this………
    • To this…..advertisement free networking environment for education
    Read the full story:
  • 49. Are you a member of the Flat Classroom Ning?
  • 50. C reate: Design and Innovation Personal Learning Environments and Social Networking “ Social Networks…Profile design” By Sara T Summary: Want to know what makes a good interesting profile? What is it that attracts people to your page? And what features do social networks have that create and make communication effective? The answers to these questions with examples are all found in this video. Remember Design Matters! Location : Qatar Academy in Doha, Qatar Outsourced Video Segment: Christopher T. From the Westwood School in Camilla. Video can be found at:
  • 51. C onnect: Student Audio Introductions All audio introductions can be found on the Flat Classroom Ning at: /
  • 52. C ommunicate Wiki discussion tab
  • 53. C ommunicate
    • as a synchronous connection tool
  • 54. C ommunicate
  • 55. C ommunication Issues Communicate OFTEN, CLEARLY, RESPONSIBLY “ But what if they think we are all terrorists??” “ I haven’t heard from a team member” “ I don’t understand what they are saying” “ My father told me if someone says bad words to me I am to say bad words back”
  • 56. “ I was sharing some Flat Classroom experiences with colleagues last night over dinner. We were talking about curriculum reform and School 2.0 requirements. It dawned on me that we need to be creating these opportunities for students to interact with others and communicate and collaborate in order to learn more about what life is like in all parts of the world. We need to be promoting innovation and creativity and move into higher order thinking rather than robotic-style teaching. My Grade 10 Flat Classroomers this semester were meant to be doing a unit of work focusing on Adobe Premiere and video making. I 'transformed' this unit into the Flat Classroom so that we could participate. This means we will not be learning Premiere in as great a depth. But hey, what would you rather be doing, learning Premiere or helping to dispel the myth that all Middle Easterners are terrorists via a pro-active network of youth who are part of the future of this world??” Flat Classroom Diaries
  • 57. C ooperate Wiki discussion
  • 58. C ooperate Why did you delete stuff off the wiki? BTW I didn’t delete anything Sorry for accusing you, the history makes it look like you OMG I JUST SAW THE HISTORY ON THE WIKI..Really sorry for any problems
  • 59. C ontribute Wiki history
  • 60. Message to students…… Contribute to your team by recording short video clips for your partners to use in their videos. Do not be a non-contributor and lurk somewhere in the darkness. Come out and be part of the construction . C ontribute
  • 61. C ollaborate Ning discussion
  • 62. C ollaborate
    • Sounding Boards around the world
    Brandt Schneider USA Chrissy Hellyer New Zealand
  • 63. C reate: Story and Empathy Google Takes Over the World
    • “ A Day That Sage Found Google”
    • by Analisa Watkins
    • Summary: This a video promoting the Google search engine. This video clearly shows how Google can be of service to all students and how it can take you into a different world. It’s clips are made to be seen as a flip book in order to imitate a story book. Producer : Analisa W Location: Los Angeles County High School, Los Angeles CA. Outsourced video clip:
    • Yara H, Qatar Academy in Qatar
  • 64. C reate: Story and Empathy Workflow Software “ Workflow Software and Students” By Fatma M (Toomie) Summary: Software Software Software.... what will students EVER do without it? With this video we can see EXACTLY what we have taken for granted. Location: Qatar Academy. Doha, Qatar Outsourced Video Segment: Gracie S, Westwood Schools, Georgia URL:
  • 65. C reate: Design and Innovation Connecting the World Online “ A Ring For Jimmy” By Amalia B Summary: Jimmy needs help with his project about Georgia. Will he make technology of the year 2052 work for him? Find out in this 1950s-style educational video of the 2050s! Location: Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, USA Outsourced Video Segment: Gillian F. from WW, USA; Rawan Z. from QA, Qatar URL:
  • 66. C reate: Design and Innovation Personal Learning Environments and Social Networking “ Blog Heroes” By Zakaria S Summary: It is a movie that was made to dramatize an actual event in which a suicidal teen expressed his feelings in a blog, so that his friends read it and rush to help him. Location: Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, USA Outsourced Video Segment: Dustin W., Westwood, USA URL:
  • 67. C elebrate New friends New achievements A sense of accomplishment Making the world a better place Enhanced cultural understanding
  • 68.
    • Presentation can be found online at
    • Julie Lindsay
    • Head of Information Technology
    • Qatar Academy
    • [email_address]