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How Flat is Your Classroom?



The flat classroom concept is based on the constructivist principle of a multi-modal learning environment that is student-centered and a level playing field for teacher to student and student to ...

The flat classroom concept is based on the constructivist principle of a multi-modal learning environment that is student-centered and a level playing field for teacher to student and student to teacher interaction. Based on the experiences of the award winning Flat Classroom Project this session will detail seven essential steps for lowering your classroom walls to promote connection and understanding between geographically dispersed, ethnically and culturally diverse groups of students in meaningful, global cooperative authentic learning experiences.



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How Flat is Your Classroom? How Flat is Your Classroom? Presentation Transcript

  • Backchannel “ a live chat that accompanies a live presentation”
  • Our Backchannel Today http://tinyurl.com/3jqmsv Password: qatar
  • Julie Lindsay Head of Information Technology and E-Learning Qatar Academy, Doha, State of Qatar http://julielindsay.wikispaces.com http://123elearning.blogspot.com http://julielindsaylinks.pbwiki.com
  • Qatar, Middle East
  • Qatar Academy PreK-12 IBO World School http://www.qataracademy.edu.qa/
  • Differentiated Instruction Authentic Assessment Project Based Learning Cooperative Learning
  • Julie Lindsay (Bangladesh, Qatar) Vicki Davis (Camilla, GA)
  • Albert Einstein
  • “ Let’s join our student’s together from the ‘other side of the flat world’ ” How we started –
  • ISTE SIGTel Online Learning Award Winner 2007 Taking IT Global Collaborative Project Contest First Place 2007
  • " One of the most fascinating forms of educational activism I encountered involved a spin-off from this book" (501) Thomas Friedman , p 501 The World is Flat 3.0
  • David Warlick, ‘Flat World, Flat Web, Flat Classrooms’ http://www.slideshare.net/dwarlick/flat-world-flat-web-flat-classrooms /
  • What is a Flat Classroom? Global Collaboration 3.0 Cultural Understanding Digital Citizenship Online Learning Environments http://wiki.flatclassroomproject.com http://ning.flatclassroomproject.com
  • Flat Classroom
    • http://wiki.flatclassroomproject.com
  • Team Mashup “ Working with people across the world has challenged me.” “ The majority of my partners wanted to contribute something meaningful to the project.” Horizon Project Students http://horizonproject.wikispaces.com
    • http://wiki.flatclassroomproject.com
    • Peer Review:
      • Elementary
      • Middle school
      • High School
    Preservice Teachers Teachers Experts Researchers The Press
  • Horizon Project http://horizonproject2008.wikispaces.com
  • Digiteen Project http://digiteen.wikispaces.com
  • Vicki Davis IT Director Westwood Schools Camilla, Georgia http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com http://coolcatteacher.wikispaces.com
    • 7 Steps
  • Connection Step #1
  • Presenter Vicki Davis Westwood Schools Five Phases of Flattening your classroom
  • Photo credit: http://flickr.com/photos/seeminglee/2060090675/
    • Foster conversation and social learning through connectivity and interactivity
    Ongoing professional development Make important professional connections globally
  • BLOG BLOG BLOG BLOG Reflecting Sharing Connecting Collaborating Posting Commenting
  • ‘ Micro-Blogging’ ‘ Microbogging’ with 140 characters at a time
    • N
    • I
    • NG
    • http://del.icio.us/julielindsay/PLN
    Google reader http://google.com/reader
  • http://ning.flatclassroomproject.com
  • Step #2
  • TWO types of communication methods: SYNCHRONOUS and ASYNCHRONOUS
    • Synchronous
    • Definition: at the same time
    • Examples:
      • Instant Messaging
      • Voice over IP (Skype)
      • Video Conferencing
      • Face to Face Interactions
      • Webcasts
      • Webinars
    • Asynchronous
    • Definition: NOT at the same time
    • Examples:
      • Blogs
      • Wikis
      • Podcasts
      • Virtual classroom recordings
      • Recorded Video
  • Wiki discussion tab
    • Elluminate.com as a synchronous connection tool
  • Step #3
  • 'Digital Citizenship in Schools' by Mike Ribble and Gerald Bailey
  • C itizenship 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
  • Knowing what is appropriate!
  • Contribution and Collaboration Step #4
  • Wiki history
  • Ning discussion
  • Innovations that drastically change the course by which users connect, engage, and relate with the world and transform society Wiki’s and Disruptive Technologies …….
  • A wiki allows for sharing of ideas and collaborative authoring
  • Wikis…Weapons of ‘mass collaboration’ Don Tapscott ‘Wikinomics’ http://horizonproject2008.wikispaces.com/Keynote Horizon Project 2008 Keynote
  • Anatomy of a Wiki
  • Discussion Editing History Images Videos RSS feed Widgets Notify Audio Searching
  • Choice Step #5
  • We need …
  • Accommodate learning differences
  • Differentiate instruction
  • Creation Step #6
  • 21 st Century Learning Objectives
  • Revised 2001 by Lorin Anderson …… to account for the new behaviours emerging as technology advances and becomes more ubiquitous. Why Revise? http://edorigami.wikispaces.com/Bloom%27s+Digital+Taxonomy Blooms Digital Taxonomy Andrew Churches
  • “ Blog Heroes” by Zak http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8eBOKGuowY
  • Celebrate Step #7
  • C elebrate New friends New achievements A sense of accomplishment Making the world a better place Enhanced cultural understanding
  • Student Summit and Awards Ceremony http://horizonproject.wikispaces.com/Student+Summit
  • Westwood Schools Summit http://flatclassroomproject.wikispaces.com/Summits
  • Global Interaction Do it, don’t just talk about it
    • 7 Steps
  • http://flickr.com/photos/oberazzi/
  • Flat Classroom Conference Leadership Workshop Student Summit January 24-26 http://flatclassroomconference.com
  • Julie Lindsay Head of Information Technology and E-Learning Qatar Academy Resources: http://julielindsaylinks.pbwiki.com Get connected: http://www.flatclassrooms.com http://flatclassrooms.ning.com Email – [email_address]