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  • Before we move into our presentation, let’s get a few things out of the way.
  • Before we move into our presentation, let’s get a few things out of the way.
  • Before we move into our presentation, let’s get a few things out of the way.
  • As we talk about creating it’s not the typical words of the past. Extracted methods of creating using technology ….how many of these would have been used 20 years ago?
  • Now, back to BISS…..our e-learning toolsStudyWiz is our learning platform
  • Teacher blog for collaboration to define digital portfolios at BISS
  • Congratulations to Louis, Keely and Lou Lei
  • IT Services – more professional setup
  • Great firewall of China
  • Ben – Integration in the ESFairy – Multimedia Officer – to support needs across the school (use booking form)Tech savvy teachers: Mary, Stan, Gerard, Lennox…….others – self promotion in backchannelMei Ling – joined a flat classroom workshop virtually in the summer
  • 4 competency areas5 points of awareness
  • Teachers are taught to:
  • 1) Research the Technology and become connected themselves
  • 2) Monitor and Be Engaged with the technology and the learning
  • 3) Avoid the Fear Factor: Make a difference.  Fear-based education is shown to be ineffective in changing student behaviors - this focuses on the methods that work with students and promoting teacher behaviors that must underlie such an environment.
  • Now, that we’ve discussed backchannel and etiquette, let’s move ahead to Flat Classroom. We have 4 projects under our Flat Classroom “umbrella” of projects – Flat Classroom, NetGenEd, Digiteen and Eracism.
  • So, the flat classroom removes the barriers of time and space, allowing students to collaborate across the world and even across time with legacy projects… our student’s grandchildren could literally contribute to a project that today’s students did in gradeschool.
  • You know your classroom is flat if……..
  • Some influences of the projects.
  • Thomas Friedman included us in his book, The World is Flat, as a best practice in global education and we won several awards.
  • Julie: In addition to the Flat Classroom project other teachers joined us and the
  • Julie: Digiteen ProjectVicki:
  • Vicki: The NetGenEd Project with Don Tapscott and
  • this past year, the Eracism project was added as we have included more than


  • 1. A Vision for Learning
    Julie Lindsay
    E-Learning Coordinator
    Backchannel today:
    August 2010
  • 2. Backchannel
    “a live chat that accompanies a live presentation or workshop”
  • 3. Google Jockey
    A person who watches the backchannel and posts information and hyperlinks in response to questions that are posted.
  • 4. Backchannel Moderator
    A person who monitors the backchannel chat and informs the speaker of predominant questions and issues arising from the conversation.
  • 5. Backchannel Netiquette #1
    Answer with @
    Get a Room
    teachkids: I need help
    with differentiated instruction.
    Joanne: I need help with my reading program
    Hamid: @teachkids I have a great program to share with you.
  • 6. Backchannel Netiquette #3
    Answer with @
    Get a Moderator
    teachkids: I want to ask Julie a Question.
    Joanne: I’m the backchannel moderator, type your question in and when it is time, Julie will ask me what is happening in the backchannel.
  • 7. Backchannel Netiquette 4
    Answer with @
    Get a Moderator
    Be yourself but not a fake
    teachkids: I want to ask Julie a Question.
    julielindsay: I’m not really Julie, I just thought it would be fun to impersonate her.
  • 8. Backchannel Netiquette #5,6
    Answer with @
    Get a Moderator
    Be yourself but not a fake
    Be a link dropper
    Be up front about self promotion
    teachkids: Anyone know a great blog that helps teachers.
    julielindsay: I have a blog that I write for teachers, you can find it at– I also love Jo McLeay’s at….
  • 9. Our Backchannel Today
  • 10. What is E-Learning?
  • 11. How is E-Learning supported at BISS?
  • 12. What are the advantages of E-Learning?
  • 13. Revised 2001 by Lorin Anderson
  • 14. Why Revise?
    ……to account for the new behavioursemerging as technology advances and becomes more ubiquitous.
    Blooms Digital Taxonomy
    Andrew Churches
  • 15. Digital Taxonomy
  • 16. StudyWiz is the doorway to……..
  • 17. Communication
  • 18. Wikispaces and other Web 2.0 tools are the doorway to……..
  • 19. Collaboration & Creation
  • 20. 21st Century Learning
  • 21. 21C Learning @BISSWhat does it look like?Share some examples
  • 22. BackchannelJumps InHere!
  • 23. V-BISS Day September 2009
  • 24. Grade 5 PYP Exhibition Goes Virtual!
  • 25. Digital Portfolios
  • 26.
  • 27. BISS IT Dept Updates
    Purchase, install of 45 netbook computers for ES.
    Research on VPN and acquired 40 licenses before school open.
    Upgrade Wireless to provide seamless access to whole school and improve the connection speed.
    Change Internet Service Provider to improve internet connection.
    Remove and reshuffle classroom computers. Decommission more than 40 computers
    Yearly servers and classroom workstations maintenance.
    Replace projectors to ES LAB/DT LAB/SS LAB/ES Music and several classrooms.
    Upgrade Email Server to allow Windows Outlook client direct remote access (Fine tuning is going on and on and sometime has to work in the evening/weekend.)
  • 28. Condemn old hardware:
    49 desktops will be 7+ years old by July 2010
  • 29. IT Services: A New Era
  • 30. Virtual Private Network
  • 31. IT Integration: A New Era
  • 32. A View of Students Today
  • 33. The Digital Generation
    • Wired differently, neurologically different
    • 34. Have developed hyperlinked minds
    • 35. Brains able to process information in parallel not linear fashion
  • 21C Teaching Practices
    DL prefers receiving multiple information sources
    DL prefer parallel processing and multi-tasking
    We prefer receiving slow, single source
    We prefer linear processing
    Ian Jukes: The Digital Generation
  • 36. 21C Teaching Practices
    DL prefers processing pics, sound, colors, video before they process text
    DL prefer random access to hyperlinked multimedia info
    We prefer to process text
    We prefer to provide linear material
    Ian Jukes: The Digital Generation
  • 37. 21C Teaching Practices
    DL prefer to learn 'just-in-time’
    DL prefer and looking for instant gratification and immediate rewards
    We prefer to teach for 'just-in-case'
    We prefer deferred gratification and delayed rewards
    Ian Jukes: The Digital Generation
  • 38. 21C Teaching Practices
    DL prefer to network and collaborate simultaneously with many others
    We prefer them to work independently before networking and interacting
    The Internet is a natural space, it does not exist removed from the physical world.
    Learning based on intuition, discovery,
    and is experiential
    Ian Jukes: The Digital Generation
  • 39. Addresses issues such as:
    John Palfrey & Urs Gasser
  • 40. Eight ‘NetGen Norms’:
    Technology is like the air……….
  • 48. Digital Citizenship
    “…the norms of behavior with regard to technology use”
    Ribble and Bailey
  • 49. NETS.S 5 - Digital Citizenship
    Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.
    ISTE NETS.S – Revised 2007 See
  • 50. © Julie Lindsay & Vicki Davis
  • 51. BackchannelJumps InHere!
  • 52. Digiteacher!
    “are connected to digital citizenship resources and create engaging learning environments to help their students form educated opinions and behaviors for online learning ”
    Julie Lindsay
  • 53. Be a DigiTeacher
    In Three Steps
  • 54. #1
    Research the Technology Connect Yourself
  • 55. #2
    Monitor and Be Engaged
  • 56. # 3
    Avoid the 'Fear Factor'Make a Difference
  • 57. What is a Flat Classroom?
    Wiki-centric Global Collaboration using Web 2.0 Tools
    Authentic Problem Solving using Real-World Topics
    ‘Flat’ learning – teacher to student, student to student
  • 58. Julie Lindsay (Beijing, China)
    Vicki Davis
    (Camilla, GA)
  • 59. ISTE SIGTel
    Online Learning Award Winner 2007
    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……
    Taking IT Global
    Collaborative Project Contest First Place 2007
  • 60. What is a Flat Classroom?
    Global Collaboration 3.0
    Cultural Understanding
    Digital Citizenship
    Online Learning Environments
  • 61. vs.
  • 62. 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 classrooms around the world.
  • 63. You Know Your Classroom is Flat if…
    You and your students communicate, collaborate and create products that make a difference to the world with other people from different countries and cultures.
  • 64. BackchannelJumps InHere!
  • 65. Flat Classroom Projects
    - Some Influences
  • 66.
  • 67. CQ + PQ > IQ
    ..when the world is flat, curiosity and passion for a job, for success, for a subject or even a hobby are so much more important than they once were. Because in the flat world you have so many more tools to take you and your curiosity so much further and so much deeper.
    Thomas Friedman
    The World is Flat, 3rd Edition 2007
  • 68. Flat Classroom Projects
    Best Practices that Go the Distance
  • 69. Flat Classroom
  • 70. Digiteen Project
  • 71. NetGenEd Project
  • 72. Eracism Project
  • 73. Flat Classroom Conference and Workshop
  • 74. Flat Classroom Conference 2009Doha, Qatar
  • 75. Flat Classroom Workshop 21CL@HK 2009
  • 76. Flat Classroom Workshop/Mini-Conference 2010ASB Unplugged, Mumbai
  • 77. Collaboration: The Concept
    Reliable communicators
    ‘Flat’ classroom walls
  • 78. Collaboration: The Power
    Power to change the world, one classroom at a time.
  • 79. Transferable Skills
  • 80. Collaboration: Magic
    Collaboration: The Magic
    Finding a voice
    Taking charge of learning
    Choices and ownership Empowerment
  • 81. Students as meaningful contributors and participants
  • 82. Conversations with real authors:
    Thomas Friedman and Don Tapscott
  • 83. Community of Learners
  • 84. Project-based learning as a conference format
  • 85. Cultural Understanding
  • 86. Flat Classroom Conference 2009 Documentary
  • 87. Flat Classroom Conference 2011Beijing, China
    Leadership Workshop
    Student Summit
    February 25-27, 2011
  • 88. Andrew Churches
    “…edublogger, tweeter, wiki author and innovator”
    • Blooms Digital Taxonomy
    • 89. Digital Citizenship
    • 90. Media Literacy’s
    • 91. ITGS Workshop leader
    • 92. Co-author ‘Digital Diet’
  • 93. Kim Cofino
    “…enthusiastic and innovative globally-minded educator”
    • Global collaboration
    • 94. MYP Technology
    • 95. Apple Distinguished Educator
    Blogs at ‘Always Learning’
  • 96. Vicki Davis
    “…innovative mobile learning and Web 2.0 teacher and IT Director”
    • Google certified teacher
    • 97. Discovery S.T.A.R. Educator
    • 98. Co-founder Flat Classroom
    Blogs at Cool Cat Teacher Blog
  • 99. Frank Guttler
    “…Producer by Trade - Educator by Accident”
    • Film/video educator
    • 100. Founder and 'lead learner' of Lights, Camera, Learn!
    • 101. Google Certified Teacher
    • 102. Past TV/Film Producer and Associate Director of the American Film Institute K-12 Screen Education Center
  • Bernajean Porter
    “…the application of systems thinking and chaos theory to deal with the challenges of change and re-culturing efforts in education today”
    • Digital Storytelling
    • 103. Technology literacy
    • 104. ISTE Consultant of the Year
  • 105. Lives of great men all remind usWe can make our lives sublime,And, departing, leave behind usFootsteps on the sands of time
    Henry Longfellow
    A Psalm of Life
    Footsteps on the Sands of Time…….
  • 106.
  • 107. Julie Lindsay
    E-Learning Coordinator
    Beijing (BISS) International School
    Get connected:
    Email –