Increasingly, those who use technology inways that expand their global connectionsare more likely to advance, while thosewho do not will find themselves on thesidelines. Horizon Report 2009
“Global competition for jobsmeans that today’s studentsmust not only be well-educated,problem solvers but they mustalso be equipped to collaborateglobally.”“Flattening means more thanjust connecting students. Itadvocates connecting authors,experts, and people throughoutthe world with commoninterests. Students who missout on global collaborationopportunities may just bemissing out on their future.”Vicki Davis/Julie Lindsay
What is a Flat Classroom? A classroom that connects and engages with multiple audiences, resources, and tools to create authentic collaborative learning outcomes. ~ Vicki DavisGlocalization: “think global, actlocal”. This means maintaining alocal identity in culture and lifestylewhile learning about lifestyles andcultures. Thomas Friedman ~ The World isFlat
The Five Phases of Flattening a Classroom1. INTRA-connected classroom • First teach students to collaborate appropriately within your classroom • Use a backchannel to teach appropriate behavior • Use Edmodo/Kidsblog to communicate within your classroom and hold small group discussions.2.INTER Connected classroom • Collaborate with another classroom in your building • Use Edmodo/Kidsblog that is closed • Asynchronous communication sharing photos/videos on a topic
3. Many to One/One to Many communication • Presenting to another class via Skype • Interact with an expert4.Many to Many with Teacher management • Collaborative writing on a wiki • Use wiki for instruction • Edmodo groups with various schools5. Many to Many communication with Student management
Traditional Flat Classroom Classroom VSSeparate by Unified byLocation INTERNETSeparated by Time Unified by Asynchronous communication tools
The Flat Classroom Project http://flatclassroomproject.ning.com/ http://www.flatclassroomproject.org/ http://www.flatclassroomproject.net/index.html
Step 1 - Digital CitizenshipTechnology Bootcamp1. Introduction to devices2. Internet school policy3. Netiquette/Cyberbullying lessons4. Copyright issues/Creative Commons
Digital Footprints Your First ImpressionSource: http://edtechsteve.blogspot.com/
5 Steps to Internet Safety1) StopStop what you are doing. Dont keep clicking.2) ScreenshotTake a screenshot. Save a copy and print a copy.3) BlockAnyone offensive should be blocked and removed as a friend if he or sheis on your friends list.4) TellTell your teacher or network administrator (or your parents if you are athome) about the situation and give them a copy of the screenshot. Whenyou have a problem, do not stop speaking out until you find someone whocan help you.5) ShareAfter talking with your parents and/or teacher, if the incident is appropriateto discuss, share it with others to promote Internet safety.
Digital CitizenshipPodcast of Digital CitizenshipEdmodo Digital Citizenship Posters9 Steps to Digital CitizenshipEducation 2020Great video on Copyright Law25 Rules of Social Media
Spoof Websites• Could be used to examine sites as a part of digital citizenship• Link to examples of sites
Step 2 - The Handshake1.Two weeks prior to project launch, teachers joined students to Edmodo and wiki.2. Students were assigned an introductory post3. Student created a "handshake" to learn appropriate behavior and netiquette on Edmodo
Step 3 - Collaborative Writing 1. Introduced/instructed students on the use of the Digitween wiki 2. Students were assigned a part of the wiki 3. Students researched area before entering image and text about section Five Areas of AwarenessTechnical Access and Awareness Social AwarenessIndividual Awareness Cultural Awareness Global Awareness
Step 4 - Meetups1. Synchronous class meetups2. Use Elluminate (virtual classroom)or Skype3. Weekly staff meetings as well to discuss and plan
Global PLN Connections How do I find classes to connect with???Learning 2.0 ConferenceClassroom 2.0Global Educator ConferenceEpalsiearnFlat Classroom Ning
More ResourcesFlat Classroom on FacebookDigital Citizenship WikiComparing HemispheresSkype in the ClassroomDigital Citizenship – Burlington, MAGoogle Digital Citizenship (great curriculum)Digital Citizenship – Using Technology Appropriately
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