Ways to Flatten Your Classroom


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Ways to Flatten
 Your Classroom

Theresa Allen 
Technology Teacher and Coordinator
Cathedral of St. Raymond School, Joliet

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  • Hi Theresa,
    Thanks for the presentation. Everything looks so inspiring! I have started collaborating with other classes around the world recently, so I appreciate the information. Now that my students and I are on goliday, I can do some exploration and start another school year in September with some new ideas. :)

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Ways to Flatten Your Classroom

  1. 1. Global Projects Ways to Flatten   Your Classroom Theresa Allen  Technology Teacher and Coordinator Cathedral of St. Raymond School, Joliet
  2. 2. Projects to Present (in any order) <ul><ul><li>Global Read Aloud </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Global Classroom Project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  The Global Monster Project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  Moon Over Us Project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hero Voicethread Project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  Digiteen Project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  iCollaboratory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quadblogging  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  Student Blogging Challenge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>iEARN Learning Circles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  Landmark Games </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mystery Skype </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A Week in the Life Project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual Vacation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quest Atlantis </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Some Tools Used  for Global Connections <ul><li>Skype </li></ul><ul><li>Google Docs </li></ul><ul><li>Typewith.me </li></ul><ul><li>Voicethread </li></ul><ul><li>Edmodo </li></ul><ul><li>Wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs - Edublogs, Kidblog, Blogger </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Voicethread </li></ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul><ul><li>Video of Google Docs and Skype </li></ul>
  4. 4. Global Read Aloud <ul><li>Goal of Project:  To share the read aloud with other students </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers and students read the story during the same time.   </li></ul><ul><li>Students use Edmodo to share what they've learned and  </li></ul><ul><li>connect with other students. </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers use email and skype to communicate with other classrooms. </li></ul><ul><li>Blog:   globalreadaloud.blogspot.com </li></ul><ul><li>Wiki:   http://globalreadaloud.wikispaces.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Who runs the program:   </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Oldschoolteacher    jyk730    MarilynP    Chris Francik    Gill-Ville    Mrs Ripp aka @pernilleripp </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Grades 1-3  read  Flat Stanley  and Grades 4-7 read  Tuck Everlasting.  The project ran from  Sept 19-Oct 14, 2011. </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Global Classroom Project <ul><li>  October 2011-June 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>The Global Classroom Project is a space for teachers and students around the world to share, learn, and collaborate across international borders. (Founders:  Deb Frazier Michael Graffin) </li></ul><ul><li>Several projects will be hosted on this site.  Projects now: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A Glimpse Around the World  (8-10yr) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Authentic Global Voices  (12-18yr) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Edmodo Pen Pal Project  (K-3, 4-6, 7-8th) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flat Stanley (Flat Kids)  (primary) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kids Speak  (5-9yr) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seasons Around the World  (5-9yr) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Global Hero Voicethread (7-18yr) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wiki:   http://globalclassroom2011-12.wikispaces.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Blog:   http://theglobalclassroomproject.wordpress.com/ </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Global Monster Project <ul><li>Founder:  Terry Smith </li></ul><ul><li>Website:   http://www.smithclass.org/proj/Monsters/ </li></ul><ul><li>Runs in October </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Elementary classes from the United States and around the world collaborate in this  standards based  project.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>After choosing a Monster part, each class writes a description of that part.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>After all descriptions have been sent in, each class builds its own  MONSTER  using everyone's descriptions from a table.  Kids get  deliberate practice  in  collaboration  to construct their class  MONSTER .  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>1.  ARMS  - Jenny Kopp's Class, Miriam School, St. Louis, Missouri:  Right: bony 2ft  arm; Left: shorter, chunky 1ft arm. Right arm has a bracelet made of skulls and cross bones. Both tie-dyed, sharp pointed, funky spiraled tattoos, bendable, hairy, slimy scars.  </li></ul><ul><li>2.  HANDS  -  Mr. Simonsen's 4th Grade, Indian Wells, California:  Right hand - rectangular prism, left hand - roughly spherical. One hand has eye in  middle of palm. Eye has horns for eyelashes, and eyebrows of flesh-eating worms. Snails emerging from tear-ducts in the eye. Other hand has a toothy, menacing mouth in center of palm </li></ul>
  7. 7. Moon Over Us Project <ul><ul><li>Ongoing project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;Students aged 10-16 and their teachers from around the world share information about the moon and discuss this information by commenting on each others web pages.   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This project is a collaboration with schools in Beijing, USA and Brasil.&quot; (Bonnie Thurber) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Founder:  Bonnie Thurber </li></ul><ul><li>Website:   http://www.kidlink.org/kidspace/start.php?HoldNode=29210&HoldNav=29209   </li></ul><ul><li>A Kidlink and iCollaboratory project </li></ul>
  8. 8. Hero Voicethread  Project <ul><li>Founders: (Argentina)  </li></ul><ul><li>Marta LaVista and Alejandra Quaglia </li></ul><ul><li>(last year's project) </li></ul><ul><li>What type of person comes to mind when you hear  </li></ul><ul><li>someone talk about a&quot;Hero&quot;?  </li></ul><ul><li>What qualities do they possess?  </li></ul><ul><li>What deeds have they done?  </li></ul><ul><li>How do you think one becomes a Hero?  </li></ul><ul><li>Students write about a hero and share in the Voicethread . </li></ul><ul><li>Website:   https://sites.google.com/a/sanandres.esc.edu.ar/myhero/ </li></ul>
  9. 9. Digiteen Project <ul><li>Website:   http://www.digiteen.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>Founders:  Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davis </li></ul><ul><li>Goal:  Global Citizenship, Collaboration, Education </li></ul><ul><li>From the Website:   </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The  Digiteen™   Project  is a global hands-on project for middle and early high school students, (typically Grade 6-9, 11-15 year old) which was founded by Julie Lindsay (now in Beijing, China) and Vicki Davis (Camilla, GA USA) in 2008.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This project studies digital citizenship with students researching current topics, writing a collaborative report on a wiki, and performing and documenting offline action educational projects to promote effective digital citizenship at their local schools.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The purpose of the project is to educate on and promote effective Digital Citizenship and responsible online choices as well as immersing students into an educational community for learning and collaborating. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Project runs Sept - Dec and Feb - May </li></ul>
  10. 10. iCollaboratory <ul><li>Founder:  Bonnie Thurber </li></ul><ul><li>Website:   http://www.icollaboratory.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose:    To share and build engaging projects and activities for their students using Google’s Web 2.0 tools and resources and Moodle's management system in a safe, private environment.  </li></ul><ul><li>Grades/Ages (K-12) </li></ul><ul><li>Some Projects:   </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scariest Stories and Fall Poetry (Oct) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What I Am Thankful For (Nov) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A Day in Our Neighborhood (Jan) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poetry Sharing (Apr) </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Quadblogging <ul><li>Founder:  David Mitchell </li></ul><ul><li>Website:   http://quadblogging.net/ </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>  Four schools would work together focusing on one blog each week.  Three of the schools will comment on one blog and then move to the other group's blog the next week until all four blogs have been visited. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>All grades/ages </li></ul>
  12. 12. Student Blogging Challenge <ul><li>Coordinators:     Sue Wyatt ,  Sue Waters   and   Ronnie Burt </li></ul><ul><li>Website:   http://studentchallenge.edublogs.org/about/info-for-first-time-visitors/ </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose:  &quot; The challenge is about getting students to blog and develop a world wide audience while doing so rather than just their teacher and classmates.&quot; (Miss W) </li></ul><ul><li>All ages/grades K-12 </li></ul>
  13. 13. iEARN Learning Circles <ul><li>Website:   http://www.iearn.org/circles/ </li></ul><ul><li>About:    iEARN Learning Circles projects are highly interactive, project-based partnerships among a small number of schools located throughout the world. </li></ul><ul><li>Projects: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Computer Chronicles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Places and Perspectives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>My Hero </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http://www.iearn.org/circles/2011session1/index.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Elementary grades </li></ul>
  14. 14. The Landmark Game <ul><li>Website:   http://www.kidlink.org/kidspace/start.php?HoldNode=28295 </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinator:  Terry Smith </li></ul><ul><li>About: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Classes select 9 clues of a specific landmark and send to coordinator.   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clues given out 3 at a time for 3 weeks.   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students  use clues to find landmark from classrooms over the world. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Begins:  February, each year </li></ul><ul><li>Elementary students </li></ul>
  15. 15. Mystery State  Skype Project <ul><li>Website:   http://mysterystate.wikispaces.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinators:   Caren @  [email_address]  and Patti @  [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>About: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ongoing project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers sign up and find other teachers to skype </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students create clues about their state; varying levels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  During skype call, students ask questions or share information about their state - guess after </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quick, easy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>For students who know about their state! </li></ul>
  16. 16. A Week in the Life <ul><li>Website:   http://www.flatclassroomproject.net/a-week-in-the-life-project.html </li></ul><ul><li>Founders:  Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davis </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To join Elementary School classrooms globally with a view to exploring what life is like in each country through discussion, sharing and collecting multimedia to create final products together. (Julie Lindsay) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Students will be in small teams taking pictures and videos of what life is like.  They will share photos and experiences on Edmodo and wiki. </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers and students will create a final project using a Web 2.0 tool that combines all media. </li></ul><ul><li> Presentation </li></ul>
  17. 17. Virtual Vacation <ul><li>Website:   http://virtual-vacation.wikispaces.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinator:  Theresa Allen </li></ul><ul><li>About:   In a small group, create a family vacation that includes one destination and at least two attractions. </li></ul><ul><li>Tools Used: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Docs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Skype </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Maps/Earth </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Video </li></ul>
  18. 18. Quest Atlantis <ul><li>Website:   http://atlantisremixed.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinator:  Sasha Barab </li></ul><ul><li>About:  &quot; Atlantis Remixed (ARX) is an international learning and teaching project that uses a 3D multi-user environment to immerse children ages 9-16 in educational tasks.  ARX combines strategies used in commercial games with lessons from educational research on learning and motivation.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose:  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>engage children in a form of transformational play     </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>online and off-line learning activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>storyline inspiring social action </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Example </li></ul>
  19. 19. About Me <ul><ul><li>tdallen5 (twitter and skype id) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>My Blogs: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Professional </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tumblr   </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Classroom </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Student </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology Teacher/Coordinator for Cathedral of St. Raymond School in Joliet, IL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology Teacher of the Year, March, 2011 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flat Classroom Certified Teacher </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kidlink and iCollaboratory Board Member </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flattened My Classroom with Many Global Projects </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Link to presentation:   http://bit.ly/projectsglobal  </li></ul>