Posts tagged flatclass
Posts tagged flatclass
So excited to be co-leading the Flat Classroom Live! event in Hawaii with my friend and Flat Classroom co-founder Julie Lindsay. This event for students and educators is a life-changing way to learn about new technology and make powerful connections between schools. Join us July 24-26.
Hope some of my new Tumblr friends can make it. It is going to be a blast - I’m taking 15 students and parents on the trip!
Science and elementary teachers CAN’TMISS THIS. Every hour on earthday will mark another hangout by National Geographic with scientists and all kidsof amazing people. Get in on this! This is one of those things to forward!!
‘This year National Geographic celebrates its 125th anniversary and a long legacy of exploration, conservation, and research. Every hour of every day, National Geographic explorers take to land, sea, and sky (each frontier represented by a colored band on National Geographic’s historic flag) trying to uncover, understand, or help care for the world around us.
Why do such project proposals always require fiber optics and synchronous meet ups. They don’t. We limit ourselves and the collaborative power of education as long as we restrict ourselves to the waking hours of our students. They should, quite literally learn to collaborate in their sleep with asynchrous tools like wikis to hold group research.
Teachers can apply for FREE group video calling to use it in the classroom. Many were moving to Google Hangouts because you can use 10 at a time, but now you can do it on skype if you’re an educator. APPLY NOW, while you can.
If you want to collaborate and do something globally but just have one or two days and have no budget, a sounding board for one of the Flat Classroom projects is a great way to get started. This is the website where we have information on what sounding boards do and how you can sign up now. The window of opportunity for this semester is closing so if you’re interested, sign up now.
“A Sounding Board is a classroom that reviews the collaborative wiki pages created by students in the Flat Classroom Project.
Sounding Board classrooms are not part of this project in other ways, they come in specifically to review collaborative wikis and provide feedback to participating classrooms and students. They can be classes from typically Grade 6 and older.
Sounding Board classrooms will sign up to give feedback to assigned Topic / Wiki teams as shown on the HomePage.
The amount of time it will take to peer review will depend on the experience the class has with online global collaborations. Students will need to carefully review material posted on the wiki (including watching the videos or presentations associated with that group) and then provide thoughtful feedback using the linked Peer Evaluation Criteria.
More details can be found on the Sounding Board wiki of the project you are applying for. The current project is FCP13-1. See further instructions and method at http://bit.ly/WGBzUt
More information about Flat Classroom Projects can be found at http://bit.ly/WLJaXp”
What does it mean to flatten your classroom?
You remove the walls. You connect students to others around the world. It isn’t as hard as you might think but is more important than you can imagine.
This is a short 7 minute segment that I recorded on the Ignite Show, a show about education taped in Atlanta by my friend Anne Ostholthoff, where I was also a guest with Governor Nathan Deal, governor of Georgia.
It isn’t about what you’re keeping out but about what you’re bringing into your classroom.
The Ignite Show - Flattened Classroom Segment (by Anne Ostholthoff)
My friend Toni Olivieri-Barton mentioned this in a FLAT Session yesterday where we were talking about global collaboration. It is a Video mail sharing site where you flip and send video back and forth. Toni said she’d like to try it with students. This would be interesting to try. This is better than text email for families separated by time - you can do a video message. Interesting. There are also apps for it.
An interesting guide from edutopia for parents that you can share with your parents and PTO. They share a lot of examples of 21st century learning and as you work to build support for these things, this is a great document to share. (Full Disclosure: The digiteen project is listed for middle school - after this was listed, we saw such an inundation of schools wanting to do the project, we created the DigiTween project for kids aged 10-12 and Digiteen is still for kids aged 13+.) There are a lot of other great sites including the World Peace game, information on Skype in the Classroom, World of Warcraft in School and the Digital Youth Network. Download and share.
Kyle Dunbar is running a virtual book club. The first book is Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds. This website includes a blog that talks about the takeaways and the recordings that they are discussing. Please feel free to join in and mark your calendars - they are meeting on Tuesdays at 7:30 pm. I hope you’ll join in.
It is vital that you and I both connect with other classrooms around the world. Students are the greatest textbook ever written for each other - they need to connect and learn from each other. You’ll meet other educators and model the kind of learner you want your students to be. If you want your students to innovate YOU must be innovative. If you want your students to collaborate YOU must be collaborative.
Here’s the schedule:
January 7th – Meet the Flat Classroom, Chapters 1 & 2
January 21st – Connection and Communication, Chapters 3 & 4
February 4th – Citizenship, Contribution and Collaboration, Chapters 5 & 6
February 18th – Choice and Creation, Chapters 7 & 8
March 4th – Celebrating, Designing, Managing a Global Project, Chapters 9 & 10
March 18th – Rock the World
Students in China and the US debated on Wednesday in the finals of the Eracism project for Bracket B. the students in China stayed until 9:30 pm and the students in the US came in at 7;30 am. The teacher in China documented the journey on Instagram. Here are two of the students debating from China. How cool is that?