Posts tagged flatclassroom
Posts tagged flatclassroom
If any of you want to join in, my students in the US are about to debate students in Japan in the Eracism project finals. - They are starting now. This is in blackboard collaborate.
They are debating whether Facebook does more harm than good.
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.
If you’re heading to ISTE and you’re ready to collaborate globally, Julie Lindsay, Flat Classroom cofounder will be hosting a Flat Classroom workshop at the International School of San Diego on June 20-21 - here’s the information.
“Julie Lindsay, co-founder and Director of Flat Classroom, award winning global collaborative projects, and Flat Classroom Conference and Live Events Inc. unique collaborative live events for teachers and students, announces the June 20 & 21, 2-day ‘Flat Classroom Workshop - Seven Steps to Global Collaboration’.
Educators who want to transform their learning and embrace global collaboration in their curriculum are invited to join Julie for a unique professional development experience at International School of the Americas in San Antonio, Texas.”
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.
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)
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?
Teacher Aaron Mauer, who has 2 teams in the @eracismproject debate finals (one just debated and came in second to Think Global Argentina) and another that is debating next Wednesday against a school in China, shares an email to his students. The debate will be open to the public (I shared the links yesterday) and will be next Wednesday - the US students are coming in at 7:30 am and the students in China are debating at 9:30 pm . The thinking required to be able to debate and compete is important - I especially like his emphasis to his students about one of the main reasons his first team didn’t win - a lack of current events knowledge. My aunt was a history teacher and she had students read the newspaper the first 10 minutes of class every day — no discussion, just reading it and then putting it away and time to teach. I have a friend who has just started a political blog that said that one thing made all the difference for him. Lest you think she didn’t cover her content - she did — she just made time for current events. We have so many standards for history - but are we allowing students to learn about history as it is being made? I doubt it. This is a great read and shows the importance of global literacy — we do have sign ups happening now for the eracism project for next semester if you want to enter a team (middle school and high school students) Aaron says,”
]2. Current Affairs - a very interesting statement from a judge from another country and one that has me thinking things over as a teacher and in my curriculum. She mentioned that we need more current affairs in our research. She stated that anyone can pull from a historical text, but students should be able to show understanding of the world in which they live in. Pretty powerful and therefore if you see anything in the news that could be used bring and perhaps work it into our already existing script.”
This is my public evernote notebook where I’m sharing notes about global collaboration in education, technology, and my notes from conferences. If you’re following the leading edge of technology and use evernote, you can use this notebook to keep abreast of the things I’m collecting in this area. I’ve added Julie Lindsay to the notebook, so, we’ll look to collect there as well.
Evernote shared notebooks are great ways to share collections of information in a slightly different format than bookmarks.