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06 Jul 12

Suzie Nestico (Flat Classroom certified teacher and project manager) aligns her Flat Clasroom and NetGenEd projects with Common Core standards.) Here's how she aligned with common core writing standards. I like how she fully discloses to students what she's doing and why as well as providing links and instructions to the students.

25 Jun 12

The NetGen Ed project 2012 had a new method of organizing the wiki using icons, etc. We received feedback from the teachers that students understood what to do in the project better because of using the icons. This is definitely a best practice when you create massive wikis.

in list: Wikis, ISTE Resource

25 Jun 12

This is an example of a page where students are sharing how they spend schooltime. Each voicethread is a compilation of different students.

in list: Wikis, ISTE Resource

23 Sep 09

Before you can join the project wiki, you must join and be approved for our main project wiki. After you join and are approved here, you will have to take the second step to join the project wiki.

02 Mar 10

I love this article from Pennsylvania about Suzy Nestico's class participation in the Flat Classroom project and the Flat Classroom conference. Many in pennsylvania have struggled because of their restrictive rules. Suzy gets it done.

"The Flat Classroom Project, cofounded by Julie Lindsay, Beijing, China and Vicki Davis, Camilla, Ga., speaks to the very heart of Pennsylvania's Classrooms for the Future initiative and 21st Century learning, Nestico said.

It utilizes technologies such as a Ning and Wikispaces that allow students to collaborate with other students around the world to peer edit and design a variety of multimedia, despite location and cultural barriers, much like how the real world is starting to work.

Each student works with an international partner to create a multimedia presentation based on one of the 10 "Global Economic Flatteners," as described by Thomas L. Friedman in his book "The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century."

Nestico learned of the Flat Classroom concept while completing her master's degree in education at Wilkes University, and felt it would give her students an opportunity to explore cultural and political issues without ever having to leave home. After participating in the projects with multiple classes over the past year-and-a-half, new doors opened and, now, students are beginning to meet face-to-face, she said.

Students are not just doing education, they are living it, creating it, and ultimately, reshaping what it will look like for others in the future, Nestico said."

Great byline that gets to the heart of what we're doing.

  • In addition to Pennsylvania, this round of the project includes classrooms from Maryland, Alaska, Kansas, California, Texas, Spain, Germany, India, Qatar and Canada.
  • The Flat Classroom Project, cofounded by Julie Lindsay, Beijing, China and Vicki Davis, Camilla, Ga., speaks to the very heart of Pennsylvania's Classrooms for the Future initiative and 21st Century learning, Nestico said.
  • Students are not just doing education, they are living it, creating it, and ultimately, reshaping what it will look like for others in the future, Nestico said.
04 Jan 10

Quote from student "The new flat world is capable of so many things and we are the editors of this world."

04 Jan 10

This reflective blog post from one of my students, Miller, about the Flat Classroom project represents some of the best online writing I've seen. Miller (one of my students) tied for second place with her video inventing a way to use GPS and cell phones to report litter to government agencies (she called it the green machine) -- such a beautiful write up -- and the last paragraph particularly stirs me, "I am so privileged to be a part of the Flat Classroom family. I had an amazing time."

And that is really what it feels like - a family -- students who have done this before jump in every so often to see what is happening and in some ways it is like a technology boot camp. Just a joy to read posts like this.

  • I am so privileged to be a part of the Flat Classroom family.
19 Oct 09

I love these views from my student and her use of the term "horizontal" teaching - I think she has inadevertently hit on a very important concept for us teachers to understand.

"Everyone has different views, different things they are good at, and different things they know. In a classroom, the teacher used to stand in front of the students, and lecture all day long. Now many of those teachers have started to teach "horizontally". This means that the teacher doesn't necessarily stand in front of her class and lecture, but works with the class, not only teaching them, but allowing them to teach her new things as well.

This video gave me different opinions and opened my mind to a flattened world. I agree in many ways with Mr Friedman, because I personally do not learn well by having someone lecture me, it is very easy to get distracted, and by learning horizontally, I can interact with my teacher and classmates, and I feel like I learn so much more, because not only do I pay attention, but the fact that I am interacting, and experiencing what she is teaching helps out a lot."

  • Everyone has different views, different things they are good at, and different things they know. In a classroom, the teacher used to stand in front of the students, and lecture all day long. Now many of those teachers have started to teach "horizontally". This means that the teacher doesn't necessarily stand in front of her class and lecture, but works with the class, not only teaching them, but allowing them to teach her new things as well.
  • I personally do not learn well by having someone lecture me, it is very easy to get distracted, and by learning horizontally, I can interact with my teacher and classmates, and I feel like I learn so much more, because not only do I pay attention, but the fact that I am interacting, and experiencing what she is teaching helps out a lot.
28 Sep 09

We are looking for Expert Advisors and judges for this year's Flat Classroom Project. This is a great way to familiarize yourself with global collaboration and advise students as you learn the trends yourself. This wiki page has information on this.

23 Sep 09

The schedule for the Flat Classroom Project (updated live.) If you use Google Calendar, you may subscribe to our calendar on this page.

23 Sep 09

This is the project wiki that all students and teachers must join. Teachers, after you join, please email Kim and let her know so she can approve you.

21 Sep 09

This video gives an overview of the topics. Westwood students watch this to introduce the project and I also review the history of computing since 1990 as part of this discussion to meet my history of computing curricular objectives.

24 Aug 09

The Flat Classroom group for ASB unplugged - if you are interested in participating in the conference in February Face to Face or Virtually. It will be so exciting!

25 Jun 09

Was thinking tonight how we should be succinctly sharing our stories of global collaboration - if you have one about how a classroom is collaborating, just twitter it, the hyperlink, the locations, and include #flated in the hyperlink and we'll continue to get great lists! I'm learning so much from you and am now following and retweeting them, especially those with links!

in list: Flat Classroom

30 Apr 09

Flat Classroom Q2 Session Keynote was from Richard J Roth, Senior Associate Dean for Journalism from Northwestern University in Qatar. The podcast is available on this page. It is about Citizen Journalism. Also included on this page are Citizen Journalims and code of ethics and your guide to citizen journalism available on this page.

As you can tell, the focus of this Quarter's Flat Classroom project is citizen journalism.

14 Apr 09

Julie and I are excited about participating in the ISTE Eduverse Talks next Tuesday 5PM SLT. Here are the show details.

Just think, if you come in, you can see HOW BAD I am at operating my avatar. (Actually, I don't think I"m as bad as I think, but my strength is definitely scripting.)

Julie is having to get up at 2 am to make this happen but she is such an amazing dear -- she is doing it! We are SOOOOOO excited and hope you'll take a venture into SL to join us.

We're so excited. Maybe you'll join us. If not, their blog will have the video and audio. Hey, and if you come, I"ll hang around afterwards -- would love to acquire some notecards about your projects. Let's post these in my office in the C.A.V.E. or any where else.

When we talk about flattening, it is not just about these projects but all of the projects going on out there -- so share your notecard and we'll find a place to collect and share them all. HOpe to meet you soon!

I'm CoolCat Whitman on Second Life (and ReactionGrid -- my favorite home for virtual worlds.)

24 Mar 09

Announcing the newest flat classroom project! Great schools joining!

17 Mar 09

IN this post over on netgened, it explains why we outsource video, how this works, and the thinking behind why we have outsourcing.

This is a fundamental component of flat classroom projects, except for digiteen, which does not have a video component.

31 May 08

This is very cool -- You can use timetube to build a video flipbook or map on a topic of interest - it is fascinating to see the time tube for flat classroom. This is cool.

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