Flat Classroom® Workshop 2013 Day 1

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Published on June 21, 2013

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Flat ClassroomWorkshop 2013Julie Lindsay @julielindsay

Introductions• Handshake via your introduction• What do you do?• Why are you here?• Something about you not related toeducation?

San Antonio – In the news todayTechnology enhances life, health of seniors, studies say“Many people, as they age, dont want change in their life. But they have toembrace change, and the technology that comes with it, because keeping themind active and learning new things is very important. Its the key to living along and interesting life.”Studies have shown that seniors who use computers report fewer depressionsymptoms than seniors who dont log on. Whats more, according to a 2012study conducted by the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging, computer use, coupledwith moderate exercise, may protect against memory loss late in life. 20, 2013

Places and SpacesGetting set up to collaborate• Join wiki – add name to participants page• Join Flat Classrooms Ning• Join Backchannel• Virtual participants

BackchannelJumps InHere!

SCHEDULE Day 1• PART A– Getting started with Flat Classroom pedagogy– Defining global collaboration– Getting started with Global Projects• PART B– Skype call – Conversations about Flat Classroom Pedagogy– 7 Steps to Flatten your Classroom– Reviewing existing projects– Web 2.0 Bootcamp– Quadblogging activity• PART C– Designing, Pitching and Evaluating Global Projects• Flat Classroom Projects Part 1• Action Project

SCHEDULE Day 1• PART A– Getting started with Flat Classroom pedagogy– Defining global collaboration– Getting started with Global Projects

what is connected and‘flat’ learning?

Connected Learning…….Connected learning applies to skills, attitudes and behaviorsfor the 21st century. It is about how we receive, share andultimately create and publish content. It is also about how weapproach learning through the use of technology. Connectedlearning focuses on the building of networks and developingpersonal learning resources through the interaction withpersonal learning networks and professional learningcommunities. A face to face community, or regularclassroom, is often the starting point, but then, supported bytechnology, the learner connects with other ideas, resourcesand communities online. The term connectivism is oftenused and refers to the metaphor of a network with nodes andconnections, and where learning involves creating theseconnections.

Connected Learning…..

Flat learning…….‘Flat learning refers to the working relationship betweenall learners - teachers, students and others - so there is noreal hierarchy for learning. A Flat Classroom connectsand engages with multiple audiences, resources and toolsto create authentic, collaborative learning outcomes.Information flows freely from one to the other as thequest for knowledge, constructed throughinteraction, continues. This is scaffolded by the efficientuse of a variety of tools, especially Web 2.0 tools, forlearning management, collaboration and co-creation.PLN - Personal Learning NetworkPLC - Professional Learning Community

Flat Learning…..

…..use oftechnologyto virtuallyeliminatethephysicalwalls oftheclassroom

…bringing theworld into theclassroom andopening theclassroom tothe world….

……discovery andengagementwith others whoare not in yourphysical space

Connected AND ‘flat’ learning isimportant because…

…itconnectslearnerswith theworld andimpactsthe contextin whichwe learn

…it is apedagogysupported bytechnology

…it canchange theworld as weknow it - localand global…it goesbeyond justconnecting….

Connected andFLAT learning isthe future?……NOW

Partnership for 21st Century Skills

P21C SkillsCommunication & CollaborationCommunicate Clearly• Articulate thoughts and ideas effectively using oral, written and nonverbal communicationskills in a variety of forms and contexts• Listen effectively to decipher meaning, including knowledge, values, attitudes and intentions• Use communication for a range of purposes (e.g. to inform, instruct, motivate and persuade)• Utilize multiple media and technologies, and know how to judge their effectiveness a priorias well as assess their impact• Communicate effectively in diverse environments (including multi-lingual)Collaborate with Others• Demonstrate ability to work effectively and respectfully with diverse teams• Exercise flexibility and willingness to be helpful in making necessary compromises toaccomplish a common goal• Assume shared responsibility for collaborative work, and value the individual contributionsmade by each team member



FlattenedClassroomBlendedLearningChallenge-basedProject-basedFlippedInquiry-basedHolistic – Flat embraces all modes

What is a Flat Classroom®?Transforming Education through Global Collaboration

Wiki-centric Global Collaboration using Web 2.0 ToolsAuthentic Problem Solving using Real-World Topics‘Flat’ learning – teacher to student, student to student


Thomas FriedmanThe World is Flat"The more you have aculture that naturallyglocalizes - that is, themore your own cultureeasily absorbs foreignideas and best practicesand melds those with itsown traditions - thegreater advantage you willhave in a flat world."

Glocalization: Thinking globally acting locally



Defining the GlobalCollaborative ClassroomA classroom that is:• connected• engages with multipleaudiences• engages with diverseresources, and tools• createsauthentic, collaborative learning outcomes.

GlobalCollaboration1.0GlobalCollaboration2.0GlobalCollaboration3.0Evolution of GlobalCollaboration in Education

The Evolution of Global Collaboration inEducationP 7

Challenges of EmbeddingGlobal CollaborationGoingBeyond the‘Wow’Engaginglearners andleadersShiftingtraditionalpedagogiesHavingrealisticexpectations

What is ‘Global Collaboration’?Not an‘add on’An approachto pedagogy

Evolution of the TraditionalClassroomLearningis SocialSocial-educationalnetworkingNewmediaPeer-to-peerlearning

Why Global Collaboration?Global competencyInternational mindednessCultural awarenessGlocalisation!

Discuss!What makes a successful globalcollaborative project?Why are some projects moresuccessful than others?What are the characteristics of anengaged teacher and classroom ina global project?

What is a Teacherpreneur?“A teacher who sees an opportunity tomake a profitable learning experiencefor students through the forging ofpartnerships with other classrooms withcommon curricular goals andexpectations”“The teacherpreneur accepts theresponsibility and risks for the endeavorand is accountable for the outcome”

What do Teacherpreneurs do?Teacherpreneurs take all the best practices ineducation and latest advances in technology anduse them to blaze new trails in teaching andlearning that focus on connection andcollaboration.See Teacherpreneurs -

The rise of the Teacherpreneur Leader• Champions for change – realizers of the vision• New methods of publication and sharinginformation – keep on teaching!• Building and facilitating communities• Researchers• Pedagogical excellence• Innovate from within• Working within and beyond the school culture• Managers, directors, mentors, guides

Teacherpreneur LeadershipA teacher gets anidea for learningFosters excitementamongst otherteachersA group of teacherscome together todo somethingsignificant


How do school leaders foster theTeacherpreneur Leader?• Encourage customization of learningexperiences to local standards while beingflexible to embrace the world• Support innovation and encouragepedagogical excellence• Encourage an agile curriculum• Equip teachers to investigate new globalrelationships and design solutions

how do you…..go flat?

BackchannelJumps InHere!

SCHEDULE Day 1• PART B– Skype call – Conversations about Flat Classroom Pedagogy– 7 Steps to Flatten your Classroom– Reviewing existing projects– Web 2.0 Bootcamp– Quadblogging activity


Step 1Connection

Step 1: Connect

How do you connect?

ConnectionConnected PLN

What is a PLN?An extendedcommunity ofpeople that youcan interactwith regularlyA personallychosencollection ofresources youcan go to whenyou want tolearnsomethingPhoto credit:

Foster conversation andsocial learning throughconnectivity and interactivityOngoing professionaldevelopmentMake important professionalconnections globally

Encourages a globalperspectiveActs as a lifeline for quickfixesCaveat: A network is only as valuable anduseful as what participants contributePhoto credit: educatorssharing, communicatingand collaborating

ConnectionTaxonomy© Vicki Davis and Julie Lindsay, ‘Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds’. Pg 55

Good teacherpreneurs arent renegades;they are connectors

InformationLocationGenerationCommunicationConnectionStrategy for Curriculum Development

Creating aConnectionStrategyp 51- 54

CommunitiesLearningcapitalThe hiddencurriculumContextsConnectionCurriculum agility and stability Technologies1.RSS Reader2.Tablet-Sized Devices3.Handheld Devices4.Social Bookmarking5.Joining Online Conversations6.Networking Organizations7.Location Based Apps

Connection is not enough………………it is only the first step of going flat

Step 2Communication

TraditionalClassroomFlat ClassroomSeparated byLOCATIONUnified by theINTERNETSeparated by TIME Unified byASYNCHRONOUScommunicationstools

Communications in the 21stCentury p 64-67Step 2: Communication

Communication Challenges• Timezones• Connection issues – technical and human• Perception and application of synchronous vsasynchronous– Blending learning across the world– ‘Classes’ outside of normal school hours– Students and teachers connected outside ofnormal school hours

Teacher Meetings

Web 2.0 Bootcamp• Tools for Connecting and Communicating– Edmodo– Ning– Voicethread– Blackboard– Animoto – Handshake multimedia– Others?

Step 3 - Citizenship

Discuss!What is YOUR definition ofdigital citizenship?

Digital Citizenship“…the norms of behavior withregard to technology use”Ribble and Bailey

© Vicki Davis and Julie Lindsay 2011

Map of world‟s Facebook connections Source: Facebook December 2010Step 3: CitizenshipTechnology Access

Technical AwarenessYou can run into the 21stCentury when you knowhow to use 21st centurytools.

Individual Awareness“To blindly accept awebsite‟s profile settings isto hand over your digitaldestiny.”

Social Awareness“The novelty and addictiveness of technologywill harm our relationships and productivityunless we take control.”

Cultural Awareness Everyone is not just like me. Everyone is like me in some ways.

Global Awareness• Different countries have different laws– Copyright, legal– Taboo subjects• Nationality transcends culture– Every nation has multiple cultures– Never stereotype a nationP 101

CitizenshipWhy did youdelete stuff offthe wiki?BTW Ididn‟tdeleteanythingSorry foraccusingyou, thehistorymakes itlook like youOMG I JUSTSAW THEHISTORY ONTHEWIKI..Reallysorry for anyproblems

Step 4 -Contribution andCollaboration

Discuss!What is „collaboration‟?What is „global collaboration‟?What conditions must exist tosupport global collaboration inlearning?

If Collaboration is a needed &required 21st Century skill,educators need to not onlyteach it, but employ & modelit as well

“The weakness is that if there is a problem, and you e-mailthem, they can just ignore the email, or they can just do their ownthing and not listen to what you ask of them.”Student in the Horizon Project



Technopersonal skills - SynchronousCollaboration

Technopersonal skills - AsynchronousCollaboration


Web 2.0 Bootcamp• Tools for Collaborating– Wiki– Google Docs– Voicethread– Others?• Quadblogging activity – in teams

Step 5: Choice

Discuss!What are the reasons for givingstudents choice in theirlearning?What are the characteristics ofteachers in the choice-richenvironment?

Choices: Align with Learning Styles

Social Network(Ning) •Blogging•Forums•Administration•Organizing Site•Linking sharer•Acting•Presenting•(Get on film)•Photography•Camera Op•VoiceThread•Animoto•Record audio files•Audacity editor•VoiceThread•Animoto•Photography•Outdoor video•Gcast remotely•“Roving” reporter•Google Earth•Forums•Cell phone enabledBlogging or pics•Discussion facilitators•Reflections•Reading &opinion•Debates

Wikis •Wiki Composition•Writing•Research•Programming•Organizing•Widget finding•Mentoring•Acting•Presenting•(Get on film)•Camera•Photography•Graphic Design•“looks”•Record audio files•Audacity editor•VoiceThread•Animoto•Outdoor dig storytlngor photography•Maps•Environmentalresearch•Discussion mgt•Cell phone enabledBlogging or pics, twitter•Live streaming•Reflecting•Opinion•Reporting ongroup issues

Step 6 - CreationTo be able toCreate is a21CLearningObjective

Revised 2001 by Lorin Anderson

……to account for the newbehaviours emerging astechnology advances andbecomes more ubiquitous.Why Revise? Digital TaxonomyAndrew Churches

Digital Taxonomy

CreationCo-creationHigher Order Thinking

Discuss!What is „co-creation‟?Can you have co-creationwithout the 3 R‟s of globalcollaboration?

Step 7:Celebration

CelebrateNew friendsNew achievementsA sense of accomplishmentMaking the world a better placeEnhanced cultural understanding

Why Celebrate?Ongoing Improvement – KaizenA thought about Retrospection…….• It would be sad to retire andhave it said, “she didn‟t teach 30years, she taught 1 year 30times.”

Project Celebration: Student Summit“In addition to the in-classrequired assessment fora global project, it isadvised that studentsare able to celebrate andreflect with others fromthe project, includingteachers and students. ”


Vienna International School Summit DavisWestwood Schools


BackchannelJumps InHere!

Web 2.0 Bootcamp• Tools for Connecting and Collaborating– Edmodo– Ning– Wiki– Voicethread• Quadblogging activity – in teams

SCHEDULE Day 1• PART C– Designing, Pitching and Evaluating Global Projects• Flat Classroom Projects Part 1• Action Project

Flat Classroom Projects2012-13Meet the Flat Classroom

Why global projects?A Global Education includesGlobal Collaboration!

Flat Classroom®Global ProjectsFlat Classroom® ProjectDigiteen™ and Digitween™ Projects‘A Week in the Life…’ Project Gr3-5NetGenEd™ ProjectEracism™ ProjectIncubator Program (you can do this after certified!)K-2 Project Building Bridges to Tomorrow@flatclassroom@digiteen@netgened@eracismproject@flatclassroom@flatclasskidsP10-11*P11-12P13-14P12-13P13NEW!NEW!@flatclassroom*See the frameworks for each model on referenced page numbers.#flatclass

‘A Week in the Life…’A Flat Classroom® Project for Elementary School studentsGrades 3-5, age 8-10

Project Tools - Teachers• Flat Classrooms Ning – Our ‘social’ educationalnetwork– Join the AWL group– ‘Handhake’ – introductions– Share ideas, converse, solve problems• Google Group– For emails and more private communication as needed• Google docs– Teacher admin doc– Team Grids – student teams and class information

Essential Questions Which Will BeAnswered as part of the project• What are the similarities and differencesamong children around the world?• How can we connect with each other throughour commonalities?• How does your geography where you liveimpact your topic?

1. Do some research on a week in thelife of children in your school aroundthese NINE topics:• School time• Languages• Clothing• Housing• Transportation• Leisure time• Holidays• Celebration• Environment

2. Collect multimedia and share withteam members• Multimedia choices:video, audio, slideshow, cartoons, etc.• Share multimedia online via team wiki pages• Discuss differences and similarities betweenmultimedia

3. Complete a final projectdemonstrating your information tothe rest of the group.• Each classroom will be responsible toassemble a number of team projects• Upload finished projects to the wiki• View all the group projects and compare andcontrast the results.

Project Tools - Students• Edmodo – Our ‘social’ educational network– Students in teams– ‘Handhake’ – introductions– Share ideas, converse, solve problems• Wikispaces - Our collaborative working area– Co-create wiki pages with material share for eachtopic

Workflow AWL 12-2 – Part 1Multimedia CollectionWiki, Edmodo Sharing raw multimediaTeam FormationEdmodo Organize by TeamsIn Teams, individualhandshakeClassroom HandshakeEdmodo Join the AWL 12-2,Class Handshake, teachers’comment, interact

TeamTopicsFLAT CLASSROOM TEAMS 2009Team 1 Team 2 Team 3 Team 4 Team 5 Team 6School Time 1A 1B 1C 1D 1E 1FLanguages 2A 2B 2C 2D 2E 2FClothing 3A 3B 3C 3D 3E 3FHousing4A 4B 4C 4D 4E 4FTransportation 5A 5B 5C 5D 5E 5FLeisure Time 6A 6B 6C 6D 6E 6FFood 7A 7B 7C 7D 7E 7FCelebrations 8A 8B 8C 8D 8E 8FEnvironment 9A 9B 9C 9D 9E 9FStudent TEAMS„A Week in the Life...‟ Team Grid

“A week in the life…”

Project Workflow:AWL 02 - September-December• Application Deadline: September 1• Online Teacher Information Meeting: beforeSeptember 15• Classroom and Student Handshake: September 15-30• Team Formation and Project Discussions: October 1-30• Multimedia Collection and Sharing: November 1-15• Media Collation and Product Development: November15-30• Celebration, Summits and Reflections: November 30-December 15

Please join ourView from the Window YoublisherIt’s not too late.Patty Hoyt, CaliforniaAnne Mirtschin plus pageof captionsSonja Dasopatis, captionsbelow each picturePossible layouts, but I canuse anything. I can turnanything into a JPEG.



WHY ARE YOU HERE? You believe global collaboration has a place in yourclassroom You want to improve digital citizenship and culturalunderstanding You want to foster global competency amongststudents and teachers You have some digital fluency and access to digitaltools You want to use tools and skills in meaningful waysto connect with others and learn together

CREATING THE HANDSHAKE Handshake phase In your groups of 5-6 reach out and „shake hands‟ overthe next week. Share this handshake experience with the rest of us viathe wiki and Ning Tools for the handshake? You decide! Skype? Google Earth? Another Web 2.0 multimedia tool? Share ideas and surprise us

Project Tools - Teachers• Flat Classrooms Ning – Our ‘social’ educationalnetwork– Join the K-2 Building Bridges group– ‘Handhake’ – introductions– Share ideas, converse, solve problems• Google Group– For emails and more private communication asneeded• Google docs– Teacher admin doc

Essential Questions Which Will BeAnswered as part of the project• Can very young students effectively connect,communicate, and collaborate in a globalproject?• What does this look like?• What products can students in mixedclassroom teams co-create?• What activities and structure can we designand implement to scaffold this collaboration?

1. There are 7 possible topics:1. How We Play,2. Celebrating Together,3. Going to School,4. Part of a Family,5. Making a Meal,6. Sharing Stories,7. The View from the Window(landscape, geography) – Everyone does this

2. Collect multimedia and share withteam members• Multimedia choices:video, audio, slideshow, cartoons, etc.• Share multimedia online via team wiki pages• Discuss differences and similarities betweenmultimedia

3. Complete a final projectdemonstrating your information tothe rest of the group.• Each classroom will be responsible toassemble a number of team projects• Upload finished projects to the wiki• View all the group projects and compare andcontrast the results.

PROPOSED OUTCOMES Co-created product from mixed classrooms E-Book creation - to be shared via a varietyof devices Multimedia product egVoicethread, Glogster (Gr 3-5 project usethese) Parent/school presentation - schoolassembly? Parent conference session?Open classroom?

Workflow K-2 12-2Multimedia CollectionWiki Sharing raw multimediaOrganising intocommunication formatTeam FormationMultimedia and IndividualhandshakesOrganize TopicsSelect Tools, PlancollaborationClassroom HandshakeTeacher Ning Join the K-2 12-2 Wiki Class Handshakes

Project Workflow:K-2 12-2 October-December• Application Deadline: September 15• Online Teacher Information Meeting: before October 1• Classroom Handshake and Kick-off: October 1-15• Team Formation and Project Discussions: October 15-November 1• Projects to be started by November 1• Multimedia Collection and Sharing: November 1-15• Product Development and Co-Creation: November 15-30• Celebration, Summits and Reflections: November 30-December 15

Digiteen/Digitween Project

© Vicki Davis and Julie Lindsay 20

What is the Digiteen Project?There are 2 parts to this project for students whoare 13 years and older:• Global collaboration on research and sharingresources via a wiki, including ongoing discussionand interaction between global classrooms via thewiki and Ning• A school-based local project that takes the newknowledge about Digital Citizenship andimplements something within the schoolcommunity that will raise awareness and make adifference

Digiteen Project Features• Continue with the rigorous research and wiki-co-creation• Continue with mature discussionopportunities on the Ning, sharing ideas andpractices to do with digital citizenship• School-based action project

Workflow Digiteen/Digitween Pt 1ResearchWiki, EdmodoSharing rawmultimedia/wiki editingDiscussionsTeam FormationEdmodo/Ning Wiki/Team GridIn Teams, individualhandshakeClassroom HandshakeDigikid = Edmodo Digiteen = NingClass Handshake, teachers’comment, interact

Project Matrix (11x5) = 55 groupsAreas of Awareness/CoreCompetency1.TechnicalAccess &Awareness2. IndividualAwareness3. SocialAwareness4. CulturalAwareness5. GlobalAwarenessA1 Safety 1A 1B 1C 1D 1EA2 Privacy 2A 2B 2C 2D 2EA3 Copyright, fair use & legalcompliance3A 3B 3C 3D 3EB Etiquette & Respect 4A 4B 4C 4D 4EC1 Habits of learning andmanaging online activity:Health5A 5B 5C 5D 5EC2 Habits of learning andmanaging online activity:Social media6A 6B 6C 6D 6EC3 Habits of learning andmanaging online activity:Virtual worlds7A 7B 7C 7D 7ED Literacy & fluency 8A 8B 8C 8D 8EDigital CitizenshipPerspectives: Parents &Community9A 9B 9C 9D 9E


Collaboration Primer• 2 or more people working together– Higher order thinking skill• Local:– geographical proximity– more opportunity for synchronous communication– often cultural and linguistic differences minimized.• Global:– Collaborators geographically dispersed (eg culturaland linguistic differences or different time-zones)– requires more of an asynchronous approach

Discuss!What are the CHARACTERISTICSof a GOOD Global Project?How can we design learning experiences thatembrace global education as well as enforce rigorand relevance.....or are these the same? Is itessential to have rigor??

What is an Effective GlobalCollaborative Project?An educational project that flattens or joinsclassrooms and people from geographicallydispersed places within a technologyinfrastructure built for a common curricularpurpose.Interactions foster cultural understanding andglobal awareness in the process of learning.Local identity is maintained and celebrated.

Getting Started with Global ProjectsFind like-minded educatorsDesign OutcomesSelect ToolsManage for Success

Examples of successful GlobalProjects“Successful globalcollaborativeprojects start withplanning anddesigningmeaningful andunderstandableinteraction.”

Am I willing to redesign mycurriculum to embed a globalproject into what my class does?“Designing a globalcollaborative experienceinvolves transcending theobvious real time linkup,fostering higher order thinkingand providing opportunities forcultural understanding whileusually making a product thatimpacts others in a positiveway. ”

How do I define criteria forevaluating global projects?

Discuss!How can we design learningexperiences that embraceglobal education as well asenforce rigor andrelevance?Are these the same?

Project Design Relationships

Julie LindsayDirector and Co-founder, Flat Classroom®Flat Classroom® Conference ChairGlobal Educator, Leader, Innovator,

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