Published on February 18, 2014
K-‐2 Building BridgesProject 14-‐1 Welcome! Teacher kickoﬀ mee>ng February 17/18 2014 The Project wiki can be found at h"p://k-‐214-‐1.ﬂatclassroomproject.org/ The project Teacher Guide can be found at h"p://9nyurl.com/k2ﬂatconnect This project is part of the Flat Connec>ons group of global projects h"p://ﬂatconnec9ons.com
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Agenda Part 1: K-‐2 and Flat Connec9ons • Introduc>ons • What is Flat Connec>ons? • What is K-‐2 Building Bridges? • Places and spaces Part 2: Project details • Project content • Project aims and challenges • Project structure • Project outcomes • How to get started • What to do now….and next
Introduc>ons • Project Manager – Sandy Wisneski • Lead Teacher – Cathy Wolinsky • ‘All Projects’ Coordinator – Yvonne Caples • Flat Connec>ons founder – Julie Lindsay
A Flat Connec>ons project is about….. CONNECTING ● Being informed -‐ making sure you receive informa>on ● Making valuable connec>ons with other par>cipants ● Building a learning community -‐ teachers and students ● Being comfortable with project spaces and places
A Flat Connec>ons project is about….. COMMUNICATING ● Synchronous teacher mee>ngs ● Asynchronous Ning, wiki, Edmodo work ● Sharing resources and ideas for learning to improve project outcomes ● Observing project workﬂow and informing partners of school breaks and interrup>ons
A Flat Connec>ons project is about….. COLLABORATING ● Contribu>ng to all aspects of the project ● Being reliable and responsible global collaborators ● Monitoring and being part of the project conversa>on with students ● Suppor>ng co-‐crea>on objec>ves
What is K-‐2 Building Bridges to Tomorrow? The K-‐2 Building Bridges to Tomorrow Project is a global collabora>ve project that joins together students at the lower elementary level (typically grade K-‐2, 4-‐7 years old). Teachers will meet most weeks to discuss project goals, aims and progress. Classes will be grouped into teams of 3-‐5 on each topic. It uses Web 2.0 tools to support communica>on and interac>on as well as collabora>on and crea>on between students and teachers from classrooms around the world. The topics shared and discussed are real-‐world scenarios that aim to pique interest amongst students as to similari>es and diﬀerences between classes and cultures. The project is designed to develop cultural understanding, skills with Web 2.0 and other sofware, experience in global collabora>on and online learning, awareness of what it means to live and learn in a ﬂat world.
Places and Spaces…… Getting a handle on where to g http://www.flickr.com/photos/cogdog
K-2 Teacher Community • Flat Connection network (Ning) o Join teacher group (http://flatconnections.net) o http://flatconnections.net/group/k-2-buildingbridges-14-1 • K-2 Google group o Set your own email preferences and make sure you are receiving mail during the project For private email communication • http://groups.google.com/group/flat-classroom-k-2-project • Email: email@example.com
hhp://ﬂatconnec>ons.net Ning Group – Important resources
Project Content Summary Project Topics • How We Play • Going to School • Celebra>ng Together • Part of a Family • Making a Meal • Sharing Stories All teams do this topic • A View from the Window
Aim/Challenge Aim: To build understanding of life beyond the immediate environment and also build community through regular connec>on and collabora>on and by sharing between classrooms. Our Challenge: To connect classrooms around the world in meaningful discussions and collabora>ons and to show that co-‐crea>on of ideas and products is possible at this level of educa>on
Guiding Ques>ons: Guiding Ques9ons: • Can very young students eﬀec>vely connect, communicate, and collaborate in a global project? • What does this look like? • What products can students in mixed classroom teams co-‐ create? • What ac>vi>es and structure can we design and implement to scaﬀold this collabora>on?
How will Workﬂow support K-‐2 14-‐1? • Online Teacher Informa>on Mee>ng: before March 1 • Classroom Handshake and Kick-‐oﬀ: March 1-‐15 • Team Forma>on and Project Discussions: March 15-‐April 1 • Projects to be started by April 1 • Mul>media Collec>on and Sharing: April 1-‐15 • Product Development and Co-‐Crea>on: April 15-‐30 • Celebra>on, Summits and Reﬂec>ons: May 1-‐15
K-‐2 Building Bridges Project Structure Team forma9on, Handshakes Project discussions, Mul9media collec9on and sharing Project development and co-‐ crea9on Celebra9on, Reﬂec9on, Sharing outcomes
What are Project Outcomes for Students? • Online learning community interac>on – Real >me interac>ons e.g. Skype – Sharing mul>media -‐images, videos e.g. class handshakes • Collabora>ve learning and team skills • Major outcome 1: Contribu9on to one of the Team topics • Major outcome 2: A View from the Window
Crea>ng the Handshake ● Handshake phase ○ ○ Reach out and “shake hands” over the next week Share this experience via the Ning or the Wiki ● Tools for the Handshake ○ ○ ○ You decide Skype -‐ Mystery? Video
Examples of Past Projects hhp://k213-‐1bridges.ﬂatclassroomproject.org/Home Handshake Example h"p://youtu.be/nTI9meJBz_0
Examples of Past Projects hhp://k213-‐1bridges.ﬂatclassroomproject.org/Home View from Our Window -‐ h"p://youtu.be/FdiQUrh617Q
Proposed Outcomes Co-‐created Product from Mixed Classrooms using Mul>-‐Media ● E-‐Books ● Voicethread ● Glogster
Examples of Past Projects hhp://k213-‐1bridges.ﬂatclassroomproject.org/Home Final Project Voicethread: hhps://voicethread.com/share/4508761/
K-‐2 13-‐2 examples • Refer to wiki hhp://k-‐213-‐2bridges.ﬂatclassroomproject.org/
What now? • PM will email a mee>ng summary and recording link for this kickoﬀ (and this info will be on the Ning!) • Invita>on to Google group, Ning group, Timebridge, join the wiki • Week star>ng February 24: – Another teacher mee>ng run by Sandy and Cathy – Teachers start introducing students to the project – Real >me connec>ons explored
Badges -‐Teachers & Students Flat Connec9ons will introduce ‘Badges’ this semester. More informa9on coming soon! h"p://credly.com
Discussion and Ques>ons
Final words……… • Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. -‐ Albert Einstein • The important thing is not to stop ques>oning. -‐ Albert Einstein
FLAT professional development Flat Connec>ons Global Educator FLAT encounters Sydney June 2014 FLAT projects for K-‐12 hhp://ﬂatconnec>ons.com
Global Portal Teacher Network Email Twiher Julie Lindsay ﬂatconnec>ons.com ﬂatconnec>ons.net admin@ﬂatconnec>ons.com @ﬂatconnec>ons julie@ﬂatconnec>ons.com
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