FLAT CLASSROOM WORKSHOP AT ASB UN-PLUGGED
Details for those planning to attend
What is the Flat Classroom Workshop?
Who Should Attend?
What will they do?
What is the Flat Classroom Project?
Info from the ABOUT wiki found at http://www.flatclassroomproject.org/About
The Flat Classroom project is a ground breaking, internationally recognized project which combines hundreds of students from various cultures, countries, and backgrounds into a meaningful collaborative writing and digital storytelling project to study the trends in information technology. After the initial project won multiple international awards and was included in Thomas Friedman's book, The World is Flat v.3, it has been remixed into 11 different projects following the same model. These projects have joined together almost 2,000 students from more than 20 countries and is widely considered a best-practice for as a holistic and constructivist educational approach that creates students who are competitive and globally minded.
The project was co-founded by Vicki Davis http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/ (Westwood Schools, USA) and Julie Lindsay http://123elearning.blogspot.com/ (Qatar Academy, Qatar) in 2006 when they were located literally around the world from one another. This project uses a wide variety of Web 2.0 tools including wikis, educational (social) networks, cross-timezone calendaring, collaborative digital storytelling and publishing to "flatten" or lower the classroom walls to join two or more classes virtually to become one large classroom.
In the flat classroom strand, the adult and student participants will be immersed in a project based conference where they work collaboratively and separately to solve problems and simultaneously learn about the tools and practices that can link us together from around the world. First pioneered at the Flat Classroom Conference 2009 held in Doha, Qatar - meet students who have participated in these projects as they finally meet face to face and "kick it up a notch" as they collaborate with students. See how the conference is "flattened" as participants from around the world participate virtually in these sessions to create a rich, deep learning experience where participants and their worlds are tarnsofrmed.
A little more about the projects:
The current projects cover the following topics:
In 2009, the Digiteen and NetGenEd projects are adding a virtual component in OpenSim and have gridizenship added as a component of digital citizenship in their work.
Flat Classroom Conference
The Flat Classroom Conference held in Qatar, January 2009, brought more than 150 education leaders, teachers and students together to Qatar to envision the future of education. Students and teachers from very diverse backgrounds such as Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, United States, China, Australia, Pakistan, India, Iraq, Ethiopia, South Africa, and beyond came to the Leadership Workshop and Student Summit. The student videos and reflections on the conference website (http://flatclassroomconference.ning.com/) show the positive affect that the conference had on reducing stereotypes, not only of the Middle East, but of one another.
This conference was not a lecture-based conference but primarily a project-based conference using the latest in educational research in project based learning to rework how content is delivered in a conference format. Using small teams, group presentations, and multiple interactions between students and educators, a rich, interactive environment evolved. Multimedia was a focus, with students exploring topics and creating rich presentations. Many presenters, educators, and students have expressed their favorable opinion in their post-conference reflections of the need to deploy this method of improving education on a global basis.