Friday, December 15, 2006

Flat Classroom Conversations Part 1


Well, I feel as though I have been around the world and back on a non-stop flight! A similar feeling to being hit by a Dhaka bus.
Seriously, we are all tired but feeling good that the Flat Classroom Project has been a success in more ways than one. The intensity of a short-run collaboration brings out the true character of all participants. It has helped my class to bond with each other and with me far more effectively than the regular day-to-day classroom experience. I am very proud that all of my students managed to finish their project and upload a personal video to their collaborative wiki page.
If you have not heard of our project yet read Flat Classroom Project Launch Today.

Here are direct links to their completed pages:
  1. Connecting the World Online
  2. How the World Wide Web has Changed the World
  3. How Work Flow Software can Enhance Productivity and Communications
  4. Combined with 8 due to absences.
  5. Why we should be promoting Web 2.0 tools for sharing information.
  6. Globalization and Outsourcing
  7. Google Takes Over the World
  8. (Combined with 4) The Changing Shape of Information - PLE's and Social Networking
  9. Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing
  10. Virtual Communications
  11. Wireless Connectivity
Bangladesh ITGS Class: Without Walls


Yesterday in our last class before the winter break my Flat Classroom students and myself as well as a couple of guest teachers discussed the project. The students shared their experiences, thoughts, suggestions for the future development of the project and more! I have created a series of podcasts from this discussion and invite you to listen in, from wherever you are in the world, to our conversations.

Part 1: Hello
This short podcast is a 'Hello' in Bangla and a discussion about the characteristics of the Bangla language. (2 min 22 sec)

Part 2: Reflection 1
Students discuss the use of a wiki for facilitating the Flat Classroom Project as well as their thoughts about global collaboration and tools used for this. (3 min 14 sec)

Part 3: Reflection 2
Students continue to reflect on their project experiences and discuss their involvement. They also talk about the educational advantages of doing this project, including their thoughts about the international exposure the project has attracted. (3 min 8 sec)

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