Sylvia Martinez, President of GenYes, talks about giving students a voice - not just a token voice, but real support within a school to develop leadership skills and to have a say in the running and direction of the school. Are you ready to do this school leaders?
This short United-Eye Productions video employs free-style animation to show five key ways that education is improved by technology: Global learning Game-based learning Virtual worlds, digital simulations, and models Mobile learning Real-time data-based decision making
Flat Classroom will run another global live event in Hawaii, July 24-26 2013. plan to join us now!
"Educators and students interested in global issues and improving their international connections should join this conference."
My presentation for the ECIS IT conference, London March 2013
Recipe to flatten your classroom - 3 essential ingredients:
2. Citizenship, with a dash of global competency
3. Collaboration, the sort that includes co-creation
"I wanted to create a post about our current project we are exploring in 6th grade. I am working with a small group of students for a global debate project, Eracism, conducted by Flat Class.
We are debating the following topic: "The use of Facebook by students around the world to communicate with one another does more harm than good.""
Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy
Created by Jeff Utecht and Kim Cofino
Excellent accredited course - online or via localised cohorts. International educators can receive up to 15 credits (half a masters degree) by completing 5 courses over 18 months.
"Cultural awareness in the context of a global project reaches further than using correct ‘netiquette’, inclusive language and knowing what time zone your group members are from. At the core of cultural awareness is respecting and embracing cultural difference and valuing the cultural learning taking place."
A collection of resources for looking at digital citizenship through the areas of awareness 'cultural'.
Great reflection blog post from Sunny, a teacher in Australia who ventured to the Flat Classroom Conference in Japan!
Full of ideas I've headed home - collected my thoughts and hope to put some of the plans we made as teams into action - because flattening our world - connected across the globe to share experience, help each other and learn together is what education should be about.
Final presentations and more about the conference can be accessed at http://conference2013.flatclassroomproject.org/home
"This year Sugata Mitra, Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University in the UK, has been awarded $1 million in seed-funding for his wish to design the future of learning by supporting children all over the world to tap into their innate sense of wonder and work together. He hopes to build a School in the Cloud, a learning lab in India, where children can embark on intellectual adventures by engaging and connecting with information and mentoring online."
"Two principles guide this article:
1. Social-Emotional skills and strategies should be addressed and taught in school settings.
2. Video and online games can promote SEL skills and as such, should be integrated into classroom instruction."
"In 2013, a theme that is absolutely certain is disruption. Some of that disruption will be through technology, some of it decay of existing power-sets. How it will change education over the next twelve months can be guessed in part by looking at the previous twelve, a time period where we’ve seen iPads capture the imagination of national media, MOOCs catch the eye of the bluebloods in higher ed, and BYOD look like a better and better choice for K-12 public education districts everywhere.
In 2013, those trends will continue, along with some new ideas as we begin to demand more than feel-good potential out of learning experiences for students."
And therein lies one of Facebook's biggest challenges: With more than 1 billion users worldwide and an unstated mission to make more money, Facebook has become a social network that's often too complicated, too risky, and, above all, too overrun by parents to give teens the type of digital freedom or release they crave.
Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.
"Alan Kay, who invented the prototype for a laptop in 1968, made a similar point when he said schools confuse music with the instrument. “You can put a piano in every classroom but that won’t give you a developed music culture because the music culture is embodied in people.” If, on the other hand, you have a musician who is a teacher, then you don’t “need musical instruments because the kids can sing and dance…The important thing … is that the music is not in the piano and knowledge and edification is not in the computer.” Or online instruction, I would add."