Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Join our Flat Classroom Workshop in Hong Kong 'Virtually'

In three weeks I will be in Hong Kong with Kim Cofino running the next Flat Classroom Workshop. We are putting together an exciting program and have about 30 students and teachers signed up face-to-face so far. However we are also looking for virtual participants! So, if you cannot physically be in Hong Kong we still want you to be an important part of the 'flattened' learning experience and part of the workshop as either a team member or an expert advisor. This is an exciting move into changed conference pedagogy and a challenge-based learning event that invites teachers and students and interested contributors to work together on the same level.

Here are the details......

When is this? - Thursday September 17-Saturday September 19

What does it mean to be a 'virtual participant'? - During the workshop we will have a number of teams (students and teachers) working face-to-face on a challenge based project. To really 'flatten' the learning experience we invite participants from around the world to join us as full team members and interact online and work towards a common objective OR to join us as expert advisers on the topic(s) we are researching and pitching solutions for.

What is the theme/topic of the workshop? - The theme of this workshop is the 'Digital Divide' - Some essential questions so far: what is it?, how does it affect you? How does it affect learning? How can we get around can we 'solve' it? How are tools changing our learning environment?

How will this work? - Virtual team members will need to be online for at least 2 hours on each of the three main days (Sept 17-19). They may have the chance to interact in real time if in a close time-zone, otherwise the expectation is they will interact and collaborate ASYNCHRONOUSLY via a wiki and other online Web 2.0 tools used by workshop participants.

What will they have to do? - Virtual participants will help make decisions, research workshop topics, contribute to a wiki knowledge-base and may help provide multimedia artifacts that will be used for final presentation material, eg images or short video clips.

To apply to be a virtual participant complete this online form.

Questions? Please contact
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ray said...

This is interesting idea. I am and educator based in South East Asia and will be happy to participate. The link to the online form is down BTW.

Julie Lindsay said...

Hi Preetam
Thanks for responding to our invitation. Here is the link to the online form

I am trying to open blogger to edit my blog with the updated link....sometimes this is not quick in China!

Unknown said...

Hey.. It really a great opportunity to take participate in this flatroom workshop to discuss any topic of interest. We need to just fill out the from that is mention or any fees required for that also?? I'll be gratefull to attend this workshop...If it cant aprroachable to come there, then what is the other online procedure to attend the workshop?


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