Monday, April 26, 2010

Press Release: Flat Classroom Conference 2011 in Beijing, China

Flat Classroom Conference 2011
Latest News!
Beijing (BISS) International School are pleased to be hosting t
he next Flat Classroom Conference, to be held in Beijing, China, February 25-27, 2011.
“Join us at the W.A.L.L. - We All Learn & Lead”

Registration opens June 1!  Take advantage of early bird discounts before August 1.

April 25, 2010: Beijing - China -
Co-founders of the Flat Classroom™ Project, Vicki Davisand Julie Lindsay, have joined forces with colleagues and supporters from around the world to provide another opportunity for a face-to-face, real-time event. The aim of getting together in the one place is to fully extend and foster connections and collaborations that will ultimately improve classroom practice and pedagogical approach using technology as part of a global flat classroom.

The first Flat Classroom
Conference held in Doha, Qatar January 2009, changed lives and cast a vision for the future of education. The current series of Flat Classroom projects, including Digiteen, NetGenEd and Eracism, immerse educators, experts and students in Flat Classroom pedagogy. Flat Classroom Projects have been described as a revolutionary interdisciplinary educational approach and include global collaborations using Web 2.0 tools, with a focus on digital citizenship, cultural understanding and emerging technologies.

Flat Classroom
Projects, Flat Classroom Workshops and the Flat Classroom Conference are continuing to expand. In an ever-changing world the impact of the Internet, in particular Web 2.0 tools, has been so significant it has changed the way students and teachers can interact and learn. There are opportunities for different learning relationships and for multi-modal outcomes using multimedia and online tools. The conference will provide opportunities for leaders in education, classroom teachers (pre-service and in-service) and administrators as well as students to learn with and from each other in a flattened model. It is envisaged the workshop / conference experience will culminate in actions that are then shared around the world and sustained by continued global projects based on community and curriculum needs.

BISS is excited about being part of this ambitious project. The success of this conference is being built upon the fact that the teachers and classrooms that participate are of global quality caliber and have high standards of excellence. We aim to bridge cultural, religious, and public and private boundaries and are always encouraging students to thrive and succeed in this environment. “Our world is global and our classrooms should be too”. Two strands: 'Leadership Workshop' and 'Student Summit' will meet separately and in combined sessions to discuss best practice and promote global collaborative leadership as part of a global flat classroom. Participants will be given the opportunity to develop leadership skills in using information technology, particularly Web 2.0 tools.

Come to China in February 2011 and be part of this dynamic change in 21st Century learning for all. Classroom teachers are invited to apply to bring students to be part of the Student Summit. This is an excellent opportunity to see more of the world and develop personal learning networks while being challenged to envisage the future of learning and society.

Essential Details: We invite you to put this on your calendar now:
Flat Classroom Conference, Beijing (BISS) International School
, February 25-27, 2011
Wednesday February 23: International guests arrive for Student Summit and Workshop (Leadership Seminar optional Wednesday and Thursday)

Thursday February 24:
Students and accompanying
teachers go on a sight-seeing trip and come to BISS in time for meeting and greeting, a preliminary summit session and a welcome dinner.

Friday February 25:
Leadership Seminar and Student Summit commence (8-5 approx)
Saturday February 26:
Continuation (8:30-4 approx), Conference dinner
Sunday February 27: Final sessions (8:30-12:00), Summit
presentations and conference closing (1:00-2:00). Optional shopping trip to market and dinner.
Monday February 28: Guests return home (or previous night)

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