Sunday, July 25, 2010

Acoss My Desk (weekly)

  • "World Savvy is a global education nonprofit serving youth and educators through three core programs in three offices nationwide. Our mission is to educate and engage youth in community and world affairs, to prepare them to learn, work and live as responsible global citizens in the 21st century. "

    tags: acrossmydesk global globalcitizen

  • The Indian government has unveiled the prototype of an iPad-like touch-screen laptop, with a price tag of $35 (£23), which it hopes to roll out next year.

    Aimed at students, the tablet supports web browsing, video conferencing and word processing, say developers.

    tags: ITGS itgsarticle acrossmydesk

  • Just bought this for my iPad. Also bought Rory's Story Cubes today! I love Apps!

    tags: ipad acrossmydesk apps apple

  • Excellent blog post by Bob Esty, one of the virtual participants in the Flat Classroom Workshop 2010!

    "Was being a virtual attendee the same as being there? No. it was a small workshop, and those who were there were able to interact much more easily and fully than I as a virtual participant. The audio at times was hard to follow, and the web cam struggled to resolve the display screen with any clarity. But, was being a virtual attendee worth it? Definitely yes! Julie and the other workshop organizers clearly put a lot of time and effort to make it possible to attend virtually, and I got a lot out of it. I think the point of virtual participation is to make it possible to take part, not to replace the experience of being there. And the choice for me was virtual participation, or no participation at all. I would definitely encourage others to attend conferences virtually when it is not possible to be there in person."

    tags: flatclassroom flatclassroomworkshop acrossmydesk jul

  • "A network for world languages teachers interested in conversations about
    language teaching, technology and 21st century education."
    Jess McCulloch has moved this network to a GROUPS account.

    tags: language educationalnetworking acrossmydesk

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

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Friday, July 09, 2010

Flat Classroom(tm) Project Announcements

July 9, 2010, from Flat Classroom(tm) co-founders Vicki Davis and Julie Lindsay.

NEWS Update: Vicki and Julie were very busy at ISTE last week with various presentations and sessions including a 7-hour DigiTeacher Workshop, Flat Classroom ‘Birds of a Feather’ and the ‘Seven Steps to Flatten your Classroom’ presentation that was attended by over 200.

Julie, Vicki, Honor, Tanya and Leigh at the Flat Classroom 'Birds of a Feather' at ISTE 2010, Denver USA
Announcement Number 1: Flat Classroom™ Project - Invitation to Apply
We are delighted to announce the re-opening of applications for the Flat Classroom Project 2010-2011. Each project is offered three-times per year and runs for 8-10 weeks. The Flat Classroom™ Project is a global collaborative project that joins together middle and high school students (typically grade 9-12, 14-18 years old).
One of the main goals of the project is to 'flatten' or lower the classroom walls so that instead of each class working isolated and alone, 2 or more classes are joined virtually to become one large classroom. The project is designed to develop cultural understanding, skills with Web 2.0 and other software, experience in global collaboration and online learning, awareness of what it means to live and work in a flat world, while researching and discussing the ideas developed in Friedman's book, ‘The World is Flat’. Projects are constructed with an international set of classrooms (as mixed as we can make it depending on applications). Students also have the chance to interact with expert advisers and other classroom teachers and sounding board classrooms in a true flattened learning mode.
Information about the project can be found at
Application form found on the Apply tab of

Special announcement! The Flat Classroom Project 10-3, running from September - December 2010 will be our 20th global collaborative project since joining classrooms together using Web 2.0 tools in 2006. We are delighted to announce David Warlick, one of our main sources for inspiration and a supporter of our projects and events, will be creating the keynote for this project. Consider joining your classroom today, applications close September 1, 2010.

Announcement Number 2: Digiteen™ Project - Invitation to Apply
We are delighted to announce the re-opening of applications for the Digiteen Project 2010-2011. Each project is offered three-times per year and runs for 8-10 weeks. The Digiteen™ Project is a global hands-on project for middle and early high school students, (typically Grade 6-9, 11-15 year old). This project studies digital citizenship with students researching current topics, writing a collaborative report on a wiki, and performing and documenting offline action educational projects to promote effective digital citizenship at their local schools. Topics of study include digital: access, communications, literacy, security and safety, etiquette, rights and responsibilities, law, health and wellness, and commerce.
Information about the project can be found at
Application information is found on the Apply tab of at
Applications close September 15 for the Digiteen 10-2 project.

Announcement Number 3: Flat Classroom Conference Early Bird Registration
The NEXT Flat Classroom Conference is in Beijing, February 25-27, 2011. Join us at the W.A.L.L. - We All Learn and Lead in China!
The Flat Classroom™ Conference is a unique limited-seating conference including students and educators to envision the future of education as they use leading technology tools such as wikis, blogs, social networking and multi-media storytelling. The conference is diverse in participation while allowing smaller groups with leading world-class presenters in a "flattened" environment where virtual participants join in the conversation from remote corners of the world.
Educators will leave the conference understanding how to collaborate globally and with contacts in hand to start projects. Students will leave the conference with leadership skills, technology skills, presentation skills, and a better understanding of diverse cultures and collaboration.

Educators come and join the Leadership Workshop! Teachers apply to bring students to the Student Summit and allow them to be challenged to find a voice while collaborating with others from around the world.
Early Bird registration until September 15! All details, including online Registration at
Are you interested in sponsoring a Flat Classroom Workshop or Flat Classroom Conference? A range of sponsorship opportunities are available to ICT and education vendors as well as other companies and individuals interested in supporting the event. See

Watch this space for further announcements coming about:
  • Eracism Project: A global collaborative debate, to be offered Semester 1, October-December 2010
  • NetGenEd Project: Another Flat Classroom Project that joins students to research emerging technologies in an increasingly digital world
Read more about this award winning set of projects and live events
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What are others saying about Flat Classroom Projects, Conferences and Workshops?

Is there a Flat Classroom in your future?
“We are building bridges between students that our future can walk across”

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Sunday, July 04, 2010

Acoss My Desk (weekly)

  • "The EdTech UNconference helps smart UNtech educators learn about technology in an UN-intimidating way, providing full one-year access to:

    * 500+ hours of use-whenever-you-want online tech learning and integration programs
    * monthly live EdTech sessions
    * recordings of all previous sessions
    * ongoing user collaboration (with pros standing by in case you get stuck)"

    tags: iste2010 conference techintegration education acrossmydesk

  • "Today's world is different for our children. The technologies we take for granted or simply don't understand have become a part of our children's identities. This digital bombardment is shaping who they are and who they will become. We must realize they live in a different world, and speak a different language.

    This book and its subsequent DVD explore the characteristics of the new digital generation, and how education can be modified to enhance their learning experiences while supporting both traditional literacy and essential new 21st Century Fluencies. You'll see how the digital generation thinks, learns, views the world and interacts as we follow them through this vast digital landscape. If we want to take part in nurturing those who will be the architects of our future it's up to us to learn their language and step into their world, so that we may truly understand the digital generation.

    This book and DVD are both part of the 21st Century Fluency Series, providing a wealth of resources to educators aimed at making learning relevant in our technological age."

    tags: digitalcitizenship 21stcenturylearning acrossmydesk

  • AJET 26(3) Drexler (2010) -
    Principles of networked learning, constructivism, and connectivism inform the design of a test case through which secondary students construct personal learning environments for the purpose of independent inquiry. Emerging web applications and open educational resources are integrated to support a Networked Student Model that promotes inquiry-based learning and digital literacy, empowers the learner, and offers flexibility as new technologies emerge. The Networked Student Model and a test case are described in detail along with implications and considerations for additional research. The article is meant to facilitate further discussion about K-12 student construction of personal learning environments and offer the practitioner a foundation on which to facilitate a networked learning experience. It seeks to determine how a teacher can scaffold a networked learning approach while providing a foundation on which students take more control of the learning process.

    tags: educationalnetworking student research acrossmydesk

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