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Flat Classrooms page on Facebook
Announcing, again, our new Facebook page to support our bo0k, 'Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds' coming out in January 2012.
Flat Classrooms Book Facebook page!
Came and be part of the excitement. Our book will be out in January 2012! www.flatclassroombook.com
Zero to Eight: Children's Media Use in America | Common Sense Media
The study shows that everything from iPods to smartphones to tablet computers are now a regular part of kids' lives, with kids under 8 averaging two hours a day with all screen media. Among the key findings:
42% of children under 8 years old have a television in their bedroom.
Half (52%) of all 0- to 8-year-olds have access to a new mobile device, such as a smartphone, video iPod, or iPad/tablet.
More than a third (38%) of children this age have used one of these devices, including 10% of 0-to 1-year-olds, 39% of 2- to 4-year-olds, and more than half (52%) of 5- to 8-year-olds.
In a typical day, one in 10 (11%) 0- to 8-year-olds uses a smartphone, video iPod, iPad, or similar device to play games, watch videos, or use other apps. Those who do such activities spend an average of 43 minutes a day doing so.
In addition to the traditional digital divide, a new "app gap" has developed, with only 14% of lower-income parents having downloaded new media apps for their kids to use, compared to 47% of upper-income parents.
Clearly, media has become a staple in young kids' daily lives and influences them in ways we don't yet fully understand. But by getting involved in your kid's media life, you can help them create healthy lifelong patterns that will truly make a difference in their lives
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Across My Desk (weekly)
Sounding Board Classrooms wanted for Flat Classroom Project November 2011
The current Flat Classroom Project 11-3 is inviting classrooms from Grade 6 and above to become Sounding Boards for the student collaborative wikis. All details are on the Sounding Board information wiki. We also invite you to join the Flat Classroom Project Ning and the SB group.
We have over 400 students in this project collaborating across 11 wikis. The skill of providing feedback as a sounding board classroom aligns with ISTE NETS.S 2. 'Communication and Collaboration' - '...to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others'.
Becoming a Sounding Board classroom is not time draining. 2-3 lessons will probably be enough to devote to this, less for older students. It will provide a great opportunity for you and your class to examine collaborative research work critically using the Peer Evaluation techniques developed by Flat Classroom educators.
Interested?? Come on board....be a SOUNDING BOARD!
Application online form: http://tinyurl.com/soundingboardfcp
Director, Flat Classroom Projects LLC
Cross-posted with FlatClassrooms Ning
Cross-posted with FlatClassrooms Ning
Friday, October 28, 2011
It's on again in 2011: Global Education Conference
Flat Classroom is delighted to be a sponsoring partner of the Student Strand of the Global Education Conference 2011.
There is not much time left to get involved! The event is November 14-18....it is TOTALLY online and TOTALLY free!
Session proposals are due on October 31!
We invite ALL flat classroom teachers and others who are working in a global collaborative mode to consider bringing students into this event and showcasing their work.
This is an excellent opportunity to showcase student collaboration and action. Time is short, get moving and propose a presentation! All details at Global Education Conference portal.
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