- A wonderful blog from a Grade 4 teacher, my friend and Flat Classroom educator in Beijing, Shannon O'Dwyer. This style of writing really brings the classroom out to the world and invites interaction from a global audience!
- Flat Classroom, in conjunction with Taking IT Global - 'Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds' Starts August 22 5pm EST, (August 23 7am Australia) Followed by 3 further sessions over the next few weeks. Come and discuss global collaboration and how to flatten your classroom.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Global Education Highlights (weekly)
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Global Education Highlights (weekly)
50 things to do during Connected Educators Month
On an e-Journey with Generation Y - Anne Mirtschin
Resources recommended by @heyjude
tags: free online images education creativecommons
Powerful Learning Practice one-day live conference September 28 in Philadelphia - lots of talking, lots of sessions, some innovation in conference design....but where are the students, and where is the true collaboration and co-creation?
tags: PLPLive12 education conference plp
Once you go flat you never go back
Article written for SmartBlogs by Vicki Davis about the five areas of connection to flatten your classroom
tags: vickidavis flatclassroom education connectivism connection
Side by Side in Five - YouTube
tags: iearn globalproject education
Flat Classroom Global Collaboration Community
Our Flat Classroom Global Community on Facebook. Come and share your flat learning experiences around the world. Flat Classroom updates posted regularly.
tags: facebook education flatclassroom
Connected Educators Month: Schedule
Flat Classroom in conjunction with Taking IT Global scheduled sessions for Connected Educator Month, August-September 2012. Highlight: Flat Classroom Book Club with TIGED - starts Wednesday August 22, 5pm EST
The connected conundrum for education
Tom Whitby writes a provocative blog post about Connected Educator Month, August 2012. He states: "No, to be a good teacher, one does not need to be connected. However, the question is if you are a good teacher and unconnected, could you be a better teacher if you were connected? Shouldn’t we strive to be the best that we can be? It’s not only an Army thing. Being connected offers not only exposure to content and ideas but also the ability to create and collaborate on ideas. Being connected fosters transparency and debunks myths of education that have been harbored in the previous isolation of the education profession. This is the stuff of a true learner’s dreams, and, as educators, are we not all learners?"
An Apple for the teacher: are iPads the future in class?
Another article about a teacher's journey sing iPads for learning. Good points made about pros and cons and apps resources shared.
Playing Globally| The Committed Sardine
Article by Andrew Churches, http://edorigami.edublogs.org/, talking about the benefits of global learning, and gives a great wrap for Flat Classroom. "Our classrooms are not limited to the four walls of the physical building we teach in but can encompass the entirety of the planet. Technology—much of which is free—has enabled us to push back the classroom walls and stretch our virtual arms across the globe to shake hands with classrooms and students almost anywhere."
Using Dropbox in the Classroom
Some excellent tips from Jennifer Carey. I know classrooms CAN move beyond the central control of a school imposed LMS - the students are ready, let's get the teachers ready!
Cool Tools for the Connected Classroom
Published by Action Stations authored by Anne Mirtschin, my Australian friend and colleague and Flat Classroom enthusiast. Congratulations on your excellent book!
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Global Education Highlights (weekly)
- Gapminder is used in classrooms around the world to build a fact-based world view. On this page we feature quality examples & resources.tags: statistics education
- Slideshow by Silvia Tolisano @langwitches. Excellent!
- Wow! This is great! The article on the eReader was very informative as well. I'm using the eReader article to help me with me current research on using eReaders in the classroom. Thanks Julie!! - post by Craig Union
- One of many available videos on You Tube that share classroom practice and show transformation of learning using technology. This one talks about the 3R's: Reread, Record and Reflect with 6 year old students
- Hoping to get to this conference in Brazil at the Graded School.tags: conference education
- "Thus while the results indicated small or negligible effects on academic achievement, positive impacts were found in relation to cognitive competences. The study concludes that in order to improve Math and Language skills, laptop computers are not enough; high-quality instruction is necessary. The study suggests combining the provision of laptops with a pedagogical model targeted toward increased achievement by students. "
- Thus while the results indicated small or negligible effects on academic achievement, positive impacts were found in relation to cognitive competences. The study concludes that in order to improve Math and Language skills, laptop computers are not enough; high-quality instruction is necessary. The study suggests combining the provision of laptops with a pedagogical model targeted toward increased achievement by students.
- International Schools and Overseas Hiring Practicestags: education international
- "Make images come alive with music, videos and any web content."
- An interesting initiative as part of Connected Learners Month of August. Add your thoughts and sign with Twitter handle.tags: connected_learning ce12 education
- Add your name to this Twitter list, and find other educators to follow.
- tags: education ebook book reflection
- Amazon.com: Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds: Move to Global Collaboration One Step at a Time (Pearson Resources for 21st Century Learning) (9780132610353): Julie Lindsay, Vicki A. Davis: BooksChecking on sales for our book. Spread the word! With school starting in the northern hemisphere, this book is a must read!tags: flatclassroombook education
Friday, August 03, 2012
A School in Sydney with a Vision for Learning
|Julie, Anne, Steve and Mark|
|The library at NBCS|
|(Pic taken by Anne Knock)|
- Their motto: 'Do it, then Think!' - Well! How many educators get to work within an environment that really encourages risk-taking?
- Many places and spaces designed or organised to meet the needs of a diverse range of learners
- Cross-classroom AND cross-age teaching - for example all of Grade 5 and 6 together in the one very large learning space, with a 2-year curriculum
- A library with no books! At last I have found a school strong enough to get rid of the rows of (largely) books that nobody borrows or reads anymore in that environment. Wisely they have moved books to curriculum areas, or year levels, where they are still used as needed. But now the library is a SPACE with movable furniture and partitions ready for all sorts of purposes
- The 'whiteboard' paint on the walls. I cannot remember seeing this in a school before, but knew it was a little costly. Such a wonderful innovation....and IMHO beats installing (expensive) whiteboards
- Mobility and flexibility of learning while mobile - YES! Similar to my school in Beijing, NBCS has a BYOD policy, where students and teachers can bring whatever device they need to connect to the robust wireless network. This was supported by 'trolley's' of laptops for loan in the library space, as well as collections of desktop computers in many classrooms with particular software for curriculum needs
- A faculty that actually enjoyed talking about pedagogy and was encouraged to be innovative. Such a joy! Not that this is uncommon in other schools......or is it?
- The general aesthetics of the buildings and surrounds - yes a beautiful Australian setting, with many building design innovations
- The link with the Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning - started by the existing Principal, Stephen Harris, who was awarded the Australian Principal of the Year, NSW last year.
- The fact that a number of NBCS teachers connected with me and tweeted with me during and after our visit.....a connected and collaborative working environment with confidence using Web 2.0 tools and technology for learning
Great NBCS teachers to follow on Twitter (apologies if I have missed anyone I met or connected with last week!): Chris Woldhuis, Jonathan Pugh, Mark Burgess, Steve Collis, Anne Knock, Mark Liddell, Louise Deibe, Chantelle Morrisson, Liam Dunphy, Stephen Harris.