The ultimate high school global collaboration – a reflection and call to action

By | February 8th, 2018|flatconnectionsglobalproject, Global Education, Global Projects|

Flat Connections Global Project - the ULTIMATE high school project It is February....and once again I am in communication with schools and teachers encouraging participation in online global collaborative learning, specifically in conjunction with building Flat Connections global projects for this semester. Once again I am wondering WHAT is going on in schools and classrooms [...]

Grade 3-6 classrooms wanted! ‘Windows to the World’ (penpal) global project

By | February 7th, 2018|Global Projects, New global projects|

Remember the excitement around having a penpal? I remember almost 50 years ago having a penpal in Germany - and how strange life sounded in that country! His name was 'Axel' and his letters inspired curious conversations and inquiry into what life was like for this mystery person on the other side of the world. [...]

What’s new with Flat Connections? – Let’s get collaboration started in 2018

By | January 31st, 2018|global collaboration, Global Projects, webinar|

Teachers and students at Flat Connections will be hitting the ground running in February and March onwards in 2018. We have some new online global projects and some redesigned projects and some projects that continue to flourish and foster meaningful collaboration from year to year. Below is the timeline of all projects being offered in [...]

Global Collaboration in Teacher Education – Athens State University

By | August 4th, 2017|Global Projects, Learning concierge|

Adjunct Lecturer at Athens State University, Janice Newlin, designs learning activities for her pre-service teachers that imerse them on authentic global collaborative projects in schools. In recent semesters her students have participated in the Flat Connections Global Project (for high school students) as what we term, 'Learning Concierge's'. This means her students, as trainee teachers, [...]

Award winning – Poetry with Passion and Performance – Chris Trimnell

By | June 24th, 2017|global collaboration, Global Educator, Global Projects|

Flat Connections is very excited to have an award winning member of it's immediate community! Chris Trimnell, Flat Connections Global Educator Cohort 16-1, is one of 10 educators acknowledged for their ability to create and implement an online global collaborative project at K-12 levels. The Great Global Project Challenge was organsed by the Global Education [...]

What do students really think about global collaboration?

By | February 7th, 2017|Global Projects, Student Summit|

Today I hosted a Flat Connections Student Summit for two USA classrooms. It was a finale to the A Week in the Life 16-2 project from last semester. Both classrooms were on the east coast of the USA and it was early afternoon EST. Therefore, for me in Australia it was very early morning (5:30am [...]

The Countdown is on! Global Projects and Educator PD start February

By | January 17th, 2017|Global Educator, Global Projects|

Educators and education leaders across the world - just to let you know Flat Connections will be starting online global projects for all levels K-12 and online courses in February 2017.     Are your teachers and students using the refreshed ISTE standards for students? Joining Flat Connections meets the 'global collaborator' standard: provides opportunities to [...]

Student Summit – Sharing learning online – Flat Connections

By | January 16th, 2017|Global Projects|

Last week Grade 5 students from Singapore American School came online and shared their learning experiences from participating in the Flat Connections 'A Week in the Life', cohort 16-2 global project last semester. Students shared their excitement about the project, as well as the challenges they faced while collaborating globally with others from Australia, USA [...]

Global Collaboration with Flat Connections

By | January 16th, 2017|Global Projects|

This semester Yew Wah fourth graders worked with students from around the world on global issues during the Flat Connections “A Week in the Life” global collaboration project. Third, fourth and fifth graders from six schools worked in mixed teams to research a global topic aligned with the theme, “What does it mean to be [...]

The digital imperative….this is Lauren’s story about global collaboration

By | September 13th, 2016|Global Learning, Global Projects|

The digital imperative....this is Lauren's story about global collaboration I often use the term 'digital imperative' to describe why and how learning needs to be digital, online and embrace both local as well as global learning modes. Digital fluency includes learning in both synchronous and asynchronous learning environments coupled with the ability to create and [...]