Frequently Asked Questions
In the ‘flat’ ubiquitous world that digital and online technologies provide learning must become virtual as well as real, local as well as global. Flat Connections provides a means for educators, education leaders, students and organisations to participate in online global collaborative interactions that lead to collaborative co-creations and joint actions.
Flat Connections facilitates online global projects for all levels K-12 and provides teacher professional learning to support online global objectives including building a global education program and developing intercultural awareness through online learning.
Here is a summary:
- K-2 Building Bridges to Tomorrow (for all PK-Grade 2 students – beginning school age to about 7 years old)
- ‘A Week in the Life…’ (for Grade 3-6 – about 8 until 11/12 years old)
- Digitween Project (for Grade 4-8 – about 9 until 12/13 years old)
- Digiteen Project (for Grade 8-12 – about 12/13 until 18 years old)
- Flat Connections Global Project (for Middle-High school, Grades 8/9-12, about 14-18 years old)
- Global Youth Debates (for Grade 5-12 – about 10 until 18 years old)
- start FEBRUARY – finish JUNE
- start SEPTEMBER – finish DECEMBER
To maintain a global mix some scholarships are offered each semester. Contact organisers to inquire further.
If you were to implement a new unit of work in your class that would take a full semester to complete it would likely be usual to support this with a purchased textbook or a set of online and offline resources. Joining a Flat Connections global project via subscription is exactly the same. We offer a quality product that not only supports but ensures successful online global collaboration will take place. Yes, there are many other free global projects and connections to be made, and teachers should also be accessing those AS WELL AS Flat Connections global projects. It is not a matter of one or the other – a modern classroom that is globally active and collaborative is encouraged to implement multiple opportunities for learning.
Flat Connections professional development also helps teachers work out how this can be done through online classes and courses.
The important point here is that each project can be embedded into a number of education scenarios. For example, the Flat Connections Global Project has been run in an IT class, a history class, a health class, a politics class….and more! Another important point – Flat Connections projects do not provide a ‘curriculum’ as such, but they do provide a framework for teachers to add their curriculum objectives and align learning needs with the global objectives of the project.
The ‘A Week in the Life…’ project for Grades 3-6 is another great example of how a global project framework can be implemented into many classrooms and education systems across the world, including PYP, British, American and Australian approaches.
Flat Connections Director, Julie Lindsay, is one of the co-founders of award winning Flat Classroom Project (2006) and co-author of the book, Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds and author of the Global Educator: Leveraging technology for collaborative learning and teaching. She has over 20 years experience in connecting classrooms across the world for online global collaborative learning and intercultural understanding. Together with other experienced Flat Connections leaders, Julie drives Flat Connections to provide a unique opportunity for global learning that is based on design thinking, best-practice global collaborative pedagogy, and the use of online tools that support and encourage new learning modes.
Flat Connections global projects are proven, dependable learning frameworks to foster global experiences and deeper learning for both teachers and students of all ages.
Julie Lindsay also provides consultancy to schools and organisations who want to connect learning with the world.