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Flat Connections - Global Projects
Building bridges between students that our future can walk across
_Webinar: Global Collaboration in the classroom - Meet Flat Connections SLIDES and RECORDING
Flat Connections global projects - Applications now open for February 2015
We invite teachers who believe global collaboration has a place in their classroom. We invite those who want to improve digital citizenship and cultural understanding, leading to global competency amongst students and teachers.
We invite teachers who have some digital fluency and access to digital tools who want to use them in meaningful ways to connect with others and learn together.
Projects for K-6: Younger students can go global!
Digital Citizenship: Digital learning goes global!
Students take action while connecting and collaborating
The Digiteen Project, and Digitween Project are an exciting, challenging and unique experience that allow young people (and their teachers) to study and explore digital citizenship and how to be a responsible and reliable online learner.
The Digiteen Project, and Digitween Project are global hands-on projects for upper elementary, middle and high school students, (typically Grade 4-12, 8-18 year old). These projects study digital citizenship and promote effective and responsible online choices as well as immersing students into an online educational community for learning and collaborating.
As part of the project students research current topics to do with digital citizenship, write a collaborative report on a wiki, and perform and document offline action educational projects to promote effective digital citizenship at their local schools and in their communities.
Read the Teacher Guide.....
Flat Connections Global Project: The ultimate collaboration for High School Students
The Flat Connections Global Project is a fully supported and managed global collaborative experience for middle and high school students (typically grade/year 9-12, 14-18 years old). It challenges all learners to connect and communicate beyond their immediate classroom and school. It also encourages collaboration and co-creation of final artifacts as well as student leadership, while exploring emerging technologies and envisioning the future of learning.
This project uses Web 2.0 tools to support communication and interaction as well as collaboration and creation between students and teachers from classrooms around the world. The topics studied and discussed are real-world scenarios based on the current Horizon Report K-12 2013 (for the January 2014 project) as well as a variety of influential thought leaders and authors including Yong Zhao, ‘World Class Learners’; David Price OBE, ‘Open’; and Thomas Friedman, ‘The World is Flat’.
One of the main goals of the project is to 'flatten' or lower the classroom walls so that instead of each class working in isolation, 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 new ideas and actions for future learning.
Projects are constructed with an international set of classrooms (as mixed as we can make it depending on applications). Students have the chance to take on leadership roles, and begin to understand what it takes to build and contribute to an online learning community. They also interact with expert advisers and other classroom teachers in a true flattened learning mode.
Read the Teacher Guide to find out more.....
Since 2006 Flat Classroom (now Flat Connections) global collaborative projects have joined students and teachers across the world.
Flat Classroom global project archives
Flat Connections provides managed global collaborative projects for students in K-12 across the world.
The principles of these projects are always the same but the content is varied:
Global Youth Debates is a global collaborative project created around research and formal debating. It uses Web 2.0 tools to connect, communicate and debate across the world.
Global Youth Debates aims to connect schools, teachers and students globally to learn more about the world, with the world. New methodologies and tools to connect and collaborate have made asynchronous formal debating possible globally. This global project is designed for schools of all systems across the world and for students of age 10-18 approximately.
The theme for 2014-15 is 'Global Peace and Security'. Interested schools are invited to join at any time during the year.
Read the Global Youth Debates Teacher Guide for 2014-15.
More information about Debate formats and protocols is available from the website.
You are invited to APPLY NOW for September 2014.