Flat Connections Global Projects

NEW! – ‘Can we work together to save endangered animals of the world?’

A globally collaborative project for Grades 3-8 (8-12 years)

Flat Connections is excited to announce the Endangered Animals online global project will be offered TWICE in 2018 (final dates TBC).

  • Project #1: August – September
  • Project #2: October – December

Introduction COST: $5.00 per student per project.

These projects will become full quickly. Register your interest and secure your place by completing this online form: http://tinyurl.com/FCProjects2018

Apply to participate in a Global Project today!

Become empowered and plan to build bridges between global learners today!

Flat Connections provides managed global collaborative projects for students in K-12 across the world.

Project Aims:

  • Core content objectives united between classrooms,
  • Unique, individual, personalized learning experiences for each student,
  • The ‘merging’ and ‘flattening’ of classrooms for learners to get to know each other and work together,
  • Innovative implementation of modern learning skills supported by Web 2.0 tools,
  • Customizable components based upon the unique situation of each classroom’s curricular objectives,
  • Supportive Project Managers and lead teachers

Subscription Levels


$1491 semester
  • 1 project or 1 Global Youth Debate Team
  • up to 15 students


$6991 year
  • Access to all projects
  • up to 80 students
  • 2 Global Youth Debates teams


$11991 year
  • Access to all projects
  • up to 160 students
  • 4 Global Youth Debates teams
  • Incl $200 GE voucher


$17991 year
  • Access to all projects
  • up to 320 students
  • 6 Global Youth Debates teams
  • Incl $400 GE voucher

Additional Students $9.50 each | Additional Global Youth Debates teams $69 each

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Apply to participate in a Global Project today!

Our Current Global Projects

All Flat Connections global projects are open to any teacher, any class, and any school in the world. Each project has age and workflow requirements. Each project is offered twice a year: February-May and September-December. Read further details about all global projects and join via the online application form below.

K-2 Building Bridges to Tomorrow

The K-2 Building Bridges to Tomorrow Project is a global collaborative project that joins together students at the lower elementary level (typically grades K-2, 4-7 years old). It is an exciting, challenging and unique experience that allows very young people (and their teachers) to connect and collaborate.

The K-2 Building Bridges to Tomorrow 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 shared and discussed are real-world scenarios that aim to pique interest amongst students as to similarities and differences between classes and cultures.

The K-2 Building Bridges to Tomorrow Project is an exciting, challenging and unique experience that allows very young people (and their teachers) to connect and collaborate.

Read more about this project

What teachers say

I loved being introduced to new technology to use in the classroom and to connect with other classrooms. I especially enjoyed our meetings as I learned a lot from you all. My boys enjoyed skyping and we will continue to do so in the future. And I’m glad I’ve been introduced to Voicethread. I will definitely continue to use this tool.
Betsy Tyson
My students loved seeing other schools around the country and around the world. They loved the idea of creating something with other kids not in their own school.
Kelly Jenkins
They really enjoyed the handshake and the importance and variety of ways to say hello.
Sharon Davison
Seeing all of the students from around the country was the most exciting. I really enjoyed the map that pinned all of us. I enjoyed sharing the class pictures. I enjoyed talking with other teachers online.
Michelle Stewart
You’ll enrich your learning when you make Flat Connections!
Katie Silva
Great experience. Great way for students to connect and for teachers to improve their IT skills.
Donna Stephens

‘A Week in the Life’

The ‘A Week in the Life’ Project is for Elementary School students of approximate ages 8-11 (Grade 3-6). Students connect, communicate, explore global topics and issues and share ideas and solutions through co-created digital artifacts.

The ‘A Week in the Life’ Project curriculum focus is Interdisciplinary, including concepts for how we live, how we communicate, cultural understanding and global awareness and uses the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a focus for global issues. The project also uses Design Thinking as a model to foster better understanding of the process of collaboration.

The ‘A Week in the Life’ Project aims to be holistic and foster collaborative learning. It joins classrooms globally with a view to exploring what life is like in each country through discussion, sharing and collecting multimedia and creating final products together. These are then compared and contrasted and become the focus of further inquiry-based educational activities during and after the global project.

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What teachers say

Students were exposed to a variety of tech tools that may have been new to them. They liked feeling like they were a part of something larger with others from all over. This project also helped some of the teachers from our school learn about collaboration and learn some new tools.
Bonnie Birdsall
Regardless of where we live and how different our environments are, there are many things we have in common
Elena Markowicz-Troy
My students really had fun taking the photos to share. We had some great discussions about what others would want to know about us.
Tina Schmidt
Best platform to connect with educators and students around the world
Sudha Rajouria

Digiteen and Digitween (middle and high school)

Digiteen Project for 13 years and older and the Digitween Project for under 13 years study digital citizenship and promote effective and responsible online choices as well as immersing students into an online educational community for learning and collaborating.

Students in the Digiteen-Digitween Project research current topics to do with digital citizenship, co-write a collaborative report and co-create an accompanying artifact. They also perform and document offline action in the form of educational projects to promote effective digital citizenship at their local schools and in their communities.


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What teachers say

Our action projects were seen by people all over the world
Mitzi Moore, USA
Best outcomes were Learning more about the responsibilities of being a digital citizen; learning how to better communicate with others through non face-to-face communication.
Susan Shaw, Singapore
Best outcomes were conversations about digital citizenship, connecting with other kids and working through how to connect, how to communicate, class video project at end, excitement about being part of global project.
Barbara McFall, USA
The students enjoyed using Edmodo for the class introductions and they enjoyed creating the video for the school introductions. They felt collaborating with students from other schools and from other places was an awesome learning experience that they hoped they would get to try again. They also thought it was a unique experience. The students also had a sense of accomplishment after presenting their action projects. Everyone was complimentary to their work and they are the first students in our school district to participate in this type of project. They were very proud of their success.
Cindy Nickodam, USA

Flat Connections Global Project

The Flat Connections Global Project, a fully supported and managed global collaborative is the ultimate online 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.

The Flat Connections Global Project aims 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 tools, experience in global collaboration and online learning, and awareness of what it means to live and work in a flat world.

Students in the Flat Connections Global Project will work in cross-school teams to research and discuss new ideas and actions for future learning. The topics studied and discussed are real-world scenarios based on the current Horizon Report K-12 2017 (for the 2017-18 projects) 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’.


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What teachers say

The handshake activity and becoming part of a team was very exciting for us. Because there are only 7 students in my class it was exciting to all of a sudden have a large class. The student leader meetings were a new and exciting experience.
Ann Rooney, Australia
Best outcomes are self-direction, collaboration in support of tangible outcomes.
Bruce Forsyth, Canada
This project has become an integral part of my courses. It is a great experience for me and the students.
Brian McLaughlin, USA
For me, it is working with a global team who have a common passion – to flatten our classrooms. Being able to collaborate together, support each other, share ideas, network further and learn how to use the latest in technology together. Viewing the video outcomes of students is also a great time.
Anne Mirtschin, Australia

Global Youth Debates

GYDfinalgreenGlobal Youth Debates is a global collaborative project created around research and formal debating. It uses Web 2.0 tools to join students from diverse cultures for authentic debate.

It fosters global competence and international mindedness and online communication skills.

Global Youth Debates joins school debate teams in a community of learners around a theme and debate topic. Asynchronous formal debating supports communication of local and global situations and priorities.

Global Youth Debates is adaptable for all learning environments and is designed for students of age 10-18. It opens eyes and hearts as students debate on an issue that will bring together diverse ideas, develop transferable skills and create lasting friendships

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What teachers say

The asynchronous debate was very exciting for my students – to know they were debating against real teams living somewhere else in the world was very powerful.
Singapore American School, Singapore
We loved hearing our opponents’ rebuttals to our arguments, also the judges’ feedback was very meaningful and helped us to grow.
The International School of the Sacred Heart, Tokyo.
An excellent opportunity to connect and have discourse across geographical distance. A wonderful exercise in critical thinking and cross-cultural dialogue.
MC2 Charter School, USA.
Apply to participate in a Global Project today!