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 2015 (for the 2015-16 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’.