Flat Connections Global Projects

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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

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Subscription Levels

Teacherpreneur

$1491 semester
  • 1 global project
  • up to 15 students

Bronze

$3991 semester
  • Access to all projects
  • up to 50 students

Silver

$6991 semester
  • Access to all projects
  • up to 100 students

Gold

$11991 semester
  • Access to all projects
  • Up to 200 students

Additional Students $9.50 each | Additional Global Youth Debates teams $99 each

More than 200 students? – POA – contact Julie

Endangered Animals Project is $5.00 per student – Apply Here

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Our Current Global Projects

Flat Connections global projects are open to any teacher, any class, and any school in the world. Each project has age and workflow requirements. Some projects are offered twice a year within the February-June and August-December months. Some run once a year. Read further details about all global projects and join via the online application form below.

Projects for Grade/Year K-2 (4-7 year old) students

Building Bridges to Tomorrow

The 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 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.

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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

Projects for Grade/Year 3-6 (8-12 year old) students

Windows to the World

The Windows to the World global project is an intercultural ‘penpals’ experience where students in Grade/Year 3-6 (8-12 year old) write, respond, and communicate with peers, and develop online learning and digital citizenship skills. The tool Edmodo is used as the communication platform.

The Windows to the World project focuses on developing literacy and online communication skills while connected beyond the immediate classroom. 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.

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What teachers say

This is a new project – be the first to participate in 2018 and share your thoughts here!
Julie Lindsay, Flat Connections

Poetry with Passion and Performance

Turn all your students into successful poets!

The Poetry with Passion and Performance project is for Grade/Year 3-6 (approximate age 8-12). It has been created by the award winning Australian educator Chris Trimnell, a Flat Connections Global Educator and Project Manager.

Poetry with Passion and Performance is designed to ensure student success by using carefully scaffolded poetry examples. Students will enjoy having a genuine audience as they are allocated to teams representing students beyond their own classroom walls.  The final challenge will be to use any multimedia of their choice to co-create new versions of the poems with fellow team members.

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What teachers say

This project clearly met its stated aims. The scaffolding of the poems allowed my kids to not only have fun, but also to experience success when creating their own versions. One of the greatest benefits I noted was that a few of my groups really grew as collaborative teams. They learnt to put emphasis on their group product and let go of some of their own individual preferences. I can certainly recommend this project to others.
Jo Emptage, Digi Tech Specialist, Courtenay Gardens P.S., Cranbourne, Vic., Australia

Endangered Animals

The Endangered Animals project is for Grade/Year 3-6 (approximate age 8-12). It is an exciting, challenging and unique experience that allows young people (and their teachers) to work with other schools and explore the global issue of endangered animals and create digital artifacts together that share outcomes of the collaboration.

The Endangered Animals project has a focus on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals with special reference to SDGs 13, 14 & 15.

The global collaboration will explore and share understandings and research around the following:

  • Interdependence of living creatures
  • Sustainability of animal environments
  • Evaluation of past and current practices on animal survival
  • Design of possible solutions for future action
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What teachers say

Start early, practice using the digital tools and just have a go!
It was a great experience. Support was excellent. The kids loved it!
Michele Rutter, St Paul's School
This has been a wonderful experience for the students at Waterfall and one that they will remember. Being part of this project has also encouraged me to learn more about global projects and introduced technology that I have not used before and it was great to share that learning experience with my students.
Jennifer Porter, Waterfall Public School
Have a go, make sure your students ask lots of questions of their teammates. It is such a terrific concept and well aligned with the Australian curriculum.
Fiona Fitzgerald, Geelong Grammar
It’s a great opportunity for students to work with technology in an authentic way – to communicate and share with students in other schools around Australia and the world.
Lisa Stephenson, Pleasant Heights PS
Students LOVED interacting with kids from other countries and replying to each other.
Lula Garcia, American School of Tampico

Projects for Grade/Year 5-8 (10-14 year old) students

Friends for Sustainability

The Friends for Sustainability Project is for students in Grade/Year 5-8, of approximate ages 10-14. Students connect, communicate, explore global topics and issues and share ideas and solutions through co-created digital artifacts.

The Friends for Sustainability 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.

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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 Project

The Digiteen Project is an exciting, challenging and unique experience that allows young people (and their teachers) to study and explore global digital citizenship and how to be a responsible and reliable online learner, collaborator and co-creator. This collaborative hands-on project is for students in Grade/Year 5-8, (approximate age 10-14).

Students in the Digiteen 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

Projects for Grade/Year 9-12 (14-18 year old) students

Flat Connections Global Project

The Flat Connections Global Project is a fully supported and managed global collaborative experience for you and your students and 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.

Students in the Flat Connections Global Project will work in cross-school teams to research and discuss new ideas and actions for future learning through the use of technology. The topics studied and discussed are real-world scenarios based on the current Horizon Report K-12 2017 on emerging technologies in education (for the 2018-1 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’.

NOTE – in 2018-2 (September-December) this project will be redesigned – further updates coming.

 

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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

Projects for Grade/Year 5-12 (10-18 year old) students

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.
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