The brilliant work by Julie Lindsay (Beijing, China) and Vicki Davis (Westwood Schools, Georgia, USA) continues in The Flat Classroom Project 2010-1 which is now is well under way for 2010.
The Flat Classroom™ Project is a global collaborative project that joins together middle and senior high school students. This project is part of the emerging tend in internationally-aware schools to embrace a holistic and constructivist educational approach to work collaboratively with others around the world.
One of the main goals of the project is to ‘flatten’ or lower the classroom walls so that instead of each class working isolated and alone, 2 or more classes are joined virtually to become one large classroom. This is done through the Internet using Web 2.0 tools such as Wikispaces and Ning.
The Project uses Web 2.0 tools to make communication and interaction between students and teachers from all participating classrooms easier. The topics studied and discussed are real-world scenarios based on ‘The World is Flat‘ by Thomas Friedman.
I was honoured to be invited to present the Keynote, ‘Pandora’s Box: Fresh Start in a New World’ for FCP10-1. This time there are over 200 students from 10 classrooms across 6 different countries.
Here are some guiding questions to get them thinking about how to respond and start a discussion or foster an existing discussion:
- Is global collaboration using emerging technologies a pandora’s box? Why?
- How can we best prepare the ’17 year old Internet/connected world’ to mature and grow into ‘adulthood’?
- How has the flat world impacted on you as a teenager? as a teacher?
- What place do immersive worlds and virtual realities have in education?