Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds will help schools and higher education as they move to online education, blended learning, and e-learning, redefining education as we know it and will take your school online one teacher at a time.
Based on their award winning project,The Flat ClassroomTM project, these two classroom teachers use the principles that have connected thousands of students in educational Web 2 e-learning environments to take educators into the project plans and lesson plans that can make global collaboration a reality in the classroom.
Featured in Thomas Friedman’s The World is Flat, Don Tapscott’s Grown Up Digital, Edutopia, Curt Bonk’s The World is Open, in the Wall Street Journal and beyond. Winner of ISTE’s 2007 Online Learning Award, the Taking IT Global Outstanding Online Project, and was shortlisted in the International WISE awards in 2009 the projects created by the authors include Flat Classroom, NetGenEd, Digiteen, Eracism, and ‘A Week in the Life …’ (an Elementary Project).
The new school of education is global collaboration. Whether you want to become a teacher or add to your teaching toolbox, when you connect globally and have contacts around the world, you become a more valuable teacher to your school. The “Flat Classroom 15” challenges bring even the beginner into the exciting world of social media in the classroom in a way that any teacher (elementary, middle school, high school, or college) can use. Connect your classroom and fall in love with learning again!
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Table of Contents
PART I: MEET THE FLAT CLASSROOM®
1. Flattening Classrooms through Global Collaboration
2. Impact on Learning: Research in the Global Collaborative Classroom
PART II: SEVEN STEPS TO FLATTEN YOUR CLASSROOM
3. Step 1: Connection
4. Step 2: Communication
5. Step 3: Citizenship
6. Step 4: Contribution and Collaboration
7. Step 5: Choice
8. Step 6: Creation
9. Step 7: Celebration
PART III: PROJECT DEVELOPMENT
10. Designing and Managing a Global Collaborative Project
11. Challenge-Based Professional Development
12. Rock the World
Appendix A Flat Classroom® Project Rubric Assessment
Appendix B Global Collaboration and the International Baccalaureate
Appendix C ISTE NETs
Appendix D C21 Standards