Saturday, February 27, 2010

Flatclassroom Project

This information was taken from the Flatclassroom Wiki:
What is a Flat Classroom™?

The concept of a 'flat classroom' is based on the constructivist principle of a multi-modal learning environment that is student-centered and a level playing field for teacher to student and student to teacher interaction.

What is the Flat Classroom™ Project?

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 in order to create students who are competitive and globally-minded. The project was co-founded by
Vicki Davis (Westwood Schools, USA) and Julie Lindsay(Beijing (BISS) International School, China) in 2006when Julie (then in Bangladesh) and Vicki joined their classrooms together for the first time to study and emulate the emerging flattened learning environment. The Flat Classroom Project 2006 is was featured in Chapter 13, 'If it's not happening it's because you're not doing it', of the latest edition of Thomas Friedman's book, The World is Flat' upon which it was based. (pages 501-503)

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.

This is just one of thousands of innovative programs taking place in the world today that will have a major empact on the revolution happening in education.

A Flat Classroom Workshop just concluded in Mumbai February 27, 2010. Video will soon be available but until then here is a video from a conference in Qatar 2009.

“Our school system was invented in the late 1800s, and little has changed. Can you imagine if the medical profession ran this way?” – Linda Darling-Hammond.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Abby Sunderland's Solo Sailing Adventure

I'm following another 16 year old girl hoping to become the youngest person to complete a circumnavigation of the globe. She is Abby Sunderland from Thousand Oaks California.
In her words:It has been my dream since I was 13 years old and began single-handing, to one day sail solo around the world. I am 16 years old and this blog will contain the story of my attempt to become the world's youngest solo circumnavigator.

Abby with her boat, Wild Eyes, left in January 2010 from Marina Del Rey, California. Because of mechanical problems, she restarted her trip from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in February. Yesterday, Feb. 20th Abby crossed the equator headed for the Horn, the southern tip of South America.

Learn more about Abby at her web site:

Follow Abby on her blog:

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Jessica Watson Sails Solo Around The World

I am following the adventures of Jessica Watson, a sixteen year old Queensland, Australian, girl who is attempting a solo circumnavigation of the globe. She left Sydney in September 2009. Her journey so far has taken her over 11,000 miles through some of the most dangerous waters the oceans have to offer as she passed around the southern tip of South America. The voyage of 230 days at sea is expected to end back in Sydney in June 2010. You can follow Jesscia's posts at:
I'll share Abbby Sunderland adventure on the next blog.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

We Are Digital Learners

The challenge for public education in our world today is monumental. To meet the needs of the young people of this world, education and business must work together to transform education. Technology is certainly a key factor in the transformation that will take place if we are to be successful.

Saturday, February 13, 2010