Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds: Move to Global Collaboration One Step at a Time / Edition 1

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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!

JOIN THE COMMUNITY: go to www.facebook.com/flatclassrooms to sign up for free webinars, chat with the authors, and connect with other teaching professionals around the world!

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Editorial Reviews

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"Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds'' is a terrific guide, by two real pioneering teachers, on how the networked world can be used for cooperative learning that can enrich education and empower students -- anywhere and everywhere.

- Thomas L. Friedman, author, "The World Is Flat.''

Insightful, innovative, and practical, this book is a must read for any educator interested in preparing competent global citizens.

- Yong Zhao, Ph. D, Presidential Chair and Associate Dean, College of Education, University of Oregon

In a hyperconnected world, it's imperative that students gain deep, rich understandings of other peoples and places. This book demonstrates in concrete detail how every classroom can be a global classroom.

-Dr. Scott McLeod, University of Kentucky and Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE)

The world is facing monumental challenges requiring creative solutions, and flattening our classrooms is our only hope! Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds will take you on a powerful journey of transformation - connecting your students with meaningful work and unleashing their potential to become leaders in our communities. Get ready to go global!"

- Michael Furdyk, Co-founder, TakingITGlobal.org

Open the door and find a new world! In this significant contribution to global education, Julie and Vicki have produced a resource for teachers that contains much needed information, challenges education thinking and provides resources on each and every page. This is a book a teacher can read and immediately open a global door for their students. For me. it is so exciting (and a relief!) to see that the voice of change in education thinking is the voice of our students.

- Tony Brandenburg, Fellow, Australian Council for Computers in Education

This book has everything you need to start collaborative projects in your classroom. From educators to follow, to ongoing projects you can join today. Julie and Vicki do a great job of walking you through how to get started with collaborative projects in your own classroom. With links, ideas, and steps to keep both you and the learning focused. This book has enough people, links, and resources to keep you clicking for days.

- Jeff Utecht, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer, Consultant, Author

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132610353
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 2/7/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 1,482,944
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Julie Lindsay is an international educator, having worked as a teacher and administrator in six different countries and has higher degrees in both music and educational technology leadership. She is currently E-Learning Coordinator and Middle Years Programme Coordinator at an International Baccalaureate school in Beijing, China. She is a prolific presenter and workshop leader in using technology to support teaching and learning across the curriculum, including in the UK, Europe, Asia the Middle East, USA and Australia. Julie is an Apple Distinguished Educator, ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Ambassador and was recently elected to the ISTE Board of Directors as the International Representative. She is an early adopter of emerging technologies and has written for various magazines, including as an ICT specialist for ISTE’s ‘Learning and Leading with Technology’. Julie is inspired by curriculum development that successfully includes global collaboration through technology infusion. View her bio at www.learningconfluence.com.

Vicki "Cool Cat Teacher" Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT director at Westwood Schools in Camilla, Georgia and author of the popular, award-winning Cool Cat Teacher blog(http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com) with more than 30,000 subscribers and over 22K Twitter followers and past winner of the EDublog award for Best Teacher Blog. She’s received numerous awards for her work in virtual worlds, wikis, social networks, and classroom practices. Vicki is a Google Certified Teacher, Discovery S.T.A.R. educator, Adobe Education leader, and has written for many periodicals and online spaces including Edutopia, ISTE, and Educause. Her mission is to inspire teachers to excellence undergirded by her belief that teaching is a noble calling. View her bio at www.coolcatteacher.com.

Vicki and Julie are co-founders of the internationally recognized Flat Classroom® projects, Vicki has helped link thousands of students around the world in powerful 21st-century learning communities where multimedia, collaborative writing, and collaborative research are every day habits. They have been featured in Thomas Friedman’s The World is Flat (v 3), Don Tapscott’s Grown Up Digital, Curt Bonk’s The World is Open and many more. www.flatclassroomproject.net.

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Table of Contents


1. Flattening Classrooms through Global Collaboration

2. Impact on Learning: Research in the Global Collaborative 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


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


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