Presenters: Vicki Davis, Julie Lindsay with Curt Bonk, Anne Mirtschin, Judy O’Connell, Dean Shareski, Don Tapscott, David Warlick, Flat Classroom conference students – Doha Qatar, Suffern Middle School (Peggy Sheehy and Marianne Malmstrom), Mt. Carmel High School (Suzie Nestico), Phoenix School (Betsye Sargent), West Tisbury (Valerie Becker), and Flat Classroom Students Location: Camilla, GA and worldwide @coolcatteacher, @julielindsay and @flatclassroom
Presentation Title: Lead the World
Presentation Description: Students are the greatest textbook ever written for each other, yet, many schools close the book on learning outside classroom walls. After five years of global collaborative classroom excellence, this presentation first uses voices from the keynoters, students, and teachers around the world that have been part of the Flat Classroom projects and conferences to share how education has fundamentally changed through a beautiful medley of voices. Then, hear from Vicki Davis, co-founder, about the 7 principles that can take your classroom global and the current challenges and misconceptions surrounding what it means to globalize your classroom. We hope you’ll join this journey of learning and thank all of our keynoters, students, and teachers, for sharing their voice in this move towards excellence in global education.
Presentation Title: Inside the Global Collaborative Debate: Eracism
Presentation Description: This presentation will center around the Eracism Project (the newest Flat Classroom Project), which was proposed by students at the 2009 Conference and will be an international middle school debate project held in September – December 2009, planned and conducted entirely by students. This presentation will have two phases:
1) An enhanced podcast or full video presentation with Vicki Davis, Julie Lindsay, Bernajean Porter, and Peggy Sheehy discussing the practical pedagogy and outcomes of connecting students globally in a way that begins with the objective and ends with the selection of appropriate technology tools for the task, centering around this particular project as the example, but also including other projects planned by each presenter. This will be a 20 minute presentation.
2) The culmination of the Eracism project, which will have preliminary debates hosted on voicethread will provide K12 online participants a venue to observe students in their final virtual world debate competition, but with k12 online participants allowed to observe and reflect in real time using a private backchannel. This will be the culmination of the Eracism project.
3) Student voicethreads used as part of the debate will be provided for participant viewing.
Bernajean Porter AKA writer, speech and debate coach, inventor, auntie, teacher of possibilities, media maker, futurist, master of survival techniques when working with adolescents, professional speaker, technology consultant, teacher of teachers, long-term technology user, promoter of anything that increases outrageous possibilities in all aspects of life for kids and adults and now. . . a digital storytelling guide and Second Life learner. Her work reflects a belief that technology can accelerate all students in rediscovering their joy, spirit and personal success as learners. Bernajean’s philosophy of work uses cutting edge organizational processes for building local capacity to translate the power of technology’s potential into actual classroom practices for ALL students. Her enthusiasm and vivacious presentations create an energetic climate for all learners. When it comes to doing the hard or impossible things now necessary in schools to ensure students having out-of-this-world possibilities, Bernajean’s personal motto of “Da Um Jeitinho”- there is ALWAYS a way – sets the tone for her dedicated long, term work with national and international educators. www.DigiTales.us
As an international educator Julie has led the way in pedagogical change in the classroom and approaches to shifting educator practice for learning. Her previous position at an international school in Qatar afforded the opportunity to implement a new approach to social, community learning as a professional development model. As a Web 2.0 enthusiast, and as a firm believer in the power of ‘flattened’ learning experiences made possible by new tools, she has innovated solutions for students and teachers alike. She is also co-founder o the Flat Classroom set of projects and the Flat Classroom Conference where schools globally are able to meet virtually and/or face-to-face to work on common project goals and to develop enhanced cultural understanding. Her new position this year is at an international school in Beijing, China. She is an Ambassador for ISTE and develops online learning solutions for the International Baccalaureate Organisation. Further bio details are available at http://julielindsay.wikispaces.com
Vicki Davis – co-organizer and planner of the Flat Classroom(tm) projects and classroom teacher of grades 8-12, Vicki has won multiple awards for her blog, the Cool Cat Teacher blog, including the 2008 Edublog Award for best teacher blog, and the Flat Classroom Project(tm) co-planned with Julie Lindsay has won multiple awards including ISTE’s Online Learning Award, and the Taking IT Global Online Collaboration Award, and Edublog Award for best wiki for two years. As co-creator of the Flat Classroom(tm) conference, this Project Based Learning conference in Qatar had students co-create their proposal for a global collaborative project to improve a global social issue, the Eracism project was born out of this conference and is being planned by students along with Julie Lindsay, and Bernajean Porter. Cool Cat Teacher Blog Wiki Bio @coolcatteacher
As part of the k12 online conference 2009 and as a conclusion to the Digiteen Project #3 of 2009, students from Westwood Schools will be presenting their top socially connected sites for kids aged 8-12 (and some that they DO NOT recommend.) As part of Digiteen 2009, these students felt that many sites that are marketed to kids aged 8-12 are not appropriate nor safe and set out to review and test the best. They have been blogging and have a twitter account (@socialsafety) and will be presenting live in Elluminate on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 from 12:15 pm-12:45 pm and answer your questions about their testing experiences.
At the conclusion of the student presentation, from 12:45pm – 1:15 pm leading social internet safety expert, Anne Collier will reflect and talk with students about their findings. Backchannel questions will be included in the conversation.
As part of the Flat Classroom™ Project 2009-3 we are holding online Student Summits in our Elluminate virtual classroom and invite participants in the K12 Online Conference to join us. These sessions will be 45-60 minutes long and participants will have the opportunity to interact with individual student presentations as they discuss their involvement and achievements in the recent project. Participants will also be able to see how a virtual meeting that includes students and educators around the world can be successfully run as a synchronous and virtual event. The focus is on the students, digital citizenship and online learning skills as well as cultural interaction and sharing of knowledge about the topics in the Flat Classroom Project.
Come and join us at any or all of the following Flat Classroom Student Summit times: Monday December 14: Beijing (BISS) International School Summit #1 11am GMT, 7pm China, Timeanddate conversion Wednesday December 16: Beijing (BISS) International School Summit #2 12:30pm China, 4:30am GMT Timeanddate conversion Tuesday December 15: Westwood Schools Summit #1 10:30am EST, 15:30pm GMT Timeanddate conversion Wednesday December 16: Westwood Schools #2 1:30pm EST, 18:30 GMT Timeanddate conversion