Seven Steps to Flatten Your Classroom

Presentation given at the Beijing Learning Summit
October 17, 2009
Western Academy Beijing

Session description
This hands on session will encourage participants to model 'flat classroom' learning through
exploration of the seven steps used for the award winning flat classroom projects. These are:
Connect, Communicate, Citizenship, Contribute, Collaborate, Create, Celebrate. Focus will be on using Web 2.0 tools to scaffold curriculum architecture, particularly project-based learning and global collaboration. Amongst other objectives, participants will have an opportunity to work within an asynchronous learning environment using tools for educational networking and collaboration as well as a synchronous virtual classroom using Elluminate. The session will be flattened further through interaction with virtual participants from around the world. This is a BYOL session. (Bring Your Own Laptop).

Backchannel for this session:

  • Introduction to 'flat learning'

1. Connect

2. Communicate

3. Citizenship

4. Contribute

    • How to be a reliable and successful online contributor - mastering RSS, social bookmarking and wiki's
    • Using wiki's in the classroom
  • Resources:
    • Delicious and Diigo
    • iGoogle, Netvibes, Bloglines, Google Reader
    • Wikis

5. Collaborate

    • Wikis as disruptive technologies
    • How to develop strong collaboration skills amongst students and teachers
  • Resources:

6. Create

    • Digital storytelling - How to integrate this powerful practice into a project
    • Managing multimedia online - Strategies for working with multimedia formats and sharing resources around the world
  • Resources:
    • Digital Portfolios

7. Celebrate

    • How to assess and acknowledge student achievement - Review of authentic assessment methods
    • How to run student and teacher summits - Strategies for reflection and showcase sessions

  • Survey of Flat Classroom Projects, Workshops and Conferences