Monday, April 25, 2011

Judges Sought!

Judges Sought!

The Flat Classroom™ Projects are global, collaborative projects which focus on the use of Web 2.0 tools to foster connections, communications, collaborations and creations. These award winning, international, wiki-centric projects include the Flat Classroom™ project, the NetGenEd™ Project, the Eracism Project™, the Horizon project, and Digiteen™ all founded by Julie Lindsay,  E-Learning Coordinator at Beijing (BISS) International School, China and Victoria Davis, teacher and the IT director at Westwood Schools in Camilla, Georgia.  These two ladies are the cofounders of the Flat Classroom Conference, which convened in Beijing, China during the past two years in February. Currently running are these international projects which need judges:
Judges come up with awards for multimedia artifacts as listed on the Awards wiki page decided using the prepared rubrics in combination with an online form.  Judges are assembling and choosing topic(s) to judge these two projects right now at ->  http://flatclassroom11-2.flatclassroomproject.org/home
and
http://netgened2011.flatclassroomproject.org/Judges
If you have any concerns please contact mrsdurff@gmail.com
Thanks!
Download the 2-page brochure to share with others:   Flat_Classroom_Brochure.pdf
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Do You Want to Impact the Future?

Expert Advisors are now gathering to advise high school students as they create their wikipages around the flatteners based on Thomas Friedman's book, The World is Flat. We are seeking adults to be expert advisors to high school students as they complete the FlatClassroom Projects this May/June.  

Expert Advisors have two basic roles: to provide feedback and point out resources to the team.

1) Wiki Feedback
Each expert is asked to take at least two times to read and leave feedback on the main wiki page of the group on the discussion tab of the page.

2) Resources and Links
Please join our diigo group and your bookmarks will be sent to the groups. If you're not sure of what a term is, they align to the “global flatteners” assigned to each team and from Thomas Friedman's book, The World is Flat.

Where are the websites?
The wiki is at http://flatclassroom11-2.flatclassroomproject.org/Expert+Advisers - please put your name next to your chosen topic now. There is a ning group at -> http://flatclassroomproject.ning.com/group/fcp2011judgesexpertadvisors .

What support will I receive?
We have some feedback on advising and facilitating wiki collaboration. True collaborative authoring is truly in its infancy in education and you will have access to some of the leaders in this area. You will have a meeting with project organizers where they share how to facilitate collaboration and the elements of an effective wiki.

How much time does this require?
Typically we have two “feedback periods” which typically take 1-2 hours each from the expert advisor.

Who can sign up?
Many educational technology professors sign up their classes to serve as expert advisors to bring their groups onto the cusp of this field.

Where do I sign up?
Sign up here -> https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dEVJTndtNFhLbzA2TkpHZzZIc2FNZ0E6MA

If you have any concerns, please contact mrsdurff@gmail.com.  Thanks for your willingness to advise students during the FlatClassroom Projects this summer!
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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Are we there yet?

In his 1980 book, The Third Wave , Alvin Toffler predicted a move towards the work at home employee due to the rising costs of commuting and gasoline. Yet here we are, 30 some years later still commuting to work, fueling our cars to do so, and paying almost $4.00/gallon.

If telecommuting were so profitable to companies then why aren't we there already?
Other authors have written about the offshoring / outsourcing trend, where work is sent via telecommunications to other countries, completed, and sent back. Surely if we can do that, why can't we use less gasoline to commute by having more people work from home now? Maybe using less fossil fuels to get to offices heated, cooled, and lit by fossil fuels would balance our budget?
Why don't our legislators enact a bill that taxes companies not meeting a certain level of work at home employees much more heavily than those who do? I suggest a quota of 75%  of all employees of any one company work from home at least 12 out of 16 work days per month.
Opinions, please?

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Using Skype in the History Classroom



This is such a great idea!

Check out Skype in the Classroom to find your connections now!

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