Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds: 7 easy steps to connect yourself and your classroom

Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds

The definitive book on collaborating globally in the classroom.

Based upon the work in the internationally recognized Flat Classroom(TM) projects by Vicki Davis and  Julie Lindsay , this book will give you 7 simple ways to connect yourself and your classroom to the world. This is the Flat Classroom book!

Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds: Move to Global Collaboration One Step at a Time is THE book to help you design meaningful standards-based collaboration in your K12 or college classroom without the frustration.

This is designed to be your guidebook into the world of the globally connected classroom.

This book will help you:

  • Learn the 7 simple steps to connect yourself and your classroom.
  • Complete the challenges at each chapter and watch your classroom become more exciting and engaging.
  • Learn the secrets that leading online teachers use every day.

Order the book at Amazon or on Pearson’s website.

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6 Ideas for Connected Classrooms

Bev Berns @B_Berns (Iowa), Kim Powell (Michigan) @powell4thgrade live and work in different states supporting their teachers. That has not stopped them from connecting and creating projects for teachers everywhere (including theirs). In fact, I believe that they are redefining what regional support staff should be doing: Making connection opportunities for their teachers. Upcoming projects include Weather Wonders […]

Teacher, Vicki Davis: Engaging, Informative and Inspiring Presenter

 “Innovative teacher Vicki Davis leverages wikis, blogs, digital storytelling, podcasts, virtual worlds, and other digital tools to connect students in rural Georgia to the world.” Edutopia

Upcoming Events

Past Events

Here’s a selected list of some past events.

 DateEvent / Event DetailsCity / More Info
+ 03/09/2016—03/11/2016
Literacy Promise Conference 
 Sponsor:McKay School of EducationPublic Event
Venue:Salt Palace Convention CenterRegister to attend
+ 11/12/2015—11/13/2015
Miami DeviceCoconut Grove, Florida.
 Workshop:Miami DevicePublic Event
Sponsor:St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day SchoolRegister to attend
Venue:St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School

Coconut Grove, Florida.
+ 05/29/2015
10:05am
PSU Ed Tech Conference : 50 Ways to Improve Your Classroom with TechnologyPittsburg, KS
 Keynote:50 Ways to Improve Your Classroom with TechnologyPublic Event
Sponsor:Southeast Kansas Education Service Center (Greenbush) & Pittsburg State University & KAECTRegister to attend
Venue:Pittsburg State University College of Education
1701 South Broadway Street
Pittsburg, KS 66762
USA
620.235.4484
Get more information
+ 04/27/2015—04/28/2015
Saskatchewan iT Summit 2015Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
 Workshop:E-merging LearningPublic Event
+ 04/23/2015
04:00-05:00 p.m.
Differentiating Instruction with Technology: A Framework for Success 
 Other: Differentiating Instruction with TechnologyPublic Event
Sponsor:This webinar is sponsored by Quill.com and Big Deal MediaRegister to attend
Venue: EdWebGet more information
+ 04/02/2015—04/03/2015
Utah Coalition for Education Technology & Learning Conference - UTEC 2015 April 2-3, 2015Salt Lake City (Herriman) Utah
 Sponsor:Utah Coalition for Education Technology & Learning Public Event
Venue:Herriman High School
Salt Lake City (Herriman) Utah
Salt Lake City (Herriman) Utah 84025
USA
Register to attend
+ 03/15/2015—03/17/2015
Global Education & Skills Forum March 15-17Dubai, UAE
 Sponsor:Harsha SharmaPublic Event
Venue:Conference Centre, Atlantis The Palm, Crescent Road, Dubai, UAE
Crescent Road, Dubai, UAE
Dubai, UAE
Dubai, UAE
+97143477770
Register to attend
+ 02/22/2015
Alaska Society for Technology in EducationAnchorage, Alaska
 Keynote:Alaska Society for Technology in EducationPublic Event
Sponsor:Alaska Society for Technology in Education
+ 02/12/2015
01:15-02:15 p.m.
Ohio Educational Technology Conference February 12, 2015  
 Other:Ohio Educational Technology ConferencePublic Event
Sponsor:Ohio Board of Regents
Venue:Greater Columbus Conference Hall
+ 11/18/2014
08:00 a.m. - 05:00 p.m.
Global Collaboration Mastermind Workshop 
 Full-day Seminar:Collaborate * Influence * Connect WorkshopPublic Event
Sponsor:Global Collaboration Mastermind Workshop
+ 10/22/2014—10/22/2014
02:30-03:30 pm
MISBO Webinar 
 Other:Reinventing Writing: How Transliteracy and EdTech Tools Create Successful Student Writing CommunitiesPublic Event
Sponsor:Mid-South Independent School Business OfficersRegister to attend
+ 07/24/2014
04:00-05:00 p.m.
Leadership 3.0 Webinar 
 Keynote:Reinventing Writing 
Sponsor:EdWeb dot Net Leadership 3.0 Community
+ 07/11/2014—07/13/2014
Josten's Renaissance National ConferenceOrlando, Florida
 Other:Jostens Renaissance ConferencePrivate Event
Sponsor:JostensRegister to attend
Venue:Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate
1500 Masters Blvd
Orlando, Florida 33896
USA
407-390-6664
Get more information
+ 06/29/2014
12:44 pm - 1:45 pm EDT
ISTE 2014: Genius Hour - 20% time Best practices, inspire creativity not chaos Atlanta, GA
 Other:Genius Hour - 20% time Best practices, inspire creativity not chaos Public Event
Sponsor:ISTE
+ 06/29/2014
04:15 pm - 05:15 pm
ISTE 2014: Wonderful World of Wiki Teaching: Promoting Collaboration and Connection [BYOD] Atlanta, GA
 Other:Wonderful World of Wiki Teaching: Promoting Collaboration and ConnectionPublic Event
Sponsor:ISTE
+ 06/19/2014
09:00-9:45am
Tech Teach LearnLouisville, Kentucky
 Keynote:21st Century InfluencerRegister to attend
Sponsor:Tech Teach LearnGet more information
Venue:Kentucky Country Day School
Louisville, Kentucky
USA
+ 05/31/2014
12:00-01:00 p.m.
"Reinventing Writing" Classroom 2.0 
 Keynote:Reinventing WritingPublic Event
Sponsor:Classroom 2.0
+ 05/07/2014
07:00-08:00 a.m. PDT
How a Tablet Can Make You a More Effective TeacherFree Webinar Online
 Other:How a Tablet Can Make you a More Effective TeacherPublic Event
Sponsor:Microsoft in Education and ISTE
+ 04/30/2014
07:00-08:00 p.m.
Keynote: Reinventing Writing (Reinventing the Classroom Conference) 
 Keynote:Reinventing WritingPublic Event
Sponsor:Reinventing the ClassroomRegister to attend
+ 03/15/2014—03/17/2014
Global Education & Skills Forum, Dubai UAE #GESFDubai
 Retreat:Global Education & Skills Forum, Dubai UAE #GESFPublic Event
Sponsor:This event is under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President & Prime Minister for the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Co-organized by UNESCO, Varkey GEMS Foundation, UAE Ministry of Education, GEMS Education, and Dubai Cares in support of the Global Education First Initiative.
Venue:JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Dubai, UAE
Dubai
United Arab Emirates
+ 03/03/2014
08:00 am - 09:00 am
AdvancED Wyoming Spring ConferenceCasper, Wyoming
 Keynote:21st Century InfluencerPublic Event
Sponsor:AdvancED Register to attend
Venue:Parkway Plaza Hotel & Convention Centre
123 West E Street
Casper, Wyoming 82601
USA
(307) 235.1777
+ 02/25/2014
06:00 - 9:00 pm
Macon County Chamber of CommerceMontezuma, GA
 Keynote:Tweet SuccessPublic Event
Sponsor:Macon County Chamber of Commerce
Venue:Preston Williams Center
HIghway 90
Montezuma, GA
USA
+ 02/11/2014
05:00-05:30 p.m.
#makered Twitter chat with @smartinezTwitter Chat Online
 Topic:#makerEdPublic Event
Sponsor:SIGML, Iste and Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Program
+ 02/08/2014
08:00 am - 09:00 am
Free Webinar CO14: Reinventing Writing: The 9 Tools that are changing how to teach  
 Other:CO14: Reinventing Writing: The 9 Tools that are changing how to teachPublic Event
Sponsor:WiziqRegister to attend
+ 02/06/2014
03:30-04:30 pm
FREE WEBINAR: Empower Hope and ConfidenceFree Webinar Online
 Other:Empower Hope and ConfidencePublic Event
Sponsor:Successful Practices Network
+ 12/09/2013
08:30 - 9:30 am
VSTE Annual Conference: 21st Century InfluencerRoanoke, VA
 Keynote:Twenty First Century InfluencerPublic Event
Sponsor:Virginia Society of Technology in EducationRegister to attend
Venue:Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center
110 Shenandoah Ave NW
Roanoke, VA 24016
USA
(540) 985-5900
Get more information
+ 12/06/2013
07:30 am - 12:00 pm
St. Simons Economic Development Round TableSt. Simons, Georgia
 Retreat:Future Growth by Future Minded EducationPrivate Event
+ 11/22/2013
09:00-10:00 am
Join me and my students! Global Education Conference Presentation: Understanding the Middle East through a Simulation: AIC Conflict SimulationOnline - Global Education Conference 2013
 Other:Understanding the Middle East through a Simulation: AIC Conflict SimulationPublic Event
Sponsor:Global Education ConferenceRegister to attend
+ 11/10/2013
9:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Join the Twitter chat #txeduchat to learn how to twitter chatTwitter Chat Online
 Other:Electronic Writing in the ClassroomPublic Event
Sponsor:Texas Educator Chat

Selected Presentations

MAD About Mattering 2017 Kickoff! #appsthatmatter

Global Collaborative App Development

Mad about Mattering 2017 Beta Teacher Kickoff

Last night we kicked off the MAD about Mattering 2017 project. Last year, we started with five schools. This year, we have fifteen schools. We’ll be in two cohorts– the Mad-junior group (kids under 13) and the MAD-senior group (kids 13 and up.) Right now, it looks like around 1,000 students making apps that matter. […]

Cool Cat Teacher’s Gift List 2016 Edition

Some of the Things I Enjoy

my favorite christmas gifts

If you’ve ever struggled to buy presents like I do, you probably ask people what they like to buy. Therefore, I am always looking at the blogs and newsletters of the edtech gurus and leaders I love to see what they love ALREADY. To help you with your buying, here are some things on my […]

How to Schedule a Time to Meet with Other Classes

The two types of calendars every collaborative project needs

Creating a Classtimes Calendar

Want to see students excited? Want to see them run to class? I’ll never forget the time we skyped with  Govinda and his students in Nepal. The fifth graders had an optional meeting at 7 am where they could come to school to meet the other kids half a world away. Every student came early! […]

3 Simple Steps to Help Students Become a Global Citizen

Teacherpreneurs Connect Their Students

3 Steps to Help Students Become Global Citizens

Like squirrels in a sack, we can choose to coexist or we can make life miserable for one another. We are all a global citizen whether we realize it or not. Parents and teachers are building the bridges today that tomorrow will walk across. Let’s be clear about something. Because of the way students form […]

Connecting Your Students with the World Book Review

Connecting Your Students with the World: Book Review (Eye on Education, 2015)

Overwhelmed teachers who want to collaborate globally are going to love Connecting Your Students with the World. This book designed especially for grades K-8 classrooms. I’m excited to review this book.

My favorite thing: The book organizes by month! You’ll see all the opportunities by month with links and information about the project. You’ll learn how to take part. There are tons of links and resources to get you started.

I knew when I saw this book several months ago that it was going to help lots of teachers and their students connect. Connecting isn’t always easy. Teachers are busy and don’t have time to ferret out what they need to do. This book makes it easier.

Connecting Your Students with the World

The authors of this book are often seen at conferences. (Sometimes one of them even wears a cape. 😉 Here we have (L-R) Billy Krakower, Jerry Blumengarten (the two pics in the middle) and Paula Naugle (right.) They are quite a team and have written a great book for teachers, Connecting Your Students to the World.

Mystery Location Calling How -To Guide

Some people call it Mystery Skype. Others call it Mystery FaceTime. They’re right, we should take the tool out of the name of the practice. We can connect with anyone, anywhere, anytime.

Mystery Location Calling is the best way to get started. They’ve broken it down by how you get prepared. What you’ll do to connect. And the roles for all  the students (including many I’d never thought of but make such sense.)

It is worth the book just to have this handy guide.

Connecting Your Students to the World on Amazon

Monthly Projects and Activities

Connect your classroom! A child’s worldview will change. Everything changes. You can connect with the world much easier than you think possible.

With this book, you can plan your whole year. Although I teach high school, I’m going to use this book just to keep up with what is when.

Standards

And yes, the standards correlations for Common Core and ISTE are in there. So, if you need to meet a standard and want to do it with global collaboration (why not?), you can do it too.

My Book Review

Connecting Your Students with the World (K-8) is a must-purchase for all teachers in grades K-8 who want to collaborate globally. (Add it to your shelf along with Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds. Flattening Classrooms teaches you how to plan and construct your projects!)

This book has:

  • The practicality of Paula Naugle,
  • The zest and energy of Billy Krakower and the
  • Incredible curation superpower of everyone’s favorite cybrary man, Jerry Blumengarten.

I hope this fantastic team cranks out some more books as helpful as this one.

I recommend this book for:

  • Elementary and middle school teachers (K-8)
  • Anyone who wants to do Mystery Location Calls
  • Curriculum directors
  • Anyone responsible for planning school-wide events and calendars. (Many principals do this job!)

Connecting Your Students with the World is a practical, useful book for teachers. I highly recommend it.

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

PSU

Pittsburg State University Virtual Keynote - May 2015

Hello, my new friends in Kansas! This is the page where you will be able to find the presentation this morning. I also created a video of this presentation when we thought there would be inclement weather, so you can rewatch or share it with your friends.

I’ve also shared with you a discount on my latest book, Reinventing Writing. Also, check out, my first book — The guidebook on global collaboration, Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds. You’ve found my blog here, but can connect with me on Twitter @coolcatteacher, or listen to Every Classroom Matters – the bi-weekly show for busy teachers.

BUY THE BOOK!
Reinventing Writing 20% off your purchase
This discount is only good for those purchasing through the publisher’s website at www.routledge.com/9780415732093 – use the code  IRK95

Friday Keynote – 50+ Ways to Use Technology in the Classroom

YouTube Video Recording

I recorded this just in case we had bad weather, but it should be pretty close to what I shared with you today.

 Vicki Davis is a full time classroom teacher known for her sense of humor, practical classroom examples, and knowledge of education technology. If you want to know what 21st century teaching looks like, many – including Thomas Friedman in the World is Flat and Don Tapscott in Grown Up Digital – mention Vicki as an example. The ISTE Online Learning Award, pioneer in Open Source Virtual World Technology, and Edublog Award for the Best Teacher Blog are three of the many honors she has earned.

Vicki’s two books: Reinventing Writing and Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds, empower teachers to connect their students to technology and the world. The Cool Cat Teacher Blog, is consistently among the top 50 blogs in education worldwide. In 2013, Mashable named her one of “Twitter’s Top 10 Rockstar teachers.” She has created more than 20 global collaborative projects connecting students from more than 20 countries.

She will virtually present at the 19th Annual PSU Ed Tech Conference on May 29, 2015 9:05am CST/10:05am EST
For more information, please see the conference website -> http://www.pittstate.edu/tcc/

Date:May 29, 2015
Time:10:05am
Event:PSU Ed Tech Conference : 50 Ways to Improve Your Classroom with Technology
Topic:50 Ways to Improve Your Classroom with Technology
Sponsor: Southeast Kansas Education Service Center (Greenbush) & Pittsburg State University & KAECT
Venue: Pittsburg State University College of Education
620.235.4484
Location:1701 South Broadway Street
Pittsburg, KS 66762
USA
Public:Public
Registration:Click here to register.
More Info:Click here for more information.
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