The Flat Classroom Story
In 2006, Julie Lindsay, then in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and I had connected via a blog post I had written. But before then, we actually “met” in my K12online wiki presentation as she worked with Reuven Warber on our wiki competition (where my students served as moderators but we didn't tell them there were students until afterwards.)

The first Flat classroom project was born (we moved the site from to an archive courtesy of Adam frey) and things started happening so quickly. Two weeks into the project, Thomas Friedman found out what we were doing and emailed Julie. Then, I had set up some notifications on the name Flat Classroom and got notice that someone had already bought and — WHAT? So, scratching our heads, we kept on working. Before we started, we recruited some amazing advisors and judges Terry Freedman, Jo McLeay, Darren Kuropatwa, and Jeff Utecht. They not only judged our videos, they were brutally honest with us and gave us feedback to take it further. This project won quite a few awards including ISTE's Online Learning AWard and the Taking IT Global award, but I'm not going to go into big detail here on everything because you can see all this on our website.

Our goal was to move towards true teaching of collaborative writing, move to higher levels of co-creation, and promote excellence in global collaboration. It has driven our decisions. We were able to secure some sponsors and in-kind donations. Created our nonprofit

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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