You can find information out about the Flat Classroom conference and also view our video documentary of last year's conference also. This year Julie Lindsay, Bernajean Porter, and I are running the student strand which will also incorporate educators as well.
We are working towards this year's Flat Classroom Conference which will be held in conjunction with ASB Unplugged (since we are sharing opening ceremonies we are calling it a mini-conference.) The same powerful learning from last year's conference will be there and you as the teacher and your students will come away transformed! This is the application form and we do have some scholarships and host families for students although we do not have scholarships for airfare. This is in February and applications for scholarships and student attendees are due by October 31, 2009. This wiki has all the information.
Gotta respond to this one talking about the controversy of Daniel Willingham who says learning styles don't exist.
I can say that there are no stars in the sky all day long but when I walk out at night – I see them clearly. One who does not teach is living in the daylight of his/her own supposition and clearly not educating others. As a teacher I and the mother of a dyslexic and ADHD diagnosed children I can say definitively that my children learn differently and if that isn't a style then what is it? To me, this sort of thinking is harmful and just another excuse not to encourage differentiation and the reaching of every child.
I enjoyed looking at these thoughts on Trust by Stephen Downes and wrote a lengthy response of my own on this. It is good to consider trust and learn to check things out ourselves.
Teachers have a different standard. It is fascinating to read this newspaper article and also the responses. Our students on Flat Classroom project and Digiteen will be reviewing this information because teachers are held to a higher standard online.
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