Flat Classroom Conference Winners 2011!

What happens when we reach our Educational Egypt?

Students see that they have a voice and are starting to speak out. Look at the news to see how Facebook and Twitter are mobilizing the masses and believe me, as evidenced by the overwhelming victory of “Movement 9,” students are ready to take action.

Movement 9 (the number is named because of their team number) proposed to research and find companies who are using child laborers and to publicize it through a Facebook app to pressure companies to stop using child labor. Watch their video to see what they want to do!

Coming soon to a school near you: students who being exposing poor educational practices. If you think you're immune, so did a former Middle Eastern despot. Governments have been hit. Companies and Education, you're next. This generation is starting to collaborate and communicate.

Update 3/16/2011 3:44 pm EDT – This just in from Twitter “

stevehargadon: Social hackathon today: promoting student voice in ed reform dialog, via Twitter 5pmPT/8pmET/12amGMT use #elev8ed. Pls RT.” 

My challenge to you – is there someone out there who can help Movement 9's dream happen? Any organization? Any person? 

Also proposed this year: an exhaust pipe that would turn red if someone's car was emitting toxic emissions and the enermeter that would track and share your energy usage with others.

Everyone at the conference were winners. I hope you'll peruse the wiki for some excellent worked examples of what global collaboration can be.

Join us next year in Mumbai, India in February 2012 at ASB Unplugged.  Bring your students!


Flat Classroom Conference Winners Announced

Over the past 2 weeks students and teachers globally have been voting for the top student and teacher projects. They were asked to vote for the ideas that would have the most potential if implemented.  We are excited to announce the results.

Find more videos like this on Flat Classroom Conference

Student Projects:
First Place: Team 9 Movement 9
Second place: Team 19 Enermeter
Third place (tied): Team 1 Culture Connect and Team 6 Clear Water

Top Teacher Project Team 10 Tackling Transport Together


Congratulations to the above teams who have been recognised by supportive viewers virtually. All conference material can be found on or linked from the Flat Classroom Conference Ning, and the Conference 2011 wiki.

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Vicki Davis

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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4 comments

Olsoncathy31 March 16, 2011 - 6:47 pm

This is great to hear! So many great projects, but those were my favorites. I look forward to more action and learning to follow!!

coolcatteacher March 16, 2011 - 6:49 pm

Soooo many great projects and amazing students. I want every student and educator to feel like winners because they were all incredible.

datruss March 20, 2011 - 2:06 am

Great stuff Vicki,

I still have to finish writing my reflection for the Flat Classroom Conference, but I love to see some of the projects taking action. I’ve got one that will hopefully start soon with your school & Miss Dixon!

I just wanted to share this great link with your Movement 9 group: http://ethisphere.com/2011-worlds-most-ethical-companies/ and I wonder if @craigkielburger can help out with http://www.metowe.com/ or http://www.freethechildren.com/

coolcatteacher March 20, 2011 - 4:06 pm

I will share with my student Monday and flow these links!!

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