Flat Classroom Results aligned with ISTE Standards

I have a channel on youtube. (http://www.youtube.com/coolcatteacher) If you have a username on youtube, you may navigate to my channel and hit subscribe. That way all of my videos will go straight to you.

I also have a coolcatteacher group and am going to join the K12 group. Groups let multiple people add. The coolcat teacher group is for those of you who have videos that you want me to review or about the things I've worked with.

Julie and I are compiling two final summative videos: one on the objectives accomplished (mine is shown below) and another as a how to.

I have taken the ISTE standards and aligned them with what we accomplished on the flat classroom project. I also discussed how we will change the project in the future (we hope) and what types of classrooms this is best suited for.

Unfortunately I had to upload this to Google Video because it is longer than 10 minutes (14 to be exact.) (See Video)

In the future, I am going to start working to stay under the 10 minute time limit for youtube. But I want you to think a moment — you can have private groups on youtube. Why don't you have a school news channel and only invite your parents and students to view?

It is free and very very cool. Also, you can get a specific channel URL like I have (http://www.youtube.com/coolcatteacher) and I believe that most filters can unblock a specific URL. That way you could use at least your channel at school even if you can't do anything else there.

You tube is an incredible tool waiting for a use. There are already GREAT videos out there for classrooms. If you don't believe me, look at the 2nd place wiki for the k12 online conference about math videos. They include so many videos aligned with math standards — I used the one about exponents for my SAT math review!

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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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Steve Sokoloski February 11, 2007 - 6:34 pm

Thanks for the tip on youtube. I have been struggling with passing Google video through our filter. I was not sure of how Google Video would eventually dovetail with youtube. However, if you can have a private channel, limited to only those who subscribe, that would be great. I have a teacher who is looking to change her weekly newsletter home and we are exploring the best ways to turn it into essentially a private blog with pictures and videos for parents. This will be a idea to explore this week.

Sharon February 27, 2007 - 6:46 pm

Aligning the Flat Classroom with NETS standards made me smile. I am always saying that any good educational project will automatically hit numerous standards. Web 2.0 tools just makes it easier.

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