The world is my pearl #flatclass

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Flat Classroom(r) Skype (Photo credit: superkimbo)
Flat Classroom Skype
Flat Classroom(r) Skype (Photo credit: superkimbo)

Often, we envy those who had the ability to “discover” things and yet many seem to gravitate to discussing answers that have already been found. Many think everything that has been discovered is all there is. They lack imagination and wisdom.

I choose to live my life on the new frontier, the frontier where we are discovering what it is like to connect classrooms and students in ways never before imagined.

These things we do strike fear in the hearts of warmongers and the media who would rather kids believe their propaganda and hateful words that someone is evil just because they are different. I fear that when ambassadors and bureaucrats realize we are operating under their radar, without their facilitation or official “endorsement” that they will cringe and become angry.

The fact is that the world is flattening and teachers don't need someone with money and power to pull the trigger on a sanctioned interaction. We can collaborate and connect with free tools at lower bandwidth than many thought possible and we are, every day. Few know what we're doing but we do and we smile with the knowledge that our children travel with us around a world that is more reachable than ever before.

Pascal said “Those we call the ancients were really new in everything.”

See those who discovered as beginners and life takes on a new meaning.

The Flat Classroom(r) project is my new frontier. I am sad for those schools who honestly think they can have a world class education without connecting to the world. The world isn't my oyster – it is my pearl and the pearl of my students.

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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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