Voting is Open! Which global collaborative idea is the best? #flatclass2011

The Flat Classroom Conference 2011 held in Beijing, China at Beijing BISS International School was a powerful and moving experience. A special thank you to Julie Lindsay, organizer and Steve Madsen (see the 2008 post I wrote on him), administrator. They did a tremendous job!

If you couldn't be there, now is your chance.  The conference chose the top six student projects and worked with Frank Guttler and Bernajean Porter on telling their story and inspiring others to take action (with only 4-5 hours to storyboard, shoot, and produce!)

This would be a great project for students as it helps see what is possible. (Too see the student names, go to the video links below, but I left off the countries to prevent any bias.)

Step 1: View Student Videos
This strand was about making a difference and casting a vision from students from different schools to the world as to what they think educational global collaboration should be. See any common trends?

Culture Connect

Team 1: Culture Connect

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Clear Water

Team 6: Clear Water

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Movement 9

Team 9: Movement 9

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Cultural Connect
Team 13: Cultural Connect

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Creative Recycling

Team 15: Creative Recycling
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Team 19: Enermeter

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Step 2: Review Teacher Projects
This was a tough strand where educators pitched their ideas to students but then had rigorous standards to demonstrate the academic rigor required in the global collaboration. This was the first time running the leadership strand completely project based. We did learn a lot. Any mistakes, I'll certainly take credit for as the organizer for this strand, but the presenters were outstanding and did a great job as they worked through this new form of conferencing model. It was an honor to work amont them.

Team 10: Tackling Transport Together
Team 13: Chatter Books
Team 17: TCK Travel

Step 3: Vote
It is your time to vote on the best student and teacher project using the voting form.

Possible Uses: Have your students vote. Email and ask your teachers vote. This could open discussions of the importance of visual literacy as well as possibilities for global collaboration. 

Voting is open through March 12th, so spread the word. Please vote.

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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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Heleni Smith March 8, 2011 - 1:11 am

I voted! It sounded like a wonderful experience!

coolcatteacher March 8, 2011 - 1:58 am

It was amazing!! Thank you!

Vicki Davis
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