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8 Steps to Flatten Your Classroom

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You can connect your classroom and connect globally. Here's how.

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8 Steps to Flatten Your Classroom

  1. 1. www.coolcatteacher.com/stlinatl Get the workbook for this session
  2. 2. 8 stepstoGlobalCollaboration forEveryClassroom www.coolcatteacher.com/stlinatl Hey! You get a bonus! The session title says “7 Steps to Flatten Your Classroom” but we have an upgrade! Get the workbook for this session
  3. 3. I’mgoingtoshare • 5 reasons most teachers fail to consistently bring global collaboration into their classroom. • How to connect and build projects that transform student learning and thinking. • My top 4 reasons to collaborate globally • 8 simple steps to creating awesome collaborative projects in your classroom. • A secret for each step • I have a workbook! www.coolcatteacher.com/stlinatl (You can type on it! ;-)
  4. 4. 31Projects and Global Connections 10yearsof global collaboration success 2,000+students Lots of students and teachers
  5. 5. Classroom Wiki (2005) K12 Online Conference Teacher Collaboration Wiki (2006) Flat Classroom™ Project (2006-2012) Horizon Project (2007- 2008) Digiteen Project (2007- 2012) Digiteen Island in Open Sim (2008-2010) Arab Israeli Conflict Simulation (2009, 2011, 2013) Flat Classroom Conference – Doha, Qatar (2009) NetGenEd Project (2009-2013) – with Don Tapscott Flat Classroom Live at ASB Unplugged, Mumbai (2010) India Immersion Project (2010) Eracism Project (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) Flat Classroom Conference China 2011 China Immersion Project (2011) Hope for Slaves (2012) Gamifi-ed (2014) Physics of the Future (2014) Shark Tank App Building (2014-2015) H&R Block Budget Challenge (2014-2015) Someglobalprojects
  6. 6. afewoftheConnectionsmyclassroomhasmade Myschool
  7. 7. Hi I am Vicki Davis I am here because I love to teach and help use technology in helpful life-changing ways. You can find me at: @coolcatteacher
  8. 8. 5ReasonsMostGlobalCollaborative classroomprojectsfail Note these in your workbook.
  9. 9. 1.lackofclarity Teachers don't define a clear purpose and time frame
  10. 10. 2.PoorPlanning Starting the project or collaboration before planning it together or building a strong connection between the teachers.
  11. 11. 3.Unclearunderstanding Teachers don't know how to teach together or accept mutual responsibility for each other's students. “Teachersourcing”
  12. 12. 4.KitchenSinkSyndrome Teachers try to put too much into the project.
  13. 13. 5.Burnout Teachers go overboard and then burn out and drop out.
  14. 14. Top4ReasonstoConnect
 YourStudentsGlobally 1. Connecting lets students move from talking about the world to talking with the world. 🌏
  15. 15. Dhaka, Bangladesh Camilla, Georgia
  16. 16. Top4ReasonstoConnect
 YourStudentsGlobally 2. Connecting your students globally unleashes experiential learning where students learn by doing and connecting. 🌏
  17. 17. http://flatclassroomproject2006.wikispaces.com/ Virtual+Communication
  18. 18. Top4ReasonstoConnect
 YourStudentsGlobally 3. Online global collaborative experiences will allow you to build you and your school’s reputation as innovative leaders in a modern 21st century education. 🌏
  19. 19. Teams “Working with people across the world has challenged me.” “The majority of my partners wanted to contribute something meaningful to the project.” Horizon Project Students
 http:// horizonproject.wikispaces.co m Casey tells her story P 29
  20. 20. Top4ReasonstoConnect
 YourStudentsGlobally 4. Students become more engaged learners (for life). 🌏
  21. 21. ✓ Fosters community (Elbow 373) ✓ Helps see problems from multiple viewpoints (Howard 10) ✓ Co-authoring impacts the writing of individual authors (Aghbar) ✓ Improves Learning Experiences (wolf 2010) ✓ “Ideal model for constructing, reorganizing and acquiring new information” (Janssen et all 2010) ✓ Global collaboration is essential in today’s workplace (Friedman) ✓ Shorten time required to solve pressing world problems (Tapscott) PLUSalltheBenefitsofCollaborativeWriting
  22. 22. “…you can’t just drop new innovations into a classroom and hope that the instructor will invent effective ways to use them. To fully utilize a new teaching technology, you often need to invent new teaching practices as well.” 
 John Seely Brown, Visiting Scholar, 
 University of Southern California
  23. 23. Step1:Connect The secret to connecting to the world is to connect yourself first. You are the plug! 
 You find the light socket!
  24. 24. Youneedtoconnectin4ways 🌏
  25. 25. Teacherpreneurs
 Craftsmen and women who personalize learning for students
  26. 26. Youneedtoconnectin4ways 🌏 1. Connect with yourself. How do you define yourself as a teacher?
  27. 27. Youneedtoconnectin4ways 🌏 2. Connect yourself to others How will I build my PLN?
  28. 28. 2 Step Strategy for Transformational Change STEP 1: Innovate Like a Turtle
  29. 29. 15 minutes
 2-3 times a week 
 Embed Learning: Kaizen
  30. 30. Youneedtoconnectin4ways 🌏 3. Connect with your students You’ve got to relate before you innovate!
  31. 31. Youneedtoconnectin4ways 🌏 4. Connect your students to others Not 21st Century skills. 21st century connections!
  32. 32. Sciracy – Pauline Roberts - NEIGHBORHOOD
  33. 33. Classroom Champions
  34. 34. Sue Sadler – Traveling Rhinos
  35. 35. How to find Project Partners?
 #1 Social Networks Where? Description URL Look for cool seasonal activities: Holiday card exchange - http:// holidaycardproject.weebly.com/ Global Feb 6 - Global School Playday - https:// www.globalschoolplayday.com/ Oreo Project Sept 10- Oct 19 — http:// theoppbj.weebly.com/ Global Valentine Project- http:// virtualvalentines.weebly.com/ Teacher’s Guide to Global Projects http://www.globaledguide.org/projects/ Taking IT Global http://www.tigweb.org/tiged Global Schoolnet http://www.globalschoolnet.org/gsnpr/
  36. 36. How to find Project Partners?
 #2 Established Networks Location URL iEarn http://www.iearn.org/ ePals http://www.epals.com/ Skype Education http://education.skype.com/ Global Classroom Project http:// theglobalclassroomproject.wordpress .com/ eTwinning (europe online) http://www.etwinning.net Where?
  37. 37. How to find Project Partners?
 #3 Hashtags Location URL #stlinatl #gaedchat Connect with people in your state to do projects! #globaled Global education conversations #globalclassroom Conversations around global classroom conversations #edchat Lots of conversations happen on this hashtag in education #mysteryskype Mystery Skype hashtag on Twitter is also a place where you can find partners Where?
  38. 38. How to find Project Partners?
 #4 Conferences Location URL K12 Online Conference (online only) - free http://k12onlineconference.org/ Global Education Conference (online only) – free http:// www.globaleducationconferenc e.com/ ISTE ($) http://www.iste.org Lots of conferences by curriculum area Look for them! Where?
  39. 39. 21st Century Skills 21st Century CONNECTIONS
  40. 40. Step1:Connect The secret to connecting to the world is to connect yourself first. You are the plug! 
 You find the light socket!
  41. 41. Step2:Communicate The secret to communicating effectively online is you need simple ways to connect synchronously and asynchronously with teachers and students.
  42. 42. Synchronous ✓Definition: at the same time ✓Examples: ✓Instant Messaging ✓Voice over IP (Skype) ✓Video Conferencing ✓Face to Face Interactions ✓Webcasts ✓Webinars
  43. 43. Horizon Project 2008
  44. 44. Asynchronous ✓Definition: NOT at the same time ✓Examples: ✓Blogs ✓Wikis ✓Podcasts ✓Virtual classroom recordings ✓Recorded Video
  45. 45. http://www.epals.com/
  46. 46. www.iearn.org
  47. 47. www.edmodo.com
 Free, blogging, assignments
  48. 48. Step2:Communicate The secret to communicating effectively online is you need simple ways to connect synchronously and asynchronously with teachers and students.
  49. 49. Step3:CultivateCitizenship SECRET: Select a framework for a common language. Use lots of current examples to discuss. Discuss issues as they arise in the project and relate it to common language.
  50. 50. Best Software Ever Invented 
 to Be Safe Online
  51. 51. 1) Introduce by jigsaw
  52. 52. 2) Reinforce with bellringers
  53. 53. My Strategy: Truth or Fiction Bellringers Take current true or false things from Snopes and push kids to find out for themselves. protect students by posing scams that people are falling for now!
  54. 54. 5 Steps to Internet Safety 1.Stop 2.Screenshot 3.Block 4.Tell 5.Share
  55. 55. Step3:CultivateCitizenship SECRET: Select a framework for a common language. Use lots of current examples to discuss. Discuss issues as they arise in the project and relate it to common language.
  56. 56. Step4:Contribute&Collaborate SECRET: 100% contribution starts with your expectation that everyone will contribute
  57. 57. Klossner’s (2010) 90-9-1 principle
  58. 58. 3R’sofGlobalCollaboration 1. Receive 2. Read 3. Respond 🌏
  59. 59. Step4:Contribute&Collaborate SECRET: An authentic audience will engage your students but the authentic audience should engage quickly.
  60. 60. Audience is Important “Technology creates opportunities for students to do meaningful work that has value outside school, receive feedback on their work, and experience the rewards of publication or exhibition.” 
 Peck & Dorricott, 1994
 http://caret.iste.org/index.cfm? fuseaction=evidence&answerID=9&wor ds=audience Read
  61. 61. ChallengestoGlobalCollaboration Lurkers & Nonresponders Some students think they can just lurk and because it "counts" on social media, that it counts in the classroom. Language Disconnects Many have the language of the project as a second language. Just disclose the use of translators, never “pretend" to be native if you're not.) Cultural taboos and disconnects Be on the watch for disconnects. Poor technopersonal skills Some mistake technology mistakes for intentional offenses. Always give the others the benefit of the doubt. Cultural Differences Plagiarism and copyright can look different. Others think it is a social network Time Zones The greater the time divide, the better you must be at asynchronous communications.
  62. 62. EducatorLeadershipRoles ★Project Management ★Coaching and Mentoring ★Keynotes ★Expert Advisors ★Judging ★Leading “Sounding Board” Classrooms Preservice teachers are an untapped resource for tandem learning!
  63. 63. Judgesandevaluators
  64. 64. ClassroomLeadershipRoles ★Collaborators & co-creators ★Sounding Boards ★Outsourced Partners ★Feedback & Students Choice Judging! Multi age experiences can help students simplify and fine tune their pitch!
  65. 65. Step4:Contribute&Collaborate SECRET: An authentic audience will engage your students but the authentic audience should engage quickly.
  66. 66. Step5:EmpowerChoice SECRET: Students can create and invent their own topics through a simple pitch process.
  67. 67. Passion Projects in Practice Erin Klein
  68. 68. 3 Boys, 1 Task, 3 Apps Karen Lirenman @klirenman 1st Grade Teacher
  69. 69. Formsof“pitching” Storyboard or outline 1 Minute “elevator pitch” Project changes or new directions
  70. 70. ‘ Team Selection
  71. 71. Team Selection
  72. 72. Team Selection
  73. 73. Team Selection
  74. 74. Createchoicerichchallenges Topics, Debates, Skits, Service Projects, Genius Hour, 20% Time, Maker Projects 🌏
  75. 75. 7“To’s”forAwesomeChoice To Question To InventTo Build To Connect To Excel To Understand To Have Meaning
  76. 76. Step5:EmpowerChoice SECRET: Students can create and invent their own topics through a simple pitch process.
  77. 77. Step6:CreateThingsthatMatter SECRET: Students are more engaged when they do something that matters to THEM.
  78. 78. HowstudentsCanCreate ★Publishers of Content Personal publishing (ebooks, Youtube, etc.) and Social publishing (school Facebook etc.)
 ★To have a Personal Brand ★To do Projects that Make a Difference ★Use THEIR imagination!
  79. 79. Step6:CreateThingsthatMatter SECRET: Students are more engaged when they do something that matters to THEM.
  80. 80. Step7:Celebrations SECRET: Celebrations can happen almost any time and anywhere but they should always be for a REASON and planned by the STUDENTS.
  81. 81. Project Celebration: Student Summit “In addition to the in-class required assessment for a global project, it is advised that students are able to celebrate and reflect with others from the project, including teachers and students. ” P 266-267 Showcase: The Student Summit in Action
  82. 82. School Facebook Page
  83. 83. 17IdeastoCelebrate Private 1. Private Teacher Surveys 2.Private Student Surveys 3. Personal Portfolios. Public 4.Paper plate awards 5.Classroom hall of fame 6.Student choice awards 7.T shirts/ tokens/ memory minders 8.Certificates 9.Let them plan the next step 10.Leave messages to the next class Global 11.Project Awards 12.Online school "Museum" of excellence 13.School press release 14.Social media Sharing 15.Presentation recordings that are shared 16.Reflection spaces 17.Judging and Feedback
  84. 84. Step7:Celebrations SECRET: Celebrations can happen almost any time and anywhere but they should always be for a REASON and planned by the STUDENTS.
  85. 85. Step8:Reinvent&levelUpSECRET: You don’t have to do the same project over and over. If you get bored with projects, your students will too!
  86. 86. Marilyn Monroe
 “Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”
  87. 87. Let'sLookatanexample MAD about Mattering
  88. 88. Step1:Connection Virtual Handshake & Weekly Teacher Meetings
  89. 89. Step2:Communicate Keynote about topic, Email, Trello, Wiki, Google Docs, Google Slides, Zoom Room
  90. 90. STEP3:CultivateGoodCitizenship Lots of conversations as things happened. Weekly teacher Meetings. PM and APM Feedback and teacher coaching
  91. 91. Step4:ContributeandCollaborate Weekly PM and APM Reports with individual teacher follow up. Praise publicly, coach privately for improvement. Coordinated work on Trello
  92. 92. Step5:EmpowerChoice Heartbreak Mapping Red Light/ Yellow Light/ Green Light Process Share what breaks your heart!
  93. 93. Step6:CreateThingsthatMatter Student created projects. Personal pitches Self Harm Get all the rubrics, tutorials and info at http://www.coolcatteacher.com/mad-app /
  94. 94. Step7:Celebrate Final Presentations & Celebrations #appsthatmatter Final App Pitches The following apps will be judged and reviewed as part of the MAD about Mattering Judging Process. You can see the student apps by downloading the MAD-Store app on itunes, Google or in the online MAD-Store or the platform of your choice. Use the codes below to see the app. 1. choose2matter - Mattering 269-775-793 2. Enough - Domestic Violence 269-993-976 3. Bullyproof - Anti-Bullying 222-366-436 4. In Special Shoes - People with Mental Illness and Physical Disabilities Matters 491-687-169 5. No Excuse for Abuse - Animal Abuse 775-278-758 6. Overty - Anti-Poverty 925-168-917 7. Quit the Addict - Addiction 096-952-053 8. Stop Sex Trafficking - 219-413-839 9. StressLess - School Stress 262-668-762 10. Suicide Prevention App049-983-312 11. Texting and Driving App 378-499-598 12. WeCancervive - Cancer Support and Prevention - 685-946-667 13. Uncut - Self Harm 356-189-777 Phase 1 Judges Dr. Tim Greene Dr. Lee Graham Dr. Mark Weston Dr. Elaine Roberts Dr. Cyndi Kuhn Alice Barr Rick Burkett Bron Stuckey Jennifer Nicholas Shane Snyder META JUDGES Tammy Neil Nathan Stevens Coordinator Susan Bearden
  95. 95. Step7:Celebrate Final Presentations & Celebrations Final Judging & Voting Coordinated work on Trello Final Judges Jaimie Casap Google Rohit Agarwal Tenmarks Amazon K12 Joseph South Guest Judge Us Dept of Ed Ankur Goel Crescerance Ari Schorr Microsoft Coordinator Susan Bearden
  96. 96. 2 Step Strategy for Transformational Change STEP 1: Innovate Like a Turtle
  97. 97. 2 Step Strategy for Transformational Change STEP 2: Select your “Big 3”
  98. 98. coolcatteacher.com/stlinatl @coolcatteacher

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