Judges Meeting, November 25, recording done in Elluminate - please listen if you were not there.

Overview of "Judging"

The aim of judging is to come up with awards for multimedia artifacts as listed on the Awards wiki page.
This is to be done using the prepared rubrics in combination with an online form (in order to identify outright 'winners').

The Project in a Nutshell

How would you go about making a video with a team of people you have never met before, you may never meet face to face and using the power of the Internet? The Flat Classroom Project will include over 200 students from 10 classrooms around the world.

Basically, students work in groups from different schools and different countries to produce content on a wiki page from which they create an individual digital artefact (video), including out-sourced video or multimedia from another student, which they embed into their team wikipage. The students have to use loads of different tools and develop amazing skills: file compression, editing, sending files, working in different time zones.....
The Flat Classroom Project is a global collaborative project founded by Vicki Davis (Westwood Schools, USA) and Julie Lindsay (Qatar Academy, Qatar) in 2006.

It uses Web 2.0 tools to facilitate communication, interaction and collaboration between students and teachers from all participating classrooms. The topics studied and discussed are real-world scenarios based on 'The World is Flat' by Thomas Friedman.One of the main goals of the project is to 'flatten' or lower the classroom walls so that instead of each class working in isolation, 2 or more classes are joined virtually to become one large classroom. Read more about the Flat Classroom Project,

How does the judging work?

  • All Videos will be posted on the Master List with each video having a distinct number.
  • The master list is locked at a date to be specified (Friday December 5, 2008) -- only videos that are turned in on time on the master list will be judged.
  • We have 3-4 judges per team with 13-18 videos per team expected.
  • Criteria is based on the rubrics for Design and Technical Quality as well as Synthesis and Construction of Ideas
  • All judging teams are asked to fill in the online survey and determine their choices by Friday, December 12.
  • Review all videos first and choose your top 4.
  • Complete one survey form for each of these 4 videos.
  • Each judge has the option to nominate a personal favorite for an award (included in the survey.) This is called your "Judges Choice" award.
  • Results are tallied and winners are announced (December 16 is the Awards Ceremony)


Barbara Stefanics, former Head of Information Technology at Vienna International School, our guest meta-judge, will be reviewing the best video from each of the 11 teams in order to come up with an overall winner for the Flat Classroom Project 2008. Barbara has been a 'flat classroom' teacher and leader for 2 years, successfully taking her students through the Flat Classroom and Horizon Projects. She is also a pioneer of the first Digiteen Project in early 2008.

Who is qualified to judge?

We encourage educators interested in learning to assess higher order thinking skills to be involved. We want people who can give feedback on the methodologies employed to move towards improving our assessment of such projects.

How do I sign up to judge?

  1. Click "Join this Space" in the top left corner of this page.
  2. As you put in your information, make sure that you complete the comment box with your name, location, and the group that you would like to join. (This will send us your e-mail address and all information submitted is private.)
  3. Wait for approval - you will receive an e-mail noting your approval.
  4. If you are already a member of this wiki, continue with the following points.
  5. Join the 2008 Judges Group on the Ning to get announcements and updates.
  6. Return to this page.
  7. Add your information to the topic of your choice below (first to wiki it gets it! include a hyperlink to your bio).
  8. Be available to review/judge videos from November 28 for about 1 week.


Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davis are co-coordinating this project. Julie is primarily responsible for team assignment of judges. Vicki will handle the survey and tallies. To contact them, leave them a comment on the Ning or a private message on the Ning.

Judge Meeting

There will be an online meeting on Tuesday November 25 at 2pm EST, 7pm GMT, 10pm Doha, 6am Wednesday Australia (East coast). Check your time with timanddate.com
Link for Elluminate meeting
The meeting in Elluminate will provide an update on procedure and timeline for forthcoming judging. If you could not make the meeting we suggest you listen to the recording linked here.
Judges Meeting, November 25, recording done in Elluminate - please listen if you were not there.

List of Judges and Links to wikis

1. Connecting the World Online (CWO)

2. World Wide Web (WWW)

3. Workflow Software (WFS)

4. Uploading: The Changing Shape of Information (CSI)

5. Web 2.0 (W20)

6. Globalisation and Outsourcing (G&O)

7. Google (GGL)

  • Judge 1 - Simon May Teacher, Shanghai American School
  • Judge 2 - John Faig, King Low Heywood Thomas, Stamford, Connecticut
  • Judge 3 - Lisa Parisi, Grade 5 teacher and teacher trainer on Long Island, NY, USA.
  • Judge 4 - MaryFriend Shepard, Coordinator Ed Tech PhD specialization, Walden University

8. PLEs and Social Networking (PLE&SN)

9. Mobile and Ubiquitous (M&U)

10. Virtual Communication (VCom)

11. Wireless Connectivity (WCon)