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Communication and Resources

The Flat Classroom project has three primary methods facilitating communication between students:

  1. The Flat Classroom Project Wiki - This will be our product and will hold group reports and an embedded copy of the movie projects.http://wiki.
  2. The Flat Classroom Project Ning (with private groups for teachers, leaders, student groups, and educators) - This will be our connection piece that will allow us to make and cement the connections and manage the work-groups. We will also post our video here. http://ning.
  3. The Flat Classroom Calendar (Google) to create cross-time zone calendaring.


In addition to these the following resources will be used by teachers and/or students throughout the project:

Project Components

The project has three mandatory components:
  1. Writing of a collaborative report using a wiki - Students will edit the wiki and discuss the topic on the discussion tab of the page.
  2. Creating Digital Stories as assigned on the project matrix
  3. Post Project Reflection - Students will post their reflection on the process to the project Ning.

The project has two optional components:
  1. A student audio or video introduction posted on the Ning
  2. Student summits held in elluminate hosted by the teacher in their class.

Component Details

Details about the Mandatory Components

1. Editing and Updating Specifics:

  • Students will author an original collaborative document based upon the work. (collaboration)
  • Students will provide current information relevant to news in their country on the flattener. (research)
  • Students will make the wiki more concise while retaining the meaning of the original author. (editing)
  • Footnotes will be added in the wikipedia model of authoring. (references)


  • Mass Collaboration - It is essential that students understand mass collaboration and participate in cooperative knowledge building and learning with students around the world as they learn the nuances of overcoming language, geography, time zones, and culture to effectively communicate a common message.
  • Symphony - Dan Pink's third sense of the conceptual age - "What's in the greatest demand today isn't analysis but synthesis - seeing the big picture, crossing boundaries, and being able to combine disparate pieces in an arresting new whole." Dan Pink, p 66.
  • Meaning - Dan Pink's sixth sense of the conceptual age. We must move past projects that are discarded onto the trash can. Building new meaning on previous student work gives students a sense of contributing to an ongoing body of knowledge and gives meaning.

2. Creating Digital Stories Specifics:

Each student will create a video artifact in their assigned area. Part of their video should be outsourced from a student in another classroom. (Guidelines are posted on how to do this.)
  • Students will create a digital story about their topic.
  • Students will be assigned (or select) one each of the following themes: Story, Innovation, Invention and Prediction, and Social Entrepreneurship. See the Topics wiki for more details about these

3. Post-Project Reflection

Students and teachers are asked to post their reflections on the project (suggested guidelines will be on the wiki). Students should tag these student_reflection and teachers as teacher_reflection. Experts, judges, and sounding boards are also asked to reflect as well.