Flat Connections Global News
Online global collaboration in education - July 2018
Are you ready to start collaborating globally?
It is now time to PLAN for the coming semester!
Flat Connections global projects start up again soon and we are looking forward to another great semester of student and teacher collaboration.
Did you miss the May 2018 Flat Connections newsletter? That is where we shared the excellent learning outcomes from last semesters projects - it's worth the read!
Building Bridges to Tomorrow - K-2 Project
The project will run from October 8 to December 7.
This project is an exciting, challenging and unique experience that allows very young people (and their teachers) to connect and collaborate. Students at the lower elementary level (typically grades K-2, 4-7 years old) use online tools to share and discuss real-world scenarios that aim to pique interest as to similarities and differences between classes and cultures.
Windows to the World - Grades 3-6
This project will run from October 15 to December 11
Windows to the World is an 'Intercultural Penpals' project where students in Grade/Year 3-6 write, respond, communicate, and develop online learning and digital citizenship skills. Teams are formed across different schools and countries. The tool Edmodo is used as the communication platform. Other tools include Padlet and Google sites. OUtcomes include real-time Student Summits.
READ the latest blog post - WWW Global Collaborative Success!
As the Windows to the World project came to an end, the students exchanged their final ideas using a meeting platform called Fuze. Mrs. Boarman says,
"Some of the big ideas the students took away were that although our distance apart was great, we were close in terms of learning with one another and collaborating on the final project. Another classmate thought that we had truly opened our windows to allow others to look in, and we, in turn, had been able to peek into windows in far away places. As we talked about what we wanted to say during the summit, we observed that while the differences were apparent, the number of similarities was a surprise - 'We are more alike my friends than we are unalike.'"
Endangered Animals - Grades 3-6
The project will run from October 22 to December 7
Students in Grade/Year 3-6 explore the global issue of endangered animals and foster meaningful discussion with others. Outcomes will include student-driven solutions shared through the creative use of technology. APPLY HERE for the special subscription rate.
Global Youth Debates - Grades 5-12
The project will run from September 17 to December 7
A global collaborative project created around research and formal debating that uses Web 2.0 tools to join students from diverse cultures for authentic debate. Students in Grade/Year 5-12 debate on a global issue that will bring together diverse ideas, develop transferable skills and create lasting friendships.
Registration is now open for all schools and classrooms around the world. Read full details about all projects on the Flat Connections website and plan to subscribe today! You must join your students with the world!
Email Julie - firstname.lastname@example.org to talk about how your school can embed online global collaborative learning into the curriculum.