Friday, December 01, 2006

The Flat Classroom Project

Via Will Richardson comes a pointer to the Flat Classroom Project, a collaboration between a high school in Camilla, Georgia (US)and Dhaka, Bangladesh where students are discussiong Thomas Friedman's The World is Flat.

This is a fun project to observe from both a tool and practice perspective. Nice use of a wiki, well organized, judicious use of widgets and images. Wikispaces, Protopage, Bloglines, a nice little time zone clock (looks like ClockLink) and clustermap help the group have a sense of each other and keep track of things. So there is an awareness of balancing group and individual, togetherness and separateness over time and space, and of course, the interplay between the student's interactions, their participation, and the content they use and create together.

They have crafted a code of ethics , rubrics, and it looks like teams and subgroups. I have to look more at that page. They have little audio messages between the teachers and students. WOW! (Using enjoyed reading their resource on virtual communication. Now we just have to wait and see how the conversations go between the students!

Very cool.

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Blogger Vicki A. Davis said...

The project is moving along nicely -- if you go to the topics page and click on the individual topics you can see the work of the students. One I like in particular is the Virtual Communications wiki.

6:19 AM  
Blogger Nancy White said...

Vicki, it sure is. It is fun to see it emerge and evolve. Are the students enjoying it?

7:41 PM  
Blogger Vicki A. Davis said...

As with any project that stretches yourself, there is an initial love hate relationship. Now, they are just very proud. Kind of like when you pass a really hard exam or do something extraordinary like have a child. The ripple effect will be on their lives for years to come!

6:47 AM  

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