The Flat Classroom Workshop @ASB Unplugged in Mumbai is coming soon!   This is an amazing opportunity to connect students and teachers together globally. 
All details are developing on the workshop wiki at http://asbunplugged2012.flatclassroomproject.org/

This will also be our first opportunity to launch our book at a conference. So we are very excited to be meeting up with many of the people who contributed to the book at ASB. http://flatclassroombook.com

Right now we invite you and your class to contribute short (very short) video clips so we can create another opening video similar to what we did 2 years ago. See http://flatclassroomconference.ning.com/video/flat-classroom-intro

What we need is students saying one or all of the words 'FLAT CLASS ROOM'. We also need some students/people to say a few words introducing the Flat Classroom.
Sentence starters:
'The Flat Classroom is.......'
'To me, being Flat means......'
'In my Flat Classroom I........'
'Flattening my Classroom means/is.....'
I am sure you can think of lots of things to say in one sentence!

We are on a timeline for this material......contributions due Feb 7. Please aim for high quality video. Let me know if you have produced something as I will then share a dropbox with you to send it. We will use ALL contributions, either in the opening or other work we do in the next 6 months.

many thanks everyone!

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Global collaboration starts with connecting yourself to the world. Students are the greatest textbook ever written for each other. The same is true for teachers. We are passionate about connecting and facilitating effective collaborations between classrooms because we’ve seen the power of how it can engage students and teach them the skills they need to be successful in the 21st century.

We want to bring in people who are nervous, who don’t know how, or who have tried to connect and were frustrated. We also want to bring back those teachers who tried it and got burned out. Now it is time to enlarge the circle of global collaborative excellence in a massive way.

It is our vision that if we can have enough educators linking together and learning about this at the same time, that a natural byproduct will be the creation of many new, exciting global collaborations. It is time to get past the cute stories of global collaboration into the nuts and bolts of the pedagogy that makes it happen. (Although there are a lot of powerful stories to tell.)

To help facilitate this conversation, we felt like that it would be best if we, the authors (Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davis), step aside, and invite our friends Ben Curran and Neil Wetherbee of  @engaginged to facilitate the conversation. They’ve done book clubs before and this is another pedagogy that we want to work out: that of having a book club that is truly global. We’d like to do this to promote conversations that transcend borders. The easiest way to get this out of the box is to get out of the classroom and connect with other educators.

Every week for 10 weeks we will meet at an alternating time - 12 hours apart. (For the East Coast USA it is Sundays at 6 pm Eastern or Monday mornings at 8 am eastern - Visit our Book club calendar to convert these times to your Time Zone. Subscribe to this calendar via Google calendar to keep up with events.) This is Sunday evenings at 22:00GMT alternating with Monday mornings at 10:00GMT in our Blackboard Collaborateroom http://tinyurl.com/BookClubRoom .It is free and everyone is welcome. 

We’re also inviting the educators featured in each chapter to be with us for the conversations about “their” chapter. You’ll meet people from all over the world just like you who are doing wonderful, amazing things. This is a global story that transcends just one project, although we’re mighty proud of ours.

While you are welcome to just “drop in” you can register with the Book club mailing list  and we’ll remind you each week about the session, let you know who is coming, and we’ll mention any special events that we’ll be having as part of the launch. If you run your own book club, you’re welcome to come by the club anytime for ideas and discussion points.

The hashtag for our conversations is #flatclass and the book club is, of course, free. Anyone can join us. There’s no homework - just conversation and learning. We’ll all be there to discuss the future of education with each other. We hope global collaborators from around the world will join us and share their stories too. Conversations will hinge around our new book, Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds. The book will be available in ebook format, although we’re not sure yet which ebook formats.

So, to get ready:
  1. Order the book                                   Amazon                                                Barnes and Noble                                 Pearson Publishing                                        ebook format
  2. Sign up for the book club - run by Ben Curran & Neil Wetherbee from @engaginged 
  3. Mark your calendar with the dates and times
Thank you to everyone who has made this possible Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher
Julie Lindsay@julielindsay 
Flat Classroom Projects
Ben Curran & Neil Wetherbee @engaginged
4th and 5th Grade teachers 
Co-founders of Engaging Educators LLC 

How will this global book club work? Will it really transform my teaching?

Have you ever read a book about teaching and thoroughly enjoyed it, only to get done and ask yourself "Now what?" Or maybe you've read something that was motivating, inspirational and chock-full of ideas, only to find after sharing it with colleagues that they "just aren't that into it?" If so, this book club is for you. We hope it will be a gathering of inspired, motivated, similarly driven friends from around the globe. 

Here's how it will work...each week we will focus on approximately one chapter.  Each meeting will be divided roughly into three parts. The first part will focus on implementation--how all of us have or can implement the main theme of the week. We'll also dive into and discuss the activities (Vicki and Julie refer to them as "challenges") that are embedded in the book. The second part will be more of an open forum for everyone to discuss other topics in the chapter or other issues pertaining to the subject. This will be a great time for making connections with other teachers for possible collaborations and getting answers to questions that you have. Finally, and perhaps what we are most excited about is that each week we hope to be joined by the friends mentioned in each chapter.  They will be able to share their firsthand insight on the weekly topic as well as stories from their own experiences.

On top of all this, Engaging Educators will be providing short, free “boot camp” style webinars along the way to help you master some of the topics that might be new to you.
What we hope to facilitate is a perfect companion to Julie and Vicki's book, an experience that goes beyond "just reading" and demonstrates what a network of connected educators can learn and accomplish.

Welcome to the club!

Ben Curran & Neil Wetherbee @engaginged
4th & 5th Grade teachers and Co-founders of Engaging Educators LLC
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_Dr. Zeitz recently blogged:
“In essence, we are building entrepreneurs who learn to identify and solve problems. The same thing holds true with teacher and administrators. Vicki Davis calls this sort of educator a Teacherpreneur.  Vicki was the only one I had ever heard use the term.” Co-founded in 2006 by Vicki Davis (Westwood Schools, USA) and Julie Lindsay (now in Beijing, China) in 2006, the Flat Classroom® Projects aim to ‘flatten’ or lower the classroom walls so that instead of each class working in isolation, two or more classes join virtually to become one large classroom. The project is designed to develop cultural understanding, skills using Web 2.0 digital technology, experience in global collaboration and online learning. Awareness of what it means to live and work in a flat world are emphasized, while students research and discuss the ideas developed in Thomas Friedman’s book, The World is Flat or the Horizon Report, an annual report by the New Media Consortium.

To find out more about Flat Classroom® Projects, vist our website, our forthcoming book site, or our FaceBook page.