A few months ago I received notice that the founders of the Flat Classroom Project were looking for volunteers to pilot an early elementary version of the project, so I signed us up and we were accepted! The project we are participating in is called Building Bridges. Here’s a description:
“Can very young students effectively connect, communicate, and collaborate in a global project? What does this look like? What products can students in mixed classroom teams co-create? What activities and structure can we design and implement to scaffold this collaboration? There are many wonderful opportunities out there already for students to connect using technology tools. However the aim in this project is also to encourage students in different places to collaborate, not just communicate, and to enhance understanding of cultures and life styles beyond the immediate environment.”
Within the project, classrooms are placed together in groups of four. We have been grouped with schools in Wisconsin, Saskatchewan, Canada, and China! Our group has been assigned to focus on the topic of “Celebrating Together”—how celebrations are similar and different across our cultures. So far we've been sending messages and videos to get to know each other, and now we're working on a collaborative eBook to tell each other about our celebrations.
You can see our “handshake” (introduction) below. Also, learn a bit about our new friends here.