Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Write a first-rate blog post! Reprise

The following are some traits of successful blog posts (written for fellow learners):

1. The posts (or comments) are well written. This includes not only good content, but standard English conventions including capitalisation, organisation, punctuation, spelling, and grammar.
2. The posts (or comments) are responsive. They respond to other people’s ideas – whether it is a post by a teacher, a comment by a student, or an idea elsewhere on the Internet. The power of blogs is in connections – they are connected to a larger community of ideas. Participate in that community.
3. The posts (or comments) include textual references to support opinions. Adding quotes or links to other works strengthens your post.
4. To be part of the dialogue, part of the conversation, you have to participate fully, consistently and often.
5. Your posts (or comments) are respectful of others. It’s okay to disagree; it’s not okay to be disagreeable. Be respectful of others and their opinions, and be civil when you disagree.
6. Your posts include at least 3 technorati tags.
7. Your posts speak to visual literacy by carefully choosing an image to include. The image should refer to what is written.

In syndication:
  1. Include an image
  2. Include hyperlinks
  3. Include your reflective response

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011


            Reframing involves rewriting expectations.  We all had expectations for our role and the teachers’ roles when we were in school.  Many of us played school well.  Vicki Davis explains this mindset well in the k12Online presentation, Lead The World, which she and Julie Lindsay submitted as team captains in the conference. The majority of students and teachers in k-20 frame school in one way and have been able to do so well for a long time.
            Gallo explains that, “Reframing demands a tolerance for ambiguity.”  (1993, p.27)  Adding discrepant events to the frame will unsettle the expectations.  In the Dead Poets Society, the teacher reframes the classroom status quo to increase the likelihood of their deep learning.  Standing on the teachers’ desk or holding class in the hallway disrupts our expectations, they are discrepant and open students to learning at higher levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy.
            Flat Classroom® Projects reframe the expectations of groupwork. As Vicki explains in her presentation, the traditional expectation is that each student in a group will write a paragraph, sign their names, and these paragraphs are then pasted onto the wiki. Students in Flat Classroom® Projects are asked to move beyond the usual expectation of individual work, beyond the dominant frame of a student in school.
           Schools have been factories, modeled after the industrial revolution. This frame of reference is structural, with many rules, codes, and policies. The social architecture of school is ready for reframing, from mass production into mass customization.
            Reframing education involves changing perspectives.  It has been about us (the adults affected by the educational system).  It is time for education to be all about them (the students affected by the educational system).
Bolman, L. G., & Deal, T. E, (2008). Reframing organizations: Artistry, choice, and leadership. (4th ed.). San Francisco, CA: Wiley.
Gallo, J. V. (1993). Teaching about reframing with films and videos. Journal of Management Education, 17(1), 127-132.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Lead the World

Vicki Davis and Julie Lindsay are the co-founders of Flat Classroom® Projects. Since the beginning in November 2006, more than 5,000 students have collaborated in the projects. The Flat Classroom® Projects now include the Flat Classroom® Project, the Digiteen Project, the Eracism Project, NetGenEd, and ‘A week in the Life’ Elementary Flat Classroom Project. In addition, Flat Classroom® Projects convene a conference and a Flat Classroom® workshop at the ASB Unplugged Conference in alternating years. They also run F.L.A.T.s, which are inspired by TEDx events and support the practice of spreading inspiring ideas. The next F.L.A.T.s features Anne Mirtschin on Wednesday December 7, 2011 at 5:00pm Eastern USA OR Thursday December 8, 2011 at 9:00am Melbourne Australia. Check the time where you are-> and join us at

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