Sunday, May 27, 2012

Announcing Flat Classroom™Conference Europe 2012 and Flat Classroom™ Conference Asia 2013

Flat Classroom founders, Julie Lindsayand Vicki Davis, are buzzing with excitement over the news to run TWO Flat Classroom Conferences over the next 12 months. Following the shared success of the last conference in Beijing, China in 2011 they are now delighted to announce Flat Classroom Conference Europe 2012(Germany) and Flat Classroom Conference Asia 2013 (Japan).

On December 6-8, 2012, the International School of Düsseldorf e.V. (ISD) and on March 8-10, 2013, Yokohama International School (YIS) will host live Flat Classroom events that include a Student Summit and a Leadership Workshop (links to the 2011 for now). Schools are invited to put these dates on their calendar now and plan to be at one or both of these opportunities to experience project-based learning in a conference format.

The Flat Classroom Conference is a unique event that includes students and educators to envision the future of education as they use leading technology tools such as wikis, blogs, social networking and digital storytelling. The conference is diverse in participation while allowing smaller groups to work with leading world-class presenters in a "flattened" environment where virtual participants also join in the conversation and action from remote corners of the world.

This event is targeted to teachers and students of past, current and future Flat Classroom collaborations as well as Information Technology teachers and Directors and school administrators who are responsible for pedagogical development with curriculum design, global collaboration, global competency, and international mindedness in their schools. Essentially everyone involved in the education process, including students are invited to attend and actively participate. Educators will leave the conference understanding how to collaborate globally and with skills and contacts in hand to start projects. Students will leave the conference with leadership skills, technology skills, presentation skills, and a better understanding of diverse cultures and  collaboration.

Director of Technology at ISD, Pat D'Arcy says, "We have participated in the Flat Classroom Project for a number of years, and we have found it to be the best model of cooperative learning and a wonderful opportunity for our students to meet and mix with students from all around the world in a virtual educational environment. We felt that a real Face-to-Face experience would be dynamic for our school population to experience, and are delighted to be chosen as a host school."

Head of School at YIS, James Macdonald, says, “On a personal note, I would like to add how excited I am at the possibility of YIS hosting a conference like this.  I think the format is very innovative and I think this sort of model is something that we are going to see more of in future.  I am not sure of all the benefits that our school will glean from this event, but that is also part of the excitement.  I am very confident that with our team here, the facilities that we have, our IT infrastructure and commitment to the Flat Classroom conference, that Yokohama 2013 could be one of the most successful events yet.”

Read more about the Flat Classroom Conference on the website. Come and join the Flat Classroom Conference community and learn more about previous live events. Mark your calendars now!

Registration for Flat Classroom Conference Europe 2012 and Flat Classroom Conference Asia 2013 will open in early August 2012. Meanwhile we invite you to register your interest to be kept informed of updates.

Brought to you by Flat Classroom Conference and Live Events Inc.
Directors, Vicki Davis and Julie Lindsay

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Life's Angels Bavarian Dance

 Eat, Drink and be Merry on June 2, 2012 at 6pm to 8pm SLT (PDT) as we travel to the Alpine region for a good bit of Fun, Music and Dancing.
KJ has stocked his playlist with nothing but Polkas and Folk tunes in honor of this event.
Come dressed in a Folk outfit and Join our Contest for Best Bavarian with $1000L in the pot.
Plenty of Refreshments to satisfy all hardy Alpiners.
Dancing begins at 6pm slt in our Purple Angels Dance Area, Everyone Welcome, all proceeds to RFL as Always :)

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Friday, May 25, 2012

An Evening with Kat Rose and you're invited!

Join Life's Angels in welcoming  Kat Rose to the stage June 1 - 2012 7-8 pm SLT (PDT Time).
The voice of  this amazing artist makes you remember what falling in love is all about. Kat sings a wide range of styles, her lovely voice is rich, and  filled with emotion. The songs seem to be touched with a bit of magic when sung by Kat, making them even more memorable.  Her warm-hearted personality comes through as she captivates you with her charming voice.

Some of her inspirations are from Stevie Nicks, Joan Baez, Jewel, Indigo Girls, Heart, Carole King, and Cyndi Lauper.  

All Proceeds to Relay for life Of Second life

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Friday, May 18, 2012

"Human Friction Makes Sparks"

This NPR podcast about creativity discusses how the late Steve Jobs created creative sparks at Pixar.  The speaker in the podcast is Jonah Lehrer authored "Imagine: How Creativity Works"

Interesting that alpha waves are conducive to producing creative moments.  Think about those alpha waves, increased by relaxation crossing with remix culture (Lessig) and participatory culture (Shirky).  Now recognize the current generation when they are relaxed after school, congregating together online and offline, creating sparks, creating media, remixing media.

Will Millennials be able to generate the solutions to problems no one fathom now before the paradigm shifts or as one author has said, there is a punctuation point in history.  Listen to the thoughts of Will Steffen's...

Thursday, May 17, 2012

What a way to start a day!

I started my day like I often do, brewing a cup of coffee and logging to read my reader....I got no further than my iGoogle page which has a reader gadget on it.  Coolcatteacher had posted this video.  You gotta watch this!

I shared this with colleagues everywhere and most notably with Sheri Williams in a Blackboard Collaborate room, where her students then conducted a student summit as the professional students they are.  Here are their slides from that summit:

These students participated in the Flat Classroom Project 12-1. The Flat Classroom Project is a global, collaborative project using Web 2.0 tools to foster connection, communication, collaboration and creation. It draws on the work of Thomas Friedman and 'The World is Flat'.  They all did a wonderful job this morning!!

What a way to start a day!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Economic Earning Power of your Education

"The best economic stimulus plan is a diploma" (Wise, B. 2012).
Improving the quality of education in the United States is a current concern among educators, business leaders, parents, and taxpayers.  Atkinson and Mayo (2010) noted, “innovation drives up to 90 percent of per-capita income growth” (2010, p.21) and that STEM education develops such innovation.  President Obama has initiated the Change the Equation program to increase proficiency in science, technology, education, and mathematics (STEM). STEM education, which is considered vital to the economic health of the United States.  Sabochik (2010) also noted that American students are not keeping up with global competitors in this area.  As Thomas Friedman (2005) argues, the world is shrinking, opportunities for individuals to compete on the global economic stage are increasing, and individuals in other countries are surpassing the USA in STEM related careers.  In a comparative study of students in Taiwan, China, and the USA, Chow (2011) found that students in 9th grade in China and Taiwan were more likely to pursue STEM related careers.

Education Week Webinar (Producer). (2012). Using Technology to Drive
Innovation and Improve Student Learning [Webinar]. Available from