Flat Classroom News from the Trenches

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Steve Hargadon

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Dec 6, 2006, 9:00:03 PM12/6/06
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For original links (including audio interviews) see
http://www.infinitethinking.org/2006/12/flat-classrooms.html

Two pretty amazing "School 2.0" stories to report from the trenches.

Vicki Davis' 10th grade Computer Science class at Westwood Schools in
Camilla, Georgia and Julie Lindsay's grade 11 ITGS class at
International School Dhaka (ISD) in Bangladesh are in the middle of a
two-week combined project to discuss topics from the Thomas Friedman
book The World is Flat. The students are paired, with one student from
each high school classroom, to work together. First they record an
introduction to themselves, then they work together to produce a
collaborative wiki, video, and podcast. There is even an amazing
grading rubric. Wow.

Chris Craft, that innovative language arts teacher from South
Caroline, has done it again. Using old computers and Skype, Chris
brought his 6th graders into a direct videoconference with students at
an American school in Lima Peru. To prepare, he had them work on a
wiki and research common topics about Peruvian culture. They chose
topics such as food, sports, and others. In their dry run, when they
established video contact, the kids were wild with excitement. Click
here to read this description of the actual day--you'll be glad you
did! Talk about helping students become excited about learning. Double
wow.

Vicki, Chris, and their students are the "Infinite Thinking Machines."
Hear them describe their projects in a short audio clips here.

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