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Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds Move to Global Collaboration One Step at a Time,9780132610353

Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds Move to Global Collaboration One Step at a Time

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Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 1/24/2012
Publisher(s): Pearson
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JOIN THE COMMUNITY: go sign up for free webinars, chat with the authors, and connect with other teaching professionals around the world! Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Mindspresents a seven step approach to transforming teaching using current pedagogies, technology tools, and global collaboration to create standards-aligned, technology rich, cross-cultural learning experiences that enhances 21stcentury student engagement. Outlines seven steps (Chapters 3-9) to bring a classroom or school into effective global collaborative practiceincluding connection, communication, citizenship, contribution/collaboration, choice, creating and celebration. Divides each "Step" into Self, School, and Student headingsso readers can see how to create an effective 21st century curriculum and learning environment at each level of the education system. Prompts readers to develop professionally with the Flat Classroom ® 15 Challengesthat challenge them to become more familiar with new technologies (blogs, CMPs, mobile devices, wikis) and use them to create rich learning experiences for themselves and their students. Includes 6 month free access to the PDToolkitwhere all case studies will be posted in their entirety; a completed sample Flat Classroom®Framework; Interactive Surveys; Online glossary; Sample student assignments; Wiki and digital storytelling rubrics; Downloadable model for digital citizenship; Learning Design Pie Planning Tool; and a Connection planning tool.

Author Biography

Julie Lindsay is an international educator, having worked as a teacher and administrator in six different countries and has higher degrees in both music and educational technology leadership. She is currently E-Learning Coordinator and Middle Years Programme Coordinator at an International Baccalaureate school in Beijing, China. She is a prolific presenter and workshop leader in using technology to support teaching and learning across the curriculum, including in the UK, Europe, Asia the Middle East, USA and Australia. Julie is an Apple Distinguished Educator, ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Ambassador and was recently elected to the ISTE Board of Directors as the International Representative. She is an early adopter of emerging technologies and has written for various magazines, including as an ICT specialist for ISTE’s ‘Learning and Leading with Technology’. Julie is inspired by curriculum development that successfully includes global collaboration through technology infusion. View her bio at


Vicki "Cool Cat Teacher" Davis is a full time classroom teacher and IT director and author of the popular, award-winning Cool Cat Teacher blog ( with more than 30,000 subscribers and over 22K Twitter followers and past winner of the EDublog award for Best Teacher Blog. She’s received numerous awards for her work in virtual worlds, wikis, social networks, and classroom practices. Vicki is a Google Certified Teacher, Discovery S.T.A.R. educator, Adobe Education leader, and has written for many periodicals and online spaces including Edutopia, ISTE, and Educause. Her mission is to inspire teachers to excellence undergirded by her belief that teaching is a noble calling. View her bio at



Vicki and Julie are co-founders of the internationally recognized Flat Classroom® projects, Vicki has helped link thousands of students around the world in powerful 21st-century learning communities where multimedia, collaborative writing, and collaborative research are every day habits.  They have been featured in Thomas Friedman’s The World is Flat (v 3), Don Tapscott’s Grown Up Digital, Curt Bonk’s The World is Open and many more.

Table of Contents


1.     Flattening Classrooms through Global Collaboration

2.     Impact on Learning: Research in the Global Collaborative Classroom



3.     Step 1: Connection

4.     Step 2: Communication

5.     Step 3: Citizenship

6.     Step 4: Contribution and Collaboration

7.     Step 5: Choice

8.     Step 6: Creation

9.     Step 7: Celebration



10.  Designing and Managing a Global Collaborative Project

11.  Challenge-Based Professional Development

12.  Rock the World




Appendix A Flat Classroom® Project Rubric Assessment

Appendix B Global Collaboration and the International Baccalaureate

Appendix C ISTE NETs

Appendix D C21 Standards



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