Friday, October 21, 2011

Elementary School Classrooms embrace "A Week in the Life...."

Press Release
Co-founders of the Flat Classroom® Project, Vicki Davis and Julie Lindsay are excited to announce another session of the Elementary School Flat Classroom Project. After the very successful pilot project in 2010 that included eight schools and 9 classrooms from five countries, this 2011-2 project joins together about 500 students from 19 schools and 6 countries to develop an appropriate global collaborative experience within a curriculum framework for students in Grades 3-5 of ages 8-11. For the current project, running September through December 2011, the project managers are Aaron Maurer and Cathy Wolinsky. They are assisted by Toni Olivieri-Barton (Community Manager), Tina Schmidt (Meetup Manager), and Maureen Tumenas (Media Mentor).

"We are building on the excitement and engagement of the previous project, knowing that another team of excellent educators are working furiously together to make this the best global experience possible, using Flat Classroom pedagogy supported by emerging Web 2.0 technologies", states Julie, "Not only are we connecting the students but teachers met every week and explore best ways to collaborate within and inquiry-based curriculum approach."

The project is called "A Week in the Life....." and centers around sharing what life is like for students in their respective schools and countries. It encourages students to connect and communicate to build an online learning community and to collaborate on a common set of guiding questions and objectives. For this project we are using the tool Edmodo which provides flexibility for group creation and file uploading. It also supports development of multimedia collecting and sharing skills, and awareness of collaborative learning environments through the practical application of the project wiki. Topics for the project include School Time, Languages and Clothing, Housing and Transportation, Leisure Time, Food & Celebrations and Environment.

We encourage interested teachers and supporters of global collaborative projects to review the developing wiki material at ( This project will run until December 15, 2011, by which time students will have created celebration material based on their collected multimedia.

Applications of interest are being taken now for future projects. See details at

Flat Classroom® Projects are award winning projects that have been running for the past four years for middle and high schools students. The original project, The Flat Classroom Project, is based on the concepts found in Tom Friedman's book, 'The World is Flat', and subsequently has been included in the reprint of the book in 2007. Other projects include Digiteen Project (raising awareness of digital citizenship) and NetGenEd Project, run in conjunction with Don Tapscott (looks at emerging technologies and netgen norms of behavior). We encourage all educators and global collaborative project supporters to join our Flat Classrooms network to receive further updates on all Flat Classroom Projects. More information about Flat Classroom Projects can be found on the website

Participating Schools in "A Week in the Life...." 2011-2
Alta Vista Elementary, Los Gatos, California, USAChristy Mills & Mary Fran Lynch
American International School Guangzhou, ChinaShauna Cottrell
American School of Warsaw, Warsaw, PolandEvan Chong & Catrin Barber
Berkshire Country Day School, Lenox, Massachusetts, USAMaureen Tumenas
Bettendorf Community School, Bettendorf, Iowa, USAAaron Maurer
Brook Park Memorial Elementary, Berea City School District, Brook Park, Ohio, USAAmren Fowler & Jamie Palcisko
Gilman Lower School, Baltimore, Maryland, USADonna Vaccaro
H.C. Storm Elementary, Batavia, Illinois, USASarah Barrett
Kennard CJA, USALaurie Batres
Korea International School, South KoreaJenn MacSwain
Marietta Center for Advanced Academics, Marietta, Georgia, USASusie Throop
Oakridge International School, Einstein Campus, Oakridge, IndiaKanchan Lele
Park View Elementary, Mooresville, North Carolina, USAJulie Buda
Shanghai Community International School, Shanghai, ChinaSheri DeNeef & Ashley Holst
St. Martin's Episcopal School, Winnetka, California, USAVicky Sedgwick
Stone Oak Elementary, San Antonio, Texas, USACindy Glenn
The Bolles School, Jacksonville, Florida, USACynthia Clements
The Study, Quebec City, CanadaLisa Jacobsen
West Tisbury School, Martha's Vineyard, USAValerie Becker & Mary Boyd

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