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K-2 Building Bridges to Tomorrow


K-2 Building Bridges to Tomorrow

A group for teachers in the K-2 Flat Classroom Project called 'Building Bridges to Tomorrow'. This project was a pilot in early 2012. It is now run twice a year. Full information available on the K-2 New Teacher Guide.

Website: http://www.flatclassroomproject.net/k-2-building-bridges.html
Members: 55
Latest Activity: Feb 28, 2013

K-2 Project has kicked off! Building Bridges Already!

The K2-12-2 Building Bridges project is now closed! We invite interested teachers to consider joining us for the K-2 Building Bridges to Tomorrow 13-1 Project. Applications open until February 15, 2013.

Discussion Forum

What are the BEST ways to have real-time connections? 3 Replies

This came up in our meeting today. Teachers at the K-2 level are wanting to have real connection experiences between classrooms to foster higher levels of engagement and excitement, and to make the…Continue

Started by Julie Lindsay. Last reply by Lara Ronalds Dec 7, 2012.

A View from Your Window - K-2 12-2 2 Replies

The 'A View from Your Window' part of this project is open-ended, but it does include everyone contributing 'something'.What will that something be? How will it be collated? Who will take leadership…Continue

Started by Julie Lindsay. Last reply by Lara Ronalds Nov 12, 2012.

Do you have everything in place. Here's a checklist. 2 Replies

Hi everybody,We are now moving into week 3 of Building Bridges and trying to get all the organization pieces in place. At the beginning of any project there may seem as if there is an endless list of…Continue

Started by Betsye Sargent. Last reply by Betsye Sargent Nov 2, 2012.

K-2 12-2 - Time to think about the final Project Co-creation

Hi everyoneRespond to this discussion with ideas for what your final project as a team may look like. Share some 'smack-down' Web 2.0 tools and talk about co-creation and what this looks like for…Continue

Started by Julie Lindsay Nov 1, 2012.

Comment Wall


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Comment by Julie Lindsay on March 20, 2012 at 1:49am

Recording from our Meeting #2 March 16/17 is HERE.

Don't forget to check email through Google group for notes. Also, thanks to Celestina for setting up our K-2 Building Bridges Teacher blog for this project - make sure you can contribute.

Comment by Melanie Midgley on March 14, 2012 at 12:04am
Yes. I'm thinking 3 or 4 groups sounds a lot more manageable...phew.

Comment by Julie Lindsay on March 13, 2012 at 8:38pm

Melanie, we are deciding that this week, and in consultation with you as classroom teachers. No, we are not asking you to split your class into so many topics...we realised a month ago this was NOT going to work at this level. However, we will look at a grid system that allows your students to connect with a subset of your 3-4 classroom group. What do you think will work for this?

Comment by Melanie Midgley on March 13, 2012 at 8:25pm
Here's a question to all-just working on a grid for my group and feeling crazy! At the last on-line meeting saw an example from another project that was divided into six 'mini' groups...have we made a decision about the # of small gps for collaboration for our team? Is this up to us to decide as a team? Feeling like 6 is alot to manage...

Comment by Julie Lindsay on March 13, 2012 at 9:38am

It takes a while to get into the flow of Flat Classroom places and spaces...I appreciate your confusion.

The K-2 wiki is for sharing all classroom activities, including the handshake, and eventually the collaborations and products. We also traditionally add a teachers communication page and resources. It is the portal for all things collaborative that includes students and teachers.

This Ning forum/group is for teachers only, but is also public to the rest of the Flat Classrooms community so we can share and interact as needed. It provides a window into our world, and a place for more public sharing of ideas and media.

The K-2 Google group is private ONLY to the members of the K-2 project, so we can talk/discuss in private and not have to worry about who is reading it.

What I also think we need is a blog, a regular blogging platform such as Wordpress of Blogger will be ideal. We have such amazing educators on this project I feel we need another place to document and discuss and interact re the process of the project. Those who are bloggers already will perhaps understand what I mean about this, those who are not I invite you to come on board and we will model best-practice educational blogging across the world.

Comment by Celestina Jolley on March 13, 2012 at 8:16am

Just something that is a little fun:

Draw a Stickman

Comment by Julie Lindsay on March 13, 2012 at 8:05am

Don't forget everyone you can find recordings of our meetings and essential information on the TEACHER page of the wiki.

Comment by Celestina Jolley on March 13, 2012 at 8:00am

I am right there with you Nancy.  I was trying to brainstorm about this group blog for this project:  maybe a wiki would work best though and everyone adds links under areas.  Such as "Handshakes" and people add their content under that and so forth.  This would be for everyone so it was a place to display final products of projects/activities.  Thoughts?

Comment by Nancy Sharoff on March 13, 2012 at 7:56am

OK, so am I the only one who is feeling slightly overwhelmed by all the places we are posting?  

I know that the wiki is for the members of our group. But I'm having a challenging time trying to decide if I should post something here on the Ning, or the Google Groups, and/or Ning/Groups.... Sure wish there was an app that would allow me to compose once and it would send to all the locations. 

Besides the posting, I seem to be hopping everywhere trying to make certain that I'm reading up on everything.....

Comment by Nancy Sharoff on March 11, 2012 at 6:05am

Group 5 is working on their Handshake Activity. I just added mine to the wiki page and thought I would share it here as well.


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