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How to not let the naysayers get you down?
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Hi all,Here's a question I hope you can help me think through. As our system begins to reculture, there are a few staff who have become very keen to try new things in order to meet the needs of their…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Julie Balen Dec 7, 2012.

 

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Edna Marie Phythian commented on Julie Balen's blog post Global Project Design ... a collaborative inquiry opportunity
"Julie, that is good stuff. I'm so excited to follow your journey. You have done a wonderful job leading this work. Congrats!"
Feb 1, 2013
Julie Balen commented on Julie Balen's blog post Global Project Design ... a collaborative inquiry opportunity
"Hi Edna We are hard at work planning for the inquiry process at at least the classroom level ie connecting classrooms in the building, with some outreach to classrooms in the country. For the teachers I work with, this is a big step (Google…"
Jan 31, 2013
Edna Marie Phythian commented on Julie Balen's blog post Global Project Design ... a collaborative inquiry opportunity
"Julie, great reflection here. You have summed up the many requirements that are upon teachers today. How are you doing at this? I look forward to hear where you feel you are with these skills, dispositions and mindsets."
Jan 27, 2013

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Julie Lindsay commented on Julie Balen's blog post Assessing Wiki Work
"Thanks again for sharing - the rubrics and your alignment with wiki work is a good strategy I think."
Jan 21, 2013

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Julie Lindsay commented on Julie Balen's blog post Global Project Design ... a collaborative inquiry opportunity
"Julie - thank you the 30 minutes it has taken to really read this blog post - yes sidetracked by all the hyperlinks, which is what makes it so good!! I love your last paragraph: "And aligning our curriculum to meet the needs of this…"
Jan 21, 2013

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Julie Lindsay commented on Julie Balen's blog post Are you ready? Are you Ready for this?
"Julie, the link to the wiki is here: Story in 4 Voices, but only FCCT teachers can see that. Can you share a more public link to this wonderful work? Love your project design - graphics are special too. Great work!"
Jan 21, 2013

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Julie Lindsay commented on Julie Balen's blog post Mentoring: A bitter-sweet role.
"Julie, thank you for your thoughtful, wise and collaborative engagement in our community, and congratulations on becoming a Flat Classroom Certified Teacher. Reading your work I realised you have come such a long way in a year! We will be connected…"
Jan 21, 2013
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Assessing Wiki Work

Throughout the FCCT, I have focused on the needs of teachers and students who come to a global collaborative project with little to no experience with collaboration, Web 2.0 tools, and other multimedia technologies. The key is to find entry points that are within the comfort levels of newcomers and build from there. When I introduce a new tool like a wiki to a teacher, we begin thinking about what the students will do with it, and then from there, we create success criteria that we think the…See More
Dec 31, 2012
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Dec 21, 2012
Julie Balen replied to Julie Balen's discussion How to not let the naysayers get you down?
"Helen McConaghy mcconaghy@wellington.org via googlegroups.com  Dec 4 (2 days ago) to flat-classroom. Hi Julie   What has helped this year at our school is the backing of the…"
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How to not let the naysayers get you down?

Hi all,Here's a question I hope you can help me think through. As our system begins to reculture, there are a few staff who have become very keen to try new things in order to meet the needs of their learners. As their repertoire grows so does the energy and engagement in their classes, which of course leads to them trying more new things, and so on. The trouble in this scenario is the teacher next door and across the hall, who even after two years of watching the keeners and participating in…See More
Dec 7, 2012
Susan Adams commented on Julie Balen's blog post What do you mean, you need more time?
"That is encouraging. Sometimes it feels ok for multitasking at work to be nonlinear, but a "project?!?" Flat Classroom is truly a *growth* experience."
Nov 17, 2012

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Julie Lindsay commented on Julie Balen's blog post What do you mean, you need more time?
"Thank YOU Julie for putting into words what many of us are living and knowing to be true. Interesting to hear about your 'real work' situation and the FCCT course demands and how your ideas about collaboration have evolved. Indeed, people…"
Nov 11, 2012
Catalina Valenzuela commented on Julie Balen's blog post What do you mean, you need more time?
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Julie
About Me:
High School English Teacher by trade, currently working as a K-12 literacy coach for a First Nation's Board of Education located on the world's largest freshwater island.
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Interest in Flat Connections
Many reasons...the use of web 2.0 tools to engage students; authentic tasks; real world collaboration; and to show my students that they can participate in global knowledge building even from this isolated rock.

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Mentoring: A bitter-sweet role.

I actually started this journey in the winter of 2010 when I was working as a high school English teacher, who knew then that something had to change in the teaching-learning process. I stumbled upon Flat Classroom and it seemed like a fantasy to me. You know, one of those things that other people do, and you just read about them? But over the next few months, I warmed up to the idea; that is, I decided that my students and I could and should do the Flat Classroom project. I got excited. I…

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Posted on January 14, 2013 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Are you ready? Are you Ready for this?

Pitching a global project is actually a multi-step process; that is, if you are serious about implementing it. 

Once the project is designed, you will present it at F.L.A.Ts (Future Learning Action Talks), which is really good. However, in my experience (limited to one presentation and viewing two other presentations) there is not much of an 'outside' audience. So you must persist. The next step would be to grow your project in the …

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Posted on January 14, 2013 at 11:44am — 1 Comment

Global Project Design ... a collaborative inquiry opportunity

Why plan and integrate global projects into your curriculum?

The move towards individualized learning is happening (see Horizon Report 2011: K-12 Edition), but along the way educators will and do struggle with getting themselves ready. How do I manage a class of 25 students each on his or her own learning path? We know we can no longer stand and deliver. We know we need to engage…

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Posted on January 14, 2013 at 10:17am — 4 Comments

Celebration time, Come On!!!!

During the fall of 2012, I worked closely with two teachers as they participated in the Global Read Aloud (GRA) for the first time. We were all beginners in reaching out to other classrooms-in our schools and beyond our schools-in using various web 2.0 tools, and in thinking through this kind of teaching and learning. The GRA 2012 ran the month of October, but our celebration happened in December because the teachers integrate other subject areas with the novel and expanded and extended the…

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Posted on January 1, 2013 at 3:00am

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At 1:27pm on August 27, 2012, Barbara Morganfield said…
Hi, Julie! I agree that if I could focus on an audience it would probably provide e with more focus!
At 1:41am on August 22, 2012,
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Yvonne Caples
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Hi Julie...looking forward to working with you too!

At 8:47am on August 21, 2012,
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Julie Lindsay
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Hi Julie, see you at the meeting soon!

 
 
 

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