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Why should educators be connecting their students globally? What literature, research and opinions can you gather and synthesise to support an argument for this?

Authored by Jessica Heysen, Rajashree Basu, and Jolanta Stephens

It is fair to say that the educators of 2015 and beyond are tasked with a very different job description than those of even 10 years ago? As the world we live in evolves at a rate that is challenging to stay in touch with, it is critical that our education system and what we are teaching our children…


Added by Jolanta Stephens on November 9, 2015 at 11:34am — No Comments

FCGE 15-2 Flat Blogging - Topic 1 - How can we harness connected learning modes to support digital literacies and scholarship?

According to the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub Connected Learning can be defined as “a model of learning that holds out the possibility of reimagining the experience of education in the information age.” It is production centred, fosters interests, is shared, is academic, is openly networked and socially meaningful. Students in the 21st century should be exposed to ‘connected Learning’ with the use of  digital…


Added by Mark Schutz on October 28, 2015 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

A week in the life.

I have updated my blog and share my learning about the Week in the life.


Added by Sonya Van Schaijik on May 16, 2015 at 9:14am — No Comments

A Week in the Life 15-1 Session 10

Meeting #10 - hosted by Sonya using Fuze.

We are thinking about Brian and Sudha who have been in another big shake.

Meeting slides

Meeting recording

Today John shared…


Added by Sonya Van Schaijik on May 14, 2015 at 10:10pm — No Comments

Write Our World - A global library of ebooks by kids for kids

Hello fellow global collaborators,

I wanted to introduce a new project I'm launching. We are building an online space where children from different cultures and language groups can share ebooks. We are working with Book Creator to help children make these books that use text and audio to tell their stories bilingually. This will be a great multicultural literacy tool as well as bringing children together to learn about and from each…


Added by Julie Carey on April 22, 2015 at 3:45pm — No Comments

Curating Wels15

http://sonyavanschaijik.com/2015/04/16/curating-wels15/ I recently returned from Singapore where I was able to meet some amazing Global Educators. 

Added by Sonya Van Schaijik on April 17, 2015 at 7:20am — 1 Comment

Flatblogging - Topic 2: Connected Learning for Global Understanding

Why should an educator become a connected learner? How does connecting with the world change teaching and learning?

Connecting with the world changes education both in how we teach and learn as well as why we teach and learn. No longer must we live independent of each other, defined by our immediate surroundings and limited to the social norms of our physical…


Added by Dianne Shapp on April 13, 2015 at 5:40pm — No Comments

Educators - Flatten your learning and VOLUNTEER to judge student work! We need you!

Hello everyone in the Flat Connections community

We have a serious and request to make of this community. Right now students are completing online global collaborative work and they are expecting and deserve recognition for this. We need JUDGES across two of our projects in the next 4-6 weeks…


Added by Julie Lindsay on April 13, 2015 at 9:35am — No Comments

Museum Robot

After months of failed attempts at establishing a connection this past week I was able to link up with Robert and Joel at the National Museum of Australia’s Robot telepresence education program. After fighting firewall issues at the Museum, G20-related tech issues in Brisbane last year, local server plug-in problems and finally -cleaners unplugging power cords and forgetting to replace them (leading to a dead robot at our scheduled meeting time) we succeeded with our trial run. This whole…


Added by Bonnie Hermawan on March 31, 2015 at 1:53am — No Comments

My Digital Learning Environment

In my work I engage with teachers of all different levels across all different learning areas. I want to know how they engage their students already and how they would like to take that learning to a higher level…


Added by Bonnie Hermawan on March 31, 2015 at 1:44am — No Comments

Connected Learning for Global Understanding

Why should an educator become a connected learner? How does connecting with the world change teaching and learning?


Among the most fulfilling aspects of being a teacher in 2015 are the many diverse resources and experiences available that facilitate my efforts to be a lifelong learner. I love learning something new about my content area and growing skills that I am teaching each and every day. My students teach me, I teach myself, and…


Added by Louisa on March 31, 2015 at 12:59am — No Comments

Technology Ideas

Today is the first day of my vacation but I can’t seem to relax!  I am trying to leave my class behind for two weeks but I also want to plan my technology projects that I am weaving into my curriculum for the spring.  I need suggestions from experienced teachers that have successfully tried projects similar to mine.  I would love tips or strategies on how to be successful with the three projects I plan to do:

1.) Skype with another 5th grade class to share…


Added by Katrina Conde on March 17, 2015 at 2:59am — 8 Comments

Check out my new blog post!

I need help making my blog snazzier!

My first blog post can be found here:


Added by Katrina Conde on March 15, 2015 at 3:26am — No Comments

Getting the message across to more teachers.

Hi everyone,

Greetings for 2015. We've just returned to school and my ESL Year 11 students have just made their 'Handshake' videos.

I recently had a question from AISSA about Flat Connections on my blog. Here is the question and my response.

Hi Ann- collaborating on a global network must really transform the learning experience for your…


Added by Ann Rooney on February 7, 2015 at 4:41pm — No Comments

Calling Global Educators - Join Flat Connections Projects February 2015

Hello Global Educators!

Welcome to another semester where global collaboration supports and enhances and in fact is an integral part of your class curriculum. Global competency, international mindedness,…


Added by Julie Lindsay on January 24, 2015 at 12:56pm — No Comments

ISTE Global Collaboration PLN - Come and Join and Contribute

The ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Global Collaboration PLN is up and running! If you are an ISTE member - please come and join us!…

Added by Julie Lindsay on January 12, 2015 at 10:48am — No Comments

My FCGE Identity

Online Friendships


Added by Ann Rooney on December 22, 2014 at 1:09pm — No Comments

Cultural Artifact Handshake Activity

Handshakes are an important way for participants in a global project to introduce themselves and set the tone for the project. The Cultural Artifact handshake serves both those purposes for the Who Am I? Project.

Students find some object to express what is special about them. They photograph…


Added by Julie Carey on December 20, 2014 at 3:06am — 1 Comment

Global Project: Handshake Task

Global Whale Project: handshake activity


Added by Ann Rooney on December 17, 2014 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

FCGP Celebration

Celebrating a shared achievement.

Celebrating a shared achievement in the school newsletter.

A public celebration

As students completed their co-created videos for the Flat Connections Global Project (…


Added by Ann Rooney on December 11, 2014 at 5:06pm — 1 Comment

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