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Introduction Post


My name is Whitney Patterson.  I am currently working on my Ed.S in the field of instructional technology.  I teach 8th grade science at Central Middle School which is located in Carrollton, Ga.  This is my first time using a blog and am excited to gain some experience using Flat Connections.  I look forward to opportunities for collaboration with my classmates in MEDT 7485.  

Added by Whitney Patterson on February 2, 2017 at 1:15pm — 1 Comment

Major Assignment #1: MM Artifact

Here is part one of two for our MM artifacts about BYOD in schools and organizations.  Christine's will be coming very shortly as well.  Many thanks to Christine for all her assistance and help with project.  

Added by Kathryn Chase on May 10, 2016 at 1:28am — 3 Comments

FCGE 16-1 Minor Assignment1: Flatblogging - Combined blog post by Mike Fish and Chris Trimnell

We used a Google Doc to combine our initial personal blogs, then edited them into one cohesive post.

The doc. has been shared so anyone with the link should now only be able to 'view'.

However, be aware that when it opens it reverts back to an 'editable' mode.

On the top right hand side change 'editing' to 'viewing' and all the links will become active.…


Added by Christine Trimnell on April 17, 2016 at 2:30am — No Comments

FC16-1 Flatblogging - Christine Trimnell

I have reposted my initial blog entry so all of our work is 'together'.

The blog entry is password protected because it contains student work.

Password required is: plps

Link: http://plakesict.global2.vic.edu.au/2016/03/26/global-learning/ 

My earlier post of this work and Julie's comment are located here:…


Added by Christine Trimnell on April 17, 2016 at 1:42am — No Comments

Beginning to Build Digital Literacies

How can we harness connected learning modes to support digital literacy and scholarship? What are the implications for student-led learning?

I believe there are several ways that we can tap into connected learning modes to better support digital learning and scholarship. One way is through using tools and strategies both as teachers and for supporting our students.


First, in such tools supporting teachers there are two ways that I think can…


Added by Mike Fish on April 9, 2016 at 8:41pm — 1 Comment

Communication Modes in the Connected Classroom, Final Version

Flat Classroom Global Educator - Minor Assignment 1

What are the essential modes of communication for a globally connected teacher and classroom?…


Added by Perla Zamora on April 1, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Communication Modes in the Connected Classroom


   This blog has been created as part of my Flat Connected Global Educator Course 16. Since, this is my first draft I hope you find a few interesting ideas about communication modes in the connected classroom. So, these are our guide questions...

What are the essential communication modes for a globally connected teacher and classroom?

Nowadays, anyone who own a device with internet signal is able to communicate with…


Added by Perla Zamora on March 29, 2016 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Flat Blogging: Question #2

What are the essential communication modes for a globally connected teacher and classroom? What are the digital fluency and toolkit needs?

The essential modes of communication for a globally connected teacher and classroom echo traditional formats. They include visual, audio, text and face-to-face. However, in order for be TRULY global, the teacher and classroom have to harness the power of technology.  This then translates in to modes of collaborative communication where…


Added by Kathryn Chase on March 20, 2016 at 1:57pm — 1 Comment

FC Global Educator
Join Service Learning Collaborative Project with our Middle School in Egypt?

Hello FC team
My name is Adam Carter; I was a cohort in the Flat Connections PD course and am currently a middle school teacher here at an international school in Alexandria, Egypt.
As part of our Connect class (see our…

Added by Adam Carter on January 15, 2016 at 5:57am — No Comments

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

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