Flat Connections

Transforming learning through global collaboration

I started and ended my teaching career at Business Academy Bexley. Academies in the UK are loosely based in the charter schools model in the US. They are ran by privates and funded by the government.

One of the key issues that attracted to the Academy was its called for innovation. Several experiments after, the innovation went through the window due to lack of academic (and behavioral improvement). However I had the chance to design and implement a course called Fair Trade, Fair Game. It aims was basically to understand where bananas and chocolate come from and what were the difference between fair trade goods and none fair trade goods. The students learnt about key economic concepts such as price, supply and demand. They also learnt about children's rights and how to make the world a better place. More importantly perhaps, the students were able to connect what they learnt in different subject in a more meaningful way. The course was quoted by BBC as a showcase of good practice. 

Since then, I have not stopped thinking on the need to use any means including technology to help the students to be prepared for the XXI century and also how teachers are trained and are ready to the challenges of teaching a highly connected generation. 

My project for the Flat Classrooms builds on these two facts: i) my experience innovating and ii) Web 2.0 tools.

The main objective of the project is  "to have an informed view on how international trade affects lives, economic local, regional and national development and how international trade may or may not increase well being. "

The aims of the project are:

  1. To understand international trade rules and organizations
  2. To discuss how rules are designed and implemented
  3. To research how the "rules" are applied in different countries/economic areas
  4. To discuss the fairness of the rules
  5. To suggest ways on how to make the system better
  6. To present suggestions on how to make a better system

A full design of the project can be found here

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Comment by Catalina Valenzuela on December 11, 2012 at 1:03am

Gracias Xavier ! Good luck with your project. Send me a note if you need any help.

Comment by Xavier Espejo-Vadillo on December 10, 2012 at 12:23pm

Muy buen trabajo Catalina. Me encantó tu presentación y creo que tu proyecto está pero que muy bien.

Gracias por compartir. Yo sigo batallando para crear el mío porque estoy un poco saturado de ideas y con poco tiempo pero espero poder seguir adelante.

Un abrazo.


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