Action Based Book Features
In the introduction, we teach you about the action based book features included in the book. Here is an overview and some links to help you use these tools in the book.
QR code leading to this website.
Read the book with cell phone in hand and watch videos, follow new friends, and learn wherever you are. QR codes will let you take a picture using your QR code reader on your smartphone or computer and not have to type in the long hyperlinks. A time saver, these are also useful in the classroom. Each chapter has a QR code so you can go to the appropriate page on this website and grab links. Here are some explanations about this technology:
The ISTE Nets for Students and Teachers as well as the C21 21st Century Skills are aligned with the text throughout the book so that you can easily integrate these internationally recognized standards into your curriculum and classroom practice. You know what you need to do, but this gives you the concrete standard to take back to your administrators and curriculum directors to help you put global collaboration into your classroom. We also share our own Digital Citizenship areas of understanding from Chapter 5 of the book as these are the areas of digital citizenship we believe each classroom should integrate.
We want to you to share what you read and understand how to use social media. We've included hashtags and tags for networks in the book to help you learn how.
We've pulled out quotes in the text to show the kind of things you might tweet and how to use the hashtag and the name of the person quoted.
Stories and Case Studies
We start and end every chapter with stories from around the world. So many of you have amazing stories! If you want to share your story, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and you may end up in a new book.
Flat Classroom Framework
It is so hard to understand which global project will fit your needs. We use the framework from within the book to help you figure out what content is covered, the timeframe of the project, and more details to help you understand what works. Look for our databank of global projects coming in February 2012 that will use this framework and submit your own project.
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Flat Classroom Diaries
We started journaling after the first Flat Classroom project when the stories started flooding in from students, teachers, and parents about how our projects and other globally connected projects were changing the lives of students. We want you to feel the real practice of global projects in the classroom: the good, the frustrating, the struggles. We talk to you as teachers and fellow sojourners in a new globally connected classroom. We include these at the end of each chapter.
The PD Toolkit
The PD toolkit is hosted on Pearson's website and provides a deeper experience with interactive surveys, an interactive glossary and full case studies where they had to be shortened in the book due to space requirements. Each book comes with a code and instructions to access this resource.
Self Assessment Surveys
Each of the 7 step chapters (chapters 3 - 9) you will have a self-assessment survey to help you determine the next action to take in your personal journey to effectively use technology and bring it into your school and classroom.
Many new terms have emerged with the advent of Web 2 and the globally connected classroom. We define these terms in the book and in our rich glossary in the back of the book. We also describe terms that may be exclusive to our projects or project-based conferences so you can demystify social media influenced terminology in education.