The chapter pages on our website are not designed to replace the text but to collect and share information relating to the chapter. It gives us a way to update links or let you know if something has changed from the initial book and to encourage you to participate in the online conversations.
Chapter 3: Step 1 Connection
Learning in the classroom starts with the teacher connecting and becoming a lifelong learner. In the Self section, understand how to pull information to you with time saving techniques using technology. It can be as simple as using the right app or setting up a learning pathway (Figure 3.2). Take a self-assessment to set personal learning goals. Then, as you connect with your school learn how teacherpreneurs create safe learning environments for students and how schools can foster innovation in their classrooms in safe ways. Classroom monitoring portals (CMP) are discussed as ways to build a powerful tool to manage student behavior in public spaces and brand monitoring portals (BMP) are for helping monitor when your school is mentioned in any public space like Youtube. Teachers also learn about the places where best practice conversations happen online and how to join in.
As we connect with your school, we talk about teacherpreneurship and how to empower innovation in your school (even when standards are required.) Other important topics like: the hidden curriculum, curriculum agility, and understanding your school's technology ecology are discussed. Learning capital is something you spend when you also spend monetary capital so spend it wisely.
In this chapter, we introduce our connection planning tool that will help you balance local, global, and intergenerational learning projects in your classroom. This connection planning tool is one of our most exciting "shares" from the book and you can download a copy from the PD toolkit to use it plan in your classroom. Additionally, we discuss the taxonomy of global collaboration and how you can progress gradually into full online collaboration in your courses.
Chapter 3 Essential Questions
Challenge #1: Set up your RSS Reader
Challenge #2: Set up your blog
Challenge #3: Connect and reflect
Connection Planning Tool
Self Assessment Survey
Salim al Busaidi - Flat Classroom in Oman
Cherrie MacInnes - Classchats
Chrissy Hellyer and Global Connections
Lucky Ladybug Project
My Hero Project
Pumpkin Seed Count
Life 'Round Here
Hudson Falls High School World War 2 Living History Project
Project Feel Good
"You are not just what you eat; you are also what you think...embedding professional development in our weekly routine makes so much more sense than sitting in a course for 10 hours and then trying to do all the things you learned back in your classroom." p 34, 35
Wendy Melnick @westdalemedia http://digitizeme.ca
Honor Moorman @honormoorman http://about.me/honormoorman
Fred Haas @akh003 http://haaslearning.wordpress.com
Marta Lavista @mlavista http://itoolsforteachers.blogspot.com
Susan Carter Morgan @scmorgan http://scmorgan.net
Heather Durnin @hdurnin http://heatherdurnin.com
Salim al Busaidi @salim_albusaidi http://omaneco.ning.com
Chrissy Hellyer @nzchrissy http://teachingsagittarian.com
Tedx Michael Wesch
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Salim al Busaidi presents about Flat Classroom on Omani TV (in Arabic)
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