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Thursday, September 16, 2010

W.A.L.L.: We All Lead and Learn - Flat Classroom Conference 2011 in Bejing, China



Want to keep you all posted about the Flat Classroom Conference in Beijing. It is going to be incredible! So many amazing speakers! 
 It is life changing and practice changing as educators leave this READY to collaborate, with the projects planned, and the contacts to do it. Taking students takes back enthusiasm to your school to make it happen and also lets others know that you're "on top" of your game.
Latest News! Registration is now open for the Leadership Workshop and we are taking applications for the Student SummitRead the latest on our Flat Classroom Conference Blog
The next Flat Classroom Conference is to be held in Beijing at the Beijing (BISS) International School, China, February 25-27, 2011.
Come to Beijing in 2011 and flatten your learning by becoming immersed in the flat classroom experience.
The conference will have two strands:
  1. Leadership Workshop for educators to learn what it means to teach and learn in a flat world and how to flatten their classroom walls.
  2. Student Summit that has an action-based project as the main theme. Educators can also join this strand to be fully immersed in a flat learning experience. 

 Here's our most recent press release:


PRESS RELEASE announcing partnership with Taking IT Global
2011 Flat Classroom Conference Announced
“Join us at the W.A.L.L. - We All Learn & Lead”
Beijing (BISS) International School are pleased to be hosting the nextFlat Classroom Conference, to be held in Beijing, China, February 25-27 2011, in partnership Flat Classroom Conferences and Live Events Inc. and with TakingITGlobal.
Beijing, China, September 13, 2010 Following the success of the inaugural Flat Classroom Conference in 2009, co-founders of theFlat Classroom™ Project,Vicki Davis andJulie Lindsay, are pleased to announce that a second conference will take place February 25-27, 2011 in Beijing, China. The event provides a unique opportunity for educators and students to hear from world-class presenters and envision the future of technology-enabled education in a “flattened” environment, where virtual participants join in the conversation from remote corners of the world.
The conference organizers are pleased to have partnered with TakingITGlobal in order to make the event more accessible to virtual participants. TakingITGlobal will facilitate pre-conference presentations online, and support virtual conference participation and networking via social media.
The 2011 conference will have two strands  – a Leadership Workshop and a Student Summit  – which will meet separately as well as in combined sessions to discuss and model best practices for promoting international collaboration as part of a “flat classroom.” This year participants will produce not only a video vision of the future, but also curriculum materials to accompany the global projects.
The Leadership Workshop will allow educators to explore methods and strategies that provide a fuller understanding of what it means to “flatten” a classroom and participate in global learning projects. Instructional design for authentic collaboration and the use of emerging technologies are key areas of focus within the project-based workshop strand. Youth participating in the Student Summit will share idea, learn about communication and collaboration tools in a flattened world, and work on a project theme that can be transplanted back into their home school.
Educators will leave the conference understanding how to collaborate globally and with contacts in hand to start projects. Students will leave the conference with leadership skills, technology skills, presentation skills, and a better understanding of diverse cultures and collaboration.All participants will have the opportunity to develop their capacity and leadership related to using information and communication technology to connect, communicate, and collaborate.
Seating for the 2011 Flat Classroom Conference is limited, and interested students and teachers are encouraged to register early. The early bird registration deadline is October 15 2010.
About the Flat Classroom™ Project
The current series of Flat Classroom™ projects, including Digiteen, NetGenEd and Eracism, immerse educators, experts and students in Flat Classroom™ pedagogy. Flat Classroom™ projects have been described as  a revolutionary interdisciplinary educational approach and include global collaborations using Web 2.0 tools, with a focus on digital citizenship, cultural understanding and emerging technologies.
About TakingITGlobal
Established in 2000, TakingITGlobal serves youth worldwide through a multilingual online learning community and innovative education programs. TIG aims to help young people develop their potential as creative, technology-enabled and globally-aware citizens by strengthening their capacity as leaders and stakeholders, fostering cross-cultural dialogue and understanding, and increasing awareness and involvement in global issues.
For more information about the Flat Classroom Conference, please contact:
Steve Madsen, Conference Administrator, Flat Classroom Conference and Live Events Inc.
Email: conference@flatclassroom.org
Website: http://flatclassroomconference.com
Online Community: http://flatclassroomconference.ning.com
Documentary about the 2009 Conference held in Doha, Qatar: http://tinyurl.com/flatclass2009

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