How to do the Flat Classroom Project

Skills and Attitudes


This project expects that all students will develop ability with multimedia and online communication tools. These skills can be gained while working on the project however during the intense 3-4 weeks of the official project time is short therefore try to build up skills beforehand leading up to the official starting and collaboration time.

Suggested skills
  • Social Bookmarking: Use of (recommended) or similar. See Social Bookmarking in Plain English (Common Craft) and Using Delicious (Jeff Utecht) and Tagging to Help Teachers (K12 Wiki).
    • Skills include knowing how to save, find and share bookmarks, how to network and bundle and how to use tags
  • Blogging: Use Blogger, Eduspaces, or any other appropriate service. See Introduction to Blogging (Will Richardson)
    • Skills include knowing how to post text, images and other embedded objects and how to comment on others blogs
  • Wiki: Use of Wikispaces environment recommended (Flat Classroom utilises this service)
    • Skills include being able to create and edit pages, embed widgets, use the discussion tabs, feed RSS onto pages, manipulate updates
  • Audio recording: Use of Audacity or similar. Here is a written tutorial, and a set of online tutorials
  • Video making: Use of appropriate software such as iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, Premiere
    • Skills include being able to produce a multimedia artefact and convert it as required
  • Putting multimedia presentations online: Slideshare, YouTube, Evoca
  • Synchronous interaction tools: Elluminate, Skype, Google Chat, MSN, Meebo
  • Online document and file sharing: Google Docs (includes word, spreadsheet and presentation modules), flickr (photos), Yousendit (sending large files)

Social Skills

  • Social networking: Able to work within a virtual network as a member of an online community
  • Digital citizenship: Responsible approach to using online tools and being aware of how to act in the virtual world

Draft list of training videos needed:
  • How to use the Ning.....(or is it already straightforward? Putting groups together for privacy is new) - students and teachers
  • How to use airset - teachers
  • Introduction to the project (Julie, Vicki, Barbara and John create one short video.....teachers collaborating)
    • Vicki: details about the inclusion of both the flat world and whole new mind books and project outline
    • Julie: details about the level of collaboration and expectations on participants
    • John: Share experiences of implementing Web 2.0 tools into the classroom for global collaboration
    • Barbara: share experiences of doing the Horizon Project and encourage others to participate
  • How to use Elluminate
  • How to send multimedia files around the world, upload to YouTube, convert to .mov etc
  • ?????