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News and Updates

March 2015

In this newsletter find out about.......

  • Educator professional learning opportunities coming up!
  • Flat Connections Global Projects - K-12 projects joining students and teachers across the world - plan now to join September 2015
    • Focus on Global Youth Debates - Judges wanted!
    • NMC Horizon Report and the Tomorrow Student - Keynote
  • Learning Collaboratives - New! Connect with China!
  • New global learning resources and opportunities!
  • Flat Connections Live! - Come to Canada in 2015!
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Global Educator and Social Entrepreneurship
Professional Learning sessions coming up......

> Are you keen to learn more about how to be a global educator?
Do you want to know how to bring global collaboration to your classroom and students?
Join Julie Lindsay in Philadelphia, June 25-26 for a 2-day transformational workshop:
"The Global Educator"
Read moredetails on the SMORE - Plan to join now!

> Are you attending ISTE 2015 in Philadelphia?
Are you interested in exploring social entrepreneurship, emerging technologies, connected and collaborative learning and design thinking?
Come and join the 1-day workshop with Julie Lindsay on June 27

"Create a Social Entrepreneurship Learning Collaborative"

All details on the ISTE 2015 conference website
Join Julie In Philadelphia June 25-16, 2015. READ MORE......

Invitation - Global Education Leaders Wanted!

Are you a global education leader? Are you inspiring and leading others to take their learning global through new initiatives?
If so, you are invited to contribute your ideas and activities to a book on global educators, global leaders and global learning through collaboration. This book will be published by ISTE, authored by Julie Lindsay.
Invitation to share your ideas via this online form!

Global Project Feature: Global Youth Debates
Global Youth Debates joins students from diverse cultures for authentic debating. We currently have school teams from Europe, North America and Australasia debating this topic:

"For global peace and security censorship of the Internet does more harm than good"

But we need help! We need to 'teachersource' the judging of student online debates. We have training material and information available and encourage you to consider stepping up to do this. You can sign on for the rest of the semester of for one or more debates.

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn how we are implementing asynchronous online debating between students across the world and flattening the learning so that the outside community can be a part of this.

Are you a debate teacher? Are you interested in school debate in a global context? Can you help Global Youth Debates?
  We invite you to find out more by reading our updated material:
Flat Connections Global Projects K-12
All global projects K-12 are in full swing this semester with over 40 classrooms from more than 10 countries participating!

| K-2 Building Bridges | A Week in the Life | Digiteen/tween |
| Global Youth Debates | Flat Connections Global Project |

This could be you next semester. New projects start again in September 2015.
PLAN NOW for successful global collaboration.
FCGP 15-1 Keynote
David Deeds, American School of Guatemala

"NMC Horizon Report and the Tomorrow Student"
High school project, teachers and students at the same session, learning together.

Watch recording, see slides


Learning Collaboratives: Connect with China

Coming to you in September 2015 from Flat Connections

Learning Collaboratives are a NEW way to connect and learn globally online. They redesign the learning paradigm to encourage STUDENTS to take the lead in connecting and collaborating and in doing so co-create solutions to global problems.

Connect with China - Pilot starts September 2015
This is
a learning environment where ways to connect between China and other places are explored to increase global collaboration for learning.  This collaborative aims to bridge the global gap and engage with the world in authentic ways to support effective 21st century learning that includes educational institutions and independent learners.
The Connect with China Collaborative is designed as an interdisciplinary cross-curricular learning experience that caters to students who want to learn Chinese as a language. It also includes wider experiences for cultural and social learning within a supported technology-infused environment.

REGISTER your INTEREST in joining the Connect with China Collaborative.


Look! Important Resource:
Global collaboration across the curriculum toolkit

Designed by Julie Lindsay in conjunction with the Asia Education Foundation Australia this toolkit provides ideas and resources to support classroom and school global collaboration.
Browse the toolkit now!

Look! FREE Webinar:
Getting started with Connected Learning and Global Collaboration

Join educators from across the world as they share global collaboration experiences K-12 and beyond and provide advice for what works and what doesn’t work.

Topics include: where to go to find global partners; best collaborative tools to use; networks to join; ideas for curriculum development. This promises to be an energized and fun session for beginners as well as experienced global collaborators!

When: March 19, 7pm EDT (see YOUR date and time)
Where: ISTE Adobe Connect room

Brought to you by the ISTE Global Collaboration PLN - #ISTEglobalPLN and @ISTEconnects

The definitive book on global collaboration!
"Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds"

Pearson, 2012. Available from Amazon. Co-authored by Julie Lindsay.

Insightful, innovative, and practical, this book is a must read for any educator interested in preparing competent global citizens. 
 - Yong Zhao, Ph. D, Presidential Chair and Associate Dean, College of Education, University of Oregon

Flat Connections professional development starts with this resource to focus on global competency, intercultural understanding, digital citizenship and new collaborative pedagogy for global learning.
Flat Connections Live! April 30-May 2, Canada in 2015! 
This event will provide an opportunity for Higher Education and K-12 teachers, leaders and administrators to experience connected and collaborative learning while using digital technologies to connect across the world.

Hosted by Red River College, Winnipeg, this event promises to be a unique learning experience for all.
READ MORE.........
Julie Lindsay, Flat Connections
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  • Global Collaboration Consultant
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