Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Flat Classroom: Day 3 - Interview Plans, Work on Background

Today, we made plans for the video/ audio files that we need to shoot. We discussed the people that we would like to bring into class.

Tomorrow you must turn in:
  • The names of AT LEAST two people that you will interview concerning your flattener from the USA perspective.
  • At least four questions that you will ask each person. (You should also mark which one's concern education and which one's concern industry so that you can ensure that you will have sufficient footage to send your partner.)
    • I would suggest asking each person several industry and several education questions. For example, "What does this mean for the education system. What should they be teaching students?"
By Friday, you should have completed your background section. Your partners will finish on Sunday. You will have to prepare and dropload footage on Monday -- you may look on the resources page of the wiki for instructions.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Flat Classroom: Day 2

Today, you are to do the following:

1) Check the discussion tab on your project page. You must post discussion with your partner daily about your thoughts about the project and your response.
2) Read your excerpt from the book and discuss it with Mrs. Davis today so we can talk about emerging trends in that area.
3) The background section should be started.

Upcoming Due Dates
(from the calendar section of the wiki)

Tu November 28 - Record an introduction to your international partner. (DONE!)

November 29 - Determine who will do which topic (ed vs. industry).

December 3 - Background information on your topic drafted on the wiki.

December 5 - Content provided to your partner.

December 11 - Final Wiki Created

December 12 - All multimedia posted to the wiki

Keep an eye on these dates!

Monday, November 27, 2006

Flat Classroom: Day 1

Great start to the flat classroom project. I am excited about your work thus far. Today, your assignment was to:

  1. Complete your introduction and paste it to the wiki (Remember that you are not to include full names, some of you need to re-record and repost!)
  2. Read about your flattener in your book, the World is Flat.
  3. Add your assigned partner to your skype contacts.
  4. Contact your assigned partner over e-mail.
I will be posting daily to this blog so that Mrs. Lindsey in Bangladesh will know what to expect from us. This links to our Westwood Wiki and I'll also link to our home page of the project as well.

Good luck! You'll make us proud. Also thought you'd like to see a copy of an e-mail sent to us by Thomas Friedman. He sent it to Julie Lindsey, my counterpart in Bangladesh, when she blogged about our project. He says:
Dear Julie,

I read your blog about the flat world classroom. I was delighted to see it! Tell me how it goes. Yes, this is really Tom Friedman. Allbest, Tom
Wow! I am convinced if each of you give your best, you will make a lifelong difference in yourself with this project as you learn about another culture and about the societal trends that are changing our world!

These dynamics have the potential to bring some of the greatest economic development impact that rural communities around the world have ever seen. It is vital that you understand them as you plan your future educational career and business career. As always, I'm here to be your guide!